Master of Discipline and Execution
Amir Tabch has been fascinated by financial markets and wealth management since his first job in the industry as an intern. Two decades later, Amir is a prominent executive with extensive experience in global capital markets and on corporate boards.
Amir has applied what he has learned at some of the world’s leading educational institutions and combined it with on-the-job training, hard work, common sense and a keen understanding of trends in Private Banking, Wealth Management, Asset Management, Brokerage, and WealthTech, to spearhead several trailblazing projects & teams.
Amir has worked with Wealth Managers, Private Banks, Asset Managers, Brokers, Market Makers, Exchanges & Central Counterparty Clearing Houses in the Middle East, Europe, Asia, & North America. He has also held senior positions in both Support & Control and front office wealth management & brokerage.
Amir is enthralled with graphs, trends, and patterns. When Amir’s son was born, his wife was hooked up to a monitor to chart her vital signs. He was fascinated by the numbers, the wave patterns and the highs and lows on the screen. “This looks just like a stock!” Amir told his wife. “You’re not working now!” she said. “Focus on me.”
Outside of work, Amir, 39, has been married to Mayssoun, his first love, for 14 years and has two children, Amir Junior, and Talia.
His interest in the industry began as an intern at a bank in Beirut, where he worked in the vehicle loans business. He was requested to deliver a package to a private bank and observed the traders using the Reuters console while he was there. He was captivated by the charts and graphs, as well as how the stock values changed.
Since then, he has devoted his life to climbing the corporate ladder and learning everything he can about the business. Of course, it has its ups and downs, but that is precisely what he adores about it. Amir thrives under pressure, as do many leaders and entrepreneurs. In this job, it is critical to maintain your composure and regulate your emotions and impulses.
With over two decades of industry experience, Amir brings a holistic approach to private banking, asset management, multi-asset trading, operations, brokerage, and custody, and creating and building financial systems. Throughout his career, Amir has taken on a wide range of challenging leadership roles that have not only equipped him with the firsthand skills of a true financial services professional but have also given him a big-picture perspective of the global financial markets.
Amir is currently the Executive Chairman and Chief Executive officer of Securrency Capital, a licensed DeFi (aka Decentralized Finance) Brokerage in the Abu Dhabi Global Market, deploying Securrency’s proprietary asset tokenization technology, which automates multi jurisdictional compliance and financial services and enables the movement of regulated value at the speed of tomorrow.
Most recently, Amir led the Global Markets MultiAsset Class Trading Desk and Brokerage Relationships teams at Emirates Investment Bank, where he specialized in algorithmic trading, dark pool trading, and program trading. He was also a member of the bank’s Investment and Products Committee, where he oversaw investment strategy. In addition, he was a member of the WealthTech Management Product/Solution Committee, which oversaw the protocols and initiatives that ran on the Digital Wealth Management Platform.
Harnessing his experience from these varied activities, Amir was able to launch the bank’s first trading system, automating nearly 100% of its previously entirely manual system. Through his ingenuity, trades that usually took hours now take only mere seconds. Moreover, this new automated system reduced costs significantly and mitigated operational risk.
Prior to his time with EIB, Amir was the Head of Trading at the National Bank of Abu Dhabi’s Global Wealth and Asset Management Group. During his tenure, he launched the first asset management platform for the bank, which is still in use today. He also launched the bank’s first-ever investment advisory product, which remains part of the bank’s core business today. His successes at the bank helped his team earn Euromoney’s Global Investor Magazine’s Best Asset Manager of the Year Award, no small achievement!
Amir’s academic training is as impressive and multi-faceted as his professional training. He holds master’s degrees in Leadership, Strategy, Business Administration, Applied Research, and Human Sciences. And Amir currently serves as a Doctorate Researcher.
Amir begins his day at 4 am with mindfulness meditation, yoga (basic), and exercise (20–30-minute walks, not your normal 10km run). His daily discipline allows him to execute successfully and consistently.
Discipline and execution are two of the values he prides himself on. He thinks that everything we do that is purposeful takes disciplined execution. It is not only a matter of focusing on your goals at once but keeping them aligned and continuing to progress with every changing step of life. Everything we undertake with a purpose, he says, requires rigorous execution.
“Short-term thinking will not work in the endless game – the aim is to develop a firm that will last 200 years,” Amir explains. He is known as the relentless glue that ties his team and customers’ projects collectively, and he is a firm believer in the idea that we are stronger when we work together. It is no surprise that Amir is working for a forward-thinking firm that is transforming global markets with Blockchain. His opinion is that the CEO’s responsibility is to remain dedicated to the company’s mission while enabling people to accomplish their tasks to the best of their ability. It all begins with a shared goal and a clear sense of purpose that will enable you to provide world-class products and services.