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CEO Middle East Operations
A veteran international banker and bank regulator, Walid oversees Promontory Financial Group’s activities throughout the Middle East and Turkey. He advises clients on strategy, corporate governance, risk management, compliance, and regulatory affairs, among other matters.
Walid has had a distinguished career in international banking and banking supervision. Prior to joining Promontory, he served 10 years as chairman of Lebanon’s Banking Control Commission, the country’s supervisory authority, and more than 20 years with Citibank, where he held managerial positions in seven countries. During his chairmanship of the BCC, supervision in Lebanon was among the highest rated in the emerging countries, with the banking sector more than tripling its assets and quadrupling its capital during his two five-year terms. While at Citibank, he served as head of the company’s Levant region, and as regional supervisor for Business Risk Review for South East Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, covering some 30 countries. He also worked as country head of an affiliate of Citibank in Turkey, based in Istanbul, and held other credit and marketing positions in Saudi Arabia and New York.
- Postgraduate executive programs, Harvard
- Postgraduate executive program, INSEAD
- M.A., Rutgers University
- B.A., economics, American University of Beirut