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Board of Directors

The AFB Board of Directors consists of 14 members, including the AFB CEO and 11 senior members from AFB member banks. The Board steers the AFB’s overall strategy in support of its members and ensures risks, threats and opportunities for AFB are appropriately addressed/embraced. Their overall aim is to oversee cultural, financial and legal security, probity and longevity.



Stewart joined DBS London in 2004 as Head of the Commodity Trade Finance team with responsibility for developing the business. 

He was appointed General Manager in 2010 and Country CEO in 2014, increasing his responsibilities to include DBS Vickers.

During his time in London he has demonstrated a strong ability to build our business and deepen our customer relationships not just in London and Europe but also in Asia.  He has strong client relationship skills and has placed focus on growing sustainable client relationships, leveraging on the Asian connectivity. 

Under his stewardship DBS London has successfully grown its Corporate Banking business and added a Treasury and Markets team.  In 2016 DBS London added a Wealth Management business to its portfolio. 

Stewart has over 35 years’ global experience within the industry, spending five of those years based in Hong Kong, as well as having worked in Switzerland and South Africa.  Stewart serves as the Chair of the Association of Foreign Banks’ Board of Directors in the UK and is a past Chairman of the World Affairs Division of the Association of Foreign Banks.

Stewart graduated with a BA and postgraduate LLB degree from the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg in 1985

With over three decades of banking experience in the United Kingdom, India, Singapore and GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) countries, Dr Anand Kumar, a Charted Fellow (Chartered FCSI), has been Board Member (Non Executive Director) with Union Bank of India (UK) Ltd and First Microfinance Bank, Afghanistan.

Prior to graduating to Non Executive Directorial Board responsibilities, his responsibilities among other assignments  included Executive Director & Deputy Chief Executive with Union Bank of India (UK) Ltd, Advisor Strategic Initiatives & Head Retail Banking for one of the leading public sector banks in India -Bank of Baroda UK. Dr Kumar as Head of retail banking contributed in setting up retail banking operations of ICICI Bank in the United Kingdom and later on spearheaded international international business of ICICI Lombard UK (General Insurance Services) covering GCC countries among others.

With a PhD, MBA, LLB and an ICA certified in compliance, he has also been trained on Managing Financial Services at Manchester Business School, Manchester ,UK.

He was visiting fellow with University of Greenwich for 12 years and runs a foundation in India –

Diana joined Nedbank Limited- London Branch, as UK Country Head in July 2020 to enhance the branch operations with products spanning Corporate and Investment Banking, Property Finance, Transaction Banking FIs, Treasury and Global Markets. Nedbank is the one of the largest South African banks having as focus Africa, outside its homebase.

Since 2016, she  had led the UK operations of Erstegroup through the strategic changes required to succeed in the new regulatory and business environment created by the exit of the UK from the European Union. Prior to UK experience,  Diana had managed the large corporates business operations in 7 countries in CEE for Erstegroup. Diana  retains  a breath of global experience that she had gained in various roles in Citibank and ABN AMRO where she covered global clients within corporate and investment banking.

Diana also has a broad international business acumen, including receiving an Executive MBA from the University of Washington , also having double masters in engineering and international foreign affairs.

Fabio Ricardo Machado, Executive Director of Banco do Brasil – London Branch, responsible for overseeing activities such as European Regional Treasury, Syndications and Trade Finance, carried out locally and throughout the Branch’s jurisdiction – covering Europe, the Middle East, India and Oceania. In addition, he has a close liaison with regulatory authorities, ensuring compliance with the rules of the UK financial system. 

During his 22-year career at Banco do Brasil, Fabio held several positions functions in the Wholesale Banking segment, including the position of Regional Director of branches in the states of São Paulo. 

Fabio holds a Master’s in Economics from the Federal University of Paraná and is finishing his MBA in Data Analytics from Arden University.

Gabriela joined CaixaBank, UK in May 2020 to lead the bank through the strategic changes required to succeed in the new regulatory and business environment created by the exit of the UK from the European Union. CaixaBank is the leading financial group in retail banking in Spain and one of the most significant in Portugal, with a socially responsible, universal banking model based on trust and quality.

Gabriela draws from her prior experience as CEO of BBVA Singapore, a responsibility she held from 2012 to 2020. She also served in the Council of the Association of Banks in Singapore and developed a strong working relationship with the Monetary Authority of Singapore, collaborating with them in a number of projects ranging from digitalisation and fintech to the future of work.

She has a breath of global experience, having arrived in Asia in 2007 with BBVA to take charge of the bank’s project finance activity in Australia and South East Asia.  Prior to that, she had gained extensive experience covering European and Latin American markets in finance positions at Spanish infrastructure and consultancy firms. Gabriela holds a master’s degree in Engineering and Economics from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and has a multi-cultural background, being a fluent speaker of Spanish, English and French.

Giles has been AFB CEO since September 2022, joining from the City of London Corporation. With over 20 years of experience in corporate communications, government relations and public policy, and having developed excellent advocacy and communications skills. Giles has significant experience in developing and implementing communications plans and corporate strategies; providing strategic advice to senior executives; engaging with elected politicians and business leaders on a wide range of public policy issues, with a particular focus on financial services regulation; and promoting London as an international financial centre.

