During nearly fifteen years at the helm of Alghanim, Omar has been a catalyst for growth and expansion for more than 30 businesses in 40 countries. He is also Chairman of Gulf Bank, a leading financial institution in the region. Alongside these two positions, Omar is committed to improving social, economic and educational outcomes in the Arab world as a member of the World Economic Forum International Business Council and as Chairman of the Family Business Council – GULF (FBCG). The FBCG is a nonprofit organization focused on improving long-term governance among family owned businesses, which account for 90 percent of the regional private sector economy. This passionate belief in private sector development and the role it should play in society led him to co-found INJAZ Al-Arab, which develops entrepreneurial skills in young people from primary school to graduation and beyond. 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) to help fund education programs for Syrian youth and children.
Omar received a Bachelor 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), an institution he is now privileged to serve as a member of the Harvard Business School Board of Dean’s Advisors and HBS MENA Advisory Board. He also sits on the Leadership Council of Harvard Kennedy School´s Center for Public Leadership (CPL), which is a network of leaders that serve as intellectual partners to the CPL.
For more information about Omar K. Alghanim, please visit: www.omaralghanim.com.