Dr. Abdullah Ibrahim El-Kuwaiz

former Secretary General

Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC)


ABDULLAH I. EL-KUWAIZ (MA, MBA, & Ph.D.) serves at present as the first deputy of the Governing Board of Oxford Institute of Energy Studies, an independent entity of Oxford University. He serves, In addition, as the Chairman of BIC (The investment subsidiary company of BNP Paribas in Saudi Arabia). He is a board member of a number of philanthropic, academic and business institutions as well as an advisor to a number of private and public regional and international entities, and a member of the Editorial Boards of a number of academic economic journals.

He served as Saudi Ambassador to one of the Gulf States, headed a number of major regional financial institutions and served in the board of others, including AMF, AFSED, IDB, and GIB.

He contributed extensively to the GCC economic integration when he served as an Associate Secretary General for Economic Affairs since its inception in 1981 to 1995, where he played a leading role in formulating the steps for economic integration, policies and drafted all economic resolutions for GCC Heads of States. He was awarded the Medal of Merit in 1989 by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques on behalf of all the GCC Heads of States. He also received the Annual Life Accomplishment Award from the Arab Bankers Association of North America in 2001 for his contribution to Arab banking, Arab economic integration and promoting economic and financial cooperation between the USA and Arab countries.

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