South African Business Council

Patron’s message

As Vice-Chairman of one of the leading International conglomerates in the Middle East, Al Ghurair Investments is one of the many successful businesses in diverse sectors, including Construction, Foods, Properties and Resources; with additional partnerships & joint ventures in Printing, Retail and Energy sectors. Mr. Essa Al Ghurair has extensive experience in managing industrial manufacturing businesses and has a special interest in the manufacture and trading of Foods and Food grains in international markets. As Chairman of the Resources Division, he oversees the diverse business activities of the large scale trade and manufacturing processes which has made Al Ghurair Resources a key player in the field of agricultural commodities. The company specializes in the trading of Grains, Oils & Proteins and Pulses sectors, providing agricultural raw materials to manufacturers and traders of foods, bio-fuels and feed.

Mr. Essa is also heavily involved in developing and directing the businesses of the ETA Ascon Star Group; which is a highly diversified business conglomerate with interest in 16 industry segments mainly in Property development & management, Construction materials & services, and turnkey construction project management. As Chairman of the Tharawat Family Business Forum – the first network for family businesses in the Arab world. Mr.Essa’s vision to provide a sustainable platform of providing a knowledge resource, research hub and networking forum for the family-owned and controlled businesses in the Middle East and North Africa.

Mr. Essa Al Ghurair holds the following main positions in the Group and its Joint ventures:
• Vice Chairman, Al Ghurair Investment LLC
• Chairman, Al Ghurair Resources
• Chairman, TransAsia Gas International LLC
• Vice Chairman, ETA Ascon Star Group of Companies
• Chairman, Tharawat – Family Business Forum
• Director, Al Ghurair University
• Director, National Cement Co. PSC