Manama Shapers – February 2017

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Interview with Shaheen Shaheen – Portfolio Manager, Central Bank of Bahrain

What does your role as Portfolio Manager at the Central Bank of Bahrain entail?

As part of the portfolio management team, I look over the foreign reserve at the Central Bank of Bahrain. My role consists of managing liquidity, capital preservation and generating steady returns over the medium to long-term. I also conduct macroeconomic research, seeking investment opportunities in various asset classes: mainly fixed income, in the global and regional markets.

What does being a Series 7 and Series 79 holder contribute to your professional career?

Professional qualification act as enablers for your career progression. It also enhances your technical ability to make calculated decisions. The Series 7 and Series 79, which are exams given by the General Securities Representative (GSRE) and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), have equipped me with the necessary tools to make proper investment decisions and further build my credibility in the field.

However, I believe that in one’s career an individual must always work on developing not only their technical ability but also their team work and leadership skills. Therefore I am constantly looking for opportunities to develop both my technical and interpersonal skills.

I believe that in one’s career an individual must always work on developing not only their technical ability but also their team work and leadership skills.

It must be exciting to be a Fellow at the First Deputy Prime Minister’s office. Can you tell us more about what you do there?

I have had the honor and privilege to be 1 of the 14 trainees selected from a pool of more than 700 applicants from the public sector as a fellow at the First Deputy Prime Minister’s office. My main task is research, which I do in various fields such as Economics and Politics. I also conduct policy analysis and proposals on a national level. Moreover, I have had the opportunity to interact with the kingdom’s key decision makers at the highest level of government. In addition, I have recently completed a Leadership and Negotiation training course which was taught by leading professors from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. This for me is the highlight of my fellowship and a high point in my career.

Do you still have free time? And if so, what do you do with it?

One thing you learn from being involved in various things or wearing different hats is time management. Throughout my career I learned that to ensure a work life balance it is important to know when to switch off and look for things you personally enjoy. In my free time I enjoy traveling, playing sports and doing all sorts of outdoor activities. I mostly enjoy mountain climbing and have a passion for snowboarding. Best of all I like going on new adventures.

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