National Bank of Kuwait (NBK), the leading bank in Kuwait and the highest rated in the Middle East, recently celebrated the graduation of the first batch of participants from the prestigious ' High Fliers' leadership program, delivered by NBK University in partnership with the American University of Beirut. The event was organized under the personal sponsorship and presence of NBK Group Chief Executive Officer Ibrahim S. Dabdoub, NBK Deputy CEO Shaikha Al Bahar and NBK Capital CEO Salah Al-Falaij.
Commenting on the success of the program, Group CEO Ibrahim Dabdoub said: "The next generation of leaders is the future of NBK. We are committed to identifying and developing our talented people so that in time they can become those who will guide the bank to even greater success".
Dabdoub congratulated the first batch of graduates and called them to exert more efforts in order to continue the path of professional excellence, adding that "This program marks the start of what will be continuing process to nurture and grow our young talent. I am delighted with the outcome of this first NBK University program and look forward to seeing a number of the participants moving into key leadership roles as a result".
The 'High Fliers' leadership program, delivered by the first-of-its-kind initiative "NBK University", is designed to provide NBK's leaders of the future with a solid introduction to a wide range of leadership disciplines. The program, which commenced in May 2009, covered topics such as finance, risk and people management skills and included classroom discussion, case studies and assignments.
As one of the largest employers of Kuwaiti nationals, NBK maintains its commitment to development of its Kuwaiti workforce and the creation of new job opportunities for Kuwait's younger generation. To meet the new higher targets introduced by the government for the nationalization of the workforce, NBK recruited 460 new Kuwaiti staff in 2009. Currently, NBK's ratio of nationals among its staff exceeds 60% among the highest of all Kuwaiti banks.