A message from the Chief Executive Officer
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 about our work on the various pages of this website. For example, elsewhere on this page you can download a copy of our Annual Magazine; on the “Events” page you can download presentations given at recent evening seminars; and soon we will be adding a new page to our website -- “Arab Banking News” – where you will see a brief round-up of recent events that are relevant to our membership.
The “Join” page also contains a full list of member benefits.
This is an exciting time for Arab banks and their subsidiaries and affiliates in London. Gulf banks are looking to expand their international operations, banks in Egypt and other north African countries are finding their footing after the uncertainties of the Arab Spring, and debt issuance across the region is increasing.
London hosts the largest and most important banking community in Europe, so its not surprising that it is in London that many of the innovative new financial structures that are shaping Arab finance are designed and sold.
The ABA has been serving and promoting Arab banking in London for more than 30 years and we are as enthusiastic and committed to our mission today as we were on the day we were founded. If you are a member, I look forward to working alongside you in the months ahead. If you are not a member, I hope you will consider joining us.
George E. Kanaan Chief Executive Officer
18/07/11 Welcome to the New ABA Site
ABA News The ABA site has been updated, with an emphasis on the social networking, events, and news areas of the site. Redesigned from the ground up, you'll notice the new Map section, an improved profile page for our members and several more improvements on the way. We hope you appreciate the design. Give us feedback at the contact page.
ABA News With recent events in the Middle East, particularly Egypt, Jeff Randall poses the question about the situation as it affects Arab banks. George Kanaan, the ABA CEO, takes time to weigh the credentials of the Egyptian banks and the situation in general.
ABA News The Arab Bankers Association in April 2012 elected Hani Kablawi (BNY Mellon) as its new Chairman. Board members Safwan Aifi and Jawad Ali resigned their directorships earlier. Other office-bearers elected during the board of directors' meeting were: Mr Samer Hijazi, director Ms Vivien Davies, director Mr Ziad Akrouk, director To contact the ABA or any of its office-bearers, please click here (for Houda Lahiani).