Joseph Torbey is chairman and general manager of Credit Libanais and has been with the bank since 1988. He has managed the growth of the bank from a small local institution to one of Lebanon’s leading financial groups, operating across the region in various sectors. He has also expanded the firm into Bahrain and plans to use this foothold to target the GCC region. For several years, Torbey has acted as chairman of the Union of Arab Banks (UAB), an organisation that fosters co-operation between Arab banks across the Middle East and North Africa. He has strengthened the organisation by getting the majority of Arab central banks, commercial banks and banking associations to operate in a single organisation. In 2007, he accepted the role of chairman of the executive committee at the UAB after completing the maximum two terms as chairman. Between 2001 and 2005, Torbey was chairman of the Association of Lebanese Banks.