Ilias Assimakopoulos is a senior business leader with 30 years of experience in global markets, working for some of the world’s most respected consumer goods companies like The Gillette Company & Reckitt Benckiser. From 2006 to 2014, Ilias was CEO of the Agthia Group, one of the Middle East’s leading food & beverage companies, listed at the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange. In recent times, Ilias has founded his own advisory firm – Iolas & Co – with the objective of assisting business enterprises in sustainably pursuing value creation strategies. He serves as a Non-Executive Board Member at Enhance UAE LLC, Gulf Seafood LLC and Taj Mahal Water Bottling Company, UAE. He is a Senior Strategic Advisor of Iridium Investor Relations. Ilias holds an MBA from Boston University, and is an Economics graduate of McGill University. He has also attended Harvard Business School – Advanced Management Program.
Hiroyuki UrataBoard Member
Hiroyuki Urata joined Mitsubishi Corporation in 1997 and was appointed General Manager of the Livestock & Meat Products Dept. of Mitsubishi Corporation from April 2020 onwards. Hiroyuki has 20 years of experience in executive management, and sales and investments in the Food industry. He worked for Yonekyu Corporation as a Member of the Board and as a Director, Executive Operating Officer (2017-2018) and Managing Director (2018-2019). Hiroyuki has a Bachelor of Economics from Keio University and graduated from the General Management Program at Harvard Business School.
Alexander John AndarakisBoard Member
Alexander John Andarakis
Momentum, energy and reinvention define the approach to Alex’s life, and how he has approached and successfully managed challenges throughout his 34 year professional career. Built on a foundation of senior leadership roles with Unilever, Aujan Coca Cola, Emaar Properties, Omniyat Properties and Al Islami Foods, Alex combines the strategic and investigative rigor of a seasoned Chief Executive Officer with the creativity and insight of a Marketing / Design Director to ensure the delivery of his firm’s vision to ‘Inspire – Propel – Partner’ with clients and partners alike.
In addition to founding his well-respected private consultancy firm, Alex also serves as a Global Senior Advisor with McKinsey & Company, and has undertaken major consultancy roles with the Dubai International Financial Centre, TECOM, Emirates Global Aluminium, Public Investment Fund (Saudi Arabia) and Saudi Arabian Ministries, including the Ministry of Hajj & Umrah, Housing & Culture. He was educated at University of South Wales, Australia and Harvard Business School, United States of America, and has served as mentor for CEOs across the UAE and Saudi Arabia.
Adil Ismael Abdelwahid Saeedi AlzarooniBoard Member
Adil Ismael Abdelwahid Saeedi Alzarooni
Adil Alzarooni has 20 years of experience in executive management, investments, sales and IT security. He holds directorship positions in the health care, financial services logistics, media, real estate industries and more. He worked as Senior Vice-president for Development and Sales at Economic Zones World and Jebel Ali Free Zone, before he founded Al Zarooni Emirates Investment which manages his family assets. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Etisalat’s College of Engineering and an MBA from the American University of Sharjah and currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Family Business.