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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 audit  and other assurance services to one of the largest European banking and financial services organisations. Hani is a Certified Public Accountant from the New Hampshire Board of Accountancy.

 

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.

 

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 40 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 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.  

 

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 disputes, 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.

 

Ayda Habboush

Towers & Hamlins

ABA board member since 2020

Ayda is a partner in the Corporate departments of Trowers & Hamlins LLP and is co-head of the firm's Hotel and Leisure Group. She has 15 years' experience as a corporate solicitor. During her career, Ayda has been involved in a broad range of work including mergers and acquisitions (both in the UK and abroad), with a particular focus on inward investment from the MENA and ASEAN regions, advising banks, institutional investors and ultra-high net worth investors. As a member of Trowers' Islamic Finance team, Ayda advises on the corporate structuring of Shari'ah-compliant acquisitions and the establishment of Shari'ah-compliant offshore funds. She is a fluent Arabic and French speaker. 

 

Yasser Ibrahim

ODDO-BHF Bank

ABA board member since 2018

Yasser Ibrahim is Managing Director, International Banking and Co-Head of International Banking Sales at ODDO BHF, based in Frankfurt. Prior to his appointment he had been Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of National Bank of Egypt (UK) in London. Before that, Yasser had spent more than 25 years at Commerzbank in Germany, Bahrain and Egypt. In his last function at Commerzbank, he served as Managing Director and head of the bank's Representative Office in Cairo. Yasser also served as non-executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of Mercedes-Benz Egypt and as the Vice Chairman of the German-Arab Chamber of Industry and Commerce. 

 

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.

 

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.

 

Haytham Kamhiyah

Europe Arab Bank

ABA board member since 2020

Haytham was appointed CEO of Europe Arab Bank in December 2018, prior to which he had been CEO of Emirates Development Bank in the UAE. Haytham started his career with Arthur Andresen and then joined Capital Bank of Jordan in 1996, where he progressed to become General Manager of the bank in May 2005. He has served as a director of several organisations, including Jordan International Investment Group, Ithmar Islamic Finance Company, Jordan International Insurance Company and Safwa Islamic Bank. Haytham holds a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting and Business Administration as well as professional qualifications from the Institute of Certified Management Accountants and from the Institute of Certified Public Accountants in the United States. In 2005, he obtained the Advanced Management Programme Diploma from INSEAD Business School.
 

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 and member of the board of of Ahli United Bank (UK) Plc, which he joined in 2014. He began his career in banking in 1985 with Banque de la Méditerranée in his native Lebanon, before moving to the UK where he led Corporate Banking at Banque de la Méditerranée (UK) Ltd. He subsequently 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 followed by UBS in a similar role. Sami has broad banking experience that includes commercial and corporate banking, trade finance, private banking and, in his current capacity at AUB UK, corporate governance and senior management oversight. 

Rakan Al-Tarawneh

Jordan International Bank

ABA Board member since 2020

Rakan is the CEO of Jordan International bank in London. He has held this role since April 2017, prior to which he had served as Deputy CEO since April 2013. He has been with the bank since 2011. Rakan has more than 20 years' experience in the financial services industry. He holds a master's in Accounting and Finance and is a CFA Charter holder. During his banking career, Rakan has acquired particular experience in credit, investment and portfolio management. 

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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