Company: IMG (Ilyas and Mustafa Galadari Group)
Designation: Group executive director
Country of residence: India
Chartered accountant Syed Khalil has worked with the UAE’s Galadari family for almost 30 years, helping to steer the group’s expanding operations since 1978, when he first joined as general manager of the Khaleej Times daily newspaper. He served as group executive director of Ilyas and Mustafa Galadari (IMG) Group from 2002 to 2011 and is now founding chairman of general trading company K&K Enterprise, based in Sharjah.
Indian-born Khalil had already carved out a high profile professional path for himself before moving to the UAE, having worked for Mahindra Ugine Steel in India, and has also served as vice-chairman of the Jashanmal Group of Companies, chairman of Maadhyama Communications, and chairman of news channel Sahil Online.
In addition, he has founded a host of other media companies and charitable foundations in Dubai and India, many of which he remains a trustee. He is also a past president of the Dubai chapter of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.