Our People

M. Arif Chisthi

Managing Director and Global Head

Abdul Latif Jameel Machinery

M. Arif Chishti is Managing Director & Global Head of Abdul Latif Jameel Machinery, part of Abdul Latif Jameel, a collective of independent international, family-owned and diversified businesses, founded in 1945 by the late Abdul Latif Jameel.

Mr. Chishti oversees Abdul Latif Jameel’s machinery businesses worldwide and is on the executive committee of Abdul Latif Jameel Industrial Equipment Company which offers materials handling and warehousing solutions.  He is also on the board of Abdul Latif Jameel Summit Company, a joint venture company offering construction, mining and power solutions to industry.

Arif Chishti joined the company in 2013 as Managing Director and started up the operations of Abdul Latif Jameel Summit Company with Komatsu Construction & Mining machinery as the core product.

Prior to joining the company, Mr. Chishti worked successfully across the Middle East & Asia regions with leading brands of heavy machinery and commercial vehicles including Caterpillar and Volvo, and has over 25 years of deep experience in set-up and driving commercial vehicles and heavy machinery dealerships to profitability.

Arif graduated from University of Maiduguri, Nigeria with a Degree in Civil and Water Resources Engineering; and European University, France with an MBA in International Management.  He also attended IMD business school Switzerland.  He speaks English, Urdu and Hausa.

Abdul Latif Jameel’s core business areas include transportation, engineering and manufacturing, financial services, land and real estate, energy and environmental services, consumer products, and advertising and media. Based in the MENAT region, Abdul Latif Jameel has a presence in more than 30 countries over five continents, including Europe, Africa, Asia and the Pacific, North and South America.  It employs approximately 15,000 people of over 40 nationalities.