KUWAIT CITY, June 18: Alghanim Industries CEO Omar Kutayba Alghanim has received the Knowledge and Education Development CEO Excellence Award from the Middle East Excellence Awards Institute, which recognizes business leaders who have contributed to growth and development of the Gulf region and greater global economy. The award was conferred last Saturday evening at the 13th Middle East CEO Excellence Awards gala at the Ritz-Carlton (DIFC).
The CEO Award was given in recognition of Omar Alghanim’s many achievements as Chairman and founder of INJAZ Kuwait, and as the first Chairman of INJAZ Al Arab; in both roles, support of education and economic knowledge development of Arab youth is the primary objective. Under Omar Alghanim’s leadership, Alghanim Industries has established a number of educational initiatives that share these goals, and these were also recognized by the Institution in conferring the CEO Award.
Founded more than 20 years ago, the Institute is committed to building a culture of excellence and accomplishment across the Gulf, with the higher aim of improving performance of governments and private organizations. Alghanim Industries, founded more than a century ago in Kuwait, is one of the largest privately-held conglomerates in the Middle East, with more than 30 businesses in 40 countries.
Commenting on this award, Omar Alghanim said: “I am honored to receive this award, which recognizes the work we put into supporting education. I truly believe that supporting education and encouraging entrepreneurship are critical to the twin goals of decreasing unemployment and empowering youth, specific to owning their economic success.”
Omar Alghanim further noted: “I thank the organizers of this event for recognizing our work, and I also thank our management team for their efforts. This is encouragement for us to continue our hard work to meet the many challenges that our region faces today.”
Alghanim Industries recently sponsored the AGAIN Upcycling Initiative, which this year featured pieces from several international artists constructed of used materials – items that had been discarded as trash, basically — to help raise awareness about the importance of recycling.
The company supports a broad array of other educational initiatives, including Start-up Weekend Kuwait, a forum for future entrepreneurs to learn the basics of startups and successful ventures. Alghanim Industries also contributes the highest number of employee volunteers for INJAZ-Kuwait, which is likewise dedicated to elevating education and understanding around entrepreneurism as a career path for Arab youth.