Group Management

Adel A. El-Labban
Group Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director

Director since 30 July 2000. Holds a Masters in Economics (Highest Honors) from the American University, Cairo, 1980, Bachelors in Economics (Highest Honors) from American University, Cairo, 1977 and a General Certificate of Education from London University, 1973.
Group Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, Ahli United Bank BSC, Bahrain; First Deputy Chairman, Ahli Bank SAOG, Oman; Deputy Chairman, Commercial Bank of Iraq,; Deputy Chairman, United Bank for Commerce & Investment S.A.C. Libya; Deputy Chairman, Middle East Financial Investment Co., Saudi Arabia; Director, Ahli United Bank (UK) Plc; Director, Ahli United Bank KSCP, Kuwait; Director, Ahli United Bank Limited, UAE; Director Bahrain Association of Banks, Bahrain; Formerly : Deputy Chairman, Ahli United Bank (Egypt), Chief Executive Officer and Director, United Bank of Kuwait PLC, UK; Managing Director, Commercial International Bank (Egypt) SAE; Chairman, Commercial International Investment Company, Egypt; Vice President, Corporate Finance, Morgan Stanley, USA; Assistant Vice President, Arab Banking Corporation, Bahrain; Director, Bahrain Stock Exchange; Director, Kuwait & Middle East Financial Investment Co, Kuwait.


Sanjeev Baijal
Deputy Group Chief Executive Officer - Finance and Strategic Development
Chairman Al Hilal Life B.S.C.(c) & Al Hilal Takaful B.S.C.(c), Bahrain; Director, Ahli United Bank K.S.C.P., Kuwait; Director, Ahli Bank S.A.O.G., Oman; Previous experience as Group Head of Finance, Ahli United Bank B.S.C., Bahrain; Financial Controller, Al-Ahli Commercial Bank, Bahrain; Held various positions at Ernst & Young, Bahrain and Price Waterhouse in India; Chartered Global Management Accountant under Association of International Certified Professional Accountants; Member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), and Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ACA).


Keith Gale
Deputy Group Chief Executive Officer - Risk, Legal and Compliance
Director, Ahli Bank S.A.O.G., Oman; Director, Ahli United Bank K.S.C.P. Kuwait; Director, Ahli United Bank S.A.E., Egypt; Director, Ahli United Bank (UK) P.L.C. Previously Group Head of Risk Management, Ahli United Bank, Bahrain; Former Head of Credit and Risk at ABC International Bank P.L.C.; Former Assistant Vice President, Internal Audit Department, Arab Banking Corporation, Bahrain. Held various positions in the UK with KPMG and Ernst & Young. Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants England & Wales (ACA) and holds a BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance from the University of Lancaster, UK.


Shafqat Anwar
Deputy Group Chief Executive Officer - Operations and Technology
Director, Ahli Bank S.A.O.G., Oman; Former Director, Ahli United Finance Company, Egypt; Former Director, Ahli United Bank (Egypt) S.A.E.; Former Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Finance, Risk and Operations, Ahli United Bank (Egypt) S.A.E.; Former Group Head of Operations, Ahli United Bank B.S.C., Bahrain; Former Chief Operating Officer, Commercial Bank of Bahrain, Bahrain; Former Chief Operating Officer, Grindlays Bahrain Bank, Bahrain; Former Operations Manager Gulf, ANZ Grindlays Bank, UAE. Held various management positions with ANZ Banking Group in Bangladesh, the UK, the UAE and Australia. Holds a Master of Business Administration, a Master of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Social Sciences (BSS) with Honours in Public Administration from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh.


Abdulla AlRaeesi
Deputy Group Chief Executive Officer – Retail Banking
Director and Member of the Audit and Compliance Committee and Member of Corporate Governance Committee of Ahli United Bank K.S.C.P., Kuwait; Deputy Chairman, Al Hilal Life B.S.C.(c),Bahrain; Deputy Chairman, Al Hilal Takaful B.S.C.(c), Bahrain. Chairman of Ahli United Bank Group IT Steering Committee, Member of Group Assets and Liabilities Committee, Member of Group Management Committee and Member of Group Operation Risk Committee. Former Director, Ahli United Bank (Egypt) S.A.E.; Former Director, International Chamber of Commerce, Bahrain; Former Director, The Benefit Company, Bahrain. Former Chairman, Ahli Man Investment Committee, Bahrain. Former Vice Chairman, Ahli United Finance Company, Egypt; Former Vice Chairman, Charity Committee of Ahli United Bank B.S.C., Bahrain; Former Head of Business & Technology Consulting Group at Arthur Andersen and Assistant General Manager at Commercial Bank of Qatar. Holds an MBA in Business Administration from the United Kingdom.


Derek Lunt
Deputy Group Chief Executive Officer – Corporate Banking
Director, Al Hilal Life B.S.C. (c) & Al Hilal Takaful B.S.C. (c). Previous experience as Regional Chief of Staff, HSBC Bank Middle East; Regional Head of Corporate and International, HSBC Bank Middle East; Deputy Head, International and Strategy, HSBC Bank Middle East; Senior Executive, International, HSBC Europe; Area Director, Milton Keynes, HSBC UK; Head of Trade Services, HSBC Europe; Director, International Trading Division, HSBC Hong Kong; Deputy Head, Consumer Industries, HSBC Corporate and Institutional Banking, London; Relationship Manager/Director, Consumer Products Team, Midland Bank Corporate and Institutional Banking, London; Various Roles, Forward Trust Group, UK. Holds a BA (Hons) in Human Sciences from St. Catherine’s College, Oxford; Post-graduate – General Management Programme, CEDEP from Insead.


David O'Loan
Deputy Group Chief Executive Officer - Treasury and Investments
Former: Group Treasurer for J. Sainsbury Plc, UK; Deputy Group Treasurer, RBS Group, UK; Senior Vice President, Swiss Re Asset Management, Switzerland; Investment Director, Standard Life Investments, UK; Head of Treasury, BGB (Ireland) plc, Ireland; Manager, Citibank N.A, Ireland. Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, holds a Master of Science degree in Treasury & Investment (Dublin City University) and an MBA from University of Edinburgh.