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Suresh Vaidhyanathan

Suresh Vaidhyanathan

CEO Special Projects, Ghassan Aboud Group and Abu Dhabi Food Hub

Suresh Vaidhyanathan is one of the region’s accomplished C-suite leaders with an experience of 28+ years in leading multi-billion organizations. He has extensive experience across diverse business sectors and multiple geographies in Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia and Australia.

Most recently, he was listed amongst Forbes 2023 Top 100 CEOs in the Middle East.

Amongst other projects, he leads the Abu Dhabi Food Hub – KEZAD which is a 3.3 sq km food wholesale market that is being established as a public-private partnership with Abu Dhabi Ports Group. The project seeks to play a key role in the country’s food security ambitions and create an unmatched ecosystem that serves all food categories.

Suresh has an excellent professional standing in the region, having been included amongst the Forbes List of Top 10 Indian CFOs in the Middle East in 2019 and the Top 20 CFOs in the GCC 2021 (Khaleej Times NAFA List). Recently in 2023, he was included in the Arabian Business Dubai 100 Power List, Top 50 Most Powerful Indians in the Middle East, Economic Times Most Promising Business Leaders of Asia 2022-23.

Over the years, Suresh has worked across several business sectors including: Automotive | Hospitality | Agri-business| Logistics |Food | Retail |Healthcare | Aviation | Real Estate | Agri-business | Manufacturing | Technology| Services

He is an alumnus of the Leading Digital Business Transformation program at IMD Business School. He also completed his certifications in Blockchain Technologies and Artificial Intelligence at MIT Sloan School of Management. He completed the M&A program at University of Chicago Booth School of Business and in addition to programs in governance and distress investing at INSEAD and Wharton. Suresh is a Member of GCC Board Directors Institute.

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