Global Finance’s first annual list of Who’s Who in The Middle East.     

Author: Gordon Platt

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Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank

Ala’a Eraiqat, CEO and executive director

Eraiqat joined ADCB in 2004 and was named CEO in 2009. He previously held senior positions in the UAE at Citi and Standard Chartered Bank. Eraiqat is also chairman of ADCB’s Al Dhabi Brokerage Services subsidiary and CEO of ADCB Meethaq, the bank’s Islamic banking division.


Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank

Tirad Al-Mahmoud, CEO

Al-Mahmoud joined ADIB in 2008, after serving as general manager and head of the corporate and investment banking division of Samba Financial Group in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He spent 22 years at Citi, where he held various positions, including CEO of Citibank Romania and Slovakia.


Ahli United Bank

Adel El-Labban, Group CEO and managing director

El-Labban joined AUB in Bahrain in 2002. He was previously CEO of United Bank of Kuwait in the UK. Before that he was managing director of Commercial International Bank of Egypt. El-Labban has also worked at Arab Banking Corporation and Morgan Stanley.


Al Ain Ahlia Insurance

Mohammed Mazhar Hamadeh, General manager

Hamadeh joined Al Ain Ahlia when the company was formed in 1975 in the United Arab Emirates. He started as Al Ain branch manager and was named general manager in 1995. A Jordanian national, Hamadeh is a member of the executive board of Gulf Insurance Federation and chairman of the motor and legal affairs committee of the Emirates Insurance Association.

Al Baraka Banking Group

Adnan Ahmed Yousif, President and CEO

Yousif has been a director of Al Baraka since its inception in Bahrain in 2002, and has been president and CEO since 2004. The group now has a network of 550 branches in 15 countries. Yousif served two terms as chairman of the Union of Arab Banks, Lebanon.


Al Hilal Bank

Mohamed Jamil Berro, Group CEO

Berro joined Al Hilal Bank as the founding group CEO in 2008. Previously, he was global head of personal banking for Arab Bank. Prior to that, he held senior positions at National Bank of Kuwait and Crédit Agricole in Egypt.


Arab African International Bank

Hassan Abdalla, CEO and vice chairman

Abdalla was named to his current position in 2002. He joined AAIB in 1982 after graduating from American University in Cairo. He started in the back office to the dealing room and was named chief dealer in 1989. He became general manager of AAIB 10 years later. Abdalla is a board member of Union de Banques Arabes et Francaises in Paris and is chairman of UBAF Bank Hong Kong.

Arab Banking Corporation

Khaled Kawan, Group CEO

Kawan joined ABC in Bahrain in 1991 and was group legal counsel until 2009, when he was named group deputy CEO. He became group CEO in 2013. Kawan is chairman of ABC Islamic Bank and Arab Banking Corporation, Egypt.




Hussein Hachem, CEO

Hachem has 22 years of regional and international experience in the logistics and transportation industries. He joined Aramex in Kuwait to reestablish operations after the 1991 Gulf War. He later became general manager in Kuwait, Sri Lanka and the UAE. In 2005, he was named vice president, UAE and Oman, and later became CEO for the Gulf Cooperation Council countries.

Arab National Bank

Robert Eid, Managing director and CEO

Eid has held his current position at ANB in Saudi Arabia since 2005. Previously, he worked at National Bank of Kuwait for 22 years. Based in London, he headed NBK’s international network and was managing director of the bank’s UK subsidiary. He also served as vice chairman of NBK’s Lebanon subsidiary.



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