Management Team Al_Islami
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 Board Member
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 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 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 WakazonoChief Commercial Officer
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 Chief Financial Officer
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 AlketbiHR Director
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.
Felix BinderDirector - Tech & Manufacturing
Felix Binder, Technical & Manufacturing Director, is at the head of the company’s manufacturing, QHSE and R&D departments. He is a specialist in the meat industry with more than 25 years of experience working for multinational companies like OSI Group in Germany and Ospelt Group in Switzerland. He holds a Bachelor Degree in International Management from FOM in Essen, Germany and is a Meat Technician, with a degree from LEMITEC in Kulmbach, Germany.
Illja DjartovskiDirector – Logistics & Special Projects
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 Manager Global Procurement
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 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 Asst. Director - Sales Admin
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. 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 Head of Legal
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 FaizalHead of Marketing & NPD
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.