Following a period with Standard Chartered Bank in London and overseas, Keith Higley spent the bulk of his career with Lloyds Bank until joining Mannai Corporation in Qatar in 2001. Before joining Mannai, his career was based on a succession of leadership roles in the Lloyds Bank group both in the UK and around the world including Country Manager UAE, General Manager Japan and Director of a region of Lloyds Bank in the U.K. He was Managing Director of the two largest factoring and invoice discounting companies in the UK and played a leading role in the UK finance industry including eight years on the board of the Factors and Discounters Association, latterly as its Chairman. Following his appointment as Chief Executive Officer in Mannai his remit was to concentrate resources on its core domestic business to ensure Mannai remained a market leader in Qatar’s fast growing economy. The group was completely restructured over the following four years into today’s thriving business focused on trade and services. Keith joined the Board of Mannai Corporation in 2005 and was subsequently appointed Managing Director. Mannai Corporation was successfully listed on the Doha Securities Market in 2007. Keith retired as Managing Director in December 2008 and continues on the Board as a Non-Executive Director. He is a non – executive director of Axiom Telecom in Dubai – a Mannai associate company. In April 2012 he was appointed Executive Chairman of Damas International Ltd. in Dubai, the leading and largest jewellery network in the Middle East, following the acquisition of Damas by Mannai Corporation. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers (FCIB), a member of the Institute of Credit Management (MCIM) and a Chartered Director (CDir) qualified by the Institute of Directors UK. He also holds a Certificate in Corporate Governance from the INSEAD Business School.