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BAFT Elects Arab Bank’s Maram Al-Jazireh to Lead Board of Directors

BAFT would like to congratulate its new officers on their election to the 2021-2022 association year and also welcome new board directors Paul Taylor, Bank of America; Aaron Zynczak, First Citizens Bank; Patrik Havander, Nordea; and George Lee, Standard Chartered Bank.

WASHINGTON — BAFT, an international financial services association, announced Maram Al-Jazireh of Arab Bank will serve as the chair of its board of directors for the 2021-2022 association year.

Al-Jazireh is the senior vice president & global head of financial institutions at Arab Bank, as well as a member of its Financial Institutions Credit Committee.

“I am glad to be a part of the team that drives BAFT’s mission to promote sound financial practices enabling innovation, efficiency and commercial growth, while emphasizing transaction banking’s valuable contribution to the financial services industry and its positive impact on global economies,” said Al-Jazireh.

Prior to joining Arab Bank in 2001, Al-Jazireh worked for financial institutions in Amman and Dubai and has served as co-chair of the BAFT MENA Council for the past two years. She is a member of the Governance Committee for a USAID funded MENA investment initiative in Jordan, a fellow of the Middle East Leadership Initiative (a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network) and founder of Mid The Art Reach Project. Al-Jazireh grew up in Kuwait and graduated from Oklahoma State University with a major in accounting.

BAFT board officers include:

  • Vice Chair: Suresh Subramanian, BNP Paribas
  • Secretary / Treasurer: Amy Sahm, Fulton Bank

Other directors include:

  • Ihunanya Onuoha, Access Bank
  • Tod Burwell (CEO), BAFT
  • Paul Taylor, Bank of America
  • Maurice Iskandar, Banque Libano-Française
  • Miriam Ratkovicova, Deloitte
  • Ulf-Peter Noetzel, Deutsche Bank
  • Robert Mancini, Finastra
  • Aaron Zynczak, First Citizens Bank
  • Patricia Gomes, HSBC
  • Nick Smit, ING
  • Robert Hostler, JPMorgan
  • Andreas Meletiou, Mashreq
  • Steve Lotito, MUFG
  • Mark Borton, National Australia Bank
  • Jonathan Elkins, National Bank of Canada
  • Patrik Havander, Nordea
  • Bart Timmermans, Santander UK
  • Kevin Holmes, Standard Bank
  • George Lee, Standard Chartered Bank
  • Tarik Muzaffar, TD Bank
  • Christian Stolcke, UBS
  • F. H. Ahlborn, US Bank
  • Mark Garfield, Zions Bancorporation

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