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Our People

Our Board of Directors comprises individuals who are experts in various fields. With decades of experience to draw from, they help ably steer one of Sri Lanka’s largest conglomerates.

Mr. Osman Kassim

(Founding Chairman)

Mr. Osman Kassim is an entrepreneur with over 40 years of senior management experience both locally and internationally in multiple business sectors. His unmatched knowledge of Islamic banking and insurance positioned him to pioneer the industry in Sri Lanka.

 

Mr. Osman Kassim has previously served as the Chairman of the Expolanka Group, Amãna Bank, Amana Takaful PLC and the Asia Pacific Institute of Information Technology (APIIT), Sri Lanka, while currently serving the boards of Aberdeen Holdings (Pvt) Ltd., Amana Takaful Life PLC and Vidullanka PLC as the Chairman.

He also serves on the boards of Amãna Takaful Maldives Ltd. and Crescentrating (Pvt.) Ltd., Singapore.

 

Mr. Kassim was conferred an Honorary Doctorate from Staffordshire University, UK, in recognition of his achievements as a global entrepreneur and a visionary educationist. He was also recognized among Sri Lanka’s ‘Captains of Business’ by LMD’s A-List of 100 Sri Lankan business people in 2020.

Mr. Sattar Kassim

(Founder-Group Director)

Mr. Sattar Kassim, with well over 30 years of experience managing organisations both locally and overseas, is a founder and group director of Aberdeen Holdings.

He is also an Independent Non-Executive Director of Vidullanka Power and the Chairman of Bio Extracts (Pvt.) Ltd. and Expack Corrugated Cartons (Pvt.) Ltd.

Mr. Farook Kassim

(Founder-Group Director)

Mr. Farook Kassim is an experienced international entrepreneur. For over three decades, he has managed and run al bogari Holdings, a cutting-edge trading and investment firm based in Dubai, UAE.

Mr. Farook Kassim is also the current Founder and Chairman of the Sri Lankan Business Council in Dubai, Chairman of the Dubai Foodstuff Group under the umbrella of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce, and a board member of Al Baraka Bank Ltd. in South Africa. He is an alumnus of Harvard Business School.

Mr. Shafik Kassim

(Founder-Group Director)

Mr. Shafik Kassim, with over 30 years of senior management experience and a passion for aviation, serves as the Managing Director of FITS Aviation. He is also the Managing Director of HiEnergy Services.

He is perhaps most well-known for his exceptional business acumen and strong negotiating skills, as well as his expertise in international trading.

A Royal College, Colombo Old Boy, Mr. Shafik holds a Master’s Degree in Commerce.

MR. HASSAN KASSIM

(Deputy Chairman)

Mr. Hassan Kassim was appointed as the Deputy Chairman of Aberdeen Holdings on 1 December 2021. Prior to his new role, he served as Director and Group Chief Operating Officer since 2017. He is also the Founder and CEO of Expo Commodities Global.

In addition to his duties as the Deputy Chairman of Aberdeen Holdings and Founder/Director of Expo Commodities Global, Hassan serves as the Managing Director of Amana Takaful Insurance. Furthermore, he is also a board member at multiple companies including Lanka Commodity Holdings, Roar Digital, Bio Extracts, Expoceylon Pharmaceuticals and Ruhunu Farms.

He was previously the Head of International Trading at Lanka Commodity Holdings (Pvt.) Ltd., as well as Head of Corporate Communication and CSR at Expolanka Holdings PLC.

He holds a BA (Hons.) degree in Management Studies from the University of Nottingham, UK.

Mr. Hiran Embuldeniya

(Group Director)

Mr. Hiran has 10 years of experience working with Goldman Sachs and McKinsey & Company. He has advised the CEOs of many leading banks and industrial companies in Europe and the Middle East on important strategic decisions and transactions, and has helped define corporate strategies for several of the largest banks in the Middle East.

Mr. Hiran was educated at Colombo International School, Sri Lanka, and obtained his MBA at Harvard Business School, USA, and M.Eng. (Hons.) at University of Oxford, UK.

Mr. Zulficar Ghouse

(Group Director)

Mr. Zulficar Ghouse is the Executive Director of Expack Corrugated Cartons (Pvt.) Ltd. He has had extensive experience in managing private sector organisations both locally and abroad.

As a professional of wide interests, he served as the Vice President of the International Chamber of Commerce, Sri Lanka; Treasurer of the National Chamber of Exporters; and as a Founder-Committee Member of the Philippines-Sri Lanka Business Council. He is a chartered accountant who received his training from KPMG, Sri Lanka.

Mr. Subram Ramaswamy

(Group Director)

Mr. Subram Ramaswamy possesses over 20 years of experience in various multinational companies locally and overseas across diverse industries. His expertise includes Business Strategy, Financial Modeling, Corporate Advisory, Business Process Improvement and Change Management.

In addition to his appointment at Aberdeen Holdings, Subram Ramaswamy operates as an Independent Consultant & Senior Advisor involved with the Boston Consulting Group, where he works with several C-suite corporate executives and senior government officials. Subram was also the Vice President of Strategic Development at Brandix Limited from 2013 to 2015.

Subram holds an MBA in Business Administration from the Cranfield School of Management (UK)

Mr. Abdullah Kassim

(Group Director)

Abdullah is a results-oriented professional with over 10 years of experience in senior management, specializing in Business Process Re-Engineering, Mergers & Acquisitions, Strategy, and General Management.

His portfolio spans several industries, including Environmental Management, Sustainability, Financial Services and Insurance. Despite his young age, Abdullah made his mark on Expolanka Holdings as the Head of Business Development, aiding its transition from a privately-held to public business. He was also instrumental in the revitalization of the Sri Lanka-based recyclers; Neptune Papers, which saw a complete turnaround upon his takeover.

Abdullah holds a First Class (Hons.) BBA from Staffordshire University, UK, and an MSc. in International Business & Management from Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, UK.

Mr. Ammar Kassim

(Group Director)

Ammar possesses over 10 years of experience in leading various companies in diverse industries.

In addition to his position at Aberdeen Holdings, Ammar serves as the Director at Fits Aviation, FITS Express and FITS Retail; organizations that continue to be leading players in their respective industries. Ammar Kassim is also an Independent Non-Executive Director at Amana Takaful Life PLC.

He holds a BSc. in Economics and an MSc. in Management Information Systems from the New York University.