Shaikha Al Bahar


Ms. Shaikha K. Al-Bahar is recognized as a dynamic and innovative leader in banking in Kuwait and the region. She serves as the Chairperson of NBK Capital and the Deputy Group Chief Executive Officer of National Bank of Kuwait Group (NBK), the largest financial institution in Kuwait and one of the largest banks in the Arab world. Previously, she served as CEO of NBK-Kuwait.

Ms. Al-Bahar is an experienced strategic thinker with extensive experience in institutional financing including privatization, project finance, advisory services, bond issues, Build/Operate/Transfer financing, Initial Public Offerings, Global Deposit Receipts programs and private placements.

Throughout her successful career at NBK, Ms. Al-Bahar has played a key role in growing the bank into a leading regional institution, with more than USD 78 billion in assets and a broad international reach, with a presence in 15 countries. NBK has consistently been awarded the highest credit ratings by Moody’s, Standard & Poor’s and Fitch Ratings and ranked among the top 50 safest banks in the world since 2009.

Ms. Al Bahar is also a member of key management committees at NBK Group. She is the Chairperson of National Bank of Kuwait (Lebanon), serves as the Chairperson of NBK-France and Chairperson of NBK-Egypt, Board Member of National Bank of Kuwait (International) P.L.C. and NBK Global Asset Management Limited, The Turkish Bank, Turkey.

Ms. Al-Bahar holds a Bachelor of Science degree in International Marketing from Kuwait University; she attended specialized programs at Harvard Business School, Stanford University and Duke University.

Salah Al Fulaij

Vice Chairperson

Mr. Al-Fulaij is a long serving NBK leader focused on customer-centric, solution-based financial products and services geared for consistent growth. He currently serves as the Vice Chairman of NBK Capital and the Chief Executive Officer of National Bank of Kuwait-Kuwait and Board member of Watani Financial Brokerage Company and Board Member of NBK-France.

Prior to his appointment as NBK-Kuwait CEO in January 2015, Mr. Al-Fulaij served as Chief Executive Officer of NBK Capital. He was responsible for the overall strategy and management of the firm and successfully led it to become one of the leading investments banks in the MENA region. In addition to his responsibilities at NBK Capital, he oversaw various subsidiaries and business units at NBK Group, including NBK Banque Privée and NBK Global Asset Management Limited.

Mr. Al-Fulaij enjoys an extensive experience in banking and finance. He joined NBK Group in 1985 and held several key positions at the bank since then. Prior to joining NBK Capital, he served as General Manager of Treasury and Investment Services.

Mr. Al-Fulaij is a graduate of the University of Miami where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering and his MBA. He has participated in a number of Executive Programs at Harvard Business School, Stanford Graduate School of Business and Duke University.

Faisal Al Hamad

Board Member & CEO

Faisal Al-Hamad is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NBK Capital. Faisal held several leadership positions in the company since he joined in 2007. Mr. Al-Hamad is a Board Member of Watani Financial Brokerage Company and Board Member of NBK-France and NBK-Egypt.

Before joining NBK Capital, Mr. Al-Hamad held several positions in other leading business organizations, such as General Manager at Agility and as Associate Director at Wellington Management International in London, UK.

Mr. Al-Hamad holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor Degree from the University of Chicago.

Sulaiman Barrak Al-Marzouq

Board Member

Mr. Al-Marzouq joined NBK in 2002 and is now the Deputy Chief Executive Officer – Kuwait. He moved to the Central Bank of Kuwait from 2012 to 2015, where he headed the Department of Foreign Operations, before moving back to NBK.

Mr. Al-Marzouq has extensive experience in Investment and Wealth Management, in addition to his experience in Treasury and Banking Operations. He has served as a Board Member for several banks and companies in Kuwait.

Mr Al-Marzouq holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Portland State University, USA.

Meshaan Al Meshaan

Independent Board Member

Mr. Meshaan Mohammad Al Meshaan possesses 15 years of experience in the areas of real estate, banking and investment and he plays a vital role in ALARGAN International Real Estate Company as Chief Business Development Officer.

Prior to joining the team at ALARGAN in 2006, Mr. Al Meshaan worked in the Treasury Department of the National Bank of Kuwait, from July 2003 until April 2006. From October 2001 until June 2003, Mr. Al Meshaan worked in the New York branch of the National Bank of Kuwait as a Private Equity Investment Analyst, where he analyzed potential equity and fund investments.

Mr. Al Meshaan received his Bachelor of Science in International Business from the University of Denver, Colorado, in the United States.