Omar Alghanim was elected as the Chairman of Gulf Bank in March 2013. Previously, he held the position of Deputy Chairman after his election in 2012 and he was serving as Board Member since 2009.
Omar is also the Chief Executive Officer of Alghanim Industries, a privately owned company with business operations in 40 countries world-wide. He joined the company in 2002 as General Manager of the Technology Division with full P&L responsibility. Based on the division's performance, he was promoted to Executive Director in 2004 with broader management responsibilities. After leading the successful turnaround of the company by rejuvenating the management team, Omar was again promoted to the position of CEO, a position he has been holding since 2005.
Omar is also Chairman of the Family Business Council – GULF (FBCG), a nonprofit membership organization established to improve long-term governance among family-owned businesses, which account for 90 percent of the regional private sector economy.
Prior to joining Alghanim Industries, Omar worked in the Investment Banking Division of Morgan Stanley in London where he was involved in a range of financial advisory transactions involving mergers and acquisitions, financial restructuring and corporate finance.
Omar takes an active role in addressing the dire challenges facing refugees in the region, acting as a member of the UNHCR MENA Sustainability Board. Additionally, Omar is a member of Harvard Business School’s 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.
He served on the World Economic Forum’s (WEF’s) Chair of the MENA Regional Business Council, and was appointed by the WEF as a ‘Young Global Leader’. For the 2017 WEF Annual Meeting, he was selected to serve on the Stewardship Board of the Education, Gender, and Work System Initiative.
In 2019, he became a member of the International Business Council, which acts as a community to identify and address globally relevant business issues, and to develop practical solutions.
Omar has a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from New York University and MBA from the Harvard Business School.