Ahmad Abu Ghazaleh

Ahmad Abu Ghazaleh
CEO, Arab Wings

Ahmad Abu Ghazaleh is a prominent businessman, art collector and philanthropist.

Since 2013 he has served as Chairman of United Cables Industries Company (UCIC), a public shareholding company listed on the Amman Stock Exchange.  The company has undergone a significant transformation under Abu Ghazaleh’s leadership and profits have risen by more than 350%. 

Concurrently Abu Ghazaleh is Chairman of Augustus Management International and National Poultry. Since 2007 he has been Vice Chairman and CEO of the Royal Jordanian Air Academy, of Queen Noor Technical College, Arab Wings and Gulf Wings in the UAE.

Abu Ghazaleh is also Vice Chairman and CEO of the Abdali Celemenceau Hospital project in Amman. The $250 million development recently broke ground and is expected to commence operations in the third quarter of 2018.

Abu Ghazaleh has been an integral member of both the Board of the Arab Pharmaceutical Company and the Board of Modern Pharma, facilitating the merging of the two companies and the subsequent acquisition by Hikma Pharmaceuticals PLC.

Alongside Ahmad Abu Ghazaleh’s career in business, he is also a collector of Western, Middle Eastern and Arab art, having established the Abu Ghazaleh Collection with his family.

His most recent project is as President of the Mohammad and Mahera Abu Ghazaleh Foundation (MMAG Foundation), whose mission is to make art and culture accessible to the broadest public. Inspired by Abu Ghazaleh’s passion for the arts, the Foundation supports curatorial posts, exhibitions and education programmes at leading cultural institutions around the world including Spring Sessions in Jordan, Chisenhale Gallery, Tate Modern, Whitechapel Gallery, Serpentine Galleries, Delfina Foundation (all UK) and the New Museum in the US. The family also supported the development of the Palestinian Art Museum and the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music (both Palestine).

Abu Ghazaleh is currently establishing the MMAG Foundation campus in Amman, which will include a free art school, community center and permanent gallery spaces together with a public art education programme.

Abu Ghazaleh is an active member of museum councils and advisory groups including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum’s Middle East Circle of Friends (US), the International Council of the New Museum (US), the Centre Pompidou Acquisition Committee Middle East (France), the Director’s Circle at Chisenhale Gallery (UK) and Middle East Acquisition Committee at Tate Modern (UK).

His board memberships include locally-focussed organisations, including the Queen Rania Foundation, Endeavor Jordan and the Young President’s Organisation, Jordan Chapter.

Abu Ghazaleh was raised in Chile and studied Economics at Northeastern University in Boston. He has been based in Amman since 2003.

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