Alinma Bank chief honored by Top CEO in Bahrain

Alinma Bank CEO Abdulmohsen Al-Fares received the award during the 5th annual Top CEO Conference & Awards 2019 in Bahrain.
Updated 24 April 2019

Alinma Bank chief honored by Top CEO in Bahrain

Alinma Bank CEO Abdulmohsen Al-Fares was recently lauded during the 5th annual Top CEO Conference & Awards 2019 in Bahrain for his leadership role at Alinma.

The event, which was attended by numerous CEOs and thought leaders from across the GCC, featured a keynote address by renowned American economist and author Nouriel Roubini. CEOs from a range of sectors were honored for their contributions over the past 12 months in steering their respective companies to success. Al-Fares was recognized in the Shariah-compliant Banks & Financial Institutions category.

Al-Fares thanked the organizers and expressed his appreciation for the efforts exerted by all the employees of the bank.

“I am truly grateful for this honor from Top CEO,” he said. “Award programs are an important part of the business ecosystem in the GCC, and having access to credible, transparent programs such as Top CEO provides companies in the region with an effective way to measure performance.”

“I am particularly proud of Alinma’s qualified staff members, whose dedication to excellence has made this achievement possible,” Al-Fares added. “As CEO, I must set the tone for my organization, but I must then be able to rely on upper management and staff to execute. And our execution in 2018 is something of which we are proud. I look forward to continued sustainable success at Alinma Bank.”

The Top CEO Awards are known for their transparency and strict adherence to competitive formulas in tallying annual CEO rankings in the GCC region. Teaming up with INSEAD Business School, global auditor KPMG, Hawkamah Institute for Corporate Governance, TRENDS magazine and Mediaquest, has ensured that only the highest standards are applied in the vetting of award nominees.

Alinma Bank has, in the 10 years since its launch, established itself as a leader in sustainable growth in the region, and has been named the fastest-growing bank in Saudi Arabia for six of the past seven years. Additionally, Al-Fares was most recently named as the CEO of the Year at the Global Islamic Finance Awards in Sarajevo.


Line-up for FIKR17 conference in Saudi Arabia announced

Updated 13 November 2019

Line-up for FIKR17 conference in Saudi Arabia announced

The Arab Thought Foundation has announced the agenda of this year’s annual conference, FIKR17, in partnership with King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture “Ithra”, held under the theme “Towards a New Arab Thinking.”
The conference will be held in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia between 2-5 December 2019.
FIKR17 will bring together high-level officials, politicians, intellectuals, and media personalities led by Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, President of the Arab Thought Foundation, and Arab League Secretary General Mr. Ahmed Aboul Gheit. Over the course of FIKR17, these thought leaders will provide deep understanding and paths to solutions for key questions facing the Arab World and its future, including:

  • What are the challenges of technology, science and modern approaches to knowledge?
  • Where are we currently from renewing our societies and social concepts?
  • Where does the Arab individual stand within the international system, and how does he tackle the subject of globalization while defending an interactive identity that is open to the world?
  • Where are Arab intellectuals in their attempts to renew the Arab thought, and in building a renewed philosophy capable of making contributions to the global effort of contemporary thought?

Conference Program Details
Monday, December 2: FIKR17 will open with a formal ceremony at 7:00 pm, including a speech by Professor Dr. Henry Awit, Director General of the Arab Thought Foundation, followed by a speech from the representative of “Ithra”, the Lead Partner of the conference. It will also include speeches by Arab League Secretary General Mr. Ahmed Aboul Gheit and HRH Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, President of the Arab Thought Foundation.
Tuesday, December 3: FIKR17 will start with an opening session titled “Arab Thought and Innovation Prospects,” followed by the first general session entitled “Today’s world…tomorrow’s world: transformations, challenges, and visions”.
In addition, four specialized sessions will be held under the following headlines:. Delivering new educational policies to help build a new Arab Thought, The role of social and human sciences in renewing Arab Thought, New perspectives on the concepts of state, citizenship and participation, Pluralism and the culture of tolerance and social peace.
Wednesday, December 4: The conference will continue with four specialized morning sessions covering the topics of ” Towards a new understanding of growth, Industry and manufacturing:analysis of pillars for development, Digital Economy, The role of civic society in renewing Arab Thought.
In the afternoon, the second general session will be held on the “4th Industrial Revolution” followed by reports on youth discussion groups.
Thursday, December 5: The conference will conclude with detailed reports on the specialized sessions. At 12:00 pm, the third general session titled “Arab Intellectuals and Their Role in Arab Thought Renewal” will be held, followed by the closing remarks.