Omar K. Alghanim

CEO, Alghanim Industries; Chairman, Gulf Bank

Omar K. Alghanim is the CEO of Alghanim Industries, one of the largest privately owned companies in the MENA region, and the Chairman of Gulf Bank, one of the leading retail banks in Kuwait.

Omar is co-founder and first Chairman of INJAZ Al-Arab, and the founder and current Chairman of INJAZ-Kuwait, part of the international non-profit NGO, Junior Achievement.

He is also involved in promoting the economic development of the MENA region, having served as the World Economic Forum´s (WEF´s) Chair of the MENA Regional Business Council and Chair of the initiative, ´A New Vision for Arab Employment´ (2014-2015). For the 2017 WEF Annual Meeting, he was selected to serve on the Stewardship Board of the Education, Gender, and Work System Initiative. His commitment to the WEF and its mission to ´improve the state of the world´ spans over 10 years.

Omar also takes an active role in addressing the dire challenges facing refugees in the region, partnering with the UN High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR) and signing a MoU to help fund education programs for Syrian youth and children.

Having earned his MBA from Harvard Business School (HBS) in 2002, Omar continues to maintain close ties with the school. He is a member of the Board of Dean’s Advisors, and the HBS MENA Advisory Board, developing and strengthening relationships with business and academic leaders in the region. He also serves on the Leadership Council of Harvard Kennedy School´s Center for Public Leadership (CPL), which is a network of business, philanthropic, and civic innovators who serve as intellectual partners to the CPL.

In line with his leadership role within the MENA region, Omar was appointed as Chairman of the Family Business Council – Gulf (FBCG) in April 2018. FBCG is the GCC chapter of the largest global family business organization, Family Business Network (FBN). It is a private, non-profit organization launched in 2012, inspired by the view that the continuity and prosperity of family businesses is vital for the economic sustainability of the region, and can play an important positive role in society.

Omar received a Bachelor of Science in Business Commerce from New York University´s Stern School of Business in 1997 and has an MBA from Harvard Business School (Class of 2002).

For more information on Omar Alghanim, please visit www.omaralghanim.com.