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Omar K. Alghanim

Chief Executive Officer, Alghanim Industries

1997, BA in Business Commerce, NYU Stern School of Business; 2002, MBA, Harvard Business School. Currently, Chief Executive Officer, Alghanim Industries, one of the largest privately-owned companies in the MENA region. Chairman, Gulf Bank, one of the leading retail banks in Kuwait. Former Advisory Board Member, Perella Weinberg Partners. Former Chair, MENA Regional Business Council, World Economic Forum. Chair, A New Vision for Arab Employment; Co-Chair, World Economic Forum on MENA 2015; Young Global Leader alumnus, World Economic Forum. Member: MENA Advisory Council, UNHCR; MENA and Central Asia Advisory Board (MCAB), Harvard Business School; Member: Leadership Council for Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership; Member: Board of the Dean’s Advisor at Harvard Business School. Chairman, Family Business Council – GULF (FBCG), a nonprofit membership organization established to improve long-term governance among family-owned businesses, which account for 90 percent of the regional private sector economy. 1997, BS in Business Commerce, NYU Stern School of Business; 2002, MBA, Harvard Business School. Currently, Chief Executive Officer, Alghanim Industries, one of the largest privately-owned companies in the MENA region. Chairman, Gulf Bank, one of the leading retail banks in Kuwait. Former Chair, MENA Regional Business Council, World Economic Forum. Chair, A New Vision for Arab Employment; Co-Chair, World Economic Forum on MENA 2015; Young Global Leader alumnus, World Economic Forum. Member of the International Business Council. Ongoing UN High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR) partner, signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to educate and train 100,000 Middle East refugee children by 2020. Member: Board of the Dean’s Advisors and the MENA Advisory Board (MENAAB), Harvard Business School. Member: Leadership Council for Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership. Chairman, Family Business Council – GULF (FBCG), a nonprofit membership organization established to improve long-term governance among family-owned businesses, which account for 90 percent of the regional private sector economy. Co-founder and first Chairman, INJAZ Al ARAB, a regional NGO that helps to equip young people with entrepreneurial and financial skills, and part of Junior Achievement Worldwide. Founder and Chairman, INJAZ-Kuwait. Recipient of awards and honours, including: Knowledge and Education Development CEO Excellence Award, Middle East Excellence Awards Institute (2016), which recognizes business leaders who have contributed to the growth and development of the Gulf region; CEO Middle East’s Visionary of the Year award (2015); Businessman of the Year award, Arabian Business Magazine (2013).