Marwan R. Al Garem
Marwan R. Al GaremChairman of the Board

Marwan R. Al Garem

Marwan has more than 28 years’ experience in senior management roles across Europe, the United States and Middle Eastern Market in companies such as PepsiCo and Beirsdorf AG. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from New York University and an MBA from PACE University. His industry experience also includes logistics, insurance and real estate and he has been with Al Islami Foods Group for 10 years.

Takamasa Wakaki
Takamasa Wakaki Board Member

Takamasa Wakaki

Takamasa is the General Manager of Mitsubishi Corporation Livestock and Meat Products Department and is in charge of the operation of Livestock integration mainly in the Japanese market through affiliated companies. He graduated with a degree in College of Arts and Sciences from The University of Tokyo and joined Mitsubishi Corporation in 1992 and has been engaged in the meat business since then gaining international exposure including the US and China. Currently, he is the Director of KFC Holdings Japan, Ltd., Indiana Packers Corporation, Asian Best Chicken Co., Ltd., Shenyang Huamei Food Co., Ltd., and several other Mitsubishi Corporation’s affiliated companies.

Alexander John Andarakis
Alexander John AndarakisBoard Member

Alexander John Andarakis

Alex held significant roles in taking a number of esteemed brands, to the next level: Dubai International Financial Centre, King Abdullah Economic City, HSBC Middle East, Standard Chartered Bank, Majid Al Futtaim, Unilever Africa, Middle East, Turkey and Russia, Omniyat, Emaar Properties and Aujan Industries, in addition to founding his well respected private consulting firm. 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 Abdelwhahid Saeedi Alzarooni
Adil Ismael Abdelwhahid Saeedi AlzarooniBoard Member

Adil Ismael Abdelwhahid Saeedi Alzarooni

Adil has 16 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.

Kenta Wakazono
Kenta WakazonoChief Commercial Officer

Kenta Wakazono

Kenta oversees significant functions of the company: Sales, Product Development and Marketing. He joined Mitsubishi Corporation in 2010, has an extensive experience in Animal Protein Trading, Livestock Production and Processing Food business in a regional and international setting. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering and Masters in Biotechnology from Osaka University.

Irfan Munawar
Irfan Munawar Chief Financial Officer

Irfan Munawar

Irfan is a Chartered Accountant by profession with over 25 years of professional experience in the field of accounting, corporate finance, business planning and auditing. Prior to his role in Al Islami Foods Group, he worked as a Chief Financial Officer in Al Rajhi Holding Group, Building Solutions Sector, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He also held key positions in Engro Corporation Limited, Pakistan, previously a subsidiary of Exxon USA.

 Muna Alketbi
Muna AlketbiHR Director

Muna Alketbi 

Muna Alketbi, the Director of Human Resources Department at Al Islami Foods is at the forefront for Employee related affairs. Her diverse career experience within the Government and Private sectors has given a multi-cultural experience which she uses to spearhead several Employee-centric programs and benefits. As an Emirati, she wishes to bring Al Islami at par with multi-national company practices with focus on better productivity through a motivated work force.

Khaled Elzoghby
Khaled ElzoghbyHead of Manufacturing and Quality

Khaled Elzoghby

Khaled Elzoghby has more than 20 years’ experience in food manufacturing, having worked for companies such as IFFCO and Khazan Meat Factory. He served as a Factory Manager for Al Islami Foods for seven years before securing his current role. He holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Food Science Technology from Cairo, Egypt.

Illja Djartovski
Illja DjartovskiDirector – Logistics & Special Projects

Ilija Djartovski

Ilija Djartovski has been in Al Islami since 2013, he was the architect behind the significant improvements in supply chain operational efficiencies. He held position in PME Group of Companies and in KRI KRI S.A. He recently embarked in a new journey, leading Al Islami Foods local sales division. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration Management.

Shareef Mohammed
Shareef Mohammed Manager Global Procurement

Shareef Mohammed

Shareef leads all global procurement efforts to efficiently and effectively enable company spend and supply. He previously held the position of Business Planning Manager for creating and implementing business planning process in the company. Before joining Al Islami he worked as an auditor for the Hyatt Group and had years of experience in finance and the banking sector with global Fortune 500 companies  like Accenture. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce.

Dr. Vijayan Nambiar
Dr. Vijayan NambiarDirector- Sales and Business Development

Dr. Vijayan Nambiar

Vijayan has a Doctorate in Business Administration from The University of Phoenix . He has over 30 years of experience in senior management positions in the UAE, 24 years of which was with NMC Distribution as the Chief Operating Officer. Between June 2012 and Dec 2018, Vijayan had successful and exemplary experience in consultancy, entrepreneurship, branded commodity distribution and EBITDA management.

Ahmed Elprince
Ahmed Elprince Asst. Director - Sales Admin

Ahmed Elprince

Ahmed has a strong skill set in Accounting, Inventory, Logistics and Supply Chain Management. His current role empowers him to contribute in building a successful and sustainable partnership  with the company’s valued customers. He holds bachelor’s Degree in Commerce – Accounting from Beirut Arab University in Alexandria, Egypt,

Guruprasad K. Phadke
Guruprasad K. PhadkeAsst. Director – Business Implementation

Guruprasad K. Phadke

Guruprasad has over 15 years of insightful and diversified experience primarily in the FMCG industry, involving renowned consumer brands across a multitude of categories and channels. His previous role was in NMC Distribution as Business Head of Food SBU, responsible for the planning, development and implementation of strategic sales and marketing plans for the assigned brand portfolio, along with complete P&L responsibility. Guruprasad holds an Engineering degree in Electronics & Communication, and an MBA in Marketing from University of Wales, UK.

Hassan Murshedy
Hassan Murshedy Head of Legal

Hassan Murshedy

Hassan is the Head of Legal of Al Islami Foods, he has more than 15 years of experience in law and legal consulting with a strong background in both business and legal environments. He is also an expert at identifying, creating and building relationships to establish company positioning. He holds a Bachelor of Law degree from Alexandria University, Egypt. In 2001, he worked as a Legal Consultant at Yousif Al Sharif & Co. Advocates & Legal Consultants in Dubai and he has been working with Al Islami Foods Group for 10 years.

Fauzat Faizal
Fauzat FaizalManager – Marketing & Product Development

Fauzat Faizal

Fauzat has worked in FMCG across agency and principal fronts. Her previous role was in Trade Marketing for a leading MNC. Her experience in the frozen poultry industry in retail trade marketing and NPD give her an overall understanding of the business and particular understanding of Marketing Strategy and implementation in this sector. She is currently responsible for Marketing Management and New Product Development at Al Islami and holds a degree in Biomedical Science and Business Management from the National University of Singapore.