NBK Officially Launches NBK RISE, a Global Women’s Leadership Initiative

  • Al-Bahar: ‘NBK RISE’ perfectly aligns with NBK’s sustainability goals of inclusion and diversity
  • The program offers women the opportunity to demonstrate their skills and bring about change in their workplace and in society
  • Companies must support women to participate effectively in decision-making processes
  • Equity promotes sustainable development and positively reflects society and long-term economic growth
  • As part of the initiative, a commitment is signed between the main regional and global companies to increase the representation of women in leadership positions

Kuwait: The National Bank of Kuwait (NBK) has officially launched its global female leadership initiative “NBK RISE”, a one-of-a-kind program designed to elevate female leaders to higher leadership positions.

NBK RISE was officially launched with representatives from Alshaya Group, Kuwait Commercial Bank, Burgan Bank, EQUATE and STC Telecom as pledge partners.

The event also featured representatives from NBK RISE’s educational partners, including Business School, Franklin Covey, and INSEAD, as well as program mentors and 20 NBK RISE participants.

Ms. Shaikha Al-Bahar, Deputy Managing Director of the National Bank of Kuwait Group, delivered a speech highlighting the importance of this key initiative as a new start towards empowering women in the corporate world and encouraged participants to seize the opportunity to overcome barriers. At the direction.

“NBK Rise aligns well with NBK’s sustainability goals of inclusion and diversity.” Al-Bahar commented.

Al-Bahar pointed out that a push for greater representation of women in leadership is an excellent strategic direction for organizations to bring fresher ideas and perspectives to the board. The global goal of sustainability becomes more attainable when more women are involved in critical decision-making. It also creates an environment conducive to sustainable development and reflects positively on society and long-term economic growth.

“NBK RISE will give tools, confidence and opportunity to talented candidates and enable them to become influential leaders and decision makers in the future”. Al-Bahar added.

Al-Bahar called on NBK RISE participants to make the most of this exceptional opportunity, reach their full potential and make a difference in the corporate world.

The event ended with a pledge signing ceremony where representatives of NBK Group, Alshaya Group, Commercial Bank of Kuwait, Burgan Bank, EQUATE and STC Telecom signed collectively a commitment, demonstrating their strong commitment by coming together and working towards the goals of this global agenda. .

This was followed by a guided tour of the NBK RISE Leadership Exhibit, a creative interactive exhibit created to help people understand what it takes to be a leader.

The NBK Rise program is founded and led by Shaikha Al-Bahar, Deputy CEO of NBK Group, and developed by the team of Najla Al-Sager, Head of Talent Management, Human Resources of NBK Group, and Alia Abu El Fath, Corporate Communications Manager. , NBK Capital and Global Wealth Management.

The program consists of various training modules aimed at developing the leadership, strategy, communication and interpersonal skills of professional female participants in order to equip and prepare them for higher leadership roles. Another important aspect of the program is the NBK RISE Pledge, where NBK will lead and organize a commitment between leading regional and global companies to increase the representation of women in leadership positions.

NBK is proud to respect the principles of equality in all of its international sites, where women already occupy 49% of its workforce. NBK RISE is a testament to the NBK Group’s continued efforts to be a global leader in advancing the business community.


Mara R. Wilmoth