Abdul Samad Dawood

    • Non-Executive Director

    Mr. Abdul Samad Dawood is Vice Chair of the Board of Dawood Hercules Corporation, an investment company of the Dawood Group. Prior to this, he served as the Vice Chair of the Board of Engro Corporation, which remains one of Dawood Hercules Corporation’s largest investments to date.

    Mr. Dawood’s experience of management and governance spans over 20 years, with a special interest in mergers and acquisitions. He has led more than USD 4 billion of M&A deals, including the Dawood group’s acquisition of HUBCO from National Power International Holdings in 2012 and the sale of DH Fertilizers to Fatima Fertilizer Company in 2015. Mr. Dawood was also entrusted with the responsibility of leading the merger of Engro Foods (a subsidiary of Engro Corporation) into global dairy giant Royal FrieslandCampina based on the convergence of their values, goals, and abilities to address Pakistan’s nutritional challenges and has since served as the Chair of the Board of FrieslandCampina Engro Pakistan. These efforts are a culmination of the values advocated by the Group Chairman, Mr Hussain Dawood, who believes a strong code of values builds the foundation for effective problem-solving and human prosperity.

    Mr. Dawood is also an active director on the Board of Pakistan Business Council, a pan-industry advocacy group that promotes easing of barriers to enable Pakistani businesses to compete in regional and global arenas. His corporate governance journey spans various sectors, including financial investments, energy, and education. In line with his interests, he is a Director on the Boards of The Dawood Foundation, KSBL, Cyan Ltd, Dawood Lawrencepur Ltd, and Reon (Pvt) Ltd. In addition to governance, Mr. Dawood has served as Chief Executive Officer for Dawood Hercules Corporation Ltd and Cyan Ltd and is an active member of the Young Presidents Organization.

    Aside from work, Mr. Dawood has a keen interest in music and plays the piano and guitar. He is an Economics graduate from University College London, UK, and a certified director of corporate governance from the Pakistan Institute of Corporate Governance.