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

Author: Gordon Platt

Burgan Bank

Eduardo Eguren, CEO

Eguren was named CEO of Kuwait-based Burgan Bank in 2010. Prior to that, he was CEO of global commercial banking for Barclays Bank in the UK. From 1984 until 2007, Eguren held senior leadership positions with Citi. Burgan Bank is a subsidiary of Kuwait Projects Company.


Byblos Bank

François Bassil, Chairman and general manager

Bassil has been chairman and GM of Byblos Bank since 1979. He is also serving his fourth term as chairman of the Association of Banks in Lebanon. Under his leadership Byblos has become one of the top banks in Lebanon, with a presence in 12 countries.


Commercial International Bank

Hisham Ezz Al-Arab, Chairman and managing director

Al-Arab was named to his current position in 2002. He joined CIB as deputy managing director in 1999 and saw CIB increase its market capitalization from $200 million to $4 billion. Al-Arab began his career at Arab African International Bank. He later worked in London and New York for Merrill Lynch, J.P. Morgan and Deutsche Bank. He was elected chairman of the Federation of Egyptian Banks in 2013.

Doha Bank

Raghavan Seetharaman, Group CEO

Seetharaman has been group chief executive officer of Doha Bank since 2007. Previously, he held management positions at three banks in Oman. Seetharaman is a chartered accountant specializing in managerial economics and holds certificates in IT systems and corporate management.


Emirates Airline

Timothy Clark, President

Clark is president of Emirates Airline and chairman of the Emirates Airline Foundation. He joined British Caledonian in 1972 and Gulf Air in Bahrain in 1975. He moved to Dubai in 1985 and was a member of the founding team of Emirates Airline. He was named president of Emirates in 2003 and served as managing director of Sri Lankan Airlines from 1998 to 2008.


Emirates NBD

Shayne Nelson, Group CEO

Nelson became group CEO of Dubai’s largest bank in 2013. Previously, he served in Singapore as CEO of Standard Chartered Private Bank and was chairman of the bank’s Saadiq Islamic Advisory Board. He also was regional CEO of Standard Chartered Bank in the Middle East and North Africa and chairman of Standard Chartered (Pakistan).


Falcom Financial Services

Adeeb Al-Sowailim, CEO

Al-Sowailim has been CEO of Riyadh-based Falcom since it was founded in 2007. Falcom introduced the first exchange-traded fund in the Saudi market. Previously, Al-Sowailim worked at Samba Financial Services and Banque Saudi Fransi. He is a director of National Medical Care, which operates hospitals in Saudi Arabia.


Gulf Bank

César González-Bueno, CEO

González-Bueno was named CEO of Gulf Bank in March 2014. Previously, he was CEO of Novagalicia Banco, a Spanish bank he helped to restructure and privatize. Before that, he worked at ING for 13 years, where he was CEO of ING Direct Spain, and later head of its European division. He has also worked for the Boston Consulting Group and McKinsey.


Gulf International Bank

Yahya Alyahya, CEO

Alyahya has served as CEO of GIB in Bahrain since 2009. He is also chairman of Gulf International Bank (UK) and a member of the board of the Washington, DC-based Institute of International Finance. Alyahya previously served on the board of the World Bank as executive director representing Saudi Arabia.


International Bank of Qatar

Jabra Ghandour, Managing Director

Ghandour joined IBQ in 2012, after serving as general manager of the National Bank of Kuwait in Jordan from 2005. Before that, Ghandour was head of private banking at NBK’s main office in Kuwait. He has also served as general manager of Merrill Lynch Jordan and held various managerial positions at local banks in Jordan.



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