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Anil Shah

Anil Shah, CEO - Nabil Bank, in popular parlance is a name synonymous with banking sector of Nepal. He is appealing in the way one imagines an ideal banker to be. His pouch is full with series of business awards including International recognition through Asian Idol 2007. The person to reckon with hard work, determination, vision and diligence, Anil Shah is a stalwart personality among youth. Patriotic, lively, decent, cordial, dapper and down to earth, he personifies a perfect citizen. A man with a vision of delight and a ready smile, Anil Shah this time is the personality encountered.


True confession
I am very religious.


Guilty pleasures
Eating very unhealthy snacks.


Age: 42                 

Birthday: 1st August.

: Kathmandu.

Romantic status: Married.


If you hadn't been banking personality who you'd be?  
A photographer.

When was the last time you cried? 
When my daughter got chickenpox last week.

When was the last time you flirted? 

A talent you wish you had?   
Ability to play a musical instrument.

If you were given a chance to be women whom do you want to be? 
A combination of a series of women in my life: Grandmother-Mother-Wife-Daughter. I have learnt and continue to learn and grow from my interactions with them.

Biggest misconception about you?      

That I am proud.

Nepali political leader you trust           
Too many or too few to list… I will let you guess which!

The easiest way to make you loose your cool?
When I see someone misuse their strength, position or power to take advantage of those less fortunate.

Your biggest dream yet to achieve?       
To publish a book of photographs and narrative on festivals and landmarks in Nepal.

What's the one thing that irritates your wife about you?
My habit of postponing things.

Best way to spend Friday night?
At home with the family.

If you had million dollars you would spend on (except fixed investments)
Making a million magical memories with my near and dear ones.

If you had a superpower it would be…
To make the ill - well.

Have you ever wondered where you would be if banking sector hadn’t happened to you?
Yes, but I know whatever it was I would have excelled in it and enjoyed it as much as I am enjoying my banking career. 

Nepal's next big thing (from media, politics, sports)
Politics, politics, politics… sadly I feel unless we get the politics sorted out we can not move on to anything else.

What's in your closet?
Lots of suits, ties and cuffed office shirts.

Are you a brands person?
Yes, only because I am comfortable with things made by some brands.

Is there anything you won't wear?
Not really….as long as I feel confident and comfortable in it.

Food you can die for
Nepali food… dal, bhat, tama, khasi ko masu and golbheda ko achar

You're currently busy with?
Work, work and more work!

To what would you attribute this huge list of Business Awards?
My ‘Attitude’ towards people and work.

What’s the secret behind your success?
The opportunity to work with some of the best people.

Are you a fitness freak?
Not a freak, but yes fitness is very important to me.

Have you ever done dishes at home?
I studied abroad I have done dishes, cooked food, cleaned the toilet, washed my clothes etc. etc.

What's the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?
Wash my face and brush my teeth.

Which is the one song that defines you?
‘I believe I can fly’

What's a normal day like in your life?
Too much work, too little family time.

What's the one habit that you need to kick?
Having stopped smoking and drinking, I am confident if there is any habit I want to kick, I will kick it!.

What do you smell of?
Angel for Men.

How does it feel when you find people imitating you?
I learn from, emulate and imitate a host of people, always striving to better myself, so if others do the same of me all the best to them!.

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