17. Sunil Kaushal

Company: Standard Chartered
Designation: CEO—Africa and Middle East (AME)
Sector: Banking
Nationality: Singaporean-Indian
Global headquarters: U.K.
Residence: U.A.E.

Kaushal has been the CEO of Standard Chartered Africa and the Middle East since 2015. In 2021, the bank recorded nearly $856 million in profits before tax in Africa and the Middle East, the highest since 2015. In 2021, Standard Chartered was among a group of banks to finance a $900 million loan for the Dubai Waste Management Company to build a waste-to-energy plant in Dubai. It also launched the third cohort of its Women in Tech program to help promote the development of women entrepreneurs in the U.A.E.