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.

George began his banking career with Citibank in New York in 1975 and in the late 1980s established and managed the London-branch of Saudi American Bank (in which Citibank then held a 40% stake). He later moved to Riyadh to manage a family office before returning to London. George is a leading figure in London's Arab community. His interests extend far beyond banking and finance to include fine art and the collecting of memorabilia. 

In his role as CEO of the Arab Bankers' Association, George is assisted by several members of staff, both full time and part time:


Andrew Cunningham


Editor in Chief

Andrew writes and edits the ABA’s content for the ABA’s website and other publications and he produces the Arab Banker Magazine. Andrew is based in London. His email is


Esin Erdil


Accounting and Administration

Esin Erdil, Accounting and Administration Manager, is based in the London office. Esin manages all of the ABA’s administrative and financial affairs. Her email is  


Hanan Almasood


Business Development & Press Relations

Hanan Almasood based in London, works on business development. Her email is 


Carol Hovsepian


Business and Development

Carol Hovsepian, Business and Development Manager, is based in Beirut. Carol provides administrative and technical support in all areas of the Association’s work. Her email is  

Board of Directors

Abdulaziz Al-Khereiji
ABA Chairman
Riyad Bank
Fawzi Dajani
ABA Vice Chairman
National Bank of Kuwait International
Hani Salem
ABA Treasurer
Vivien Davies
Stephen Blyth
Arab National Bank, London
Paul Garbutt
Grant Thornton
Yasser Ibrahim
National Bank of Egypt (UK)
Hani Kablawi
BNY Mellon
George Kanaan
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