Emirates Institute for Banking and Financial Studies Welcomes Dr Niel Oberholzer

as Director of Teaching and Learning


Dubai-UAE: 14 September, 2020 – The Emirates Institute for Banking and Financial Studies (EIBFS), a regional leader in banking and finance education and training, has announced the appointment of Dr Niel Oberholzer as Director of Teaching and Learning.

Holding a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Finance from the University of Johannesburg, Dr Niel Oberholzer brings to his role over 35 years of work experience in the field of financial education.

Dr Oberholzer is to head the department of teaching and learning as its director and will be primarily responsible for seamless delivery of academic and accredited programs, training sessions, curriculum development and setting program budgets.

Speaking on the appointment, Jamal Al Jassmi, General Manager of EIBFS, said: “We are excited to welcome Dr Niel Oberholzer to the EIBFS team. It is indeed a proud moment to have such a distinguished finance expert at the Institute. With over 35 years of experience and his impressive skill set, Dr Oberholzer is a great addition to the team.”

He added: “In his capacity as the director of training and learning, he will oversee the working of the EIBFS educational machinery. He will be responsible for infusing a fresh outlook on the existing academic and accredited programs to build more relevant programs and sessions. We look forward to continuing to provide world-class education to our trainees under his guidance.”

Dr Oberholzer said: “EIBFS has done a phenomenal job in providing finance and banking education to one of the largest corporate sectors in the UAE. The Institute’s dedication towards offering programs, trainings and sessions that integrate the latest developments and technology in the sector is commendable. I am proud to be associated with EIBFS. I hope to leverage my experience and learnings in this new and exciting opportunity, and look forward to an exciting journey with EIBFS.”

EIBFS continues to build its training and educational portfolio and through this new appointment aims to infuse fresh ideas and learning opportunities for its trainees. The Institute has also recently launched Insight, the first-ever specialized online learning platform to facilitate best-in-class financial education outside the physical classroom.

As part of its commitment to continuing to upskill those in the banking and finance sector, EIBFS has commenced testing advanced artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities to initiate innovative and adaptive learning that will customize the user experience and offer progressive insights.




The Emirates Institute for Banking and Financial Studies (EIBFS) was founded in 1983. As a leading independent training center, it offers world-class education, training and allied services in the critical areas of banking and finance. Based in the UAE, EIBFS currently has three campuses for education and training services located in Sharjah, Abu Dhabi and Dubai. The Institute has made substantial contributions to the careers of thousands of students and working professionals in the financial services sector. EIBFS is also a strong supporter of Emiratization and has launched various initiatives that have greatly helped to promote the careers of Emiratis. All academic programs offered by EIBFS are accredited by the Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA), Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research. Students who have successfully completed these programs have found productive employment at various levels in banks and financial institutions in the UAE and around the world.