Doha, May 25, 2022: BNP Paribas Middle East & Africa is pleased to announce the appointment of Natalie Yacoubian as General Manager and Country Head for BNP Paribas Qatar. She reports to Amine Bel Hadj Soulami, Head of BNP Paribas Middle East & Africa.

Amine Bel Hadj Soulami, Head of BNP Paribas Middle East & Africa said “Natalie is a great addition to BNP Paribas in Qatar. She will continue to support the development of our business with Corporate and Institutional clients and contribute to expanding the Bank’s footprint in the region.  She brings with her extensive professional knowledge both in banking and consulting combined with a strong understanding of the Bank’s strategy.  Notably, BNP Paribas has been present in Qatar as a subsidiary since 1956, and as a full commercial branch in 1973 licensed by the Central Bank of Qatar.”

Natalie has over 20 years of banking experience. She joined BNP Paribas in 1999 where she began her career as an EMEA Relationship Manager within the Project and Structured Finance team, focusing on energy & commodity clients. Natalie is a seasoned international banker having assumed senior roles at BNP Paribas, including Head of Upstream Oil & Gas for the Investment Banking Asia Pacific region based in Singapore, and Principal and ExCo Member of the CIB Consulting & Transformation team in Paris.

 

Abu Dhabi, 13 December 2021: BNP Paribas Middle East & Africa is pleased to announce the appointment of François Regnier as Chief Executive Officer for BNP Paribas – United Arab Emirates. François will also take on the responsibility for multi-national coverage in the region. Located in the bank’s Abu Dhabi office. François reports to Amine Bel Hadj Soulami, Head of BNP Paribas, Middle East & Africa.

Amine Bel Hadj Soulami, Head of BNP Paribas Middle East & Africa said “We’re very pleased to welcome François Regnier, as CEO of BNP Paribas for the UAE. With over 30 years of banking experience, he will help further enhance the bank’s strategy in the UAE across all client segments, including corporates, multinationals and financial institutions. We are confident that François’ knowledge and business gravitas will enable us to continue to support our clients at this critical juncture in sustainability, and deliver sustainable finance solutions as part of the region’s energy transition.”

As a seasoned professional, François has over 30 years of strong and diversified experience with BNP Paribas. He spent 10 years in Paris at the start of his career.  He held several senior executive roles at the Bank in London and Central & Eastern Europe. He served as Country Head for BNP Paribas in Hungary from 2005 until 2009, and then Country Head in Russia from 2012 until 2015. In London, he led the Acquisition Finance team in the early 2000’s and served as Head of Human Resources at the time of the BNP Paribas and Fortis merger. He was also Chief Operations Officer for BNP Paribas London Branch, as well as BNP Paribas’ Chief Compliance Officer, UK.

Manama, December 12, 2021: BNP Paribas Middle East & Africa is pleased to announce the appointment of Rami Falah as General Manager of BNP Paribas Bahrain Conventional Retail Branch (CRB) with immediate effect. Rami will also continue as Head of Islamic Banking, for BNP Paribas Middle East & Africa. He reports to Amine Bel Hadj Soulami, CEO, BNP Paribas Middle East & Africa, based out of the regional Headquarters in Bahrain.

Rami Falah, a Bahraini national, initially joined BNP Paribas in 2004 as a Senior Relationship Manager. He was promoted to Head of Islamic Banking in 2006, a position he has held since. He began his career with Arab Bank as a Junior Credit Analyst, Compliance & Credit Control in 1996, before becoming a Relationship Manager within the financial institutions department.

Amine Bel Hadj Soulami, Head of BNP Paribas Middle East & Africa said “Over the past 17 years, Rami Falah has significantly contributed to BNP Paribas. As Head of Islamic Banking, Middle East & Africa, he has worked on landmark international deals, overseeing everything from product design to delivery, in the service of sustaining and deepening our relationships with our Islamic Finance clients. He has the right capabilities to support our business in Bahrain, and drive further growth across our corporate and institutional activities. “

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About BNP Paribas

BNP Paribas is a leading bank in the Eurozone and a prominent international banking institution. It has a presence in 68 countries, with more than 193,000 employees. The Group has key positions in its three main activities: Domestic Markets, International Financial Services and Corporate & Institutional Banking. The Group helps all its clients to realise their projects through solutions spanning financing, investment, savings and protection insurance. In its Corporate & Institutional Banking and International Financial Services activities, BNP Paribas also enjoys top positions in Europe, a strong presence in the Americas, as well as a solid and fast-growing business in Asia-Pacific.

BNP Paribas has been operating in the MEA region for over 45 years, where it is active in the fields of Corporate & Institutional Banking and International Financial Services. The Bank has a presence in five of the Gulf countries: Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The BNP Paribas Group in South Africa is represented by a full commercial branch in Johannesburg and BNP Paribas Personal Finance Ltd. (RCS) a consumer finance company based in Cape Town. BNP Paribas is also present in Morocco through the BNP Paribas Regional Investment Company (BRIC), which acts as a hub for wider Africa.

12 October 2021: BNP Paribas appointed Kieran Fahy as Chief Executive Officer, South Africa, effective immediately. He reports to Amine Bel Hadj Soulami, Head of BNP Paribas Middle East & Africa.

Kieran has over 20 years of experience within the banking and financial services industry. He joins the BNP Paribas Johannesburg office from Paris, where he spent the past four years as a member of BNP Paribas’ Europe Middle East & Africa (EMEA) Corporate Coverage Management Team with responsibility for the EMEA Multinational Corporate franchise.

Kieran Fahy has a wealth of professional experience, holding senior positions within BNP Paribas including Chief Executive Officer for BNP Paribas Sweden, where he also headed the Stockholm Branch, and acting Head of Coverage Corporate Banking for Sweden and Finland. Previous roles include Head of Corporate and Transaction Banking and responsibility for Corporate and Institutional Coverage for BNP Paribas in Ireland.

Before joining BNP Paribas in 2002, Kieran also worked for JP Morgan in Dublin, and Chase Manhattan Bank, in London and Dublin.

Amine Bel Hadj Soulami, Head of BNP Paribas Middle East & Africa said, “Kieran has extensive experience managing a large team across multiple international markets. We are confident that he will continue to develop our business in South Africa, progressing the bank’s sustainable finance agenda and working with both local and multi-national clients to provide best in class services and solutions.

“Kieran will also nurture our existing corporate social responsibility projects in South Africa such as the Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative (WPDI), and BNP Paribas & RCS Rising Star Tennis, which give back to the local communities in areas such as conflict resolution and grassroots sport.”