Steve Bertamini


Board Member and CEO responsible for global businesses in Asia, Middle East, Europe and Africa. Over 20 years experience in Asia including working in Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia and China. Prior to joining CDF, as CEO of Al Rajhi Bank’s (ARB), doubled market capitalization to over US$45 billion and profits grew by 65% to USD$3.1 billion from 2015-2019.
Chief Executive Officer
Al Rajhi Bank, Saudi Arabia
Group Executive Director & CEO
Global Consumer Banking, Standard Chartered Bank
Chairman and CEO
General Electric North East Asia
“Our vision is to become a leading financial company in Asia by leveraging innovative solutions and our entrepreneurial spirit.”
Education & Honor
University of North Texas, U.S.
University of Texas at Austin, U.S.
Bachelor of Business in Finance and Management

Most Outstanding Leader in Islamic Finance (2019)

Middle East Banker Life Time Award (2019)

Banker of the Year (2018)

Best Bank in Saudi Arabia, Euromoney (2016-2019)

Bank of the Year Saudi Arabia, The Banker (2016-2018)

CEO Leadership Award, Asian Banker  (2016-2018)


Key Experience
Diverse Experiences in Leading Banking Institutions Worldwide
· Director, President & CEO of China Development Financial Holding Corporation since Nov., 2020; Director of KGI Life Insurance Co., Ltd. since Jan., 2021. and is committed to the development of the ABCDE strategy in the group.
· Prior to CDF, Steve was the CEO of Al Rajhi Bank in Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest Islamic bank, in terms of assets and profitability.
· Steve was with Standard Chartered Bank from 2008 to 2014, directly overseeing Global Consumer Banking as CEO and Group Executive Director and a member of the Board. He was responsible for Retail Banking, Wealth Management, SME and Private Banking with operations across 44 countries.
· He was the executive global sponsor for employee volunteering for Standard Chartered from 2010-2013, and became the executive sponsor for diversity and inclusion for 89,000 staff and 127 nationalities.
22 Years with General Electric and M&A Deals Experience in Asia-Pacific
· Steve spent 22 years with GE, most recently as Chairman and CEO of GE North East Asia and became a GE officer in 2006.
· He was also responsible for GE’s acquisition and merger business in the Asia-Pacific region from 2004 and President of GE Capital Asia from 2001 to 2008.
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