History of the Arab Bankers Association

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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


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
ABA Company Secretary
Fieldfisher
George Kanaan
ABA CEO
Arab Bankers’ Association
Ziyad Akrouk
Europe Arab Bank
Farid Barakat
National Bank of Abu Dhabi
Stephen Blyth
Arab National Bank, London
Paul Jennings
Bank ABC, London
Hani Kablawi
BNY Mellon
Charbel Khazen
Gulf International Bank
Ralph Al Raheb
Morgan Stanley
Bert de Ruiter
Stormbridge International
Amr Turk
Blom Bank France