Nicholas (Nick) Hutchinson

IAOM MEA 2018 - Conference Chairman

Chairman, The Cereal Millers Association (Kenya)

Group Managing Director of Unga Holdings Limited (headquartered in Nairobi) since September 2000. Unga Holdings Limited, an equity partnership between Unga Group Plc and Seaboard Corporation, operates flour and animal feed milling operations, along with a specialty bakery, in Kenya. Nick holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Horticulture from the University of London and has many years of business management experience working for Monsanto Company in East Africa, Europe, North America and South Asia. He is current Chairman of the Cereal Millers Association and a Director of the National Cereals and Produce Board; he is a past Chairman of the Eastern Africa Grain Council and the Kenya National Food Fortification Alliance. 

Ali Habaj

IAOM MEA Regional Director

Director, Sohar Flour Mills (Oman)

Ali Habaj holds an M.B.A in Marketing from the University of Bristol, UK and a General Management Program for top executives from Harvard University, USA to add to his credentials. Having worked in Oman for over 23 years in management roles, he possesses rich experience of which he led Oman Flour Mills Co. SAOG and Atyab Investments from 2000 to 2017. During Habaj’s tenure in OFM, the company’s workforce grew from 220 to 1,500 employees.  It was under his leadership that Atyab Investments was created, an investment arm focused on value addition through downstream industries. This is evidenced by a notable achievement in revenue growth from 60 Mn USD in 2010 to 220 Mn USD in 2016.  Atyab Investments built Oman’s largest industrial bakery and successfully turned around the country’s major poultry farms- broiler and layer facilities. In addition to this, Atyab Investments is setting up new milling and Grain silo facilities in Industrial Port of Sohar. During the first half of this financial year the group’s profits grew by 47% compared to previous year and this robust growth will be seen in the second half as well. The company will continue with its 5-year vision of investing US $1 Billion in the food sector. He continues to be involved in the industry thru his role as Executive Board Member and Consultant. He is an active member of the Young President Organization (YPO) holding the office as an Education officer 2014-2015 & Chairman for 2015-2016.

Ian Roberts


Chief Technical Officer, Buhler (Switzerland)

Ian Roberts graduated in Chemical Engineering and obtained a PhD in Process Engineering from the University of Wales (Great Britain). From 1997 to 2009, he held various management positions at Nestlé, acting among other positions as internal management consultant at Swiss headquarters, as Director of Innovation for Nestlé Mexico, and as Director of the Chocolate Centre of Excellence in Switzerland. He has been Chief Technology Officer at Bühler since 2011. Furthermore, he is a board member of the academic institutions Wyss Institute and IFNC-EPFL. Ian Roberts was awarded European CTO of the Year 2016 and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chemical Engineers. Ian Roberts was born in 1970 and is British.