Aftab Patel, the CEO of AI Omaniya Financial Services, has recently been recognized as one of the 100 most influential CEOs in Oman. Originally from Belagavi, Patel’s achievements have earned him a well-deserved spot on this prestigious list.
Born and raised in Belagavi, Patel completed his schooling at St. Paul’s High School in 1972. He then pursued his graduation at Gogte College of Commerce, graduating in 1977. Patel further honed his skills by obtaining a degree from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.
Patel’s journey to success has been marked by his exceptional leadership and expertise in the financial services industry. As the CEO of AI Omaniya Financial Services, he has consistently demonstrated his ability to drive growth and innovation within the company.
Aftab Patel is the founding member, promoter, and CEO of Al Omaniya Financial Services, the premier non-banking financial institution in the Sultanate. Al Omaniya has evolved from a humble beginning in 1997 to a pioneer and unequivocal leader in its industry.
Aftab Patel is a commerce graduate and a chartered accountant. He started his career with AF Ferguson and Co in Mumbai and then moved to Associated Cement Company. He moved to Muscat in 1984 and was with Omar Zawawi Establishment (OMZEST) In 1990, he was appointed profit centre head for Bank Muscat.
In 1997, he helped found Al Omaniya along with a group of investment bankers and pension funds. Patel was listed among 50 best CEOs in the GCC in
a ranking by INSEAD Business School and Deloitte for the year 2016, and was conferred with Lifetime Achievement Award at the GCC Banking Summit in 2016. Under his stewardship and vision, the company has been rated as the number one Non-Banking Financial Institution by Ernst&Young in 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012.
The company has also been rated as number one Non-Banking Financial Institution by OER and GBCM, when they first instituted this award in the year 2012 Patel is on the board of directors of Dhofar Cattle Feed SAOG and also chairs the board Audit Committee He is a board member of Oman India Friendship association since its inception in 2020 and has also been nominated as the Board member of Indo Gulf chamber of Commerce Oman Chapter (under formation).
As one of the most influential CEOs in Oman, Aftab Patel serves as an inspiration to aspiring leaders and entrepreneurs. His remarkable journey from Belagavi to the helm of AI Omaniya Financial Services showcases the power of determination, hard work, and a relentless pursuit of excellence.