Executive Team

Executive Team



Basim R. Faris is the Founder, Managing Director and Vice Chairman of Fenchurch Faris Ltd.  He holds a BBA from the American University of Beirut and is a Fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute  in London (FCII). Prior to establishing Fenchurch Faris Ltd. he was employed by and later became Group Vice President of Arab Commercial Enterprises/Sedgwick.


Chief Operating Officer

Rafat Faris is the Chief Operating Officer of the Company. Rafat graduated from McMaster University in Canada with a bachelor’s degree in Economics and is a chartered member of the Insurance Institute of Canada (CIP). He worked in Toronto, Canada in the Special Risks Department at Marsh and then in Aon’s Property and Liability Department prior to joining Fenchurch Faris in 2004.


Executive Director

Zayd Faris holds a  Bachelor of Commerce degree (BCom) from McGill University and an M.B.A. from Insead.  He has worked at NBK Capital in New York and began his insurance career in 2007 in Abu Dhabi.


General Manager, Kuwait

Sami Bekhazi is the General Manager of the Kuwait branch of Fenchurch  Faris Ltd.  From 1983 until 1988, Sami was a manager at Arab Commercial  Enterprises in the UAE and Kuwait.  Prior to that, from 1979 to 1983,  he was Risk Manager at Consolidated Contractors Company in Oman and the  UAE. He is Lebanese and speaks Arabic, English and French.


General Manager

Mohammed El-Sayyed is General Manager of Fenchurch Faris Ltd.’s insurance arm situated in Athens, Greece.   He completed his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and Economics and then his postgraduate studies in Business Administration. Mohammed joined Fenchurch Faris Ltd. in 1985.


Deputy GM and Director of Engineering & Casualty

Imad Garaisy is Deputy GM and Director of Engineering & Casualty at Fenchurch Faris. He holds a Law Degree and is fluent in Arabic (mother tongue), English, Greek and Romanian.


Director of Property & Special Risks

Magda Pastalatzi is Director of the Property & Special Risks Department. Magda graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Management and Organizational Behaviour. She speaks English, French and Greek (mother tongue).


Chief Financial Officer

N. Kannan is the Chief Financial Officer at Fenchurch Faris Ltd. Kannan has a Bachelor of Commerce Degree and is a Chartered Accountant.  He is a fellow member of the Chartered Accountants of India (FCA), a Chartered Insurance Broker and an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute, London (ACII). He is Indian (mother tongue Tamil, second language English).