Dubai – MENA Herald: The Emirates Institute for Banking and Financial Studies (EIBFS), a regional leader in banking and finance education and training, today announced the appointments of Dr Philip Hamill as Academic Head and Tony Macrae as Head of Business Development.

In his position, Dr Philip Hamill will be responsible for managing the education and research department at EIBFS, and will contribute to the strategic vision and planning of the curriculum. On the other hand, Tony Macrae will be tasked with managing the business development function at EIBFS, and will be responsible for overseeing and developing the Institute’s business relationships.

Speaking about the appointments, Jamal Al Jassmi, General Manager at EIBFS, said: “We are pleased to welcome both Dr Philip Hamill and Tony Macrae to EIBFS. We are confident their knowledge will help to enhance our organisation, and look forward to their contribution. As experienced specialists in their respective fields, they will support us in providing a progressive and enhanced prospectus for our valued stakeholders. The appointments also demonstrate our commitment to offering the highest quality service to our customers through the employment of highly qualified senior professionals, as the leading training centre for banking and financial studies in the region.”

Prior to his current role, Dr Philip Hamill served as Dean of the Institute of Banking, a recognised college of University College Dublin and the largest professional body for banking and financial services in Ireland. He had managed the college’s activities as part of its efforts to professionalise banking and support the long term stability of Irish banking and financial services. Dr Hamill holds a BA (Hons) in Economics, MSc in Accounting and Finance, PhD in Finance, Postgraduate Certificate in University Teaching and an executive MBA which were awarded by The School of Economics and Political Science, New York University.

Prior to joining EIBFS, Tony Macrae completed an extensive spell at United Arab Bank as Executive Vice President of Business Support. His experience includes over 30 years of business and HR management across the Middle East and Africa. Tony has held leadership positions at both international and local companies, primarily in the banking sector, as well as manufacturing and retail. Tony holds a BA (Hons), an MBA from Wits Business School in Johannesburg and an advanced HR Certificate from the University of Michigan.

EIBFS has been globally integrated with leading organizations, universities and financial institutions to ensure ongoing availability of best-in-class programs and courses in the UAE.