Stephane Hanot

Victory Asset Management S.A.

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Updated: Oct 2014

Abdulaziz Al-Khereiji

Riyad Bank London Branch

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Updated: Oct 2014

Jakes Ferguson

Al Ahli United Bank (UK) Plc

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Updated: Oct 2014
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Shaf Ali

Belleveue Mortlakes Chartered Surveyors

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Updated: Oct 2014

Shams Rahman

Bishop & Sewell LLP Solicitors

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Updated: Oct 2014

Faris Alramadhi

Arab National Bank

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Updated: Oct 2014

Ralph Al Raheb

Morgan Stanley

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Updated: Oct 2014

Simon Walker

Qatar National Bank

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Updated: Oct 2014

John Paul Keane

Wychwood Capital Partners

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Updated: Oct 2014

Stephen J Blyth

Arab National Bank

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Updated: Oct 2014

David James Douglas

Fides Trust Limited

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Updated: Oct 2014
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Sarah El Husseini

CITI Bank

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Updated: Oct 2014
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Waheeda Shah

ZK Consultancy

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Updated: Oct 2014

Nabil Frik

BACB

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Updated: Oct 2014

Bert De Ruiter

QIB (UK) Plc

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Updated: Oct 2014

Fuad Khadder

HSBC

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Updated: Sep 2014

Peter Hazou

BNY Mellon

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Updated: Sep 2014

Haitham Al Refaie

Dar Al Tawreeq Forfaiting

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Updated: Sep 2014

George Shweiry

Arlington Advisors Ltd

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Updated: Sep 2014

Wael El-Miqdadi

Retired

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Updated: Sep 2014

A message from the Chief Executive Officer

ABA News Welcome to the Arab Bankers’ Association! We are an association of bankers and finance professionals who work in Arab financial markets. Most of our members, both corporate and individual, are based in the U.K. but a significant proportion are based outside. Nearly all of us have spent much of our professional lives living and working in the Arab world. Our aims are simple: to foster improved relations, information sharing and understanding between the private and public sectors in the Arab world and the U.K. We achieve this through our programme of evening seminars and social events, through tailored events for individual members and their clients, and through personal interaction and introductions that are based on decades of business experience. You will find more information a...

ABA Gala Dinner Combines Finance, Fun and Philanthropy

ABA News The Annual Gala Dinner of the Arab Bankers Association confirmed its place as the leading social event for London’s Arab Banking Community on 24 October.   Two hundred and twenty ABA members and guests attended the event, which was held at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel in London’s Knightsbridge.   ABA Chief Executive George Kanaan and Chairman, Hani Kablawy presented the Association’s award for Distinguished Service to Dr. Naaman Azhari, the Chairman of Blom Group. In his acceptance speech, Dr. Azhari outlined the ten principles of banking which have guided him during his long career and which have contributed to the success and profitability of Blom Bank. Guests also heard from Mr. Saad Azhari, the current Chairman and General Manager of Blom Bank. &...

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25/10/13  Arab Banker Magazine Re-launched

ABA News A new-look Arab Banker was re-launched on 16 September.   The new edition has 84 pages in full colour and contains articles on Middle East banks, interviews with leading Arab bankers, and features on topics such as rating agencies, money laundering and global custody.   Of particular note are a profile of Lebanon’s Blom Bank and its former Chairman, Dr. Naaman Azhari, a celebration of Kuwait Investment Office’s 60th Anniversary in London, and interviews with Dr. Mohammed Baasiri, Vice Governor of the Central Bank of Lebanon and Dr. Jamil al-Jaroudi, C.E.O. of Bank ...

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14/10/13  Sparkling Line-up for ABA Energy Seminar

ABA News An extra-ordinary group of speakers led the ABA’s latest evening seminar, held on 10 October.   Entitled, “Geopolitical Implications of the Emergence of Non-Conventional Oil and Gas, and the Changing Energy Scene in the Middle East”, the Seminar was opened by Mr. Adnan al-Janabi the Chairman of the Iraqi parliament’s Oil and Energy Committee. Mr. Janabi was followed by Dr. Fadhil Chalabi, the former Acting Secretary General of OPEC, and Dr. Luay El Khateeb, the Executive Director of the Iraq Energy Institute. They were followed by Dr. Carole Nakhle, the renown...

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16/09/13  Association’s AGM Held on 9 September

ABA News Thirty members of the Arab Bankers Association attended the Association’s Annual General Meeting at 6pm on 9 September.  Nineteen proxy forms were received from members unable to attend in person.   The meeting was held at the Association’s offices in Upper Grosvenor Street.   Hani Kablawi, the Association’s Chairman, opened the meeting and gave a brief introduction before asking Duncan Steele-Bodger, the Treasurer, to present his financial report. Duncan said that the Association’s finances were stable and in a much stronger position than in recen...

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02/09/13  Islamic Banking in Oman: The C.E.O. of Bank Nizwa speaks to the Arab Banker

ABA News The forthcoming issue of the Arab Banker carries an interview with Dr. Jamil Al-Jaroudi, the Chief Executive Officer of Bank Nizwa, Oman’s first Islamic bank.   The Magazine will be mailed to ABA members in mid-September. Key points addressed in the interview include the long-term business strategy of Bank Nizwa, including its plans to open new branches and plans to develop overseas business. Dr. Al-Jaroudi also addresses the role played by the Central Bank of Oman and the perspective of Shari’a scholars in Oman.   Click here to read more

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13/08/13  The Syrian Banking System

ABA News Analysis of events in Syria focuses – correctly – on the appalling humanitarian tragedy and the fears for the long-term future of an Arab country with a long and distinguished history.   Not surprisingly, there has been little focus on what the crisis in Syria means for its financial system and its banks. Yet, the state of the financial system does have a bearing on daily life in a war torn country, and it will have a crucial role to play in reconstructing the country when the fighting end.   The Arab Bankers’ Association’s Editor in Chief, recently wro...