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  • Jack Bardakjian – Group Managing Director

    Founder and Group Managing Director of Gapuma, Jack is the beating heart of the company; at the centre of our decision-making, but also on the cutting edge of our innovation and strategic planning.

    Jack is always happiest communicating the fair trade message of Gapuma to our partners.

    After twenty years at the helm, Jack still looks forward to the many opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.

    jack@gapuma.com

  • Amit Parekh – Director of Procurement

    Heading up our Procurement Division, Amit’s principal objective is to make Gapuma the one-stop solution for those tendering contracts.

    Under Amit’s guidance Gapuma’s conspicuous list of successes has included supplying UNAID, The World Bank, government contracts, as well as many NGO’s.

    Amit enjoys working his way through the complexities of the supply chain, and insists open communication and transparency underpin our achievements.

    amit@gapuma.com

  • Stephen Harris – Operations Director

    Stephen joined Gapuma in 2016 after working with Jack Bardakjian and the company in an advisory capacity for over 7 years whilst working at International Accounting firm Mazars.

    He has over 25 of years of experience advising owner managed businesses on strategy and structure as well as working on acquisitions and finance solutions.  Part of the role with Gapuma is the consideration and review of new trading partnerships that the group is seeking to forge.

    Stephen is a Chartered Accountant and has a strong belief in ethical trading practices and high integrity in business relationships.

    stephen@gapuma.com

  • Maxine Supersaud – Head of Accounts

    With over 20 years experience in accounts, Maxine specialises in implementation & analysis of systems for efficiency & data collection.

    She has a flawless memory and a keen eye for detail, and is a ready repository for every historical detail relating to our contracts and accounts. In a word Maxine is indomitable, but she is also tireless and meticulous in what she does.

    After eight years at Gapuma, Maxine is a key figure in ensuring the continued successes of the business, and heads up our internal auditing team,  responsible for monitoring & maintaining the high standards for achieving ISO accreditation.

    maxine@gapuma.com

  • Russell Brill – Associate Director

    Russell heads up our Chemicals and Polymers Divisions at Gapuma. This is a role that requires degrees of knowledge and negotiating skills of the highest calibre, with twenty years of experience Russell’s product knowledge is comprehensive. His long-established and wide network of industry contacts, coupled with up-to-date market knowledge makes him a dynamic partner for both our suppliers and customers.

    Servicing global markets spread across time zones from the Far East to the West Coast of the United States, Russell is most often the first person in the office and often among the last to leave. His dedication is mirrored in the exceptional levels of success he has managed to achieve with Gapuma.

    A keen all-round athlete, Russell has played representative football for Great Britain.

    russell@gapuma.com

  • Joseph Chandrasekaran – Tenders Manager

    With more than 25 years of experience in Foreign Trade Management and Global Procurement, Joseph is a highly experienced member of our team. He describes Procurement and Global Sourcing as “his passion”, and wants to “inspire people to view things differently in the field of Procurement”.

    As an individual Joseph takes delight in the world around him and gains pleasure from learning. This makes him ideal for his role, which demands finding out ‘why things are the way they are, and why people around the world need things in the way they need them’.

    Joseph holds a Masters degree in Management. He says he is “proud to be one of the Gapuma family”. We are equally proud to have Joseph among our ranks.

    joseph@gapuma.com

  • Glenford Louis – Procurement Manager

    Based at Gapuma’s London Head Office, and with over 10 years’ experience, Glen deals with many UN Agencies, including UNAID, World Food Project, as well as government organisations such as US Embassies throughout Africa, the Caribbean, and the Middle East.

    Glen is a Chelsea supporter and feels this makes him a winner.

    glenford@gapuma.com

  • Vitko Ignjatovic – Pharmaceutical Manager

    Vitko has extensive experience in the field of pharmaceutical raw materials.

    His strong relationships with internationally prestigious brands, as well as manufacturers in China, India and Europe, commercial experience have enabled Gapuma to establish a strong position as a significant business partner, and key supplier of APIs across European markets.

    Vitko is a linguist with a perfect command of four languages. Say bonjour, bongiorno, zdravo or hello to Vitko today.

    vitko@gapuma.com

  • Tyrone Lam – Account Manager

    Tyrone Lam joined Gapuma in May 2014, as the company’s first apprentice.

    He has been given a 12-month Training Contract, with a view to managing client accounts for us in the future.

    He is under the tutelage of Russell Brill (Associate Director), who began his own career along a very similar path.

