Abdallah has more than 25 years of experience in banking and financial services. After graduating from Northeastern University (Boston, Mass, USA) as a civil engineer, Abdallah joined Coopers & Lybrand (“C&L”) at their London office. Abdallah became a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (“ICAEW”) in 1991. In 1992, Abdallah moved with C&L to the region, working between its Dubai, Al Khobar and Jeddah offices until 1998, when he moved to Beirut to join the corporate finance department at Lebanon Invest SAL, a boutique investment bank. In 2002, Bank Audi SAL acquired Lebanon Invest, and in 2005 Abdallah moved to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to assist in setting up Audi Capital. Abdallah served as head of investment banking and CEO at Audi Capital before joining Alawwal Invest in 2014.