Chief Executive Officer
Name: Samer Soliman
Title: Chief Executive Officer
Organization: Arab Financial Services – Bahrain
Samer Soliman is Chief Executive Officer of Arab Financial Services (AFS) and is responsible for driving the company’s digital payments and FinTech growth strategy across the Middle East and Africa markets. In his role, Samer is leading the company into a new era of payments digitalization, spearheading the application of new technologies for more seamless and intuitive payments experiences. With the company’s executive team, Samer is continuing the AFS tradition of pioneering new, smart payment solutions and services to the region, including advancing the company’s financial inclusion efforts. With a passion for superior companycustomer relationships and forward-thinking innovation in the payments space, Samer provides direction that continues to strengthen AFS’ position as the MEA region’s leading digital payments and FinTech solutions provider and enabler.
Samer is a thought leader with over 20 years of international experience across the banking and payments sector. He brings a unique blend of payments, technical, and regional expertise to the role. Before joining AFS, he held a number of senior leadership roles at Network International. Most recently, in the post of Managing Director for the Network International Group’s Middle East business, Samer was responsible for their regional acquiring and issuing aspects, and for implementing a comprehensive growth strategy across the Middle East. As a part of his ongoing commitment to FinTech and developing future leaders, Samer is a Board Advisor to Sarwa Digital Wealth Limited, a Member of the Advisory Council of ecommerce enabler Zbooni, and FinTech startup Jingle Pay. Samer also serves as a Board of Director to LNDDO, and a Board Member of SP Jain Global School of Management.
Throughout his career, Samer has held various roles including Chairman of Network International Jordan, Board Member of Diners/Discover ME, Managing Director of Network International Egypt, and Product Advisory Board Member of UnionPay International.Samer holds a Master’s degree in Leading Innovation and Change from Robert Kennedy College in Switzerland, in partnership with York St John University in England.