Ghassan Akeel, the CEO of the Arab Supply and Trading Company (Astra Group), the parent company of Ayla Oasis Development Company, is involved in the strategic planning of the development project. Ghassan works closely with Ayla’s Board of Directors and management to provide key insight and guide the implementation of the project’s objectives and sits on the Board of Ayla’s subsidiary companies.
Ghassan assumed leadership of Astra Group in 2015. The group is a diversified company with a presence in Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the rest of the Middle East, and with business activities in agriculture, trading, construction, real estate, healthcare, manufacturing, steel, telecommunications, hospitality and banking.
Ghassan’s career began at Arthur Andersen where his last post was Audit Manager prior to joining Astra Group. His successful journey with Astra began in 1995, when he joined the company as Group Chief Financial Officer. He was promoted to Deputy Managing Director in 2002 before finally assuming the CEO role. Today, he is on the board of a wide variety of large-scale corporations in the MENA region; Astra Industrial Group Company (Saudi Arabia); Arabia Insurance Cooperative Company (Saudi Arabia); Cairo Amman Bank (Jordan); ANHAM LLC (UAE); V-Tel Company (UAE); Nowroz Tel (Iraq); Itisaluna (Iraq); Al-Tanmiyah Steel Industries (Iraq); National Aviation Ground Support Company (Saudi Arabia) and Audacia Capital (UAE).
Ghassan has an MBA from Thunderbird University in Arizona, USA. He also holds a B.A. in Accounting and Management from the University of Jordan, in addition to being a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accounts (AICPA).