Finding cures for children's genetic diseases

About Us

Mr James Wakim Board Member

Mr Wakim has over 33 years of experience in the financial services sector. He was founding manager of and then ultimately CEO/MD of the Arab Bank Australia Limited, and most recently CEO/MD of Bank of Sydney Limited. Previous positions include Chairman of the Board of Gulf Energy Ltd.

Mr Wakim has devoted many years to philanthropy and medical research and is Life Benefactor of Westmead Medical Research Foundation.  He is currently non-executive Director of Seachange Technology Holdings Pty Ltd; Independent director, Vice Chairman of FSHD Global Research Foundation Limited (FSHD), an Australian  not-for-profit organisation dedicated to finding a treatment and cure for Facioscapulohumeral Dystrophy; and Member of the Management Board Marie Bashir Institute for Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity (MBI), part of Sydney University, facilitating research into emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases within Australia and Asia Pacific nations.

He has been an Advisory Board Member of Menzies Centre for Health Policy and The Westmead Institutefor Medical Research as well as a former Chair of Westmead Medical Research Foundation Ltd., and Commissioner Board of Commissioners, Ethnic Affairs Commission. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Direct and a Senior fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia.

Mr Wakim joined the CMRI Board of Directors in May 2016 and is a member of the CMRI Building Foundation.