Sir Nadhmi Auchi was appointed founding President of the Anglo-Arab Organisation in 2002.
Born in Iraq and graduated with a B.Sc in Economics and Political Science from the Mustansiriyah University, Baghdad in 1967. In 1989, Sir Auchi became a British citizen and now resides in London.
After working for fourteen years with the Iraqi Ministry of Oil, he resigned his post as Director of Planning and Development in 1971 to pursue his own business interests. By 1972 he had established a number of enterprises, ranging from contracting to electrical manufacturing. Through these vehicles he was able to affirm on a personal level, a high regard and reputation in the international business community, leading to various joint ventures, collaborations and agencies.
By 1979, his business had increased significantly and led to the incorporation of General Mediterranean Holding SA in Luxembourg which enabled Sir Auchi to undertake a cohesive expansion of his international business activities in the wider international market place.
In 1982 Sir Auchi established a subsidiary investment group, CIPAF (Compagnie Internationale de Participations Bancaires et Financières SA) in Luxembourg, for the purpose of investments in the Banking sector. This included a sizeable stake in the French group, Paribas; a 50% stake in Banque Continentale du Luxembourg SA and a 20% stake in Banque Paribas Luxembourg SA. Sir Auchi played a pivotal role in the development of the latter two and realised a substantial gain on investment in 1994.
Twenty seven years later, the General Mediterranean Group has assets of some US$4 billion, with a corporate presence in over thirty countries with more than 7,000 employees. The activities of the group are diversified and include: Bank and Banking Investments, Asset and Commercial Finance, Construction & Civil Engineering, Real Estate Investments and Property Management, Hotels Investments & Management, Leisure, Pharmaceutical Manufacturing, Technology Transfer and Turnkey Project Handling in Pharmaceuticals, Pharmaceuticals & Chemicals Trading, Retail Pharmacies, Sugar Refinery, Power Generation, Advertising, International Commodities Trading and Aviation.
Sir Auchi’s principal business directorships are those of Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of General Mediterranean Holding SA and Chairman & Managing Director of CIPAF.
In recognition of Nadhmi Auchi’s extensive business, charitable and humanitarian activities across the world, numerous awards, honorary positions have been bestowed on him including a number of Royal and State decorations. Between1996 and 2000 Auchi was Vice Chair of the John F Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. In 1996, the President of the Tunisian Republic, His Excellency Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, decorated him as an Officer of the Order of the Republic. In 2002, he was also awarded the Grand Cordon of the Order of Independence by His Majesty King Abdullah II of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
Nadhmi Auchi was honoured in 2003 by the Roman Catholic Sacred Military Constantian Order of St George with the honour and dignity of Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Order of Francis I in recognition of his major contributions to inter-church and inter-faith dialogue. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II granted him his Coat of Arms in 2004. In the same year the President of the Republic of Lebanon, His Excellency General Emile Lahoud, awarded Auchi with the First Grade of the Lebanese Order of Merit having already appointed him as a Commander of the National Order of the Cedar in 2000. He was knighted by the late Pope, His Holiness John Paul II with the Pontifical Order of Pope Saint Sylvester in 2004.
In 2005 Auchi was made Grao-Mestre da Ordem do Merito Anhanguera in Brazil and was elected as an Honorary Member in the International College of Surgeons in Chicago, Illinois. In October 2007 he was presented with the "Prsidential Award" by the President of the American University of Cairo for his support to the Graduate Education Programs & commitment to developing Future Leaders to serve the Arab World. In 2009 he became a member of the Royal Society of Medicine's Court of Benefactors. in the same year he received the Holy Cross Pro Ecclesia et pontifice Medal decreed on him by his Holiness Pope Benedict XVI in recognition of his contribution and support of the various interfaith and humanitarian work in the former Yugoslavia, Later in the year he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Economic Sciences by the Netherland's Lahaye University in recognition of his distinct achievements & leadership in the investment sector locally and globally.
For information about sir.Auchi's educational, health and charitable activities please visit the website of the Nadhmi Auchi Foundation at www.nadhmiauchifoundation.org