BNP Paribas appoints Head of Middle East & Africa

Amine Bel Hadj Soulami as Head of BNP Paribas, Middle East & Africa

BNP Paribas appoints Head of Middle East Africa

UAE:BNP Paribas has appointed Amine Bel Hadj Soulami as Head of BNP Paribas, Middle East & Africa, succeeding Jacques Michel who becomes Chairman for the region. Jacques reports to Alain Papiasse, Chairman of BNP Paribas Corporate and Institutional Banking (CIB) and Amine Bel Hadj Soulami reports to Yannick Jung, Head of Global Banking for Europe, Middle East and Africa. They are both based in Manama, Bahrain, BNP Paribas’ regional headquarters.

Yannick Jung said “I’m pleased to announce the appointment of Amine Bel Hadj Soulami as Head of BNP Paribas in the Middle East and Africa. With more than 30 years of banking experience and an extensive record of accomplishment in Global Markets and Sustainable Finance, Amine is perfectly suited to uphold our status as a leading bank in the Middle East and Africa. He will also bring the full spectrum of our expertise in energy transition to the region.”

He added, “I would like to thank Jacques Michel for his dedication and contribution. Under his tenure, BNP Paribas reinforced its position as one of the leading foreign banks in the Middle East & Africa.”

Amine Bel Hadj Soulami oversees the jurisdiction’s seven geographies and over 600 staff. He joined the Middle East & Africa region with a 32-year career with the bank having held leadership positions in Paris, New York, London & Tokyo.

Prior to becoming Head of BNP Paribas Middle East & Africa, Amine was a Senior Advisor to BNP Paribas Global Markets. His previous roles also include Global Head of Sustainable Finance in Global Markets and Global Head of Research and Sustainable Investments within Corporate Institutional Banking. Amine also served as Global Head of Commodity Derivatives, and Head of Equity & Derivatives for the Americas.

About BNP Paribas 

BNP Paribas is a leading bank in the Eurozone and a prominent international banking institution. It has a presence in 71 countries, with more than 198,000 employees. The Group has key positions in its three main activities: Domestic Markets, International Financial Services and Corporate & Institutional Banking. The Group helps all its clients to realise their projects through solutions spanning financing, investment, savings and protection insurance. In its Corporate & Institutional Banking and International Financial Services activities, BNP Paribas also enjoys top positions in Europe, a strong presence in the Americas, as well as a solid and fast-growing business in Asia-Pacific.  

BNP Paribas has been operating in the MEA region for over 45 years, where it is active in the fields of Corporate & Institutional Banking and International Financial Services. The Bank has a presence in five of the Gulf countries: Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The Bank also has a presence in South Africa via a Full Commercial Branch, which acts as a regional hub for operations in Southern Africa, and in Morocco through BNP Paribas Regional Investment Company (BRIC), which acts as a hub for wider Africa.

Through its presence on the ground and with the expertise of a team of talented and diverse individuals, the bank’s MEA network enjoys a leading position in many areas including fixed income, debt capital markets, cash management, trade finance and advisory services.

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