Nilüfer Günhan awarded the ‘Excellence in Finance Leaders’ award at FiNext Conference Dubai 2020.

John Allen
3 min readMar 25, 2020


Dubai 2020. Nilüfer Günhan is the Chief Financial Services Officer at Abdul Latif Jameel.ALJ Finansman A.Ş. (ALJ Finans) is a financial services company that specializes in car loans in Turkey. ALJ Finans serves as a partner of Abdul Latif Jameel owned Toyota, Lexus, and Otoshops (used car brand) distributor in Turkey and provides new and used car auto loans via Toyota, Lexus, and Otoshops dealers as well as other specialized used car retailers.

Nilüfer, in her current role, is managing the Financial Services business of MENAT Region and global insurance brokerage services with the support of Abdul Latif Jameel’s pioneering spirit and determined focus create value and strengthen deep roots in MENAT region.

Nilüfer Günhan is a visionary and consistent leader in the auto financing sector with more than 20 years of experience and has contributed to the establishment of many successful companies in the automotive and auto finance sector, such as the Volkswagen Group importer and captive finance in Turkey.

Nilüfer joined Abdul Latif Jameel as CEO of ALJ Finans, Turkey during which she has carried the company’s position from a newborn company to a market leader in digital innovation. The digital success stories have brought several international industry awards to ALJ Finans. She has also assumed roles of Chairwoman of the Consumer Finance Sector Association and was a Member of the Board of Directors of the Non-Bank Financial Institutions Association in Turkey between 2012–2018.

She was honored with “Turkey’s Most Powerful 50 Women CEO Award” organized by Capital and Economist Magazines in 2018.

“The dynamic change we have been experiencing in the financial services sector showed itself in the form of digitalization and process optimization in the last decade. Today, offering the customers a better digital experience is already a must-have and if you are still behind, you better start running for it before FinTechs run you over. It’s now time to think like a FinTech and disrupt your business model on your own. Seamless digital partnerships with other industries and FinTechs on a personalized customer journey is a must for sustainability in the banking & financial services sectors.”, said Nilufer.

Nikufer was honored at the Finext Awards and Conference award ceremony at Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre.

This was the Fourth Edition of FiNext Awards & Conference, held on the 26th and 27th of February at the Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre. This much-awaited conference of the year brought together and celebrated the excellence of companies and people in the FinTech sector.

Fin-Tech industry needed space for the smartest, innovative, inventive and ambitious people to connect and create, consequently FiNext Awards and Conference were started as a dedicated platform to serve the needs of the Fin-Tech industry in terms of interaction, innovation, networking and showcasing of the talent.

Two days of celebration of people who have put their lives in innovating, transforming the way how people transact through technology. FiNext Awards acknowledge people who are bringing the future of finance through their persistent efforts.

The conference strives to build a platform for startups, SMEs, key decision-makers, researchers, investors and people from the media to interact and garner meaningful alliances.

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