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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.

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, who previously served as the Chairman of the Expolanka Group, is an entrepreneur with over four decades of management experience.

His unmatched knowledge of Islamic banking and insurance positioned him to lead the industry in Sri Lanka. He is currently the Chairman of Amãna Bank, Vidullanka, and the Asia Pacific Institute of Information Technology (APIIT), Sri Lanka.

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

He received an Honorary Doctorate from Staffordshire University in recognition of his achievements as both a global entrepreneur and visionary educationist.

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. Omar Kayaam


Prior to joining the Aberdeen Group board, Mr. Omar Kayaam held a number of senior positions with multinational companies in a career spanning over two decades.

With a background in management, financial accounting, and Islamic finance, Mr. Omar also specialises in change management, mergers and acquisitions.

He holds a Diploma in Islamic Finance from CIMA, UK, and is also a member of the accounting body. He has trained at and participated in residential courses at the National University of Singapore; Nanyang Technical University, Singapore; Fudan University, Shanghai; and other reputed international management institutions.



Mr. Hassan Kassim, who was appointed COO of Aberdeen Holdings on 1 April 2017, is also the Founder and CEO of Expo Commodities DMCC, Dubai.

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.

In addition to his duties as COO, he is a member of the Amãna Takaful Audit Committee. Mr. Hassan also serves as a board member for Lanka Commodity Holdings (Pvt.) Ltd., Roar Digital (Pvt.) Ltd., Amãna Takaful PLC, Bio extracts (Pvt.) Ltd., Expoceylon Pharmaceuticals (Pvt.) Ltd., and Ruhunu Farms (Pvt.) Ltd.

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.