Ali Hejeij, Board Chairman
Ali Hejeij is the chairman of MEAB. A Lebanese businessman, Mr. Hejeij previously served as the assistant general manager of Socofi, a construction company located in the Gabonese capital, Libreville. The company oversees the majority of key civil construction projects in Gabon. In addition, Mr. Hejeij also served as the assistant general manager of Seguibat, a leading civil construction company in Equatorial Guinea. Mr. Hejeij received his Bachelor’s degree in Banking and Finance. Prior to joining the MEAB board as its chairman, he had been involved with MEAB as a shareholder. He was also the chairman of Coral Beach, a leading hotel and resort in Beirut, Lebanon. Mr. Hejeij is fluent in Arabic, English, French and Spanish. He lives with his family in Beirut.
Dr. Fadi Makki, Board Member
Dr. Makki joined the Board of Directors with more than 18 years of experience in strategy consulting, financial markets regulation and economic and trade policy as well as organizational reform. Dr. Makki served as Director General of the Lebanese Ministry of Economy and Trade, and Member of the Central Council of the Banque Du Liban. He was also Director and General Manager of Cisco Qatar and Principal and Director at Booz & Company, in addition to serving as Advisor to the Ministry of Finance, Economy and Trade in Qatar and the Qatar National Food Security Program. Currently, he is a Managing Partner at Addima Consulting, a boutique strategy consulting firm working in Lebanon and the GCC, and Senior Fellow at Georgetown University in Qatar and the American University of Beirut’s IFI Institute of Public Policy. He obtained his PhD from Cambridge University in 1997, Master’s degrees from the London School of Economics and Hull University, BA from the American University of Beirut and LLB from the Lebanese University.
H.E. Joseph Sarkis, Board Member
Mr. Sarkis has held a number of public positions within Lebanon, including serving as the country’s Minister of Tourism between 2005 and 2008. As Minister, he coordinated with international development and tourism organizations on several projects, including working with the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) to develop a strategic plan for the recovery of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) facing impacts of war. Mr. Sarkis most recently served as Managing Director at Unicorp International Contracting Co. in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Mr. Sarkis is fluent in Arabic, English and French and holds a degree in Civil Engineering from the École Supérieure d’Ingénieurs de Beyrouth (ESIB) in Lebanon.
Dr. Maher Tamim, Board Member
Dr. Tamim served as a business and development consultant for several companies and governors, focusing especially on planning and strategy development. During his 33 years of experience, he worked with very well-known local and international organizations on general management, risk management and capacity building. Dr. Tamim held the position of Vice President and Head of Plus Management and Development (PMD) at Plus Properties. He worked as Head of the Capacity Building Department for a joint project between the World Bank and Ministry of Interior and Municipalities (MOIM) in Lebanon. Dr. Tamim teaches management and business courses for the BBA and MBA levels at AUL University. He earned his PhD in management from Business and Computer University (BCU) in collaboration with AUH in the USA, and got his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Civil Engineering from Northeastern University of Boston, Massachusetts USA.
Ghina Haddad, Board Member
Ms. Haddad joins the Board of Directors with over 30 years of experience in leading American, regional and local banks, namely the Chase Manhattan Bank, American Express Bank, National Bank of Kuwait, Arab Banking Corporation, BankMed Group and Byblos Bank, where she held various senior positions in credit, corporate banking, trade finance, business development, restructuring, mergers and acquisitions and more. Lately, she was the Chief Representative and Country Manager of Arab Banking Corporation. She also acts as financial advisor for several private firms. Ms. Haddad holds a BA in Statistics and Economics and an MBA from the American University of Beirut. She has also participated in a large number of advanced professional training programs at Chase Manhattan Bank, Citibank and American Express Bank.
Ramsey Toufic Younes, Board Member
For over four decades, Mr. Younes has been in a number of Senior and Executive positions with Middle East Airlines Airliban. During his 41 years of service in MEA, he held Senior Management positions in Commercial, Marketing, Sales, Civil Aviation Affairs and last held the position of Senior Director – Head of Human Resources and Member of the Executive Management Committee. Simultaneously, he held the position of Chairman of the Board of Airlines Representatives in Lebanon when he occupied the position of VP Sales in Lebanon and was President of Cedar Jet Club of MEA, the social, sports and cultural club of the Company. Mr. Younes is fluent in Arabic, French, English and Spanish and holds a BA in Economics from the American University of Beirut.
Mohamad El Harake, Board Member
Mr. El Harake was Ambassador and Consul General of Lebanon to New York, Counselor at the Embassy of Lebanon in Washington D.C. and Chief of the America and Australia Division at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Lebanon. He served also as Ambassador of Lebanon to Japan and Switzerland. He was President of the Lebanese Delegation to multiple international conferences, and a member of the Lebanese Delegation to the annual sessions at the U.N. General Assembly. With over 30 years of experience in foreign affairs, he’s a recipient of the Brooklyn Award for Achievement and the Grand Cordon of the Rising Sun–1st category–from Japan. Mr. El Harake is fluent in Arabic, English and French, and holds a degree in French and Lebanese Laws from Saint Joseph’s University in Beirut.
Amal Sharara Saleh, Board Member
Mrs. Amal Saleh, with 39 years of experience in the banking industry, has been part of the MEAB team since its establishment in 1993 and throughout the launching period. She held a number of positions within the bank, most recently as A.G.M. and Head of Financial Markets. In her position she manages the correspondent Banking Relations, Treasury portfolio, FX and Capital Markets. Prior to MEAB she served as Deputy Manager of Mebco Bank from 1977 until 1993. Mrs. Saleh holds a Bachelor's degree in Management and Marketing from the Lebanese University and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Lebanese American University. She had also participated in large number of international conferences and attended professional training programs in Cash Management, Correspondent Banking and Risk Management.
Walid Genadry, Board Member
Mr. Genadry acted for 13 years as the Lebanese insurance sector commissioner, where he developed the insurance sector supervisory authority (ICC) from its inception. During his tenure he held several positions at the International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS), among which member of the Executive Committee and Vice Chair of the Implementation committee where he spearheaded the supervisory development strategy of the association. He was elected “Distinguished Fellow” of IAIS for his contributions. He is also the former Chair and founder of the Arab Forum of Insurance Regulatory Commissions. Prior to that, he held positions at INDEVCO industrial group, Lebanon, United Group consultants and PricewaterhouseCoopers, France and CAE Electronics, Canada where he started his career as a flight simulation engineer. His experience spans insurance, banking, telecommunications and fast moving hygienic based industries. Mr. Genadry holds an MBA from INSEAD, France and a Master’s degree in Engineering from McGill University, Canada.