Prior to joining Alghanim Industries, Omar worked in the Investment Banking Division of Morgan Stanley in London, where he worked on several large global transactions. Additionally, he played a key role in the founding of two major financial services firms: Asiya Investments and Perella Weinberg Partners.
In addition to his role as CEO of Alghanim Industries, 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, acting as a member of the UNHCR MENA Sustainability Board, 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 HBS MENA and Central Asia 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. Omar is also a member of the Board of Dean’s Advisors at HBS.
Omar received a Bachelor´s 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 about Omar K. Alghanim, please visit: www.omaralghanim.com