Board of Directors

Abdulaziz Al-Khereiji

  • ABA Chairman
  • Riyad Bank
  • ABA board member since 2012

Abdulaziz has been working within London's financial services sector for over 29 years. He joined Riyad Bank's London branch in 1996 and is now its Chief Manager. He is also Riyad Bank's Senior Vice President for Overseas Units, and in this capacity, he manages the bank's international offices in the United States and Asia, focusing on clients' business activities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the GCC as a whole.


Fawzi Dajani

  • ABA Vice Chairman
  • National Bank of Kuwait International
  • ABA board member since 2008

Fawzi is the Managing Director of National Bank of Kuwait (International) plc, the London-based subsidiary and European arm of National Bank of Kuwait (NBK). Fawzi joined NBK in 1985 and held positions in Singapore, Kuwait and London before leaving to take up senior posts at Merrill Lynch International Bank and then HSBC Private Bank. He has been Managing Director of National Bank of Kuwait (International) since 2007.


Hani Salem

  • ABA Treasurer
  • PwC
  • ABA board member since 2016

Hani is a Senior Manager in PwC's Banking and Capital Markets assurance practice. He has more than 12 years experience auditing and advising international banks, sovereign wealth funds, real estate funds, and other financial services firms in the UK, the Channel Islands and the Middle East. He is currently providing strategic consulting services to a number of banking and financial services organisations. Hani is a Certified Public Accountant from the New Hampshire Board of Accountancy.


Vivien Davies

  • Fieldfisher
  • ABA board member since 2012

Vivien is a partner in the international law firm Fieldfisher, which is headquartered in London and has received two Law Firm of the Year Awards in the last 12 months. Vivien is an Arabic speaker and is the head of the MENA Group at Fieldfisher. During her career she has specialised in company, banking and commercial dispute, including complex cross-border disputes and international arbitration. In addition to general commercial clients, Vivien regularly acts for foreign banks and enterprises from the hospitality, construction and healthcare sectors, together with media organisations. Vivien also regularly acts for a host of MENA UHNWIs and is a trusted advisor. 


Stephen Blyth

  • Arab National Bank, London
  • ABA board member since 2016

Stephen is the General Manager of Arab National Bank's London branch. He was appointed to this role in October 2016 having previously been acting General Manager and Deputy General Manager. He is a seasoned banker with more than 39 years' experience, much of which is in the Gulf region. He has been with ANB in various senior roles since 1991 and between 1994 and 2004 inclusive was based in the bank's head office in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Stephen has held a variety of roles during his banking career, and for the last 14 years, in addition to jointly running ANB's London branch, much of his time has been focussed on regulatory change.  


Paul Garbutt

  • Partner
  • Grant Thornton
  • ABA board member since 2018

Paul Garbutt leads the financial (prudential) regulatory practice at Grant Thornton and specialises in prudential regulatory advice and assurance to banks and investment firms. He has more than 25 years' experience in financial services and extensive experience working with firms and the UK's Prudentiall Regulation Authority and the Financial Conduct Authority. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Art, Manufactures and Commerce. 


Yasser Ibrahim

  • National Bank of Egypt (UK)
  • ABA board member since 2018

Yasser Ibrahim was appointed Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of National Bank of Egypt (UK) in January 2017. Before this appointment, he served as Senior Representative in Egypt and head of Commerzbank's Representative Office in Cairo. Yasser joined Commerzbank in 1991 as an apprentice in Germany following completion of service as an Officer in the Reserve Army of the German armed forces. From May 2012 until November 2014, Yasser also served as Non-executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of Mercedes-Benz Egypt. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the Governors of the German-Arab Chamber of Industry and Commerce and is a Founder Member of the German speaking Rotary Club Rhein-Nile in Cairo. 


Hani Kablawi

  • BNY Mellon
  • ABA board member since 2010

Hani is a Senior Executive Vice President at BNY Mellon. He serves as the bank's Chairman for Europe, Middle East and Africa, and as CEO of its Global Asset Servicing Division, which accounts for over a third of revenues and earnings. He is based in London. Hani was previously head of EMEA investment services and has held a number of business, country and client management roles in New York, Abu Dhabi, Dubai and London.


George Kanaan

  • ABA CEO
  • Arab Bankers’ Association
  • ABA board member since 2009

George was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Arab Bankers’ Association in August 2009.  He began his banking career with Citibank in New York in 1975 and spent three years with First Chicago in London from 1984. He returned to Citibank in 1987 to establish and become General Manager of the London branch of Saudi American Bank (which was managed and partly owned by Citibank) and its associated investment company. After leaving Saudi American Bank, he established and managed a family office and acted as a consultant to Arab companies and high net worth individuals.


