Please refer below for answers to frequently asked questions regarding membership, events and use of the ABANA website. If your questions aren’t covered here, contact the ABANA office at info @ abana.co or 212 599 3030.
Q. Do I need to be an Arab, a banker or be based in North America to join ABANA?
No. ABANA is a diverse organization of Arab and non-Arab professionals who have varied interests in the financial services and are located all over the world.
Q. How can I become a member of ABANA?
Online applications are available for Institutional, Individual and Student memberships. If we have additional questions once your application is received, we will contact you directly. Referrals from other members are encouraged, but not required. The ABANA board of directors reviews all applications before they are approved for membership. This is an important part of getting to know our new members, but please be aware that this process may take up to two weeks. Upon approval and receipt of your membership dues, you will receive a welcome email and membership information.
Q. What are the fees for institutional membership?
As of Dec. 1, 2016, Institutional membership in ABANA is $3,000/year plus $400/year for any additions beyond the included five institutional representatives.
Q. How many people at my company benefit from my company’s Institutional Membership?
ABANA Institutional membership includes benefits for five representatives of your company; however, you may add as many additional members as you like. Each additional institutional member will increase your annual dues ($400/person). Any other employees at your company who wish to join ABANA independently will receive a 20% discount for individual membership dues, but will not be listed as representatives in your corporate profile or receive invitations to certain Institutional programs.
Q. I manage my company’s Institutional Membership in ABANA. How do I make changes to my company’s members, profile or other corporate information?
You can change your company’s profile, upload a new logo or manage the individuals representing your company by going here. You can view your company’s profile and members as it appears to other members here. You can also send requests for any changes to email@example.com or by calling 1 212 599 3030.
Q. What are the fees for individual membership?
As of Dec. 1, 2016, Individual Membership in ABANA is $350/year. Members outside of the New York Tristate Area and those who are employees of member institutions are eligible for a 20% discount on their dues. To see if your company is a member, see our list of member institutions.
Q. My company is an Institutional Member of ABANA. Does that make me an “Institutional Member?”
Only those employees designated as representatives by the company receive Institutional Membership benefits. You can see your company’s representatives in the Institutional Directory. Any other employee of member institutions is encouraged to join as an Individual Member and will receive a 20% discount on annual dues. “Institutional Member Only” events are only open to the designated representatives of your company.
Q. My company is an Institutional Member of ABANA and I am based outside of the New York Tristate area. Do I get two discounts?
Unfortunately, we are only able to apply one of these two 20% discounts to Individual Membership dues.
Q. I am not able to attend events in New York. How does this affect membership in ABANA?
While ABANA is best known for its New York City programs, many of our members (close to 40%) live and work outside the New York Tristate area. Whether or not they make it to events, all of them benefit from ABANA’s updates, conference calls and online directory; and all play an important role supporting greater awareness and access between the US and MENA financial services industries.
Members outside the New York Tristate area also benefit from a 20% discount on individual membership dues.
Q. Do you offer any assistance to members who are between jobs?
In order to provide support to members when they most need it, ABANA grants exemption from individual membership dues to any Individual Member in good standing who has recently become unemployed (for one year from date of membership expiration or until they have found a new position).
Q. I am a former member of ABANA and want to rejoin. Do I have to reapply?
No. However, we ask that you complete the online application in order to provide updated information for our records and the online directory. In the process, you can also pay for your membership dues and sign up for auto-renewal online.
Q. I registered my payment information with ABANA but am not sure if I am signed up for auto-renewal. How can I find out?
To see if you are already signed up for auto-renewal, visit the Membership Tab of My Accounts. If you are signed up it will show the renewal date and indicate that it is an “active” subscription.
Q. How do I change the credit card that is billed for my membership or cancel auto-renewal of my membership dues?
Visit the Membership Tab of My Accounts to change your credit card information. To cancel auto-renewal, please contact ABANA at membership @ abana.co or 1 212 599 3030 ext. 1.
Q. Am I eligible for Student Membership in ABANA?
ABANA offers a subsidized Student Membership for full-time students pursuing an advanced degree or in the final year of undergraduate studies who demonstrate an intention to enter into a professional field related to the financial services industry. Part-time students are not eligible and Student Members’ full-time status is confirmed annually.
Members who have completed their programs may either complete the year as a student member and become Individual Members in the following year or, if they wish to change their status immediately, may do so at any time by contacting ABANA at membership @ abana.co or 1 212 599 3030 and requesting an increase to Individual Membership.
Q. Why do I have a BrainTree charge on my account?
“ABANA” will appear on your credit card statement when your card is billed. If you are an American Express customer, you may see “Braintree,” our card processor, listed during the short period before the transaction has settled.
Q. When does my membership end or renew?
ABANA membership is an annual subscription and every member has their own renewal date. If you pay by credit card, you may see your next payment date listed under My Account. Otherwise, please call the ABANA office at 212 599 3030.
Q. How do I change my profile or announce a professional change to other members?
To change your profile, visit the Profile Tab of My Account. To ensure that we include any professional changes in ABANA This Month and the People Moves section of the ABANA website, please email us your updates at membership @ abana.co.
Q. How much information do other members see about me in the ABANA Membership Directory?
You control how much information other members see about you in the ABANA Membership Directory. You can view or update your privacy settings in the Privacy section. Information that is typically shared includes your contact information, profile, industry and professional/educational background.
Q. How do I find my login information?
New members receive their login ID and password when they join ABANA. We encourage you to change your password when you first log in. If you’ve forgotten your password you can create a new password online by going to the log in page and clicking “Forgot Password?”
Q. I am an ABANA member. Can a non-member attend a members-only event instead of or in addition to myself?
If we are able to accommodate members’ guests we typically make that option available through the regular online registration process. We are sometimes able to accommodate other requests, but ask that you please contact us to confirm 24 hours in advance, as it is often not possible at the door.
Q. I am an ABANA member. Can I attend all ABANA events?
Not all ABANA events are open to all members. We hold events restricted to our Institutional Members, our Sustaining Members, Young Professional members, as well as closed programs for a limited, invitation-only audience. Certain events are not open to our Student Members and other restrictions may apply for events cohosted with other organizations. You will only receive invitations to those events open to you. If you would like to attend other events you may be required to pay a fee, change your category of membership or, in limited cases, be put on a waitlist.
Q. I am an ABANA member and I am having trouble registering for an event online.
If you are registering for an event as an ABANA member, you must log in to the ABANA website. (If you are not logged in you will see that member tickets are “not applicable.”) If you cannot remember your password, you can create a new password online. If you are still unable to register as a member, your membership may not be current. Please contact ABANA at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1 212 599 3030 and we can help you out.
We send confirmation emails after you register for an event and the day before the event. If you have not received these emails, you are not registered.
Q. What’s the Registration Code?
Usually, nothing. Once in a blue moon, it is used to grant event access to members of partner organizations.
Q. Do I have to register for an event or can I just show up?
Please register. If you show up without registering, we may not be able to get you in!
Q. I am over 35. Can I attend a Young Professionals event like ABANA in the Boardroom?
Q. How do I get on the ABANA Mailing List for News and Event Invitations?
ABANA sends most invitations, announcements and news to its members only. If you’d like to hear from us more often, become a member! We occasionally extend invitations to non-members to attend major events or those we think will be of interest to them, but it varies from event to event.