The Arab Bankers Association Team

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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:

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Andrew Cunningham

London

Editor in Chief

Andrew writes and edits the ABA’s content for the ABA’s website and other publications and he produces the Arab Banker Magazine. Andrew is based in London. His email is acunningham@arab-bankers.co.uk

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Joumana Karam

London

Membership

Joumana, Membership Secretary, is based in the London office. She manages the Association's events and all membership issues. Her email is jkaram@arab-bankers.co.uk

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Esin Erdil

London

Accounting and Administration

Esin Erdil, Accounting and Administration Manager, is based in the London office. Esin manages all of the ABA’s administrative and financial affairs. Her email is eerdil@arab-bankers.co.uk  

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Carol Hovsepian

Beirut

Business and Development

Carol Hovsepian, Business and Development Manager, is based in Beirut. Carol provides administrative and technical support in all areas of the Association’s work. Her email is chovsepian@arab-bankers.co.uk  

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Riem Mroue

London

Business Development & Press Relations

Riem Mroue, based in London, works on business development and press relations. She also manages our Facebook page. Her email is rmroue@arab-bankers.co.uk . 


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
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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