Board of Directors

Abdulaziz Al-Khereiji

  • ABA Chairman
  • Riyad Bank
  • ABA board member since 2012

Abdulaziz has been working within London’s financial services sector for over 25 years. He joined Riyad Bank’s London branch in 1996 and is now its Chief Manager. He is also Riyad Bank’s Senior Vice President for Overseas Units, and in this capacity he manages the bank’s international corporate relationships in the United States, Europe and Asia, focusing on clients’ business activities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the GCC as a whole.


Fawzi Dajani

  • ABA Vice Chairman
  • National Bank of Kuwait International
  • ABA board member since 2008

Fawzi is the Managing Director of National Bank of Kuwait (International) plc, the London-based subsidiary and European arm of National Bank of Kuwait (NBK). Fawzi joined NBK in 1985 and held positions in Singapore, Kuwait and London before leaving to take up senior posts at Merrill Lynch International Bank and then HSBC Private Bank. He has been Managing Director of National Bank of Kuwait (International) since 2007.


Hani Salem

  • ABA Treasurer
  • PwC
  • ABA board member since 2016

Hani is a Senior Manager in PwC's Banking and Capital Markets assurance practice. He has more than 12 years experience auditing and advising international banks, sovereign wealth funds, real estate funds, and other financial services firms in the UK, the Channel Islands and the Middle East. He is currently providing strategic consulting services to a number of banking and financial services organisations. Hani is a Certified Public Accountant from the New Hampshire Board of Accountancy.


Vivien Davies

  • ABA Company Secretary
  • Fieldfisher
  • ABA board member since 2012

Vivien is a partner in the London law firm Fieldfisher. During her career she has specialised in company, banking and commercial disputes, including complex cross-boarder disputes and international arbitration. In addition to general commercial clients, she regularly acts for foreign banks and enterprises from the hospitality, construction, and healthcare sectors, together with media organisations. She is fluent in Arabic.


George Kanaan

  • ABA CEO
  • Arab Bankers’ Association
  • ABA board member since 2009

George was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Arab Bankers’ Association in August 2009.  He began his banking career with Citibank in New York in 1975 and spent three years with First Chicago in London from 1984. He returned to Citibank in 1987 to establish and become General Manager of the London branch of Saudi American Bank (which was managed and partly owned by Citibank) and its associated investment company. After leaving Saudi American Bank, he established and managed a family office and acted as a consultant to Arab companies and high net worth individuals.


Ziyad Akrouk

  • Europe Arab Bank
  • ABA board member since 2012

Ziyad has been Chief Executive Officer of Europe Arab Bank plc, which is part of the Arab Bank Group, since May 2011. He is based in London. He was previously CEO of Citibank’s operations in Kuwait and also held senior roles within Citibank in Bahrain, Poland, Egypt and Jordan. Before becoming a banker, Ziyad spent his early career working as a civil engineer.


Farid Barakat

  • National Bank of Abu Dhabi
  • ABA board member since 2010

Farid is the European Regional Manager of National Bank of Abu Dhabi and head of its London branch. He is based in London. Farid joined NBAD in 1977. The bank’s London branch specialises in private banking services and high profile property financing and has a growing corporate and trade finance department.


Stephen Blyth

  • Arab National Bank, London
  • ABA board member since 2016

Stephen is the General Manager of Arab National Bank's London branch. He was appointed to this role in October 2016 having previously been acting General Manager and Deputy General Manager. He is a seasoned banker with more than 37 years experience, much of which is in the Gulf region. He has been with ANB in various senior roles since 1991 and between 1994 and 2004 was based in the bank's head office in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Stephen has held a variety of roles during his banking career, and for the last 12 years, in addition to jointly running ANB's London branch, much of his time has been focussed on regulatory change.  


Paul Jennings

  • Bank ABC, London
  • ABA board member since 2016

Paul is Managing Director & CEO of ABC International Bank plc. Previously, he was Deputy CEO of ABC International Bank plc and Group Head, Global Trade Finance of Arab Banking Corporation (B.S.C.). Paul joined ABC International Bank plc in September 1999 and has over 30 years' experience in the international wholesale banking sector. He also represents Bank ABC as Deputy Chairman of ABC Islamic E.C. and is a Director of Banco ABC Brasil S.A.


Hani Kablawi

  • BNY Mellon
  • ABA board member since 2010

Hani is an Executive Vice President at BNY Mellon and the head of the bank’s EMEA asset servicing division. He is based in London. Hani previously managed country and client relationships across EMEA for BNY Mellon and was co-Chair of the bank’s Sovereign Advisory Board, which oversees relationships with sovereign wealth funds and central banks globally. He previously worked for BNY Mellon in New York, Abu Dhabi and Dubai.


Charbel Khazen

  • Gulf International Bank
  • ABA board member since 2014

Charbel Khazen is a Senior Vice President at Bahrain-based Gulf International Bank (GIB) and the manager of its London branch. He is based in London and has lived in the UK since 1985. Charbel joined GIB in 1995 and has held his current position since 2006. Before joining GIB, Charbel worked for Qatar National Bank and Europe Arab Bank (then known as Arab Bank) in London. Most of his banking career has focussed on corporate and institutional banking, with an emphasis on relationship management and business development. 


Ralph Al Raheb

  • Morgan Stanley
  • ABA board member since 2016

Ralph is a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley and is Head of Fixed Income for Middle East and North Africa. He is based in London and is a member of Morgan Stanley's MENA Management Committee. Ralph joined Morgan Stanley Paris in 2003 and transferred to London in 2005 to cover the MENA region. In 2007 he was named Vice President and in 2009 became an Executive Director. In 2010 he was appointed head of Fixed Income Sales for MENA and in 2014 became head of Fixed Income for MENA. In January 2015 he was made a Managing Director. Ralph has a Master's degree in Economics and a Master's in Finance and Asset Management from Paris IX.


Amr Turk

  • Blom Bank France
  • ABA board member since 2010

Amr is the General Manager of the London branch of Blom Bank France. He is based in London. A graduate of the University of Oxford, Amr joined the Planning and Administration Division of Saudi Oger in Riyadh in 1983. In 1984, he joined Blom Bank France and was among the first staff to be involved in setting up the London branch that was, and continues to be, focussed on providing private banking services, property finance and documentary credits. With over 30 years in the U.K., Amr has developed an in-depth knowledge of the financial system and he has established links with many corporations and individuals seeking banking services in London.


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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
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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
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
Amr Turk
Blom Bank France