BOARD

The Board of Hassad Australia consists of seven directors, including four Australian Directors.

Nasser Mohamed Al Hajri

Chairman

As Chairman and the head of Hassad Food, Nasser brings a wealth of experience to the board. He has chaired the delegation of the State of Qatar at the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. He has also represented Qatar’s interests at various financial committees associated with the Gulf Cooperation Council.

Nasser has served as a Financial Expert and been an Economic Advisor to the office of the Minister of Finance, Economy, Trade and Petroleum. In 1996 Nasser served as Economic Advisor to the office of the Deputy Prime Minister and in 2004 served as the Chairman of the Technical office in the Ministry of Interior. Nasser has a BA in Political and Economics Science, from the University of Oregon.

His experience and expertise in the financial sector has led him to sit on the board of a number of leading banks. His professional profile includes the following appointments.

  • Board member of the Tunisian-Qatari bank. (1982 – 2000)
  • Board Member, Gulf Investment Corporation. (1983 – 1991)
  • Board Member of Qatar National Bank. (1988 – 1990)
  • Board Member of Qatar Islamic Bank. (1990 – 1993)
  • Executive President of Al-Jazeera Investment. (1990 – 1992)
  • Chairman of the Qatar Islamic Insurance Company. (1993 – 1999)
  • Deputy Governor State of Qatar Islamic Bank for Development. (1987 – 2003)

Khalid Mubarak Al Delaimi

Director

Khalid Mubarak Al Delaimi is one of the eminent Qatari Personalities in the business and finance sector. Khalid is an enthusiastic, entrepreneur and a goal-driven executive. He approaches each new business challenge with his intrinsic flair for innovation, creative problem-solving and measured risk-taking to drive consistent bottom-line improvements.

Khalid acts as a vice chairman for First Lease Company & SMEET. He currently chairs several boards in many businesses in Qatar and regionally including Hassad Food, Barwa Real Estate, LUSAIL HOCHTIEF, QD-SBG Construction, QC-CPC Industries, Audit Committee BARWA Real Estate Co, Qatari Diar Real Estate Company. In April 2010 he was appointed as a Group CEO Advisor in Qatari Diar Real Estate Company. His roles and responsibilities includes, – Regional Director for Local & Africa Projects, A/CEO for Diar Qatar for Local Projects , Member in the Tender Auctions Committee , Member of the Grievance Committee.

Khalid brings with him a wealth of diversified experience spanning 13 years and his managerial, leadership and analytical skills will help Hassad Food realize its goals.

Khalid holds a bachelor’s degree in Management and Computer Sciences and a master’s degree Management and Leadership from Webster University, London, UK In 2006.

Ali Hilal Al-Kuwari

Director

Ali brings a wealth of senior level experience, having been involved in the successful delivery and management of various major agri-business projects and enterprises. As a qualified Construction Engineer, Ali graduated from the University of Qatar in 2000 and has worked at noteworthy government owned companies in Qatar for over 16 years.

Ali is also the General Manager of Hassad Project Management Co. – a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hassad Food Co., which is a specialist firm providing project management and support services to Hassad Food Co. Ali manages the design, engineering and construction of major agri-industrial and commercial projects to support Hassad Food Company’s operations, assets and infrastructure in Qatar and globally. In this role, Ali Al Kuwari is also responsible for the success, and ensuring optimum efficiency in the delivery of Hassad’s Construction and Infrastructure projects and his leadership has resulted in the successful completion of several significant projects. He has handled project portfolios of over US $ 1 Billion in value.

Known for his clear and well planned approach to strategic project management, Ali’s key skills lie in value-added decision making and directing multi-disciplinary and multi-national teams of professionals in the achievement of Hassad Food Co’s strategic goals.

