Position: Governor of the Central Bank of Kuwait
Incumbent: Mohamed al Fashel
Date of birth: April 28, 1974
Term: Appointed in March 2012
– Kuwait’s cabinet has approved Mohammad al-Hashel as the new governor of Kuwait’s central bank, promoting the 37-year-old from his position as deputy.
– He replaces veteran policymaker Sheikh Salem Abdul-Aziz al-Sabah, who headed the central bank for 25 years and resigned last month, protesting at a rapid rise in government spending.
– Hashel had served as Sheikh Salem’s deputy since January 2009 and is expected to follow in his footsteps despite his relative lack of experience.
– Hashel studied in the United States, obtaining a postgraduate degree in finance from Old Dominion University in Virginia and an MBA from Emory University in Georgia.
– He was a member of Kuwait’s stock exchange committee from 2008-2011, during a time when the country decided to privatise the bourse. The privatisation plan is progressing slowly.