He has significant experience of engaging with priority markets around the world to promote trade and investment flows with the UK financial and professional services sector. He has represented the Corporation on the Boards of both Innovate Finance and the Financial Services Skills Commission. He is a former Trustee of the charity Heart of the City and Associate Advisor to the British Foreign Policy
Group. During the pandemic he chaired the City Corporation’s Business Engagement Group and led the project team that produced London Recharged, a roadmap on the future competitiveness of the City of London. Throughout his career he has worked on public policy and advocacy, corporate communications and events, and engaged with business, government and regulatory authorities domestically and abroad. He has previously worked for The Crown Estate and Weber Shandwick.

Megan McDonald joined the Daiwa Securities Group as CEO of Daiwa Capital Markets Europe Limited (“DCME”) in January 2022. Megan is the first female CEO of DCME. She is focused on developing and implementing a revised strategy for DCME to leverage its footprint in the UK, Europe and the Middle East to deliver not only profitable growth but also a material contribution to the sustainable development goals, which is an essential element of the strategic purpose of the Daiwa Securities Group.

Megan has over 20 years’ experience in investment banking and has held various roles across investment banking, working in South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States. Megan has been responsible for the global leadership of the Debt Capital Markets business as well as the International Investment Banking business, managing product teams including equity capital markets, debt capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, advisory and loan origination and syndication supported by sales and trading teams in the US, UK, Africa and Asia. Prior to joining DCME, Megan was the Global Head of Client Coverage, leading specialised teams focused on business strategy and client relationships across key markets, including London, Dubai, Beijing, New York and Brazil.  

Megan holds Bachelor of Commerce and LLB degrees from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa and a BCL from Oxford University, England.

Pierre Vinci is the General Manager of the UK branch of Credit Industriel et Commercial (“CIC”). With presence in the city since 1895, CIC is part of the Crédit Mutuel Group, a Top-ten European bank, with activities in retail banking, insurance, investment banking, asset management, private banking and private equity. Prior to CIC, Pierre was Head of International Origination at ABN AMRO within the Structured Finance division, successfully developing the business and receiving accolades from the industry. Before that, he spent ten years at GE Capital as an Executive Director in Corporate Lending, and five years as a Strategy Consultant at Accenture. Pierre graduated with a Masters in Management from the ESCP Business School and a MSc. in Finance from the Lancaster University Management School. Outside of work, he is married and has three young kids. When not on parental duties, he mostly enjoys sports, cooking and travelling.

Richard Kaye is Head of International Public Affairs for J.P. Morgan.Richard has been a member of J.P. Morgan’s UK & Regional Management Committees in Europe; Chair of the Financial Services Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce to the European Union; and is Member of the Council of the International Regulatory Strategy Group of CityUK.He is a member of JPMorgan Chase’s LGBT Executive Council and the firm’s EMEA Diversity Council.

In his role as Head of International, Bill is responsible for BMO Financial Group’s Capital Markets business in EMEA and Asia.  Prior to assuming his management role in EMEA in 2011, Bill was Head of Investment and Corporate Banking in London where he was responsible for a wide range of international transactions including M&A, strategic advisory, equity and debt financing.

Bill provides a leadership and governance role on several regulated subsidiary boards within EMEA and Asia, including Bank of Montreal China (Chair), Bank of Montreal Capital Markets Limited, Bank of Montreal Europe and BMO Global Asset Management Europe. Before joining BMO Capital Markets in 2004, Bill gained 20 years of investment banking experience working in London, Toronto and Tokyo. This included work in fixed income, derivatives, foreign exchange and credit.

In addition to his executive responsibilities, Bill previously served as the Chair of the UK’s Association of Foreign Banks, and serves as a Vice-President and Director of the Canada–United Kingdom Chamber of Commerce and a member of the University of Toronto’s International Leadership Council. Bill holds an MBA from York University, a Master’s in Political Economy from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Lawrence University.

Mr. Fang is the General Manager of Bank of China Limited London Branch and the Chief Executive Officer of Bank of China (UK) Limited. He served as the Deputy General Manager and the Chief Risk Officer of Bank of China USA from 2015 to 2018. He was General Manager of Bank of China Limited London Branch & the Chief Executive Officer of Bank of China (UK) Limited from 2011 to 2015. Mr. Fang joined Bank of China Head Office in 1996. Educated at Beijing Foreign Studies University in China to postgraduate level, Mr. Fang also received his MBA with Distinction from the University of Hertfordshire, UK in 1996. He has been a CFA Charter Holder since 2007. Mr. Fang has been appointed as chairman of the China Chamber of Commerce in the UK since December 2018.

Yasser brings a vast wealth of banking experience in senior levels, having served as CEO of National Bank of Kuwait in Egypt from 2006 and the CEO of National Bank of Egypt in the UK since 2019. His experience has given him a deep understanding of the Egyptian and Middle East market and how it relates to the banking sector in the UK.

In addition to his banking experience, Yasser brings practical academic experience, having served as a part time professor of Banking and Finance at the American University in Cairo since February 1999.

He is engaged with industry bodies with the aim of facilitating their business. In addition to his directorship of the Egyptian British Business Chambre of commerce in the UK, he has very close ties with other bodies both in the UK and the Middle East. This includes the Association of Arab Bankers in the UK, Egyptian Bankers Association, Association of Iraqi private banks, British Egyptian Business Association, and others.

Yasser has held many directorships and is committed to industry best practice.