    As well as his on-the-job training, Tyrone is completing the Advanced  Certificate in Export in International Trade with the Institute of Export.

    tyrone@gapuma.com

  • Aron Mohacsi – Agricultural Division Manager

    Aron joins Gapuma in 2016, bringing with him a number of years’ experience of active international trading and analysis in agribusiness commodities and an expertise underpinned by the ground level knowledge gained from a varied family agricultural background, providing a good overview of the process ‘from field to final consumers’.

    He will be heading up Gapuma’s new Agricultural business division, based in London and trading internationally, with an initial focus on Europe, Africa, the Middle East and the Black Sea region.

    aron@gapuma.com

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  • Neha Sampat – Operations Manager

    Operations Manager at Gapuma UK office Neha has been with the company since 2011.

    With over ten years experience in Sub Saharan African Market, she believes Team working and sharing knowledge are key attributes especially if you want to retain the best.

    Her passion is greatly in the field of Consumer Behaviour & Diverse Market practices Globally.

    She believes the values of Gapuma are integrity, honesty and knowledge that promote the culture that contributes to the organization’s longevity & financial performance and is proud to be a part of this.

    neha@gapuma.com

     

  • Yanish Bhageerutty – Business Development Manager

    Yanish joined Gapuma in 2015, bringing with him over fourteen years’ experience of the Pharmaceutical, Industrial supplies and the Mining industry.

    As a Business Development Manager his responsibilities includes developing , identifying and reporting on business opportunities within target markets, developing relationships with clients, maximising business  opportunities.

    He is part of the Chemicals- Solvent business division, based in London and marketing our products in sub-Saharan Africa, with an initial focus on French speaking West Africa.

    yanish@gapuma.com

  • Michiel Vermaas – Managing Director

    Michiel has been given the important task of implementing Gapuma’s growth objectives by heading Gapuma Aromatcs B.V in Rotterdam.

    Michiel has more than 20 years experience in the chemical industry and has a keen focus in the North African markets.

    He is a keen hockey player and a faithful supporter of Feyenoord F.C and is a true born and bred Rotterdamer!

    michiel@gapuma.com

  • Rudolf Rippen – Co-Director

    Rudolf is an “old timer” in the chemical business and is highly regarded and respected in the business by many of his peers over the last 20 years.

    His experience profile ranges from sales and marketing to public relations where he has successfully served many industries in the Middle East.

    His key targets will be to establish the Gapuma brand and share his knowledge in the development of Gapuma’s strategic hub in Rotterdam.

    rudolf.rippen@gapuma.com

  • Dennis de Vries – Logistics Manager

    Dennis joined Gapuma in 2016 and plays a key role in logistic management for all cargo being exported from mainland Europe to customers world-wide.

    Since 2009, Dennis has proven time and time again that careful planning and execution are the key ingredients of every successful shipment.

    Dennis is a faithful supporter of Feyenoord F.C and travels regularly to the UK to further his passion in football.

    dennis.deVries@gapuma.com

  • Antonio de Carvalho Neto – Head of Ethanol Trade

    Antonio has been with Gapuma since 2014 and is responsible for the trade and distribution of ethanol for the beverage, cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries.

    His 20 years’ experience within the ethanol industry will be put to good practise as he is given the challenging task to develop markets in the Middle East and Africa.

    Antonio enjoys working through the complexities of difficult markets and has proven time and time again his ability to establish new trade flows.

    antonio@gapuma.com

     

  • Raymond Singh – Director of Operations

    A highly motivated, dedicated and energetic individual with over 35 years in engineering and managerial experience Ray joined Gapuma ten years ago. He is responsible for the operations of Gapuma in Trinidad & Tobago and throughout the Caribbean.

    He has enjoyed great success in the Oil & Gas sectors, with Power Generation & Transmission companies, methanol plants, and water companies.

    He continuously supports Gapuma’s efforts and interest in expanding their remit.

    ray@gapuma.com

  • Ginella Fantaneru – Director of Operations

    Director of Gapuma’s Romanian office, Ginella is among the most qualified traders of pharmaceutical raw materials in the region. Her skills and expertise have been honed during a career spanning four decades.

    Well-known and held in high regard by suppliers, customers, and colleagues alike, she is a colourful character, who is dedicated and passionate about what she does.

