Mrs. Shaikha K. Al Bahar

Deputy Group Chief Executive Officer, NBK Group

Shaikha K. Al Bahar currently holds the position of Deputy Group CEO for the National Bank of Kuwait Group (NBK), the leading financial institution in Kuwait and one of the largest in the Middle East. Prior to her current position, Mrs. Al Bahar led the Group’s Kuwait operations as NBK-Kuwait CEO between 2010 and 2013, consistently contributing more than 70% of the Group’s profits.

In addition to being a member of most management committees at NBK Group, Mrs. Al Bahar is the Chairperson of National Bank of Kuwait (Lebanon), National Bank of Kuwait France S.A., and NBK Capital and a Board Member of National Bank of Kuwait (International) P.L.C., the Group’s UK subsidiary.

Besides her role at NBK, Mrs. Al Bahar is also a member of Kuwait’s Supreme Council for Planning and Development since August 2017.Mrs. Al Bahar is a proficient strategic leader with extensive experience in commercial and investment banking, as well as corporate and project finance. Through her career, she managed many landmark transactions on the sovereign and the institutional levels across the Middle East. During her tenure at NBK, Mrs. Al Bahar played a key role in turning the Group into a leading regional institution, operating in 15 countries across the globe, with total assets exceeding USD 90 billion and net profits of USD1.2 billion. 

Mrs. Al Bahar was renowned over the years as a prominent Arab female figure and has been regularly featured in various respectable rankings, including the world’s 100 most powerful Arab women by Forbes Middle East and Arabian Business. Mrs. Al Bahar holds a Bachelor degree majoring in international marketing and with a minor in statistics. She also attended several executive management programs at reputable universities and business schools including Harvard, INSEAD, Wharton, Stanford, Duke as well as the National University of Singapore.