Current positions:
– Secretary General of the Union of Arab Banks
– Secretary General of the World Union of Arab Bankers
– Advisory Board Member of Child & Youth Finance International, Amsterdam –
The Netherlands
– Member of the Board – Association of Certified Financial Crime Specialists
– Member of United Nations Environment Programme – Finance Initiative,
– Member of European Regional Committee, the International Association for
Deposit Insures – Basel, Switzerland
– Chairman of MENA FCCG (MENA Financial Crime Compliance Group), Bahrain
– Member of Board of Trustees of The Arab Academy for Banking & Financial
Sciences, Jordan
– Observer Member – Arab Monetary Fund, UAE
– Observer Member – Arab Union for Small Enterprises, Egypt
– Member of Board of Trustees of the Lebanese for Voluntary Activities, Lebanon
– Member of Advisory Board of Beirut Arab University, Lebanon
– Member of the Advisory Board of MEA Logistics Council – GCELk

Biography of Wissam H. FATTOUH, UAB Secretary General

A career development, Mr. Wissam H. FATTOUH became the Secretary General of the Union of Arab Banks in November
2010. As such, he leads the largest banking consortium in the region and the sole representative of the Arab banking
community, which aims at the development and advancement of the banking and financial markets, in addition to the crossborder relations and exchange of expertise with international counterparts.
Mr. Fattouh has excellent knowledge and expertise in Arab and International banking and financial sectors, acquired from
over 25 years of experience in this domain, and through extensive and close relations with MENA Region, Europe and
United States of America, in addition to regional/ International financial and regulatory bodies. His remarkable contact
portfolio with Heads of States, officials, ministers, politicians, Governors and regulators, and excellent liaison with banks and
financial institutions’ chairmen, CEOs and heads through years of direct and careful relations acted as the vote of confidence
for his evident rise to this position.
Before his current position, Mr. Fattouh served as the Acting Secretary General, Deputy Secretary General, Director of
Conferences Department at UAB and Manager of Databank and Information Technology. He gained a worldwide network of
communication and Economic Knowledge through innovatively organizing, and supervising international, regional and local
Conferences, Forums and Seminars on banking and financial matters in cooperation with the likes of the US Department of
the Treasury, World Bank, IMF, IFC, FATF, United Nation Security Council, European Banking Federations and various
international governmental offices.
He established the new line of technical Forums that excelled for its scientific importance and established a number of
Professional Groups and Associations, Group of Certified Compliance Officers (GCCO) in MENA Region, Group of
Certified Risk Managers (GCRM), in addition to 3 main initiatives for Private Sector Dialogue (PSD): US-MENA PSD,
EU-MENA PSD, and TK-MENA PSD, it is a dialogue between the Arab Banking community and its counterparts from
Turkey, European Union and United States. The Turkish-Arab, EU-Arab, and US-Arab banking dialogue initiatives cover
matters of laws and regulations, investment, trade including Basel recommendations, AML/CFT acts, FATCA law, Derisking, Correspondent banking and others.
Through his suave yet professional persona backed with years of expertise and an eye for the future, Mr. Fattouh has
managed to raise funds on continuous basis to get the UAB to the highest standard of professionalism while using advanced
technologies and relying on the best human resources. He managed to transform the UAB into an internationally renowned
organization with a say on the international banking and financial fronts.
Mr. Fattouh was born in Beirut in September 1965. Married with two children and is a graduate from the Lebanese American
University in Beirut class of 1989 and MBA, London 2016. He is fluent in Arabic, English and a good commend of the
French language.