A Wealth Of Knowledge

The PEAK Singapore|January 2020

A Wealth Of Knowledge
Indosuez’s polyglot chief of Asia didn’t get to where he was today by having things easy.
Charmian Leong

If there’s one quality all successful people have in common, it’s adaptability. Being able to quickly respond and adjust to changes, favourable and, more often, unfavourable, is what keeps them ahead of the game. The loss of control and the discomfort of uncertainty makes it a difficult quality to master, but growing up in a war zone tends to hone that skill, one of the few upsides of that situation.

Omar Shokur, the new Asia CEO of Indosuez Wealth Management, had a pleasant enough early childhood. Though he was born in Afghanistan, Shokur’s diplomat father relocated the family to Italy for his work. “I grew up in Rome, eating pasta and playing football. I was a typical Italian kid, speaking only Italian,” he shares.

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January 2020