Alumni Stories: Zahid Kalolwala, A Senior Director on a Constant Quest to Upskill Himself in AI and Fintech

Zahid Kalolwala is a Senior Director and Remittance Head at Al-Rajhi Bank. With worldwide experiences under his belt, he’s worked all across the world: from the UK, Hong Kong, UAE, Kuwait to Saudi Arabia. Zahid considers himself to be a continuous learner and has been upskilling himself in areas such as Fintech or AI in Finance. 

Given the fast pace at which the Finance industry landscape is changing, it is imperative for professionals to keep up and stay up to speed.”

Zahid Kalolwala, Senior Director at Al Rajhi Bank

CFTE: As somebody who’s heavily involved in the Finance industry, what motivated you to learn about Artificial Intelligence in Finance? Were there any specific insights from your professional experiences that prompted you to explore this topic?

Zahid: Given the fast pace at which the Finance industry landscape is changing, it is imperative for professionals to keep up and stay up to speed. From Fintech, RegTech, AI, ML, Cloud, Crypto, Big Data to Open Banking and Digital Payments, CFTE courses are meticulously put together and taught by those transforming the industry today, making it extremely relevant for any audience. CFTEs forward-thinking and in depth course programs lay the foundations for hands-on applications and provide professionals with tools to thrive in digital finance.

CFTE: What did you enjoy the most about the course?

Zahid: All CFTE programs are punctilious and futuristic; taught by industry leaders spearheading the transformation; making it easy and relevant for all audience types.

CFTE: Any main takeaways that have stuck with you? Have you been able to use what you learned in real life?

Zahid: The best thing about a CFTE course is its real life application in scaling businesses and solving the most complex of corporate problems. Over the past few years, I have applied the knowledge gained and have witnessed positive impacts.

CFTE: And finally, if you had to describe yourself in 3 words or less, what would they be?

Zahid: Change maker, Influencer and Thought Leader.

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