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H E Abdullah Yaqoub Bishara – Chairman
H E Abdullah Yaqoub Bishara has been associated with North Africa Holding (NorAH) since its establishment in 2006, and has been advising on the company's strategy and expansion plans in the North African region. Mr. Bishara was formerly Kuwait's Ambassador to the UN & the General Secretary of the Gulf Cooperation Council. He is also the President of Diplomatic Centre for Strategic Studies. Mr. Bishara is the Coordinator of the Kuwaiti - British Friendship Society and was awarded the title of Honorary Commander of the British Empire by The Queen.
Mr. Bishara held several positions as a diplomat in Latin America and North Africa regions and became the first Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council in 1981. Prior to that, he was Director of the office of H.H., the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Mr. Bishara was named Kuwait's Permanent Representative to the United Nations where he served for ten years from 1971 to 1981. While serving in the United Nations, he was the President of the Security Council in February of 1979 and represented Kuwait on the Council for two years. Additionally, Mr. Bishara headed several UN Committees and was Vice Chairman of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research.
Mr. Bishara has written several books and essays on political and economic issues and has delivered lectures at American universities and organizations on the subjects of Middle East oil politics and the Persian Gulf. He maintains active membership in the Arab Thought Forum, based in Amman, Jordan.
Mr. Bishara holds a M.A. degree in Political Science from St. John's University, New York and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cairo University. Furthermore, he attended Balliol College, Oxford University, where he studied Diplomacy and International Relations. He is married with two children.
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