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Alghanim Industries Hosts
its Third Annual Harvard Business School
Admissions Event

  • 30 April 2017

Alghanim Industries Hosts its Third Annual Harvard Business School Admissions Event

Kuwait, 30 April 2017: Alghanim Industries, one of the largest, privately owned companies in the Gulf region, co-hosted their third annual MBA Admissions and Executive Education, event in coordination with Harvard Business School (HBS). The event took place last week at the Chairman's Club in KIPCO Tower, and it provided aspiring applicants with key insights into Harvard Business School's programs.

The event kicked-off with opening remarks, delivered by HBS alumni and Senior Vice President of Corporate Development and Communications in Alghanim Industries, Hashim Gillani (HBS MBA 2002), and was followed by a keynote speech from KIPCO Group Chief Operating Officer, Samer Khanachet (HBS MBA 1975). Special guest from HBS' faculty, Dr. Brian J. Hall, the Albert H. Gordon Professor of Business Administration, delivered a talk titled “The Middle East Business Education of a Professor”, which focused on his experience working in the region.

The HBS team, represented by Director, Corporate Relations Middle East, North Africa & Turkey, HBS Executive Education, Stephane Sinimale, and Educational Programs Manager, HBS MENA Research Center, Yasemin Cagiltay, gave a presentation on the HBS MBA & Executive Education Admissions followed by Q&A.

The speeches were followed by a panel discussion which featured four prominent HBS alumni who spoke about their experience at the university: Director Strategy and Business Development, IFA Food, Faisal Al Meshal (HBS MBA 2014), Assistant General Manager for Investments at Gulf Bank, Tareq AlSaleh (HBS GMP 2015), Team Leader Training Competency, Kuwait Oil Company, Bashar Al-Khashti (HBS PLD 2013), Manager Planning, Kuwait Oil Company, Bader Al Attar (HBS AMP 2009). The discussion was moderated by Regional Director EMEA, Corporate Relations, Executive Education at HBS, Mary Ann O'Loughlin.

Alghanim Industries Chief Executive Officer, Omar Kutayba Alghanim (HBS MBA 2002) commented on this event saying, “This is the third time we partner with Harvard Business School on hosting this session, targeting young professionals interested in pursuing their education at this great institution. My experience at HBS was life-changing – it left a lasting impact on how I run our businesses and, more substantially, my world view. I'm so pleased to see that young Kuwaiti professionals are interested in pursuing their MBAs and Executive Education. I deeply believe that our biggest resource in the GCC region is our young population and by educating our youth, equipping, managers with the right tools and leading thinking, we can harness this talent. Lifelong learning makes us more competitive as a people, as a country and as a region. We look forward to partnering with Harvard Business School again in the near future.”

KIPCO Group Chief Operating Officer, Samer Khanachet said: “I was privileged to take part in this very well organized and highly attended event. The Harvard Business School is the pre-eminent management education institution, and the program was an opportunity for interested candidates to understand the wide range of education opportunities the school can offer them. I am grateful to Alghanim Industries and HBS to have brought it about.”

Assistant General Manager for Investments at Gulf Bank, Tareq Al-Saleh said: “My motivation for attending General Management Program at Harvard Business School was to integrate more innovation and add more value into Gulf Bank's investment services. Today, innovation and customer service are at the center of all aspects of business and it's important to stay ahead and to continue learning from the best. I thank Alghanim Industries and HBS for the opportunity to share my experience."

Alghanim Industries' third Harvard Business School MBA Admissions event was open to the public and enjoyed an attendance of more than 100 youth interested in pursuing a higher education. The company holds these events regularly as part of its efforts to promote education among the youth.

About Harvard Business School:

Founded in 1908 as part of Harvard University, Harvard Business School is located on a 40-acre campus in Boston. Its faculty of more than 200 offers full-time programs leading to the MBA and doctoral degrees, as well as more than 80 open enrollment Executive Education programs and more than 60 custom programs. For more than a century, HBS faculty have drawn on their research, their experience in working with organizations worldwide, and their passion for teaching to educate leaders who have shaped the practice of business and entrepreneurship around the globe.

For more information about HBS MBA Admissions, please visit

About Alghanim Industries:

Alghanim Industries is one of the oldest and largest, privately-owned companies in the MENA region. Founded at the turn of the century, in Kuwait, the company today employs more than 14,000 people in 30 businesses across 40 countries in the Middle East, North Africa, Eastern Europe and Asia.

Alghanim Industries is a market leader in almost every major sector of its operations, which include: engineering, retail, automotive sales and service, insulation and pre-engineered steel building structures, logistics and warehousing, fast moving consumer goods, food & beverage, oil & gas, office automation, advertising, insurance, consumer credit and travel. The company is actively growing its brand portfolio, with a focus on top-tier global partners. Among them: Avis, British Airways, British Petroleum, Cathay Pacific, Daewoo, Honda, Saint-Gobain and Toshiba. Additionally, Alghanim Industries has created a number of successful regional businesses, including X-cite (consumer electronics), and Safat Home (lifestyle and home furniture).

For more information, please contact:

Reem AlGshat – Corporate Communications at Alghanim Industries, ralgshat@alghanim.com00965 60650205

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