Sheikha Al Bahar (Kuwait)
Ms. Shaikha K. Al-Bahar is recognized as a dynamic and innovative leader in banking in Kuwait and the region. She serves as the Chairperson of NBK Capital and the Deputy Group Chief Executive Officer of National Bank of Kuwait Group (NBK), the largest financial institution in Kuwait and one of the largest banks in the Arab world. Previously, she served as CEO of NBK-Kuwait.
Ms. Al-Bahar is an experienced strategic thinker with extensive experience in institutional financing including privatization, project finance, advisory services, bond issues, Build/Operate/Transfer financing, Initial Public Offerings, Global Deposit Receipts programs and private placements.
Throughout her successful career at NBK, Ms. Al-Bahar has played a key role in growing the bank into a leading regional institution, with more than USD 78 billion in assets and a broad international reach, with a presence in 15 countries. NBK has consistently been awarded the highest credit ratings by Moody’s, Standard & Poor’s and Fitch Ratings and ranked among the top 50 safest banks in the world since 2009.
Ms. Al Bahar is also a member of key management committees at NBK Group. She is the Chairperson of National Bank of Kuwait (Lebanon), Board Member of National Bank of Kuwait (International) P.L.C. and NBK Global Asset Management Limited, The Turkish Bank, Turkey.
Ms. Al-Bahar holds a Bachelor of Science degree in International Marketing from Kuwait University; she attended specialized programs at Harvard Business School, Stanford University and Duke University.