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Salem Abdulaziz Al Hubail

Salem Abdulaziz Al Hubail

My dream is to establish ‘Kuwait for A Cause’ and drive it to be the most helpful organization in the region. Also, to have my own company so I can work for all my projects within one place and one company.

 

Hi, could you introduce yourself in a few words?
I’m a dedicated and passionate entrepreneur with a vision of sustainability and increasing the world’s Human Developing Index.

Tell us about your education.
I have a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administrations majoring in finance from Gulf University of Science and Technology.
I studied and took a course in CFA level one and I’m still working on getting this certificate after failing the exam twice. I believe that failure is a path to success.

What is it exactly that you do?
I work in Boubyan Bank, Corporate Banking Group. However, this did not stop me from helping others who are suffering from Crohn’s Disease and to spread awareness about this chronical disease that attacked me back in 2012. We established Kuwait Crohn’s Fighters early 2017, the first Kuwaiti team to participate in Global Biking Initiative. All the teams there had their missions and visions, yet no-one suffered from a certain disease. Most of them participated for someone but no patient cycled for 840km and made Kuwait Crohn’s Fighters one of the top teams with higher impact and achievement. We cycled as one team across Europe from Sweden to Germany crossing by Denmark for seven nights. There is so much more to tell and talk about. This challenge increased the team bond and built relationships with many international institutions which will help Crohn’s patients all over the world.
RND protein balls came to life also for all athletes and sports lovers. They’re healthy, delicious and boost your day efficiently.
Tamreen Application, which is an application that provides remote personal training and an easier way for people to work-out by presenting the best personal trainers in one place.
Reflection Media (soon to be an established company) for logo and branding identity, design services, photography and videography, print production services and social media management.

What got you interested in what you’re doing?
First of all, I’m a Crohn’s patient who lost 30kgs in less than a month and suffered for many years. Now it is my time to help people who are suffering from this disease boost their lives and guide them to the right directions. Crohn’s Disease is absolutely not easy to fight. It is a chronic disease which you must accept and live with.

What makes you unique or special in what you are doing?
As per the GBI, I’m the First Crohn’s Patient worldwide to cycle for charity and spread awareness about this disease. Also, I’m the captain of the first Kuwaiti team who participated efficiently in Global Biking Initiative.
Maybe I’m not the right person to talk about myself, but I’m here to support people to understand what Crohn’s is, how to prevent it, and how to live with it.

Tell us your journey to where you have reached today. How was the initial struggle?
My journey started a few years ago at Gulf University when I became the president of Islamic Finance Club. After graduation I came up with different projects depending on my experience yet most of them died before birth, until Reflection Media was born based on my huge experience that I took from Islamic Finance Club. Then I found RND Protein Balls and flawlessly, after knowing how to deal with Crohn’s, my sister came to me so that we could start helping other patients. Now I am working on my new project which is Tamreen application to be launched for IOS (App Store) and Android (Google Play).
I faced many challenges and struggles including the Kuwaiti market which is not an easy market. It is full of obstacles and completion risks.
Credibility is missing in the market and, as a result, many companies refused to sponsor Kuwait Crohn’s Fighters and partner up our cause.

How has been the help of your family in what you are doing? Were they supportive since the beginning?
My family was the main supporter in what I’m doing right now, especially my sister, Sara. She made all of this happen. She is GBI representative in many countries. Since she is the first Kuwaiti with a Master’s in Social Entrepreneurship and PHd candidate, GBI chose her to be the GCC Champion. She is representing Kuwait and Gulf Countries in all their work and occasions. She helped me in joining and opened the door for Kuwait Crohn’s Fighters to be part of this Global Initiative

Who are your top 3 heroes and why?
•My Mother. She was always there for me, pushing me towards success by teaching me how to stand up, build my life and how to start a business strategy.
•My uncle, Omar. He is a passionate man who never gives up. He refuses failure and is the biggest character to affect me when he gives me his advice.
•My sister, Sara. She is a social entrepreneur helping others to start their business.

What are some of the challenges you are facing in your field and how are you overcoming them?
Funds. Even when we had few sponsors who tried to help us yet, we suffered from shortage in cash and worked as one team to cover all our expenses.
Cycling for more than 840km is a challenge itself. We trained back in Kuwait for many days to increase our fitness levels.

What advice or mentorship made a difference in your career?
My best friend’s father used to tell me, ‘Invest your profits in what makes profit.’

How would your friends describe you?
Passionate, calm and helpful.

What are some of your hobbies?
Fishing, sea activities, music and CrossFit.

What are some of your top achievements?
Being president of the Islamic Finance Club and being awarded for Club of The Year twice in a row.
Being the captain of Kuwait Crohn’s Fighters.
RND customer base and market acceptance.
Corporate Banking was the place I wanted to work in and so I take that as a personal achievement.

What are your plans or goals for the future?
Our vision in Kuwait Crohn’s Fighters is to make Kuwait the hub of Crohn’s Disease. And starting a new association called ‘Kuwait for A Cause’.
There will be 4 sections for Kuwait for A Cause:
1-Awareness – Where Kuwait Crohn’s fighters will be.
2-Educational – Trips abroad to places where we can volunteer in schools and teach children what we’re good at and share our knowledge with them.
3- Environmental – In this section we are working on something called ‘The Green Hub’. It is an expo where everything is a friend of nature.
4-Adventure – Adventure trips. For example, hiking and kayaking.

How does it feel to have been chosen for this award?
I really appreciate your kindness in choosing me. I feel happy and excited.

Your message for other young and talented people out there.
Being bold means being strong and living strong so my advice for you is to be bold, passionate and to take the risk with joy.

Your favourite quote.
“Consistency is the key”.

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