Designation: Vice Chairman and Group CEO
Bader Nasser Al Kharafi is one of Kuwait’s best-known business personalities and recognised throughout the region as a telecoms pioneer. Under his leadership, Zain brought in $1.67bn in consolidated revenues in the first half of 2018 with approximately 47.4 million active customers in eight countries. Al Kharafi is also chairman of Gulf Cables and Electrical Industries, a board member of both Kuwait’s Gulf Bank and Foulath Holding, and is on the Middle Eastern Advisory Board of Coutts Bank and the Kuwait-British Friendship Society.
Al Kharafi is well known for his role as an advocate for Kuwait’s youth and has spoken out about what he believes are flaws in the country’s education system that stymie a spirit of creativity and lead to a lack of empowerment, particularly for women in the Kuwaiti workforce. In a bid to help his country’s youth achieve success, in 2016 he oversaw the creation of Zain’s Generation Z programme, a youth empowerment initiative aimed at developing the careers of entrepreneurially-minded young Kuwaitis, while at the same time re-energising Zain’s workforce.