100 most powerful Arab women 2012
Sheikha Al Bahar
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Sheikha Al Bahar

Industry: Banking and finance

Company: National Bank of Kuwait

Designation: CEO

Country: Kuwait

Sheikha Al Bahar started at the National Bank of Kuwait, one of the region’s largest financial institutions, as a trainee.

Today, as the CEO, she manages a portfolio of $16bn and is responsible for loans business, marketing, investment banking and treasury. She also specialises in large and structured finance transactions and contributes to strategy and planning. Sheikha Al Bahar has a degree in international marketing from the Kuwait University, and has attended schools including Harvard Business School, California University, Stanford University and Duke University. She was formerly chairwoman of the Al Watany Bank of Egypt and is vice chair at NBK Capital, the bank’s investment arm. She also sits on the board of the International Bank of Qatar.