Hashim Shawa joined Bank of Palestine as Chairman and General Manager in 2007 and has continued its strategy of growth and expansion. Shawa now leads the largest Palestinian financial institution. Bank of Palestine is engaged in retail, corporate, SME and Micro, and Diaspora banking operations, with the largest card processing operations in Palestine. After obtaining his BSc (Hons) from University College London, Shawa began his banking career at Citigroup in 1997 where he held various management positions in Corporate and Private Banking working in the UK, Italy, Spain, and Switzerland. In 2005 he joined HSBC in Switzerland as a director of the group's Middle East and North Africa business. His role was to develop the company's Private Banking business in the Gulf and establish HSBC’s onshore presence in Kuwait. Shawa is also the Chairman of the boards of directors of Al-Wasata Securities Company and PalPay E-Payment Solutions Company. Sha wa is a member of the Emerging Markets Advisory Council at the International Institute of Finance Washington DC, a member of the Board of Directors of the Palestine Institute for Financial and Banking Studies, Association of Banks in Palestine, and Pharmacare Pharmaceuticals PLC. Shawa is a member of the board of trustees of Bethlehem University and the Palestine Studies Institute.