- Omar Kutayba Alghanim is the CEO of Alghanim Industries, one of the largest companies in the region, with more than 30 businesses in 40 countries. He is also the Chairman of Gulf Bank, a leading retail bank in Kuwait.
- Prior to joining Alghanim Industries, Omar worked in the Investment Banking Division of Morgan Stanley in London, where he was involved in mergers and acquisitions, financial restructuring and corporate finance.
- During his tenure, he worked on large global transactions such as the US$71 billion merger of Astra and Zeneca to form AstraZenaca (the largest pharmaceuticals deal at that time) and the US$29 billion merger of Hoechst and Rhone-Poulenc to form Aventis.
In addition, Omar played a key role in the founding of two major financial services firms: Asiya Investments and Perella Weinberg Partners.
Omar was elected as the Chairman of Gulf Bank in March 2013. Previously, he held the position of Deputy Chairman, being elected in 2012, and he has served as a board member since 2009.
Omar is a founding member and board member of INJAZ Al-Arab, and serves as the 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, signing a MoU with UNHCR to help fund education programs for Syrian youth and children. Additionally, Omar sits on Harvard Business School’s MENA and Central Asia Advisory Board, developing and strengthening relationships with business and academic leaders in the region.
Omar received a Bachelor’s of Science in Business from New York University’s Stern School of Business in 1997 and has an MBA from Harvard Business School (Class of 2002).