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AAAID Annual Affiliate Co. Meeting

The Arab Authority for Agricultural Investment and Development to host their affiliate companies' meeting for the first time ever in Dubai at Agrame

7th March 2018


  • 10:30    Ministerial Welcome Address 
    H.E. Eng. Mariam bint Mohammed Saeed Hareb Al Mehairi, Minister of State for Food Security, UAE 

    The responsibilities of this UAE Cabinet position include overseeing the development of ‎necessary infrastructure to achieve food security objectives in line with UAE Centennial 2071, the aim of which is to make the UAE the best country in the world in about 50 years                 

  • 10:40      Welcome Address from Arab Authority for Agricultural Investment & Development (AAAID) 
    H.E. Mohamed Bin Obaid Al- Mazrooei, President & Chairman, AAAID 

    AAAID is an independent multilateral financial institution established in 1976 in Sudan with the vision of achieving food security in the Arab world. It engages in a range of agricultural investment activities including plant processing, animal production, agricultural processing, production, R&D, technology transfer, and capacity building activities in targeted communities. 

    It now invests in 40 companies including the following six firms, each of which will share their thoughts on their specific geo- and sector- agricultural markets.                                                    

  • 10:50     Dairy sector study from the UAE 
    Dr. Ahmed Altigani Abdulrahim, General Manager, Emirates Rawabi Co. 

    With 1,200 staff members and hundreds of hectares of plants and farms, Emirates Rawabi is the largest dairy & poultry products company in the UAE. Established in 2000 by the merger of Al Rawabi Dairy and Emirates Modern Poultry, Emirates Rawabi today is the leading poultry producer in the UAE, as well as owning well-known fruit juice and dairy brands.            

  •  11:20    Poultry sector study from the UAE
    Dr. Rashid Dafalla, CEO, Emirates Modern Poultry Co (Al Rawdah) 

    Emirates Modern Poultry Co., a part of Emirates Rawabi, is the largest producer of 100% natural fed fresh chickens and high quality processed meat products in the UAE. The farms has a processing capacity of over 45,000 birds daily.                                                                          

  •  11:50    Grain sector study from Morocco 
    Moulay Abdelkader Alaoui, Managing Director, Manafid Al Houboub Co 

    In addition to producing four types of premium flour and bran wheat, this Morocco-based firm purchases, stores and mills grain on 4.35 hectares of company-owned land, with a modern mill capacity of 90,000 tons/year and five 10,000-ton/yr-capacity silos, and a power station that can generate 1600 KAV.                                                                                                  

  • 12.20   BREAK                                                                                                                                   
  •  12:30   Sugar sector study from Sudan 
    Abdulraouf Merghani, Managing Director, Kenana Sugar Co. 

    Kenana Sugar Co. (KSC) is an IT-driven food production company that cut production costs 25% with engineering software applications, and is now prepared to help double Sudan’s food production by partnering with global technology for soil analysis, irrigation, planting, growing and harvesting dozens of crops on over 45 million acres of available arable land in Sudan. It is the largest diversified sugar company in the world. 

    KSC also produces many food and dairy products and ethanol, wood products and electricity, delivering product to Sudan but also Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Europe and next, North America. KSC is the lead producer working on Sudan’s 41 million food-producing acres today. In addition, KSC has access to 200 million more arable acres in the country which Sudan needs KSC to develop.                                                                                                   

  • 13:00    Fruit processing sector study from Morocco 
                 Youssef Belkora, Assistant General Manager, Domaine Youssef Co. 

    Domaine Youssef Co. has 394 hectares of farm land in Morocco. It has an expected output of 5,600 metric tons of peach, 5,400 metric tons of apples, 1,655 metric tons of pears. It also grows pomegranate, prunes, apricot and wheat seeds. 

    In addition to the development of post-harvest processes, the $21.5 million USD project aims to provide refrigerated storage and sorted and packaged fruits, vegetables and juice concentrates in Morocco and the GCC region.                                                                        

  • 13:30     Cattle production study from Tunisia 
    Dr. Talal Y. Petrus, General Manager, Al Marga for Cattle & Agricultural Development Co. 

    Al Marga does cattle breeding, dairy production, fodder crop production and feed production. It has a 4,604-hectare farm for wheat and fodder production, 2,800 cow heads for milking, a fodder mixing plant, and 30,000 olive trees. It has paid-up capital of 10.5m TND. It aims to expand its operations.                                                                                                                       

  • 14:00    Networking tea reception for audience and AAAID members                                     
  • 15:00    End of day 2 programme


H.E. Eng. Mariam Al Mehairi
Minister of State for Food Security, UAE Her Excellency

H.E. Eng. Mariam bint Mohammed Saeed Hareb Al Mehairi has been appointed as Minister of State for Food Security following the ‎Cabinet reshuffle of October 2017. Her responsibilities include overseeing the development of ‎necessary infrastructure to achieve food security objectives in line with “UAE Centennial 2071”.

H.E. Eng. Al Mehairi served as the Assistant Undersecretary for Water Resources and Nature Conservation Affairs at the ‎Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, where she was appointed to handle the strategic planning. Her Excellency was also ‎involved in the Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Centre for Marine Research.

Her Excellency is a board ‎member in the Higher Committee of Zayed International Foundation for the Environment. ‎ Her Excellency received her Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Rhenish-‎Westphalian Technical University in Aachen, Germany.‎



H.E. Mohamed Bin Obaid Al-Mazrooei
President & Chairman, Arab Authority for Agricultural Investment and Development (AAAID)

Mr. Mohamed Bin Obaid Al Mazrooei has been the appointed President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of AAAID since April 2013. His Excellency holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Boston University in the United States of America. His extensive career path spans
more than 30 years in the field of International Economic Relations in many high-level positions.

