Industry: Culture & Society
Company: Bahrain National Competitiveness Council (BNCC)
The Bahrain National Competitiveness Council (BNCC) was created in 2005 to formulate and facilitate the assessment - and then improvement - of Bahrain’s business competitiveness. The BNCC’s broad-based membership includes leaders from Bahrain’s business, banking and academic communities, as well as reputable non-government organisations (NGOs), all of whom are active in areas relevant to competitiveness.
As its head, Jawad is responsible for corralling the council’s various stakeholders and driving awareness of its policy papers and business decision tools. The group also publishes periodic reports on Bahrain’s competitiveness, and regularly updates its analysis of the nation’s business environment.
Away from the Council, Habib has over 30 years of experience in professional accounting and consulting. He began his career with Bahrain Petroleum Co from where he moved on to successfully complete his accountancy examinations for the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants in London. In 1971, after obtaining 14 years of industry experience, he moved to the professional field of auditing and management consultancy where he worked for two of the largest accounting firms in the Arab world and was responsible for their activities in several countries. He was a partner of the Pricewaterhouse Middle East Joint Venture operations for four years until he established Jawad Habib & Co, a professional firm of public accountants and management consultants, in 1980. As the senior partner of Jawad Habib & Co he established the firm’s affiliation with Coopers & Lybrand International in 1986. Following the worldwide merger between Pricewaterhouse and Coopers and Lybrand in 1998, Jawad Habib led the Bahrain practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers, as the country senior partner, for three years, until 2001. At the beginning of 2002 Jawad Habib & Co became a member firm of BDO International.