Group Board

We are proud of being a private, family owned group of business with a strong code of ethics. Our group board members include the founding brothers Sattar, Farook and Shafik Kassim, their children and senior industry figures with a wealth of knowledge in their relevant fields.

This combined experience and expertise puts us in a favourable position within the industries and steers us towards excellence while holding on to our founders’ ethos.

Su-ayid IsmailMr Su-ayid Ismail counts for over two decades of experience as a partner of Ernst & Young.

He has also served as the Director of Risk Management of Heraymila Investments Limited in the United Arab emirates.

Also a well known financial professional, Mr Ismail adds astute technical expertise to the Board when making key decisions.

Sattar Kassim2Sattar Kassim is a director of Aberdeen Group. He has over 32 years of senior management experience in the private sector in Sri Lanka as well as overseas, and chairs the boards of several companies. He is also a director of Vidullanka, a company that constructs and operates renewable energy projects.

The second of the Kassim brothers, Sattar is a pioneer in the commodity trading business in Sri Lanka and is actively involved in trading and import & export of agricultural products.

He is also a founder group director of one of the largest public companies in Sri Lanka with subsidiaries over 14 countries, and heads its International Trade Sector.

Sattar is an Executive Council Member of the Sri Lanka–Pakistan Business Council.

Farook KassimFarook Kassim is a Non-Executive Director of Aberdeen Group and an experienced international entrepreneur.

For the past three decades, he has managed and run al Bogari Holdings, a cutting edge trading and investment firm based in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

The third of the four Kassim brothers, Farook is the current Chairman and Founder member 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.
Farook is alum of Harvard Business School.

Shafik KassimShafik Kassim is a Founder Director of Aberdeen Group and the youngest of the four Kassim brothers. With a passion for Aviation, he is the Managing Director of  FITS Aviation and HiEnergy Services.

Known for his strong negotiation skills and perceptive business sense, Shafik has over 30 years of senior management experience and is an expert in international trading.

Educated at Royal College, Colombo, Shafik holds a Masters Degree in Commerce.

Omar KayaamOmar Kayaam is the dynamic CEO of the Aberdeen Group and oversees eight companies that comprise the Group.

Prior to joining the Aberdeen Group board, Omar has held a number of senior positions with multi-national companies in a career spanning over two decades. These include Norsk Hydro-Norway, AirLiquide-France, Intertek UK and Messer Griesheim GmbH-Germany, among others. As Finance Manager, Managing Director, Group Director, Country Manager, country finance director, vice president-finance and CEO of these and other high profile organization, he has been posted to various parts of the world including the UK, France, India, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Singapore and Sri Lanka.

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

He is a Fellow Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants – UK and also holds a Diploma in Islamic Finance from CIMA-UK. He has been trained at and participated in residential courses at the National University, Singapore, Nanyang Technical University, Singapore, Fudan University, Shanghai and other reputed international management institutions.

Hiran EmbuldeniyaHiran has around 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 helped define corporate strategies for several of the largest banks in the Middle East. In addition, he has been involved in several billion dollars of M&A transactions with European Industrials.

Hiran was educated at Harvard Business School (USA) (MBA), University of Oxford (UK) (MEng Hons) and Colombo International School (Sri Lanka).

Osman KassimOsman Kassim (Rafik Kassim) is an entrepreneur with vast experience in the fields of management and strategy. The first in the family of Kassim, He is also renowned for his expertise in Islamic Banking and Insurance. He counts over 35 years of senior management experience.

Osman Kassim is also the Chairman of Amana Bank and Vidullanka PLC. He also holds directorships in Pak-Kuwait Takaful Company Ltd – Pakistan, Crescentrating (Private) Limited – Singapore and Amana Takaful Maldives Limited – Maldives. He is also Chairman of the Asia Pacific Institute of Information Technology (APIIT) in Sri Lanka. He has an Honorary Doctorate from the Staffordshire University in recognition of his achievements as both a global entrepreneur and visionary educationalist.