NBAD safest bank in Middle East among world’s top 50

Updated 28 August 2013
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NBAD safest bank in Middle East among world’s top 50

Global Finance, a prestigious international financial magazine, has ranked NBAD for the fifth consecutive year among its ‘World’s 50 Safest Banks’.
NBAD remains the highest ranked Middle East bank in the list.
Global Finance’s annual ranking of ‘World’s 50 Safest Banks’ is a recognized and trusted standard of creditworthiness for the entire financial world.
“The continuous inclusion of NBAD among the world’s 50 safest banks reflects our disciplined strategy and ongoing focus on long term, sustainable growth,” says Alex Thursby, group CEO of NBAD.
“NBAD’s continued strong credit ratings complemented by its ranking among the World’s 50 Safest Banks are an invaluable asset that will serve our ambitious growth plans, including our strategy to be a leading player in the West-East Corridor.”
Global Finance selects banks for this list through an evaluation of long-term credit ratings — from Moody’s, Standard & Poor’s, and Fitch — and total assets of the 500 largest banks worldwide.
“This ranking offers companies an objective tool for evaluating the world’s banks, both globally and by region,” says Joseph D. Giarraputo, publisher of Global Finance.
Regarding the top safest banks in the Middle East, in which NBAD ranked highest, Giarraputo says: “Global Finance’s Safest Banks ranking provides an objective tool for benchmarking and analysis of regional banks.”
NBAD’s long term ratings are among the strongest combined ratings of any financial institution in the MENA region with ratings from Moody’s Aa3, Standard & Poor’s (S&P) A+, Fitch AA-, RAM (Malaysia) AAA, R&I’s (Japan) rating of A+, and ranked among the World’s 50 Safest Banks by Global Finance.
“NBAD has retained and strengthened its position in the league of the safest institutions in the world by virtue of the prudence exercised in its business conduct. During the recent global financial crisis, NBAD remained true to its principle of utilizing its strong balance sheet to support customers. NBAD’s financial strength has allowed us to continue doing business and expand throughout the crisis,” says Abdulla M. S. Abdul Raheem, deputy group CEO of NBAD.


360-degree mentoring to boost Saudi social enterprise sector

Updated 23 May 2019
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360-degree mentoring to boost Saudi social enterprise sector

The King Khalid Foundation (KKF) and Mowgli Mentoring have collaborated to strengthen the growing social enterprise sector in the Kingdom through the provision of 360-degree mentoring, which will support the personal and professional development of social entrepreneurs. The EMCC-accredited mentoring organization is working to built the capacity of Saudi mentors by instilling best mentoring practices and sharing experiences from its 10-year work around the world.

Globally, the concept of social entrepreneurship is increasingly gaining momentum and positive attention as it combines commerce with social good, allowing entrepreneurs to go beyond profit to positively impact communities and societies. Supporting these entrepreneurs, therefore, is in line with the KKF’s vision, which is to have a Saudi society with equal opportunities.

The KKF’s collaboration with Mowgli resulted in the creation of the Athar (Impact) Mentoring Program.

This program aims to build and increase the capacity of Saudi mentors, and equip them with the necessary tools to be able to provide mentorship, support and guidance to social entrepreneurs in the Kingdom. Matching mentors with social entrepreneurs and managing their mentorship relationships is a key benefit of the program.

To commence the mentoring program, Mowgli recently delivered a four-day workshop in the KKF premises in Riyadh. Fourteen professionals and business leaders received training to be 360-degree mentors before being matched with 14 social entrepreneurs. Both groups were provided with the guidelines to build solid foundations for their 1-2-1 mentoring relationships. In addition, the matched pairs will be supported over a duration of six months, during which structured on-going support will be provided to ensure that trust-based and impactful mentoring relationships are developed.

Mowgli Mentoring’s CEO Kathleen Bury said: “We see this program supporting the three themes on which the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 was built upon: Developing a vibrant society, a thriving economy and an ambitious nation. By supporting social entrepreneurs, we’re working toward achieving the Kingdom’s economic aspirations of increasing SME GDP contribution by 20–30 percent by 2030. We are, therefore, excited to be back in Saudi Arabia and are honored to be working with the King Khalid Foundation in delivering this program, and building Saudi Arabia’s mentoring capacity to sustainably support change-makers and their surrounding ecosystems for years to come.”

The key to developing entrepreneurship and fostering economic development lies in having a well-balanced ecosystem with equal investment in four key pillars: Environment (schooling, parenting), finance (working capital, debt and equity financing), infrastructure (incubators, accelerators, utilities and sound legal frameworks) and human capital development (mentoring, skills and knowledge development). Mowgli supports the latter and has successfully delivered more than 110 mentoring programs across the Middle East, North Africa and sub-Saharan Africa.