Former HSBC CEO to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, Nick Nicolaou, has been awarded an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) by Her Majesty The Queen in her Birthday Honors List 2013 for his services to promoting British business interests, arts, education and the English language in Sri Lanka.
Nick Nicolaou worked for HSBC for 35 years in Asia, the Middle East and North America. He was appointed as CEO, Sri Lanka in 2008. During his tenure – which ended in April 2013 – he made an exceptional contribution in three areas: developing business across communities in post-conflict Sri Lanka, supporting the arts, education and creative industries in Sri Lanka and helping other UK companies win business in Sri Lanka.
During Nicolaou’s five years as CEO, HSBC Sri Lanka expanded its network across the country, including opening a branch in Jaffna less than a year after Sri Lanka’s 30 year conflict ended. HSBC were the first foreign bank to open there and this helped to strengthen the financial ties between an area recovering from the long conflict with other areas of Sri Lanka, as well as with the diaspora community around the world. It was also Nick’s decision to open a branch in Galle which caters for the growing business community as well as the large number of UK tourists who visit the south coast. This makes HSBC the only international bank with a significant presence outside Colombo and its suburbs.
He personally led and championed a number of important Corporate Service Responsibility (CSR) initiatives during his time as CEO at HSBC. These included the refurbishment of several galleries at the Colombo National Museum, HSBC’s title sponsorship of the Galle Literary Festival and the HSBC Colombo Fashion Week, the premier fashion event in Sri Lanka.
Nicolaou also served as chairman of the Council for Business with Britain (CBB) from 2010 and was at the forefront a major CSR initiative to upgrade standards of English among thousands of Sri Lankan school pupils. English language skills are important for Sri Lanka’s continued development, and play a key link role in communication between the Sinhala and Tamil speaking communities. The CBB English Project, delivered by the British Council, has trained more than a thousand teachers who have in turn delivered modern English language teaching to over 100,000 pupils from some of the most disadvantaged rural schools in Sri Lanka. HSBC have been the principal funder of this significant CSR initiative.
Throughout his tenure in Colombo, Nicolaou contributed strongly to the overall relationship between the United Kingdom and Sri Lanka, further strengthening the commercial, cultural and people-to-people ties between the two countries. (Colombo Gazette)
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