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:

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