Before assuming leadership of AAAID, Mr. Al Mazrooei was the Assistant Secretary-General for the Economic Affairs in GCC and Assistant Secretary General of the Projects Sector of the Gulf Organization for Industrial Consulting (GOIC) and the Chairman of the GCC Department in the Ministry of Finance. During his previous tenures, he acquired rich international and regional expertise in key economic segments with specialization in loans, development projects and infrastructure.

His Excellency was the Director of Investment for the Ministry of Finance in the United Arab Emirates as well as an active member of a number of key committees, including the Investment Committee for Gulf Corporation Countries (ICGCC) and The Investment Committee for Arab Bank the Investment Committee for the Arab Re-Insurance Group. Mr. Al Mazrooei is recognized as a pioneer economic expert and thought leader and has been awarded much recognition in the span of his career path for his achievements in the field of economic investment.


Dr. Ahmed Eltigani Abdelrahim
General Manager, Emirates Rawabi Co.

In 1989, Dr. Abdelrahim founded Al Rawabi Dairy Co., leading the firm’s comprehensive strategic planning for this fresh milk and fresh juice business. In 1991, it had a 2% market share, but in 1999 it became the market leader with 33% and it remains so today. Al Rawabi was recognised by Forbes magazine as one of the strongest brands in the Middle East and one of the top companies in the Arab world. 

In 2000, Al Rawabi and Emirates Modern Poultry merged, creating Emirates Rawabi Co. and Dr. Abdelrahim took over as General Manager of the newly created firm, which today is the leading poultry producer in the UAE. 

Dr. Abdelrahim has a doctorate in diary productions from the Royal Veterinary College at Khartoum University, a master’s degree in heat stress from Zagreb University, a veterinary science degree from Zagreb University, and additional coursework at Harvard University, Wharton Business School, and many other institutions. He also taught at both King Faisal University and University of Gezira.


Dr. Rashid Dafalla
CEO, Emirates Modern Poultry Co. (Al Rawdah)

Dr. Rashid Dafalla is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Emirates Modern Poultry Co. (Al Rawdah). He enrolled in poultry sciences since 1977. In 1985, he finished his doctorate (on a study on broilers nutrition and the role of dietary modification in aflatoxicosis.)

The research also included investigation of the first incidence of fatty and hemorrhagic liver and kidney syndrome in breeding hens caused by aflatoxin B1 and heat stress in Sudan.

Dr. Dafalla supervised master’s degrees in experimental ochratoxicosis A and the effect of feeding different levels of vitamin E (University of Khartoum.) He also initiated the start of the Sudanese Kuwaiti Poultry Company, which was the first integrated poultry project in Sudan.

He is a professor at Al Ain University in the Department of Animal Production, Faculty of Agriculture. He also designed and executed Emirates Modern Poultry Company (Al Rawdah), the largest broiler producer in the UAE.



Moulay Abdelkader Alaoui
Managing Director, Manafid Al Houboub Co

Moulay Abdelkader Alaoui is Managing Director of Manafid Al Bouboub Co., which specializes in the storage, processing and distribution of flours on the Moroccan market.

For three decades, he has been an expert in the storage and processing of cereals. He is a chief engineer in the agri-food industries and holds several business management degrees.


Abdelraouf Meirghani Abdelrahman Ahmed
Managing Director, Kenana Sugar Co

Mr. Abdulraouf Meirghani became Managing Director of Kenana Sugar Company (KSC) in 2017. He has more than 28 years of professional experience. While most of his career has been in the African agro and sugar industries, he also has professional experience in banking and finance sectors in the United States.

Since 2003, he has worked with Price Waterhouse Cooper of the UK in establishing and implementing a financial system for KSC as part of the company’s transformation plans as well as creating and monitoring reliable control systems. He also settled the final accounts presentation to the Board of Directors and the General Assembly within two months of the financial yearend, two years in a row for the first time in Kenana’s.

He again worked with Price Waterhouse Cooper when he participated in designing and implementing the funding model of the White Nile Sugar Co and furthermore he established financial and procurement procedures for White Nile.

In 2014, he was appointed as general manager of Kenana Integrated Agricultural Solutions (KIAS). As a true business partner and as an Interim Managing Director and Corporate Director, Mr. Ahmed supported the board of directors, providing recommendations regarding cost saving, profit generating opportunities, and profitability improvement strategies. He also provided business advice on overseas trading operations that have saved the company 18m euro in one year and played a tremendous role in reducing operational expenditures by introducing new vendors to the business.


Youssef Belkora 
Assistant General Manager Domaine Youssef Co. 

Youssef Belkora is assistant general manager of Domaine Youssef in Morocco. Previously, he was Owner and Vice President of Agro Juice Processing SA (Valencia). He took the position in January 2011.

Mr. Belkora received his master’s degree in international commerce from Fox School of Business & Management at Temple University. He received his bachelor’s degree in business administration, with finance as his field of study, from CEFAM Centre d’Etudes Franco-Americain de Management.


Dr. Talal Y Petrus
General Manager, Al Marga for Cattle & Agricultural Development Co. 

Dr. Talal Y Petrus is the General Manager for Al Marga for Cattle & Agricultural Development Co., which is located in Tunisia. His field of specialization is the management and husbandry of dairy cattle.

He has a M.SC degree from Aberdeen University and formerly he was a Professor at the University of Baghdad. Currently, he also is a senior agricultural expert for AAAID.