Event Location: 
Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Cultural Centre, Kuwait
Event Date: 
10-11 December 2019
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H.E. Mrs. Mariam Al Aqeel

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H.E. Mrs. Mariam Al Aqeel
Minister of State for Economic Affairs
Speaker 2019


Her Excellency Mrs. Mariam A. Al-Aqeel has served as the Minister of State for Economic Affairs since December 2018, and has been appointed Acting Minister of Finance, effective 6 November 2019.

With her recent appointment, Mrs. Al-Aqeel has become the first female Minister of Finance in the history of Kuwait and the Gulf Cooperation Council. She also holds the record as the first female minister in Kuwait, the Gulf Cooperation Council, and the Arab world to concurrently hold both portfolios as Minister of Finance and State Minister of Economic Affairs. In addition, Mrs. Al-Aqeel is also the first woman to head the country’s two major public financial institutions: the Kuwait Investment Authority (KIA), the country’s sovereign fund, and the Public Institution for Social Security (PIFSS). Mrs. Al-Aqeel is Chair of the Higher Committee of the Kuwait Distinguished Woman Award (KDWA).

Among a myriad of high-level portfolios, Mrs. Al-Aqeel manages Kuwait’s National Development Plan (KNDP), the Environment and the Organizing of Kuwait’s labour market of the public and private sectors.

Mrs. Al-Aqeel presides over the Supreme Privatization Council and is the Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the following: The Public Authority for Manpower, the Higher Demographic Committee, the Higher Kuwait’s Census 2020 Committee, the Arab Labour Organization, the Arab Planning Institute. She is a member of the Supreme Council for Planning & Development (SCPD), the Supreme Petroleum Council, the Civil Service Commission, the Higher Family Affairs Council, the Higher Environment Council, the Cabinet’s Economic and Finance Committee and the Cabinet’s Legal Committee
Previously, during 2009-2018, Mrs. Al-Aqeel served as Vice President of the Financial Controllers Bureau (FCB), as Director General of the Central Statistics Bureau (CSB), Assistant Undersecretary of the Administrative and Information Support of the Central Statistical Bureau, Manager of the Financial Control Project of public authorities attached to the Public Budget of the Ministry of Finance, Director of Programmes and Performance Budgeting of the Ministry of Finance, and the Director of Budgeting for public authorities attached to the Ministry of Finance’s public budget. During 1997-2009, she served as an Auditor at the Public Authority for Applied Education and Training and the Ministries of Finance, Communications, and Planning. From 1990 – 1997, she served as an Accountant t the Ministry of Higher Education, Kuwait University.

Formerly, she served as the Chairman of the Joint Financial Controllers Committee of the Ministry of Finance, the Chairman of the Statistical Center of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC-STAT), the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Arab Institute for Training and Statistical Research of Jordan and the Deputy Chairman of the Statistical Committee of the Islamic Cooperation Organization. Between 2007-2012, she attended the annual meetings of the United Nations Trade and Development Organization (WTO). Her Excellency holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Kuwait University, Kuwait.