Naser Abdulmohsen El-Jeaan
Our founder, Naser Abdulmohsen El-Jeaan, was born in the small agricultural town, ‘Unayzah, in modern-day Saudi Arabia at the turn of the 20th century. An aspiring businessman, he operated his first commercial business at the age of 19, transporting commercial merchandise in desert caravans. In 1927, Wahhabi tribesmen rebelling against Ibn Saud’s authority and enforcing a blockade repeatedly attacked caravans from Kuwait and Iraq to Riyadh. The caravan trade was crippled as traders, fearing the loss of their shipments, refused to transport goods. Sensing opportunity and that the newly-arrived technology of the automobile would transform the region, he successfully ran these blockades by using multiple convoys of cars, across the barren desert. His success in delivering his shipments cemented his reputation for reliability and ingenuity among Kuwaiti and Saudi merchants. The creation of compelling investment opportunities for our investors, partners and stakeholders, coupled with the willingness to assume managed risk, is the legacy instilled within us by our founder and is the spirit that drives our business.
H.E. Abdulmohsen Naser El-Jeaan
Our Chairman, His Excellency Ambassador Abdulmohsen Naser El-Jeaan, has held several positions as a career diplomat, serving as Kuwait's
Permanent Representative to the Arab League during the Iraqi occupation of Kuwait in 1990-1991. He has also served as Kuwait’s Ambassador to China, the United Arab Emirates, Belgium, and Malaysia, and as Deputy Permanent Representative for Kuwait to the United Nations for ten years from 1971 to 1981, during which time Kuwait served as a member of the United Nations Security Council. Prior to that, he was the Deputy Director of the Economic Affairs Department at the Kuwait Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Ambassador El-Jeaan was a founding shareholder of the Kuwait Financial Centre (Markaz), on whose Board of Directors he also served. During his tenure as director, he facilitated Markaz’s partnership with Hyundai to create Korea’s first merchant bank in 1976. The profits from the eventual sale of its interest in this venture staved off the potential insolvency of Markaz following Kuwait’s Souk al Manakh crisis. Ambassador El-Jeaan holds a Graduate degree in Economics from the University of East Anglia, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Arizona. He presently serves as a director of Annaseem Spain S. L.
Bader Abdulmohsen El-Jeaan
Bader El-Jeaan is the founder and Senior Partner of Meysan Partners, a Kuwait-based corporate law firm. Prior to founding Meysan, Mr. El-Jeaan was a Senior Executive Officer at Carlyle MENA, a subsidiary of The Carlyle Group, a global alternative asset management company. Bader El-Jeaan was appointed by decree issued by H.H. the Amir of Kuwait to serve as a member of the Board of Directors of the Kuwait Investment Authority (the third largest sovereign wealth fund in the world). He also serves as a director of Gulf Bank and National Real Estate Company. He was previously a member of the Board of Directors of General Lighting Company and Alamar Foods Company. He is also the founder of the Harvard Club of Kuwait.
Mr. El-Jeaan holds a B.A. and M.A. in Law, with honors, from Oxford University and an A.B. in Economics, with honors, from Harvard University.