Head of Compliance,
Arab Bank Lebanon s.a.l.
Marie-Josée Samneh is a Lebanese legal, compliance & anti-money laundering officer with focus on banking and financial matters.
She has an extensive experience in the Lebanese banking and financial industry. In her 9 years career, Marie-Josée worked as the head of compliance in, respectively, a Lebanese financial institution (MENA Invest SAL), and a leading Lebanese subsidiary of a Swiss private bank (Arab Bank Switzerland Lebanon SAL (ABSL)), where she established the compliance department (AML and legal) from the ground up.
In fact, Marie-Josée prepared all policies and procedures of the compliance department and oversaw the implementation of various strategic, operational and regulatory processes. In her experience, Marie-Josée also worked as the head of legal and compliance in the Association of Banks in Lebanon which is a professional association established by Lebanese banks. During her time at the Association of Banks in Lebanon, she contributed to the preparation of various banking legislation (FATCA, CRS, etc.,) and coordinated their discussions with the various stakeholders (Government, Banks as well as banking and AML regulators).
Today she is the primary contact with Lebanese regulators at ABSL, she handles all the Bank’s strategic development plans and all legal/regulatory interactions between ABSL and its Swiss parent company.
Marie-Josée is also the Secretary of the Board of Directors, the Audit Committee, the Risk Committee, the Remuneration Committee and Anti Money Laundering Committee at Arab ABSL.
She holds a Law Degree, a Master’s in Banking and Finance from Sagesse University in Beirut, and a Master’s in Management from the Ecole Superieure des Affaire Beirut (ESA). She is also a Certified Anti-Money laundering Specialist. Marie-Josée speaks and writes with full proficiency, Arabic, English, French and Spanish.
Marie-Josée was admitted to attend an executive education “Program for Leadership Development” at Harvard Business School for year 2020 and 2021.