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Shaikha Khaid Al-Bahar Edit Profile

CEO , the National Bank of Kuwait

Shaikha Al-Bahar is the CEO of the National Bank of Kuwait. She is also on the board of the International Bank of Qatar. She was ranked as the 85th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes in 2012.


  • Managing a portfolio of about $11bn, Al-Bahar leads NBK's corporate banking group in the lending, marketing and investment banking areas, specialising in large and structured finance transactions. She is also responsible for relationships with domestic corporate and institutional clients, and international corporates operating in Kuwait. She has been involved in all of the Kuwait Investment Authority's privatisation deals since 1994. Recently, she has managed transactions including a one-year $5m bridge loan for Saudi Telecom and a 14-year, $1.4bn project financing loan for Kuwait Paraxylene Production Company.