Eric Modave

Eric Modave

Chief Operating Officer - Arab Bank

Eric is presently the Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Arab Bank. He is in charge of the bank’s Enterprise Architecture, IT & Digital transformation, Innovation Hub & Accelerator programme, Operations and Enterprise Programme Management Office.


Eric is also the Chairman and General Manager of Arab Bank Shared Services in UAE supporting IT & Operations for Gulf countries. He is a Non-Executive Director of Europe Arab Bank (London – Frankfurt – Paris).


Prior to Arab Bank, Eric worked with Barclays as the COO for Barclays Africa from September 2009 till June 2014 managing 12 African countries excluding South Africa and was based in Nairobi and Johannesburg. He was initially based in London from October 2006 till August 2009 as the bank’s Head of Global Payment Operations.


Eric worked with Citibank EMEA on various positions in Brussels and London between 1999 and 2006. His last role with Citi was Head of Consumer Banking Operations. He started his career with Arthur Andersen as an Audit Manager and was with the organization from 1991 till 1996.


He studied Ingenieur Commercial at the University of Liege in Belgium, he is a certified chartered accountant and has studied Advanced Management Programme from INSEAD.

When do you feel most present?

Hiking and climbing mountains

Favorite Quote

"Today's best performance is tomorrow's new baseline" - Alibaba Group

Favorite Experience

Driving F1 car