You will roll your eyes in admiration as you glance through her education profile that leaves no room to wonder how she managed to build an impressive career profile within a short span of time.
If you ask her about her inspiration she wouldn’t think twice to answer that it’s her dad and mum who “inundated me with information and inspired me from a young age to study more”, and if you ask about the art of balancing it all — family, career and public life — she would say thanks to her University of Reading experience which helped her learn how to “balance and manage everything: my studies, activities, in addition to looking after my son”.
Dr. Shamsa Masoud Al Sheibani is a well-known personality in the field of banking and finance.
With over 15 years of experience in the banking and finance arena, she has built her niche securely with a vast experience that ranged over several positions in numerous banks.
Shamsa began her career at Oman International Bank in 2002 and later on served in various capacities at Alliance Housing Bank, National Bank of Oman and National Finance Company.
She attributes her inspiration to her father, a retired Executive Assistant Dean of the College of Banking and Financial Studies, who opened the world of banking to her. The key moment in her career choice was in 1996 when she finished grade 10 as she attended a summer training programme at the National Bank of Oman and decided to pick the banking and financial services sector as her future domain.
Shamsa says: “My father was a lecturer and my mother was an English teacher. Both of them inundated me with information and inspired me from a young age to study more.”
Before Shamsa graduated with distinction from College of Commerce and Economics at Sultan Qaboos University in 2002, she was offered a job at the Oman International Bank for her outstanding performance. She went on to complete her MBA from the University of Strathclyde Graduate Business School, Scotland, in 2007 to study elective courses in Risk Management and Finance.
She is also an alumna of the University of Reading, UK, where she completed her PhD in Economics. “It was a life-changing experience for me. I learned how to balance and manage everything: my studies, activities, in addition to looking after my son; and it strengthened my skills. I engaged in social activism; we established the Omani Students’ Society to bring together Omanis. We met people from different nationalities and cultures which further enriched my experience,” Shamsa recalls.
She was an exemplary student and bagged the People Choice Award at the University of Reading Annual PhD Conference in 2017 and later on the Ambassadors Award at PhD Research Level in 2018. Excelling academically, she even finished her doctoral course ahead of time. As soon as she returned home she joined Ominvest.
A good speaker as well, Shamsa has also received the Blue-Ribbon Award for Toastmasters at the NBO Edition in 2010 and has recently been honoured by the Morison Muscat Toastmasters Club for delivering the keynote speech on their 12th Anniversary and 555th session.
“There were many challenges in my work life and studies. But I continued with determination and hard work and managed to achieve a lot of things through sheer dedication,” says Shamsa.
She exhorts the women of Oman to aspire for more.
“Our country tops high among the Arab nations for the empowerment of women. Always endeavour to achieve your dreams. Live up to them. Even if it looks impossible, strive for it. Stick on until you reach it.”Dr. Shamsa Masoud Al Sheibani