Brian Barriskill

Supply Chain Director, Al Dahra Agriculture – Abu Dhabi ‎
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Al Dahra Agriculture Company, founded in 1995 as a privately held company with over 800 employees ‎worldwide with expertise in agriculture and animal’s production, B2B food distribution in Catering, Hotel, ‎Restaurants’ and Government Food Contracts. Al Dahra has productions and distribution operations in ‎UAE, Egypt, USA, Spain, Namibia and Pakistan. Main products are Fodder, Rice, Wheat, Olive Oil, Milk, ‎Cheese, Fruit and Vegetables.‎

Born in Portadown, Northern Ireland. Educated at Portadown College and studied Business Administration ‎in London, specializing in Transportation and Logistics.‎

Started working in the Bulk Transportation before moving in Air Courier sector with DHL based at Heathrow ‎Airport. ‎

Moved then into manufacuring Logistics within the Recorded Media Industry, this was manufacture and ‎pressing of CD, CD Rom, DVD and magnestic tapes.‎

Next moved into the Dairy sector with Lactalis UK to head up the Logistics Division. Lactalis are a French ‎Dairy company, the 2nd biggest in Europe with Lactalis are a French Dairy company, the 2nd biggest in ‎Europe with a turnover in excess of EUR 7 billon who specialising in cheese, butter, desserts and milk for ‎the retail market.‎

I was responsible for all supply chain functions in the UK, which including Demand Planning, Sales ‎Forecasting, Production Planning, Inbound & Outbound Transportation, Warehousing, Order Picking and ‎Customer delivery. ‎

Then moved to the Middle East with Al Ghurair to control their Logistics and Distribution Division.‎
Al Ghurair is one of the largest Retail and B2B food producers in UAE, with main products being Flour, ‎Edible Oils, Soya Beans and various Pulses supplying customers in GCC, Africa and the Far East.‎

After 2.5 years with Al Ghurair I moved to current company Al Dahra Agricultural where I am responsible for ‎overall supply chain strategy in terms of sourcing, buying, sea freight, warehouse and land transportation. ‎Other areas of involvement are in strategic overseas investment in agricultural projects in areas as diverse ‎as Spain, Pakistan and Kazakhstan to support UAE Govt Food Security Program. ‎

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