Speaker Profile

Samer S. Khanachet

President
United Gulf Management, Inc.

Samer S. Khanachet, president of United Gulf Management, Inc., has spent over 25 years managing investment companies focusing on matching capital and opportunities between the Middle East and the US. Mr. Khanachet earned B.S. degrees from MIT in Chemical Engineering and in Management Science. In 1975, he graduated from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration and joined the Industrial Bank of Kuwait, a government controlled institution. He worked on the initial development of Kuwait's capital markets, on financing industrial projects and providing them with technical, financial and strategic support.

In 1980, Mr. Khanachet joined the Sharjah Group, a Kuwaiti-owned investment company with offices in London and throughout the Arabian Gulf. As Executive Vice President, he developed a strategy to diversify the company from its dominant local stock market activity. In 1990, Mr. Khanachet joined the Kuwait Projects Company (Holding) as General Manager to develop and implement a global strategy. In 1996, Mr. Khanachet reduced his Kuwait responsibilities to pay greater attention to the U.S. market and the sourcing of further opportunities, technology, know-how, products and ideas to support KIPCO's many regional activities.

Mr. Khanachet has a keen interest in education and in Middle Eastern affairs. He is a member of the Corporation Development Committee and the Educational Council of MIT, of the Advisory Board of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard, and of the Board of Trustees of Buckingham Browne & Nichols, a Cambridge private school. He is Vice Chairman of the Forsyth Health Foundation and a Trustee of the Forsyth Institute. He is a former president of the Arab Bankers Association of North America and director of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee.

Profile as of 4/25/2006