2022 ABANA Board Elections

Elections are open for the 2022 ABANA Board of Directors. Ballots have been sent to all members in good standing. Members are voting on a slate of candidates to fill 7 open seats on the board. Those elected will each serve a three-year term. Results will be announced at the 2022 ABANA annual meeting on January 21, 2022, which is also the deadline to cast ballots. Per ABANA’s By-Laws, only members in good standing as of January 6, 2022 are eligible to vote. If you have questions about the election process or your ballot, please contact Albert Doumar at adoumar@abana.co or 1 212 599 3030 ext 3.

Candidates are:

  • Joud Abdel Majeid, Deputy Chief Financial Officer, BlackRock
  • Marwan Azzi, Partner, Gibson Dunn
  • Marwan Elaraby, Partner, Shearman & Sterling
  • Heather Ibrahim-Leathers, Founder & President, Global Fund for Widows
  • Nicolas J. Kahale, CFA 
  • Thana Al Mufarrej, Director, Wafra Inc. 
  • Carolyn Weimer, Managing Director, The Carlyle Group

Joud Abdel Majeid
Deputy Chief Financial Officer

Joud Abdel Majeid is the Deputy Chief Financial Officer at BlackRock. Previously, she was Managing Director, Chief of Staff to the Chairman and CEO, and Chief Operating Officer of BlackRock Solutions.

Prior to joining Blackrock, Ms. Abdel Majeid was Senior Vice President, and Head of Strategy and Corporate Development at E*TRADE Financial. In her role, Ms. Abdel Majeid was responsible for corporate strategy development, performance management, business partnerships, M&A, and integration activities. Prior to E*TRADE, Ms. Abdel Majeid was a management consultant at Booz & Company where she advised retail and commercial financial institutions on key strategic, performance improvement, and organizational decisions.

Prior to Booz & Company, Ms. Abdel Majeid worked in real estate investment lending at Smith Rothchild Financial. She served as Director of Lending Operations where she oversaw credit analysis, underwriting, and overall portfolio management.

Ms. Abdel Majeid holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Economics from Elmhurst College.

Marwan Azzi 
Gibson Dunn

Marwan Azzi is a partner in the New York office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and a member of the firm’s Private Equity Practice Group.  Mr. Azzi’s practice focuses on representing private equity houses, infrastructure funds and strategic clients on private, domestic and cross-border acquisitions, disposals, joint ventures, and co-investments.  He has extensive experience in the infrastructure sector in the U.S. and Latin America and in cross-border M&A across Latin America.

Mr. Azzi is recognized as a “Leading Lawyer” for M&A and Private Equity in the United States by Euromoney (2020).  He is also a recipient of a “40 under 40 Emerging Leaders Award” by The M&A Advisor (2018).

Prior to joining Gibson Dunn, Mr. Azzi was a partner at White & Case LLP.  He serves on the board of ABANA (formerly the Arab Banker’s Association of North America) as Secretary.

Mr. Azzi received his LLM from Boston University and earned his LLB from St. Joseph University (Lebanon).  He is admitted to practice in New York and Beirut.

Marwan Elaraby
Shearman & Sterling LLP

Marwan Elaraby is a partner in the Capital Markets and Mergers & Acquisitions practices. He currently serves as Head of the Dubai Office and Global Head of Corporate.

Marwan advises clients on M&A, private equity and project development transactions, as well as governments on strategic and regulatory matters. He also advises both issuers and underwriters on initial public offerings and bond offerings.

Marwan represents sovereign-owned, corporate and private equity clients including Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), EFG-Hermes, Investcorp, NEOM Company, Ripplewood Advisors, ASMA Capital and Qalaa Holdings.

Heather Ibrahim-Leathers 
Founder & President
Global Fund for Widows

Ms. Ibrahim-Leathers founded Global Fund for Widows following the passing of her grandmother in 2009. Since then, the Global Fund for Widows has raised over $1,000,000 for economic empowerment programs in Egypt, India, Tanzania, Nigeria, Bolivia, and the Dominican Republic. With its focus on training and financing widows and female heads of households into building sustainable and inelastic micro-enterprises, the Global Fund for Widows has enabled more than 10,000 widows to become economically empowered and self-sustained. Ms. Ibrahim-Leathers has further ensured the sustainability and economic viability of each widow’s micro-enterprises by developing intricately interdependent value chains, affording purchasing power and high visibility into their income streams.

In addition to technical and economic programming, Ms. Ibrahim-Leathers is an active advocate for the rights of widows and child widows at the United Nations, presenting regularly including at the Human Rights Council in Geneva, at the Commission on the Status of Women in 2018, 2017, 2016, and 2015 in New York. Ms. Ibrahim-Leathers has also presented on widows at the United Kingdom’s House of Lords.

Prior to her career in non-profit, Ms. Ibrahim-Leathers served as a Vice President, in Credit Suisse’s Leveraged Investment Group, where she was directly responsible for over $1 billion in high yield and leveraged loan assets. Prior to Credit Suisse, Ms. Ibrahim-Leathers worked at JPMorgan where she was an Emerging Markets Fixed Income analyst responsible for over $4 billion worth of debt issuance. Ms. Ibrahim-Leathers earned the coveted Institutional Investor Award in 1997 for her seminal research on Brazilian banks.

Ms. Ibrahim-Leathers co-authored Toddlers ON Technology in 2013, a parental guide to explaining the benefits and risks of toddlers and their use of touch screen technology.

Ms. Ibrahim-Leathers earned her Bachelors in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Nicolas J. Kahale, CFA

Senior asset management business development professional with total funds raised in excess of $15bn from SWFs, central banks, pension funds, supranational, official organizations, and financial institutions in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and Central Asia.

Worked for the asset management divisions of Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan, Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Salomon Brothers, and Babson- Barings.

Current member of the Columbia Business School’s UK Alumni Board. Served as President of the AUB North American Alumni Board and as Trustee for the NY International House’s UK charity.

Organized clients’ seminars and customized training programs. Speaker at many conferences and events.

Taught at Columbia Business School and Baruch College. Multilingual English, Arabic, and French. 

Thana Al Mufarrej 
Wafra Inc.

Thana Al-Mufarrej is a Director at Wafra, responsible for capital raising and establishing and developing partner relationships. Ms. Al-Mufarrej joined Wafra in 2005, where she participated in the firm’s sponsored investment management training program.

Prior to joining Wafra, she worked at Fidelity Investments Brokerage Company as a Financial Analyst and at Teradyne as a Process Engineer.

Ms. Al-Mufarrej earned a BS, magna cum laude, from Boston University and an MBA, cum laude, from Babson College. She also holds a Certificate of Finance and Portfolio Management from New York University.

Carolyn Weimer
Managing Director
The Carlyle Group

Carolyn Weimer is a Managing Director – Partner and Head of Investor Relations for Global Investment Solutions. In this role, she leads the AlpInvest Investor Relations team which comprises 17 professionals across New York, Amsterdam, Hong Kong and Tokyo. Since joining Carlyle 21 years ago, Carolyn has held various roles helping to build our Investor Relations Group. Along the way she has played key roles in relationship management, new product development and fund formation. She is based in Washington, DC.

Prior to joining Carlyle, Ms. Weimer was a Client Service Analyst at Wellington Management Company, LLP in Boston. As a member of Wellington’s Public Funds Group, she served as a liaison between the firm and some of its largest clients.

Ms. Weimer received an AB, in biology and comparative area studies from Duke University. She currently holds Series 63 and 82 licenses and maintains registrations in 50 states.