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Abu Dhabi RAS start-up Ocean Harvest names CEO

September 1, 2023  By  Nestor Arellano

Jawad Jamil, CEO and co-founder of Ocean Harvest (Image: Jawad Jamil)

Ocean Harvest, a recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) company based in Abu Dhabi, recently appointed venture capitalist Jawad Jamil as its new chief executive officer and co-founder.

The appointment was announced even as Ocean Harvest continues to move towards the completion of its first commercial-scale land-based salmon farm in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Ocean Harvest designs, builds, and operates technology-based RAS facilities. With its strategic partners BESIX and Tech Group, the company designs its own farms from scratch and sources equipment from industry-leading suppliers. Its aim is to  “localize the production of Atlantic Salmon in import-dependent markets.”


“Ocean Harvest is a technology-enabled agribusiness based in the UAE, addressing systemic challenges by delivering tangible food security, water conservation, economic diversification, and environmental sustainability solutions,” said Jamil. “I am truly honoured to join Ocean Harvest at this exciting time and to lead our efforts to harmonize our mission with pivotal goals set by the UAE Government’s visionary agenda.”

Jamil is a senior c-suite executive who has more than 20 years of strategic leadership and finance experience in private equity, wealth funds and the professional services space. Before joining Ocean Harvest, he was co-founder of Quantum Leap Ventures. Prior to that, Jamil was CEO of UAE-based laboratory firm, Medsol Diagnostics. Jamil was also chief financial officer at Gulf Healthcare International where he worked for 12 years.

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