100 Most Powerful Arabs 2018
Wed 27 Jun 2018 09:18 AM
Hisham Alrayes

Company: GFH Financial Group

Designation: CEO

Hisham Alrayes is the CEO as well as a member of the board of directors of GFH Financial Group, one of the region’s leading financial groups with $6bn assets and funds under management and shares listed in the Kingdom of Bahrain, Dubai and Kuwait.

In 2012, he assumed leadership of the firm with the goal of establishing a diverse regional financial group offering a platform for wealth management, real estate, commercial banking and asset management.

Prior to his role as CEO, Mr Alrayes was GFH’s chief investment officer, where he was responsible for driving the development and execution of its regional and international investment strategy, along with the management of the bank’s liabilities.

Before joining the group in 2007, he was part of the senior management team of the Bank of Bahrain & Kuwait (BBK). He is also chairman of Balexco, Gulf Holding Company and holds directorship in GFH Financial Group, Khaleeji Commercial Bank, Falcon Cement Company and GFH Capital.

In 2017, Mr Alrayes was named Bank CEO of the Year at the CEO Middle East 2017 awards, as well as being honoured by Top CEO Awards for his leadership at GFH, including excellence in strategy, performance and results.

Mr Alrayes holds a master’s degree with honours in business administration from the University of DePaul, Chicago (USA), and a bachelor’s degree in engineering with honours from the University of Bahrain.