About the Arab Bankers Association


The Arab Bankers’ Association (ABA) is a London-based not-for-profit professional organisation whose members work in banks and related industries in the Arab world and in the United Kingdom. Through its programmes and events, the ABA fosters improved relations, information sharing and understanding between Arab and British private and public financial sectors.

The ABA was founded in London in 1980 and is the only professional body in the U.K. dedicated to representing and promoting the interests of Arab banks and financial professionals who work with Arab banks.

The Association now boasts hundreds of members, both individual and corporate, based in the U.K., the Middle East and further afield.

The ABA’s current Chief Executive Officer, George Kanaan, was appointed in 2009 (please refer to the “Home” page for George’s “Welcome” message). The board of directors comprises 12 members, all of whom are experience financial professionals with years of experience working with Arab banks and financial institutions.

Abdulaziz Al-Khereiji, Chief Manager of Riyad Bank’s London branch, serves as Chairman of the Association.


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. He is assisted by a team of full time and part time staff, based in London and Beirut. 

Meet the team

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.

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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