Citi hosts delegates of AmCham’s Business Leadership Program
Citi Philippines recently took part in an eight-day leadership program for outstanding undergraduate students, taking the opportunity to showcase why the bank remains one of the country's employer of choice.
For 14 years now, the American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines runs the Business Leadership Program or AmCham BLP, offering selected students the exposure to global companies through exclusive tours coupled with in-depth discussions with senior executives. The student delegates typically belong to the top 5 percent of their class from well-known universities and colleges in the Philippines.
Following a welcome reception hosted by US Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg, the 32 students from this year's batch had a busy schedule going around the participating companies from various fields including banking and financial services, fast moving consumer goods, electronics, automotive and more.
During their visit to Citi, the students were treated to a tour of the Smart Branch in Makati City, giving them a glimpse of the digital future of the financial services industry. The students were all excited to see and experience the interactive digital walls as well as the sleek look and feel of the branch, but the crowd favorite was the Citibank Express. This next-generation ATM can do a wide range of banking transactions, plus hold a video conference with a CitiPhone officer ready to assist clients round-the-clock.
Following the tour, the students heard from Citi Philippines CEO Aftab Ahmed about Citi's legacy of leadership in the Philippines and across the globe, and very useful tips for when they begin their professional lives.
With over 40 years of experience in Citi, and having lived in 11 countries, Ahmed's sharing truly engaged the students.
Ahmed recalled the time when he was just starting his career as a young professional in Citi. "I had my aspirations and plans laid out because I am focused and I know what I want." Responding to the students' questions, Ahmed talked about how to choose the right company to jumpstart one's career.
AmCham and Citi both established roots in the Philippines in 1902, and over the last 114 years, have shared their commitment in various advocacies, including investing on young adults by giving them the right development opportunities.
Jun Salipsip, executive director of AmCham Chamber Foundation Philippines, recognized the kind support that Citi had consistently given AmCham and the Foundation. "We are truly grateful to Mr. Aftab Ahmed for kindling the flames of leadership among the students that he met, and the leaders of Citi that had always provided the young students that we bring together every year under the AmCham Business Leadership Program. Thank you for making a difference in the lives of our participants."
Since its inception in 2002, there are now more than 350 AmCham BLP alumni who are working with AmCham member companies while other graduates are employed in the government, non-profits, global companies in the Philippines and abroad. Citi is one of the pioneer supporters of AmCham BLP.