Paul Jennings

  • Bank ABC, London
  • ABA board member since 2016

Paul is Managing Director and CEO of ABC International Bank plc. Previously, he was Deputy CEO of ABC International Bank plc and Group Head, Global Trade Finance of Arab Banking Corporation (B.S.C.). Paul joined ABC International Bank plc in September 1999 and has over 30 years' experience in the international wholesale banking sector. He also represents Bank ABC as a Director of Banco ABC Brasil S.A.


Charbel Khazen

  • Gulf International Bank
  • ABA board member since 2014

Charbel Khazen is a Senior Vice President at Bahrain-based Gulf International Bank (GIB) and the manager of its London branch. He is based in London and has lived in the UK since 1985. Charbel joined GIB in 1995 and has held his current position since 2006. Before joining GIB, Charbel worked for Qatar National Bank and Europe Arab Bank (then known as Arab Bank) in London. Most of his banking career has focussed on corporate and institutional banking, with an emphasis on relationship management and business development. 


Ralph Al Raheb

  • Morgan Stanley
  • ABA board member since 2016

Ralph is a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley and is of Emerging Markets Onshore Coverage for the CEEMEA Region. He is based in London. Ralph is a member of the Morgan Stanley MENA Management Committee. He joined Morgan Stanley in Paris in 2003 as an analyst in fixed income sales covering French financial institutions and transferred from Paris to London in July 2004 to cover the MENA region. In 2010, he became the head of fixed income sales for MENA and in 2014 head of fixed income for MENA. In 2018, he became Head of Emerging Markets Onshore for MENA. Ralph graduated from Paris IX in 2003 with a master's degree in economics and a master's degree in finance and administration. 


Sami Tamim

  • Ahli United Bank
  • ABA board member since 2018

Sami serves as the CEO of Ahli United Bank (UK) Plc, based in London. He began his career in banking in 1985 with Banque de la Mediterranée in his native Lebanon, before moving to the UK where he led Corporate Banking at Banque de la Mediterranée (UK) Ltd. He then joined Saudi American Bank (Samba) in London where he led the Private Banking team, and then Coutts Bank in Geneva, before returning to London in 2005 to join Citibank as a Director in its Private Banking division. Sami has broad banking experience that includes commercial and corporate banking, trade finance, private banking and, in his current capacity as CEO and an AUB UK board member, corporate governance and senior management oversight. 


Amr Turk

  • Blom Bank France
  • ABA board member since 2010

Amr is the General Manager of the London branch of Blom Bank France. He is based in London. A graduate of the University of Oxford, Amr joined the Planning and Administration Division of Saudi Oger in Riyadh in 1983. In 1984, he joined Blom Bank France and was among the first staff to be involved in setting up the London branch that was, and continues to be, focussed on providing private banking services, property finance and documentary credits. With over 30 years in the U.K., Amr has developed an in-depth knowledge of the financial system and he has established links with many corporations and individuals seeking banking services in London.


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The Arab Bankers Association Team

The ABA is led by George Kanaan, its Chief Executive Officer, who was appointed in 2009. George is based in London but also spends a significant amount of time in Beirut. He is assisted by a team of full time and part time staff, based in London and Beirut. 

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History of the Arab Bankers Association

The Arab Bankers Association was formed in 1980s partly, but not exclusively, by Arab bankers who had relocated from Lebanon when it became clear that there was no end in sight to the country’s civil war. Several had been involved in Beirut’s Foreign Banks Association.

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Board of Directors

Abdulaziz Al-Khereiji
ABA Chairman
Riyad Bank
Fawzi Dajani
ABA Vice Chairman
National Bank of Kuwait International
Hani Salem
ABA Treasurer
PwC
Vivien Davies
Fieldfisher
Stephen Blyth
Arab National Bank, London
Paul Garbutt
Partner
Grant Thornton
Yasser Ibrahim
National Bank of Egypt (UK)
Hani Kablawi
BNY Mellon
George Kanaan
ABA CEO
Arab Bankers’ Association
Paul Jennings
Bank ABC, London
Charbel Khazen
Gulf International Bank
Ralph Al Raheb
Morgan Stanley
Sami Tamim
Ahli United Bank
Amr Turk
Blom Bank France