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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 leased and registered 10,400 hectares (26,000 acres) for agricultural development on the Afram ... more

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Employment History

Governance and Nomination Committee LTD

Payload Asia

Founder and President

Freight Reach Services LLC




Senior Fellow
Harvard University

Management and Advisor
First Hectares Capital

Leadership Fellow
Global Express Africa

Board Member
Air Cargo Trader LLC

Senior Fellow
Advanced Leadership Initiative Program

Committee Member
Cool Chain Association

Industry Fellow
Kenan Institute for Private Enterprise

Swift Freight International L.L.C.

Board Member
International Federation of Freight Forwarders Association

Advisory Board
Dubai Flower Centre

Non-Executive Director
Wentworth Resources Limited

Akili Inc



Associate of Science


Master's degree


University of Hull ( UK )

Web References (171 Total References)

Logistic companies in Dubai | Logistic companies in UAE [cached]

Issa Baluch is credited with pioneering the thriving sea-air combined transport freight business in the UAE as CEO of Swift Freight International, which he founded in 1989. Swift quickly gained a reputation as one of the top freight logistics providers in the Middle East & Africa, with presence in over 25 countries within Africa, the Indian Subcontinent, Asia, and North America.

Issa continued to play an active part in the industry even as he left Swift in 2008. He was founder and first president of the Dubai-based National Association of Freight and Logistics (NAFL) from 1992-2000, and was again re-elected to the post and served from 2010 to 2011. He also 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. He also served as a Non-Executive Director at Wentworth Resources Limited, an East African-focused oil and natural gas producer and explorer covering Tanzania and Mozambique. At present, he serves on the Board of Directors of the International Federation of Freight Forwarders’ Associations (FIATA), where he was president from 2003 to 2005; as well as Dubai-based companies, Air Cargo Trader LLC and Bectrum Trade International LLC.
In 2011, Issa was accepted by Harvard University to become a Fellow in their Advanced Leadership Initiative (ALI) program. The following year, he became a senior Fellow and Associate of Science, Technology, and Globalization at Harvard Kennedy School. He is now considered as a visiting Senior Fellow.
Issa serves as Chairman of 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. Together with Africa Atlantic, Issa became part of the team that established a one-of-a-kind Knowledge Center, called the Africa Agribusiness Knowledge Centers (AAKC). Issa also serves as Chairman of AAKC, which is supported by Harvard Kennedy School's Science, Technology, and Globalization Project department, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Masdar Institute of Abu Dhabi, and DC-based Corporate Council on Africa (CCA). For his outstanding services to the international air cargo 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 has authored two books on transport logistics namely, Transport Logistics: Past, Present and Predictions, which was published in 2005; and Transport Logistics: the Wheel of Commerce, published in 2010.

The Lifetime Achievement Award awarded ... [cached]

The Lifetime Achievement Award awarded for meritorious service of excellence in the air cargo industry was awarded to Issa Baluch, Chairman of Africa Atlantic Holdings Limited (Dubai) and 37-year veteran of the freight forwarding industry.

Issa Baluch said, "I never expected such a gathering would attract the focus of issues being tackled.

Africa Atlantic Holdings ... [cached]

Africa Atlantic Holdings Chairman Issa Baluch, a Senior Fellow of the Advanced Leadership Initiative at Harvard University, Africa Atlantic CEO Jon Vandenheuvel, and MIT Associate Provost, Dr. Wesley Harris, along with Sidley Austin attorney Elizabeth Uwaifo, made the joint announcement today at the Global AgInvesting Conference held in New York City.

Sidley Austin is a law firm with the vision, expertise, global network and professionalism to provide the legal frameworks needed to allow all international stakeholders to work together effectively," said Baluch and Vandenheuvel.

"We are pleased with the cooperation ... [cached]

"We are pleased with the cooperation we have received from the two institutions and look forward to working with their students and faculty," said Issa Baluch, Africa Atlantic Chairman.

"We are pleased with the cooperation ... [cached]

"We are pleased with the cooperation we have received from the two institutions and look forward to working with their students and faculty," said Issa Baluch, Africa Atlantic Chairman.

The announcement was made by Mr. Baluch, along with MIT Associate Provost, Professor Wesley Harris, and Africa Atlantic CEO Jon Vandenheuvel, at Global AgInvesting's Middle East conference.
"There is a need for new institutions in Africa to train and support farmers as entrepreneurs; to facilitate the effective participation of private investors, management professionals, agronomists, researchers, students as well as other actors," added Mr. Baluch, who is also Senior Fellow of the Advanced Leadership Initiative at Harvard University.
"We are committed to sharing our experiences, facilities, and technology in the hope that we will strengthen the entrepreneurs who will develop the agricultural industry in Africa," said Mr. Baluch.

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