Mr. Somnath Sarkar

Group Head of Information Security, Mashreq Bank


Somnath is a IT professional with 29 years of experience across multiple geographies, diverse background in financial services. In his CISO role, Somnath visualized the changing landscape of digital cyber-security and was instrumental in enabling disruptive technologies to grow in the evolving market place, introduced effective digital security, system designs and data and helped his organization to take calculated risks and transform as a market leader.


Previously, as Technology Head for Citigroup, Hong Kong, he pioneered smart banking architecture for retail, integrated solutions across e–channels, built new Data Centers and “follow-the-sun” helpdesk, & led IT virtualization saving millions of dollars. He drove several quality programs viz. ISO & Leeds certification for green Data Center.


Prior to Hong Kong, Somnath was with Citigroup, Singapore, where he managed IT finance, forecasting models, product-rate cards. He also served as Projects Head for core banking, infrastructure and integration of systems across countries.