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This profile was last updated on 7/3/15  and contains information from public web pages and contributions from the ZoomInfo community.

Mr. Issa S. Baluch

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Africa Atlantic
Email: i***@***.com
Local Address:  Ghana
Company Description: We are a private commercial farming venture in Ghana, producing maize on the beautiful shores of Lake Volta, the world's largest reservoir. Africa Atlantic has...   more

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  • Master of Business degree
    University of Hull ( U.K. )
  • Master's degree , Business
    University of Hull ( UK )
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Africa Atlantic – History, 3 July 2015 [cached]
Issa Baluch
In the fall of 2008, Jon also met Issa Baluch, a Dubai-based freight and logistics industry leader who was the Founder and Chairman of Swift Freight International, and the President of the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations.
Issa and Jon formed a friendship that eventually led to Issa's decision to support Africa Atlantic and to form a strategic investment company called Africa Atlantic Holdings that would help finance the start-up of Africa Atlantic Franchise Farms in Ghana.
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"From the strategic vision of Issa Baluch, to the amazing farmland on Lake Volta identified by Dr. Appah to the boots-on-the-ground determination of Kris Klokkenga, I knew when these kinds of alliances emerged that we really had something, that things were clicking."
Issa Baluch joined Harvard University in 2011 as a Fellow and this started the journey that has now become the African Agribusiness Knowledge Centers (AAKC). Working with Harvard Professor Calestous Juma, and MIT Associate Provost Wesley Harris, Issa Baluch and the Africa Atlantic team have formed a research and training initiative in association with MIT and the Harvard Kennedy School's Science, Technology, and Globalization Project, that will offer technical and entrepreneurial training to youth and professionals.
Africa Atlantic – Leadership, 3 July 2015 [cached]
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About Us | Air Cargo Trader, 15 July 2014 [cached]
Issa Baluch
Issa Baluch is credited with pioneering the thriving sea-air combined transport freight business in the UAE. He holds a Master of Business degree from the University of Hull (U.K.) and has completed numerous aviation, transport, and freight logistics programs. Baluch was invited by the Harvard University to take part in the Advanced Leadership Initiative Program, which eventually made him a fully-fledged Senior Fellow in 2011.
Baluch started as tally clerk at Gulf Agency Company in Dubai in 1973, rising to general manager. In 1989, he founded Swift Freight International, which quickly gained a reputation as one of the top freight logistics providers in the region.
Baluch was president of the Dubai-based National Association of Freight and Logistics from 1992-2000, and was again re-elected to the post and served from 2010 to 2011. He serves on the Board of Directors of the International Federation of Freight Forwarders' Associations - FIATA (president, 2003-2005). He previously served as Board member of The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) from 2005 to 2013; and on the Advisory Board of Dubai Logistics City, and the Marketing Committee of Dubai Flower Centre.
Baluch is particularly keen on upholding training and education of young logistics professionals, and part of the steering committee of The Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year Award (YIFFA), which is annually sponsored by FIATA, IATA and TT Club. He is also part of the education committees of FIATA and TIACA.
For his outstanding services to the international air cargo industry, Baluch has so far received two Lifetime Achievement awards: in 2006 presented by Air Cargo News UK, and in 2013 presented by STAT Trade Times.
Baluch is the Chairman of Togo-based Africa West Cargo; while holding the same position at UAE-based Air Cargo Trader, as well as US-based Africa Atlantic Holdings Ltd., which is an agricultural development company currently installing a 10,000-hectare commercial agriculture park and franchise farming system on the shores of Lake Volta in Ghana, West Africa. He also serves as Director at the Wentworth Resources Limited, an East African-focused oil and natural gas producer and explorer covering Tanzania and Mozambique.
Baluch is the author of Transport Logistics: Past, Present and Predictions, which is available in four languages; and the recently launched, Transport Logistics: The Wheel of Commerce. He is currently engaged in projects in Africa concerning agriculture, as well as oil and gas, in conjunction with the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He also works as an industry consultant, providing counsel and advice to supply chain organizations around the world.
Mr. Kannan Nachiappan, a well-known figure in the air freight industry, is the founder of Air Cargo Trader in Dubai along with Mr. Issa Baluch.
In 2004, together with Mr. Issa Baluch, Mr. Nachiappan started Air Cargo Trader LLC (ACT).
In 2004, Mr. Osman joined Air Cargo Trader LLC (ACT) to assist the founders, Mr. Kannan Nachiappan and Mr. Issa Baluch, in developing the Eastern African trade lane of the business.
Africa Atlantic – Issa Baluch, 3 July 2015 [cached]
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Africa Atlantic / Leadership / Issa Baluch
Issa Baluch, Chairman
Africa Atlantic Holdings Ltd
Issa Baluch is Chairman of Africa Atlantic Holdings Ltd, a commercial farm currently developing a 25,927 acre (10,497 hectare) farm on the shores of Lake Volta in Ghana, West Africa; and the Agribusiness Knowledge Center, a non-profit research and training facility being developed in association with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Science, Technology and Globalization Project of the Harvard Kennedy School. In 2011 Harvard University admitted Issa as a Fellow in its inter-faculty program the Advanced Leadership Initiative. The following year 2012 Issa was chosen to continue as a Senior Fellow.
A 37-year veteran of the freight forwarding industry, Issa is credited with helping to pioneer the thriving sea-air transport business that operates in the United Arab Emirates. Issa holds a Masters in Business from the University of Hull (UK) and has also completed numerous aviation, transport, and freight forwarding programs. He started his career as a Tally Clerk at the Gulf Agency Company in Dubai in 1973. In 1989, Issa founded the Swift Group in Dubai, one of the leading logistics providers in the UAE with offices in 40 countries throughout Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.
Aside from being Founder and Chairman of the Swift Group, Issa also served as President of FIATA (the International Association of Freight Forwarders Associations) and served on the Board of the International Cargo Association (TIACA) and Dubai Logistics City, and the Marketing Committee of the Dubai Flower Centre. For his outstanding services to the international logistics transport industry, Issa has so far received two Lifetime Achievement awards: in 2006 presented by Air Cargo News UK, and in 2013 presented by STAT Trade Times.
Issa, along with his wife and family, resides in Dubai, UAE and North Carolina.
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Founded in Dubai, UAE, in 1989 by logistics veteran Issa Baluch, Swift is an international freight forwarder and logistics provider offering competitive options for sea freight, air freight, sea-air combined transport, overland transport, perishable transport, consolidation and multimodal transport solutions.
From 12 employees in its inception, Swift now has over 500 employees, with 40 offices in 18 countries. The group turnover in 2006 crossed over the US$200 million mark.
“While the achievements in these 18 years have been tremendous in terms of growth, what has been most remarkable about our organization is the local dominance we developed on inception with just 12 people, which was then followed by regional influence, and now a complete global impact. What a story!� said Issa Baluch, Chairman & CEO of the Swift Group.
Contemplating on Swift’s success over the past 18 years, Baluch said: “I always say that this is not a job of just one person, but a dedicated army of colleagues who are determined to succeed in whatever they put their hands on... and this is joy in its best setting to me personally.�
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