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Mr. Mario Saradar

Chairman - CEO
Mr. Mario Saradar is Chairman-CEO of Saradar Bank sal. He is also Chairman-CEO of Marius Saradar Holding sal - Saradar Group and other affiliates of the Group since 1992, when he was appointed as Chairman and General Manager of Banque Saradar. Following the merger between Banque Saradar and Bank Audi in 2004 and until December 2010, he held the role of Chairman and General Manager of Audi Saradar Private Bank. During the same period, Mr. Saradar was appointed Chairman of Bank Audi Suisse.
A graduate of London’s University College with a B.S. in Economics, Mr. Saradar also holds a diploma in Financial Instruments from “Institut des Techniques de Marché”, and a diploma in Portfolio Management from “Institut de la Bourse et du Titre”, both in Paris. He has repeatedly been elected to the Board of the Lebanese Banks Association, and is currently a member of the “Rassemblement des Dirigeants et des Chefs d’Entreprise Libanais” International Chamber of Commerce, and of the Young Presidents’ Organization.

Sheikh Fouad El-Khazen

Honorary Chairman
Sheikh Fouad El-Khazen was the Chairman of the Board of Directors and General Manager of BIT Bank from 1985 until 2015.
Throughout his distinguished career, Sheikh Fouad El-Khazen was elected Chairman of numerous companies and institutions, further sitting on a number of corporate boards.
Today, he remains the Chairman of six associations. He holds a Civil Engineering degree from E.S.I.B. Ecole Supérieure d’Ingénieurs de Beyrouth in Lebanon.

Dr. Alfred Wiederkehr

Honorary Vice-Chairman
Dr. Alfred Wiederkehr is the Honorary Vice Chairman and the senior partner of a Zurich law firm, in addition to being an entrepreneur and investor. He holds two degrees, a Ph.D. in Swiss Law and a MCL in American Law. He has extensive experience in Corporate Law.

Mr. Jamil El-Khazen

Member
In addition to being a board member in several institutions, Mr. El-Khazen is active in Real Estate and Financial Investment fields.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in International Business from the University of Evansville, Indiana, USA.

Mrs. Laura El-Khazen Lahoud

Member
Mrs. Laura Lahoud is involved in different family businesses, mainly the managing of Al Bustan Hotel and the organization of Al Bustan Festival.
She holds a Master’s in Science in Mathematics & Operational research from the London School of Economics (London, UK).

Mr. Michel Ferneini

Member
Mr. Michel Ferneini is the Chairman-General Manager of Société Financière du Liban, a financial group composed of 34 banks, providing Treasury Bills, certificates of deposit trading and interbank brokerage in the Lebanese market, as well as other financial structures in collaboration with the Central Bank of Lebanon.
Mr. Ferneini brings extensive banking experience including over 20 years with Merrill Lynch in their Beirut, Brussels and Paris offices. He is a Board member of several institutions including: Intra Investment Company, Jammal Trust Bank, Fenicia Bank, Société Immobilière du Port de Beyrouth, Société Générale d’Entreprises Touristiques and Vitas. He was awarded the Medal of the French National Assembly as a recognition of his outstanding contribution to cultural projects.
Mr. Ferneini holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the American University of Beirut.

Mr. Carlos Ghosn

Member
Mr. Carlos Ghosn is the former Chairman and CEO of Nissan Motor Corp., former Chairman and CEO of the Renault Group, former Chairman of Mitsubishi Motors, and former Chairman and CEO of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance BV.
He joined Renault in 1996 as Executive Vice President of the Group and Nissan in 1999 as its Chief Operating Officer. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer in June 2001. From June 2013 to June 2016, Mr. Ghosn was also the Chairman of AvtoVAZ, a Russian car manufacturer. Following Nissan’s acquisition of a 34% stake in Mitsubishi Motors in October 2016, Mr. Ghosn became the Chairman of Mitsubishi Motors.
Mr. Ghosn spent 15 years with Michelin in various capacities from 1981 to 1996.
A national of Brazil, France and Lebanon, Mr. Ghosn holds Engineering Degrees from France's École Polytechnique (1974) and École des Mines de Paris (1978).

Mr. Joe Issa-El-Khoury

Member
Following a degree in Civil Engineering from the American University of Beirut and an MBA from INSEAD, Mr. Issa-El-Khoury spent several years at Merrill Lynch in Paris, after which he joined the Méditerranée Group in Lebanon as advisor to the Chairman and Deputy General Manager of Méditerranée Investment Bank. For many years, he served as Chairman-General Manager of Saradar Investment House, the investment banking arm of Saradar Group.
His multi-disciplined assignments covered areas in portfolio and wealth management, project finance, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, capital markets as well as real estate investment. In Lebanon, Mr. Issa-El-Khoury was a pioneer in leading the first Euro Deposit program issued by a bank, the first convertible bond issued by an industrial group and the first REIT-like structure issued by a real estate company.
Currently an Executive Director and a member of the Investment Committee at M1 Group, he is a prominent leader in Business Development. Mr. Issa-El-Khoury is also the CEO of M1 Investments while holding board representations at institutions such as Saradar Bank, LibanPost, Hope Construction Materials, Jetscape, ITCC, Façonnable and Pepe Jeans Group.

Saifi Invest Holding sal represented by Mr. Nabil Moukattaf

Member
Mr. Nabil Moukattaf has a significant international experience in gold and forex trading activities as well as Private Banking.
He is a graduate of L’Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales in Paris (France).

Mr. Joseph Saddi

Member
Mr. Joseph Saddi is a former Partner and Chairman of Strategy&’s (formerly Booz & Company) Middle East business, with over 30 years of consulting experience in strategic, organizational, and restructuring services.
Over the years, he ‎has led major privatization programs in sectors such as oil and gas, mining, steel and electricity; advised Middle East governments on sector ‎deregulation and sector policy; and led the reorganization of national oil companies and large corporations. He also works closely with large family-owned ‎companies to help design governance and portfolio strategies.
Mr. Saddi holds an MBA from Cornell University, and a Bachelor of Business Administration from ESSEC in France.

Shammas Economic Institute represented by Mr. Nizam Shammas

Member
Mr. Nizam Shammas is a seasoned engineer and businessman involved in construction with The C.A.T. Group (MEA), industry with STAL (LB), tourism with New Forest Hotels (UK) and St. Raphael Resort & Marina (CY), real-estate development through Rabieh Co. (LB) and Shammas Investment (LB), and banking as a MD of Shammas Economic Institute (LB) and shareholder in Saradar Bank (LB).
He holds a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from the American University of Beirut (Beirut, LB), MBA from Brunel University (London, UK), and an Advanced Management Program from Cornell University (New York, USA).

Mr. Christian Steinfels

Member
Mr. Christian Steinfels holds a Bachelor of Arts and an MBA degree. He has held various positions in banking in the USA, London, Frankfurt and Switzerland.
In addition, he has been a member of the Supervisory Boards of ASEA AB, ABB AG, Voest-Alpine AG and Böhler-Uddeholm AG.
He has acted as an independent financial advisor since 1996.