    Her key targets are to establish the Gapuma brand as the most innovative player in pharmaceutical trading in Romania and Moldova, and to oversee its rise to brand leadership in as short a time as possible. Ginella invites your enquiries with a warm Romanian “bine ai venit!”

    ginella@gapuma.com

  • Kishor Ubrani – Managing Director

    Kishor’s association with Gapuma began four years ago, when he became the company’s country representative. Having helped incorporate Gapuma Ghana Limited, he now heads up our operations there.

    Kishor and his team’s hard work and dedication have transformed Gapuma Ghana Limited in to the one of the leading suppliers of industrial Chemical in the country, allowing us to compete with other longer-established suppliers.

    kishor@gapuma.com

  • Anand Gupta – East Africa Manager

    Born in Nagpur, to a business family, a trading environment is where Anand feels most at home. This atmosphere helped strengthen and sharpen his natural commercial instincts, and influenced his career choices.

    He is a graduate in Commerce, and began his working life within the family business. After gaining experience in Singapore, he joined Gapuma’s Ghana office in 2010. Anand’s natural drive and appetite to learn marked him out, and he has been given the opportunity to lead the marketing effort in our East African operations.

    anand@gapuma.com

  • Prakash Ramchandani – Managing Director

    Heading our Nigerian operations, Prakash is an enthusiastic, self-motivated individual who always strives to achieve very high standards. With proven leadership abilities, he offers the ability to motivate others within a team environment. He has extensive experience and understanding of the importance of customer service.

    Prakash holds a Master’s degree in Commerce and has completed postgraduate diploma courses in Labour Law, Labour Welfare & Personnel Management, as well as Import & Export Management.

    prakash@gapuma.com

  • Anand Gupta – East Africa Manager

    Born in Nagpur, to a business family, a trading environment is where Anand feels most at home. This atmosphere helped strengthen and sharpen his natural commercial instincts, and influenced his career choices.

    He is a graduate in Commerce, and began his working life within the family business. After gaining experience in Singapore, he joined Gapuma’s Ghana office in 2010. Anand’s natural drive and appetite to learn marked him out, and he has been given the opportunity to lead the marketing effort in our East African operations.

    anand@gapuma.com

  • Tong Tong – Country Manager

    With over twenty years of industry-specific experience, Tong Tong leads a knowledgeable team, of sourcing professionals. They have been procuring products from a broad range of industries: Pharmaceuticals and intermediates, Food Chemicals, Botanical Extracts, Colouring Agents, as well as Industrial Chemicals for many years, and have established and reliable suppliers’ networks across China.

    tong@gapuma.com

  • Muktizar Muktizar – Country Representative

    Being the eighth of nine brothers has given Muktizar a determined and resilient character.  As well as holding a Business Management’s degree, he is a graduate of Japanese literature.

    His business career started in the operations and marketing department of a major shipping line.  In  a career spanning almost twenty years he has also worked in the petrochemical and chemical sectors. In 2008 Muktizar established his own trade & export company, supplying various agricultural and oleochemical commodities. Soon after the collaboration with Gapuma began, which continues to the present. His extensive local and overseas  network of customers and suppliers has been a huge asset, yielding a great deal of added value.

    muktizar@gapuma.com

    UK Head Office >

  • Jack Bardakjian – Group Managing Director
  • Amit Parekh – Director of Procurement
  • Stephen Harris – Operations Director
  • Maxine Supersaud – Head of Accounts
  • Russell Brill – Associate Director
  • Joseph Chandrasekaran – Tenders Manager
  • Glenford Louis – Procurement Manager
  • Vitko Ignjatovic – Pharmaceutical Manager
  • Tyrone Lam – Account Manager
  • Aron Mohacsi – Agricultural Division Manager
  • Neha Sampat – Operations Manager
  • Yanish Bhageerutty – Business Development Manager
  • Holland Office >

  • Michiel Vermaas – Managing Director
  • Rudolf Rippen – Co-Director
  • Dennis de Vries – Logistics Manager

    Brazil Office >

  • Antonio de Carvalho Neto – Head of Ethanol Trade
  • Caribbean Office >

  • Raymond Singh – Director of Operations
  • Romania Office >

  • Ginella Fantaneru – Director of Operations
  • Ghana Office >

  • Kishor Ubrani – Managing Director
  • Kenya Office >

  • Anand Gupta – East Africa Manager

    Nigeria Office >

  • Prakash Ramchandani – Managing Director
  • Uganda Office >

  • Anand Gupta – East Africa Manager
  • China Office >

  • Tong Tong – Country Manager
  • Indonesia Office >

  • Muktizar Muktizar – Country Representative