Nixon Joseph, President & Chief Operating Officer, SBI Foundation, is a post graduate in English Language and Literature, joined State Bank of India in 1985 as probationary officer. As a career Banker, he has extensive experience in various facets of Banking like Corporate Credit, Retail Operations, International Banking etc., has worked all across India. He was also Manager(Operations), SBI Bahrain and Chief Executive Officer, SBI Tokyo branch(2008-2012). He is a Certified Credit Professional, Certified Banking Compliance Professional and Certified Information Systems Banker.
He was President of the Sakura Toastmasters Club, Tokyo and also started the Tokyo debating society.
His interest in long distance running has led to his completion of 47 full marathons (42.195km), thus being the only official among the 1.1 million bank employees in India to have the achievement, making him popular as “SBI’s marathon legend”. That he was never an athlete, yet started full marathon running at the age of 45 years, went ahead completing full marathons and still running, has been inspiring thousands of people especially youth. Various institutions have been inviting him to share his experiences of running 47 full marathons and motivate the youth. He has been running in all the SBI Green marathons to spread the message of sustainability.
Inspite of lockdown he dared to complete 8 full marathons by jogging inside his apartment giving the message that “where there is a will there is an inspiring way”.
As Coordinator, SBI Youth for India fellowship program, he was instrumental in inspiring and mentoring 100 youths every year, and has taken the fellowship to a higher level. He has been mentoring many social entrepreneur units started by SBI Youth for India fellows. Has completed the ‘Social intrapreneurship” course of Ashoka Changemakers with distinction.
As President of SBI Foundation, the CSR arm of State Bank of India he has been supporting strong impact projects to help the underprivileged and needy. He has been driving the Centre of Excellence for persons with disabilities implementing projects for a diversified and inclusive society. A regular speaker in various CSR forums all across India, till date during the lockdown period he has participated in 130 webinars as chief guest/guest of honour /panelist speaker.
He is the recipient of Dr A. P. J. Abdul Kalam award 2018 for excellence in public service and Dr Kalam Memorial Ignited Minds award. His name figures in the “Be the Inspiration” Book released by Rotary Club, Mumbai where 45 inspiring Indians were listed. He was recently facilitated by the Governor of Maharashtra for spearheading covid relief activities.