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About Mahaseal Agribusiness Limited

Mahaseal Agribusiness, a Dubai based Cayman entity, that develops, secures funding and manages projects in the agriindustry and renewable energy sector

With our sector expertise and large network of funding partners we have a track record of developing successful projects.

We focus on projects across Africa, MENA region and selected East European countries.

To date we are leading the development of projects in Benin, Sudan, Kenya, Ethiopia, Guinea, South Sudan, Mozambique and other more.

Within agribusiness we work across the value chain from agriculture and farming, processing and manufacturing, distribution & logistics, retail of agriculture and food products and supporting sustainability projects, like equipped training facilities and related social development projects.

We develop green field projects as well as investing in growth capital in existing companies to improve production efficiencies and synergies.

The management team has over 60 years combined experience in the Agribusiness sector

We are a team of experts who bring together a wealth of experience in the agribusiness sector, finance, management of industrial assets and delivering superior returns to shareholders.

We are currently developing projects based on our unique integrated diversified model in sugar and other food security projects

Our Approach


At Mahaseal we work carefully in identifying and screening investment opportunities in our core markets and sectors. Our team, wide network and combined experience in the agricultural sector allows to efficiently complete feasibility studies for shortlisted projects for further development.

Our track record in Agribusiness Operations and Investments underpins our ability to assess and evaluate investment opportunities across the value chain and to successfully negotiate commercial terms.


We are able to secure access to pre development funds for the project, if required, as well as take equity and debt raising mandates. Our commitment to our projects is demonstrated through our own equity participation in many of them. We have strong partnerships with sovereign wealth funds and institutional investors in the GCC as well as global export credit agencies with a mandate to invest in the Agribusiness sector in our target markets.


Our management experience in the agro-industrial sector as well as our track record of investments in Africa are key to delivering a successful project.


ARD FADK Animal Production Company Sudan

The project site is located in Khartoum State, the largest consumer market for meat and only 20km from Khartoum International airport and some 600km from Port Sudan.

The project main components include breeding, fattening and slaughter house facilities as well as modern and suitable chilling facilities. The planned capacity for the slaughter house is 150,000 heads of goat / lamb and 25,000 for bulls. The project is underpinned by long term supply agreements in place for the procurement of the heads and a fattening cycle designed to achieve the target weight goal.

Dubai Agri-commodity Logistics and Distribution Hub UAE

Mahaseal is partnering with local agricultural producers in the GCC to set up an agri products logistics and distribution hub in Dubai. The logistics park will include a processing and packaging plant as well as storage facilities from which fresh produce various countries will be processed and packaged for distribution.

Bioenergy Connect Kenya, Ethiopia, Swaziland, Paraguay

Mahaseal has acquired 50% of Bioenergy Connect, which is a project developer focused on the renewable energy sector. Bioenergy Connect is currently developing projects in Kenya, Ethiopia, Swaziland and Paraguay with a specific focus on producing power and bio-fuels from the sugar industry and solar projects

Integrated Sugar Project Kenya

Mahaseal Agribusiness is working with a large Kenyan agribusiness in developing a 93,750 acres project which will produce over 350,000 MT of sugar per year, 32 million litres of ethanol and excess of 300MWH to the grid. Mahaseal’s mandate is focused on the equity and debt fund raising.

Zenkos Investments (Pty) Ltd Benin

Mahaseal and Zenkos Investments (SA) are developing 25,000 hectares of leased land in the Zou Region in the Republic of Benin to grow sugarcane for integrated products with factory capacity of TCD/10K.

Guinea Integrated Sugar Project Guinea

Mahaseal and Egicog Guinea are developing a green field integrated sugar project in Guinea on 25,000 hectares of land and factory with TCD/10K.

South Sudan Integrated Sugar Project South Sudan

Mahaseal is developing with the government of South Sudan, Unity Integrated Sugar Project. It is a green field project on 5,040 hectares and a factory of TCD/4K.

Allied Livestock and Meat Processing Project Sudan, Ethiopia, Moldova

A Project with multiple farm locations in Sudan, Ethiopia and Moldova, comprised of breeding, fattening and meat production unit. Each on area of 5,000 hectares.

Each farm location will have at the first stage capacity of 25,000 bulls for breeding, 25,000 bulls for fattening and 90,000 lamb.

Slaughter house capacity at first stage , 36,000 heads/bull/annum and 120,000 heads/lamb/annum.

Maze Flour Mills Project in Mozambique Mozambique

Growth capital (equity – debt) to upgrade and modernize existing capacities.

Redsea Exim Terminal Project Sudan

In Port of Sudan to build export/import terminal together with agricultural products preparation and processing unit.

The prfoject will have the capacity capable of handling 3 Million MT per annum on three stages.

Other Projects

Egyfresh Project: Downstream project for development of fresh food (veggies/meat/poultry) outlets in Cairo.

Lamu Sugar Project: Integrated Sugar Project.

Chokwe’ Project: Integrated project for rice production-processing, peanuts productionprocessing, integrated sugar and animal production.

Gum Arabic Spray Dryer Project in Dubai: Integrated processing facility for export.

