MBA (UCT), BCompt (Hons), CTA (Unisa), Project Management (UCT), Member of Institute of Accounting and Commerce (MIAC)
Appointed: 29 August 2007
Nationality: South African
Expertise and experience:
Mr Abdulla is the Group chief executive officer (CEO) of AEEI and has been with the Group since 1999. He served as the CEO of various subsidiaries, i.e. the information technology and financial services businesses and as Group chief financial officer (CFO) in 2007 before being appointed as Group CEO in November 2009.
Mr Abdulla has been appointed to and serves on various boards, committees and non-governmental organisations (NGOs). He has more than 30 years’ commercial experience related to fishing, technology, health, biotherapeutics, events and tourism and financial services. He is a regular invitee to and participant at the World Economic Forum in Africa as well as the Summer Davos in China. He was a speaker for the Department of Trade and Industry at conferences in the United Kingdom and Germany for “Investing into South Africa”.
Mr Abdulla is the recipient of many awards, including the Global Leadership Excellence Award presented at the World Leadership Congress and Awards which took place in Mauritius; overall winner of the Inaugural South African Vision 2030 Future Maker: Driver for Change 2017 Award; and the overall winner at the Oliver Empowerment Awards as SA’s most Empowered Business Leader of the Year (2017).
Financial Mail voted him as one of the best CEOs in the country in 2016 and also ranked him among the 10 best executives of 2015.
Mr Abdulla was the recipient of the prestigious Black Business Executive Circle/Absa Bank Kaelo Award for giving guidance and leadership to grow junior and middle management.
Major directorships: Premier Fishing and Brands Ltd, BT Communication Services South Africa (Pty) Ltd, Saab Grintek Defence (Pty) Ltd, Health System Technologies (Pty) Ltd, espAfrika (Pty) Ltd, Bioclones (Pty) Ltd, Premier Fishing SA (Pty) Ltd, Puleng Technologies (Pty) Ltd, Kalula Communications (Pty) Ltd trading as Headsets Solutions, Orleans Cosmetics (Pty) Ltd, Tripos Travel (Pty) Ltd, AfriNat (Pty) Ltd and Magic 828 (Pty) Ltd