Kamel Abdallah

Dr. Kamel Abdallah

Board Member
Managing Director and the Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Kamel Abdallah assumed the role of Company Managing Director and CEO on June 1st, 2022. In this role, Dr. Kamel leads Canal Sugar Manufacturing, Agricultural, Commercial, Human Resources, Supply Chain, Information Technology, Global Business Services, Communications, and Distribution for the company. With his extensive global executive leadership experience, Dr. Kamel drives Canal Sugar’s strategy into contributing to Egypt’s National Food Security, through achieving sugar self-sufficiency and growing other essential crops. He is committed to empowering smallholder farmers in Minya and Upper Egypt as well as positioning Canal Sugar as a sustainable, more convenient and one of the most efficient businesses in the Middle East using the latest technologies and digital innovation to make the most out of the energy and resources.

Before joining Canal Sugar, Dr. Kamel was the Managing Director of Vita F&B Capital, an Agri-Food Strategy and Private Equity Advisory Management firm. For over 20 years, he has led large regional Agri-Food companies in the Middle East. He is considered a GCC (Middle East) regional subject matter expert on the transformation of regional Agriculture and Food Security programs and has chaired the 2020 World Food Security Forum for the MENA region, among others.

Since 2003, He has served in Board Director/CEO positions in Agri/Food based companies, including Executive Vice Chairman/CEO of Aujan Industries/Rani Investment (now Aujan-Coca Cola), the largest private beverage player in the Middle East (Rani, Vimto, Barbican), as well the CEO of Exceed Industries, an Abu Dhabi based Industrial/Agricultural family office group with farms and feed mills among others.

He also served as Managing Director of AATCO Food Industries in Oman, the largest GCC manufacturer of wet condiments food in the region. Most recently, he has led a major regional dairy group, Baladna QPSC, from Greenfield to a successful IPO placement in 2020 and executed successful private placements for companies in the Business Groups he led.

Dr. Kamel remains integrated with academia, where he has served as Asst Vice President of the American University of Beirut; and Professor of Strategy and Finance as well as being a tenured Prof and department chair at accredited business schools in the USA. He is a frequent guest speaker at regional Agriculture and Family Offices Investment conferences, including the World Food Security Conference in Dubai, Abu Dhabi Global Manufacturing Industrial Summit (GIMS), InBev Global Soft Drinks Congress, the Global Ag Investing, the International Water Summit in Abu Dhabi to name a few as well as off-the-record briefings on Africa, GCC, Iran & Iraq economic issues.

Dr. Kamel holds a Ph.D in Strategic Management with minors in International Finance and Economics from the Ohio State University. Kamel is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Agri Business seminar management program (2020, 2021). He has been awarded the Honorary title of Colonel by the Governor of Kentucky, as well as numerous awards in the US and the region. Dr. Kamel is a mountaineer who has summited Mount Kalimanjaro, Atlas Mountain, Mount Ararat, and the highest peaks in the Levant and the GCC.