July 24th, 2018
Abdo Chalhoub at the Governance in Banks and Financial Institutions in the Arab World Conference 2018

The ‘Governance in Banks and Financial Institutions in the Arab World’ conference was organized by the Institute for Finance and Governance, in partnership with the Union of Arab Banks, with the support of Banque Du Liban and ESA Business School, on 11 & 12 July at ESA (École Supérieure des Affaires) Campus in Beirut, Lebanon. 

The opening session included speeches by H.E. Dr. Riad Salame, Governor of Banque Du Liban, Christian Noyer, former Governor of Banque De France, Wissam Fattouh, Secretary General of the Union of Arab Banks, Dr. Joseph Torbey, Chairman of the International Union of Arab Bankers and Chairman of the Association of Banks in Lebanon, and Hadi El Assaad, Coordinator for the Institute for Finance and Governance (IFG).

In his intervention, Abdo Chalhoub, an accredited COBIT 5, CISA, CGEIT and CISM Trainer, PMP and PRINCE2 holder, Board Member and past president of ISACA Lebanon Chapter and Executive Vice President – ICT at Path Solutions, spoke about the importance of implementing an IT governance framework as part of corporate governance to ensure transparency across the organization, successful benefits realization, a proper utilization of resources, and to determine control measures to eliminate or minimise the level of risks in the institution.

The sessions covered a wide variety of topics including ‘Governance and compliance’, ‘Risk management and internal audit’, ‘Governance in support of stability and trust in the banking sector in the Middle East and North Africa’, and ‘The impact of governance on the performance of banks and financial institutions in the Arab world’. 

The two-day conference brought together more than 300 banking executives and professionals from Lebanon, the Arab countries and Europe, including central banks’ governors and representatives from specialized and professional institutions, corporate decision makers and their key advisors, who fostered constructive discussions on the best strategies to meet and master the most critical challenges in managing their institutions to maximize their value.

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