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H.E. Sheikh Yousef Abdullah Al-Sabah

Director General

Kuwait Ports Authority

Kuwait City, KW

H.E. Sheikh Yousef Abdullah Al-Sabah


H.E. Sheikh Yousef Abdullah Al -Sabah is the Director General of the Kuwait Ports Authority, KPA. Additionally, Sheikh Yousef is the Chairman of both the Federation of Arab Ports & The Arab Transport Sector and Deputy Chairman of the Executive Council of the Arab Academy for Science, Technology & Maritime Studies.

Sheikh Yousef served as as an Officer of the Kuwait National Guard for 12 years and was promoted several times, becoming Lt Colonel and Director of Foreign Procurement. He attended Infantry & Advanced Intelligence courses at Ft Benning & Ft Huatchuka and was the first International officer to be on Ft Bennings Commandants List of Honor. He has been decorated with 3 service medals and several letters of appreciation from His Highness Emir of Kuwait & His Highness The Crown Prince and, at aged 33, was the youngest officer to be promoted to Lt Colonel.

In 2007, Sheikh Yousef resigned from the Kuwait National Guard to pursue his own endeavors in business, banking & investments, becoming part of a team that re-structured a large investment group, IIG, International Investment Group, turning it from quarter of a billion dollars in debt to profitability in 5 years. With his re-structuring experience, Sheikh Yousef has tripled the year on year profits of Kuwait Ports Authority in the past 3 years, approved a 2035 New Kuwait Strategic Plan with many new projects, employed hundreds of talented Kuwaiti graduates and has empowered women at the KPA. He believes that the New Kuwait Strategic Plan should rely on proper training and work experience and thus has nominated over 300 employees to be trained at the ports of Hamburg, Antwerp & Singapore.

A graduate of Boston University, Sheikh Yousef gained a BA Degree (cum laude) in Economics and holds three Masters Degrees.

H.E. Sheikh Yousef Abdullah Al-Sabah’s Newsfeed

Kuwait Ports Authority Delegation on training mission in Belgium

"The Kuwait Ports Authority is witnessing major projects as part of His Highness the Amir's vision to make Kuwait and financial and monetary capital in the region and also as part of the 2035 development plan" Sheikh Yousef Al-Abdullah told KUNA.

H.E. Sheikh Yousef Abdullah Al-Sabah’s Background

Director General
May 2015 - Present
Kuwait City, KW
Kuwait Ports Authority seeks to become the leading managed port in the Middle East & North Africa region. The KPA uses world class systems and promotes local business to strengthen their capabilities regionally.
Member Restructuring Team
2007 - 2012
Kuwait City, KW
International Investment Group, IIG, are guided by their values to maintain the highest level of integrity, treat everyone with dignity and respect, focus on their customers and demonstrate excellence in all they do.
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Other Business Interests

Deputy Chairman
Apr 2018 - Present
Kuwait City, KW
The Arab Academy for Science, Technology & Maritime Studies aims be a world class university in compliance with the international standards of Education, Scientific Research, Innovation and Training, while fulfilling its social responsibilities in order to maintain its distinguished position.
Kuwait City, KW
The Arab Sea Ports Federation is one of the specialized Arab federations operating under the umbrella of the League of Arab States. The Federation manages its member ports in a framework of respect for the environment.
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Current Non-Executive Positions

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Investors Bank Bahrain
Member of the Board of Directors
Jun 2014 - Present
Manama, BH
The principal activities of the Investors Bank Bahrain include investment transactions, participating in equity investments in projects in conformity with the Islamic Sharia. The Company is part of the holding company ALKFFA Holding BSC.

H.E. Sheikh Yousef Abdullah Al-Sabah’s Education

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Mubarak Al Abdullah Command & Staff College
Masters, Military Science
2002 - 2003
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