Banking studies in Kuwait

Extending its educational initiatives even further, the Bank has also become involved in training activities in Kuwait. In September 2011, BNP Paribas Kuwait formed a partnership with the Institute of Banking Studies (IBS), the country s leading financial services training provider. Together they launched the BNP Paribas Kuwaiti Graduate Development Programme, a 12-month training programme for young university graduates. BNP Paribas was the first foreign bank in Kuwait to undertake this kind of activity and, in 2011, recruited seven graduates who completed the programme.

Mawahib Programme

In March 2014, BNP Paribas launched the Mawahib Programme, a two-year talent development pilot programme for employees who are GCC nationals. The programme demonstrates the Bank s ongoing commitment to diversity in the region, and was designed to develop key leadership skills among locals with aspirations to become team leaders in their current or future roles. The learning activities in the programme are designed to build competencies grounded in our Core Values and Management Principles. To qualify, participants must have high performance ratings, less than eight years of total work experience and between six months to three years of service with BNP Paribas MEA. In 2014, 10 candidates were selected two Kuwaitis, one Emirati, one Saudi, and six Bahrainis.

Promoting diversity

Women and leadership

BNP Paribas has taken a number of initiatives to promote the role of women in the workplace, and in society in general. In 2008, the Bank held a high-level conference in the Kingdom of Bahrain on the subject, the Women and Leadership Conference, which featured several prominent guest speakers including H.E. Sheikha Haya Rashed Al Khalifa of the Kingdom of Bahrain and H.H. Sheikha Hussa Saad Abdullah Al-Salem Al-Sabah of Kuwait. Jean-Christophe Durand described the initiative as a clear example of our efforts to make a positive contribution to the region, both internally and externally.

BNP PARIBAS CONFERENCE FOR WOMEN AND LEADERSHIP,

KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN, 2008

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