Mayor of London Appoints Mohammed Alshaya to International Business Advisory Council (IBAC)

Kuwait, 16 March 2014: In the context of its work to build strong business relations and develop trade opportunities between Kuwait and the UK, The British Embassy in Kuwait is delighted to announce the appointment of Mohammed Alshaya to the Mayor of London’s International Business Advisory Council (IBAC).

The Council, which includes nearly fifty global business leaders, collectively advises the Mayor of London, Mr. Boris Johnson, on how to maintain London’s position as a top global city. With increasing commercial and cultural links between Kuwait and the UK, the appointment of a well-known Kuwaiti business leader to IBAC sends a clear message about the importance both sides attach to this historic trading relationship. Mr. Alshaya’s membership of IBAC will also support the identification of commercial opportunities for Kuwaiti businesses, particularly in the UK.

Commenting on this appointment, British Ambassador to Kuwait HE Mr Frank Baker said: “I am delighted that Mohammed Alshaya has accepted the Mayor’s invitation to join IBAC. His experience, as Executive Chairman of one of the world’s leading international franchise operators, and as Joint Chairman of the Kuwait Britain Business Council (KBBC), means that he will bring an invaluable new perspective to the Council. This move also shows the deepening relationships between the UK, in particular London, and Kuwait – relationships that provide real benefit, across the board, to both countries.”

Mohammed Alshaya added: “I am honoured to have been asked by the Mayor to join IBAC. This further strengthens the already strong relationship our two nations enjoy – politically, culturally and economically. I very much look forward to working with the Mayor and the Council’s distinguished members.”