Board of Directors

Mr. Ali Hejeij, Board Chairman

Mr. Ali Hejeij is chairman of MEAB bank s.a.l. A leading Lebanese Businessman, formerly the Chairman of Coral Beach Hotel & Resort in Beirut Lebanon, the assistant general manager of Seguibat, a leading civil construction company in Equatorial Guinea & a shareholder of MEAB bank s.a.l. In addition to his BA in Banking & finance, Mr. Ali Hejeij holds an international diploma of executive MBA from ESCP Europe and ESA Business School.


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.


Ms. Ghina Haddad, Certified Board Member (IFC- World Bank Group)

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.


Mr. 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.


H.E. Mr. Mohamad El Harake, Certified Board Member (IFC- World Bank Group)

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.


Mrs. Amal Sharara Saleh, Board Member

Mrs. Amal Saleh, with 39 years of experience in the banking industry, has been part of the MEAB bank 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 bank 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.