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.
The ABA’s inaugural Annual General Meeting was held in March 1980 and was attended by 80 people, including proxies from overseas. Bachir Zouheiri of European Arab Bank was elected Chairman and Antoine Zananiri of Crocker National Bank was elected Secretary General.
The names of the members of the inaugural executive committee, and the banks for which they were working at that time, is given on page 27 of the Autumn 2013 edition of the Arab Banker. (The names feature as part of a profile of Antoine Zananiri.)
Many people have contributed to the success of the ABA since its foundation. We cannot recognise all of them, but the list below gives the names of all the association’s Chairmen.
Many people have contributed to the success of the ABA since its foundation more than 30 years ago. We cannot recognise all of them, but the list below gives the names of previous Chairmen.
Bashir Zouheiri, 1980-85
Hikmat Nashashibi, 1985-89
Mustapha Serageldin, 1989-92
George Kardouche, 1992-98
Mohamed El-Erian, 1999
Khaled Abdel Meguid, 1999
Samir Ansary, 2000-2001
William Khouri, 2001-2002
George Kardouche, 2002-2009
Antoine Sreih, 2010
Safwan Affifi, 2011
Hany Kablawi, 2012-2013
Abdulaziz Al-Khereiji, 2014 - present