Using his broad expertise and talents in senior level management, Ali also serves as the Chairman of Arab Qatari Agricultural Production Co. (QTFA) and is a Director on of several of Hassad’s subsidiary and partner companies, including Hassad-Australia Pty Ltd, Hassad Australia Operations Company Pty Ltd, National Food Company (MAHASEEL), Qatar Tunisian Food Co. and A’Saffa Foods Oman.

Professor J. Lindsay Falvey

Director

Lindsay has a deep understanding and diverse experience in Australian and international agriculture and an active network of the world’s senior scientists.

At the University of Melbourne he was the Dean of Australia’s largest agricultural faculty, now known as the School of Land and Environment. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and of Clare Hall at the University of Cambridge, a recipient of the Centenary Medal and has received the highest honours from the agricultural professional organisation in addition to other national and international awards.

His five agricultural degrees include three doctorates in agricultural and livestock fields – a Ph.D. (Queensland), a higher doctorate (Melbourne) and an honorary doctorate (Thaksin University, Thailand).

Lindsay has been a Board member of agricultural companies and organisations in Australia and Thailand, and has sat on the Boards of national and international coordination committees on behalf of governments, universities, research organisations, educational ventures and development agencies.

Lindsay brings to Hassad Australia wide experience in advising governments and agencies on agricultural and related educational matters in Australia and Oceania, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the United States and South America Food Co. and A’Saffa Foods Oman.

 

John Corbett

Director

John brings extensive commercial advisory, corporate and project banking skills to the Board.

John has 8 years dedicated experience as a senior banking executive responsible for the banking relationships to a number of the largest corporate agricultural and agribusiness in Australia.

He has a Bachelor of Business degree and a Masters of Applied Finance.

He is currently the Managing Principal of Coffey Commercial Advisory (a division of Coffey International Ltd) and has occupied previous roles as National Manager Corporate Banking at Suncorp and Regional Executive Corporate Banking – Southern Sydney for ANZ.

John is a Board member of the Urban Land Development Authority (Qld) and is the current Chair of the Infrastructure Association of Queensland.

Gary Spiel

Director

Gary brings 30 years of experience in global Agribusiness and Agricultural activities from production marketing, processing, supply chain management, through to mergers and acquisitions with a specialist knowledge and passion in the grain sector.

Has held numerous Board positions in the corporate sector in both Australian companies and International companies such as the UK, Ukraine, Singapore, Malaysia and Egypt.

Has previously represented the Australian Government in various statutory capacities as well as a past member of various national committees such as Director of Barley Australia, AQIS Industry advisory council, the Wheat Quality advisory committee and Member of the Australian consultative grain industry review panel in the redrafting of wheat legislation.

Throughout his career has held all senior management executive positions both in Australia and overseas. Has worked for organizations such as AWB, ABB, Lief International, Prima and ABB Grain.

Gary is an ongoing Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

 

Philip Gentry

Director

Philip is an experienced company director, senior executive and corporate advisor with 25 years of leadership roles in agribusiness, international trade, commodities, logistics and financial services in Asia-Pacific, Europe, Middle East and North and South America.

He is the Chairman of CIBUS Group, a boutique strategic advisory firm and holds a variety of non-executive directorships. As a Board member of Hassad Australia, he is also the Chair of the Board’s Audit & Risk Committee.

Philip was appointed Managing Director of Agrium Asia Pacific following the acquisition of AWB Ltd by Agrium and oversaw the restructuring, integration and sale of non-core businesses. After joining AWB in 2007 as Head of Strategy and Mergers and Acquisitions, he was appointed Chief Financial Officer in 2008, overseeing the restructuring, financial strengthening, turnaround and eventual sale of AWB.

He held a variety of senior roles at ANZ Bank ranging from Corporate Banking, Strategic Development and Investor Relations to Global Head of Commodity and Trade Finance.

Philip received an MBA from IMD Switzerland in 1991 and completed the Stanford Executive Program in 2010. He is a member of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He graduated from the Royal Military College, Duntroon in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science from the University of NSW.