GT Food Group Project: Growth capital for one of the largest chicken producer in the country.

Our Team

We are a team of experts who bring together a wealth of experience in the agribusiness sector, management of industrial assets and delivering superior returns to shareholders

Mohamed El Mardi

Executive Chairman

Has over 30 years leadership experience in sugar industry

Previously MD of Kenana Sugar Group, the largest integrated company in the world for sugarcane growing, sugar production and integrated products.

Former Chairman of the International Sugar Organisation in London.

Long experience in developing and implementing integrated projects, with active presence in the world of finance through sovereign funds and private equity funds.

Part of UN-FAO team of expert representing private sector in the Committee on Food Security

Active in various board roles in the banking sector and funds, and an entrepreneur himself in agro-industrial sector.

Nadeem Choudry

Chief Operating Officer

Has over 20 years experience in sector, projects and finance.

Managed sugar and agri-based investment portfolio in Africa

Sourced investment and implemented large-scale industrial and capital projects

Structured investments and capital projects (equity & debt)

Over 10 years at PwC UK and 7 years at Kenana Sugar. Initially as Head of Strategy & subsequently Head of Investments.

Roger Bradshaw

Agro Industry Financing

Has over 20 years experience in global international banking.

Managing Director MPA Project Finance and Advisory in agribusiness and soft commodities.

Previously a Senior Advisor Sugar, Agribusiness, Finance in Kenana Sugar Company.

Previously a Managing Director of Rabobank.

Started his career and transformed from commodity trading to agribusiness finance, offering unique blend of skills and experience and recognised as a sugar expert both in trading and investment.

Elena Artal

Strategy and Project Management

Has over 15 years experience in sector and Strategy.

Developed Strategic Plan for several large Agribusiness conglomerates

Head of Strategy for Al Ghurair Investments, leading investment projects across the Agri and Food processing divisions

Started her career in PwC UK working in the Valuations and Strategy practice in London.

Deanna Paolacci

Finance & Investments

Has over 10 years experience as the finance lead in retail, food and financial services organizations.

Lead budgeting and forecasting processes, together with being the finance lead on business acquisitions, divestments, retail brand acquisitions and strategic initiatives.

Started her career in Grant Thornton in Australia where she gained her CA qualification in 2005.

Financial Partners


The Kuwait Investment Authority (KIA) is the oldest sovereign wealth fund  in the world. KIA traces its roots to the Kuwait Investment Board, which was established in 1953, eight years before Kuwait's independence in 1961.
Throughout its history, KIA has been a stable and responsible shareholder and owner. KIA pursues corporate governance activities based on industry best practices and the highest international standards of shareholder responsibility.


The Public Investment Fund (PIF) of Saudi Arabia was established in 1971. It provides financing support to productive commercial projects that, while being strategically significant to the development of the Saudi Arabian economy, cannot be implemented by the private sector alone.

The Saudi Fund for Development

The Saudi Fund for Development began its operations in 1975. The Fund now contributes to the financing of 3750 projects in 71 countries, consisting of 41 African countries, 25 Asian countries, and five countries in other parts of the world.


The Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES) is the main financing agent for development in Brazil. Since its foundation, in 1952, the BNDES has played a fundamental role in stimulating the expansion of industry and infrastructure in the country. Over the course of the Bank’s history, its operations have evolved in accordance with the Brazilian socio-economic challenges, and now they include support for exports, technological innovation, sustainable socio-environmental development and the modernization of public administration.


The Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA) was established in 1973). The Bank began operations in March 1975. BADEA is a financial institution owned by eighteen Arab countries members of the League of Arab States (LAS). The Bank is an independent International Institution enjoying full international legal status and complete autonomy in administrative and financial matters.

Technical Partners


Kenana Engineering Technical Services is the engineering and project management consultancy in the agribusiness sector in Africa. With offices in Khartoum, London, Dubai and Lagos.


China CAMC Engineering Co., Ltd. (CAMCE) is an incorporated company With rich experience in international project contracting area. CAMCE’s business mainly consists of engineering procurement construction (EPC) projects, domestic and overseas investment as well as trade. CAMCE has completed dozens of large-scale turnkey projects and equipment export projects. CAMCE’s global presence is felt in Asia, Africa, America and Eastern Europe. Its business covers industrial projects, agricultural projects, water engineering projects, power projects and communication projects.


(Brazil Ethanol Cluster) is a Non-Profit association that joins public and private institutions and companies connected to the sugarcane sector. APLA covers the entire sugarcane agro-industrial chain starting from the development of Industrial and Agriculture technologies, machines and equipment manufacture, development of the sugar cane varieties and several services help, to the effective participation on the development and structure setting of the market.

Bioenergy Connect

A project developer that invests and builds ethanol plants in collaboration with sugar producers for the production of biofuels. Partnering with established sugar companies through JV agreements to secure feedstock and to invest in building or acquiring bioethanol production facilities.

Our Headquarters

Opal Tower
Unit No. 1507
Burj Khalifa Blvd.
Business Bay
P.O. BOX 413761
Dubai, UAE

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