Aqua-tech startup Ocean Harvest onboards new CEO

Aqua-tech startup Ocean Harvest onboards new CEO

Ocean Harvest today announced the addition of Jawad Jamil as a Co-founder and the CEO to its leadership team. Ocean Harvest was founded in 2021 by Robert Kupstas, the man behind Pure Harvest Smart Farms.

Ocean Harvest designs, builds and operates high-tech indoor fish farms incorporating Recirculating Aquaculture System (RAS) technology, making possible local, continuous production of Atlantic Salmon and other salmonid species of fish.

Commenting on his appointment, Jawad Jamil said, “I am truly honored to join Ocean Harvest at this exciting time and to lead our efforts to harmonize our mission with pivotal goals set by the UAE Government’s visionary agenda. Ocean Harvest is poised to further the region’s showcase of innovative Aqua-tech solutions with profound interplay between food security, environmental sustainability, and climate action.

“Together with my Co-founders, CSO Robert Kupstas, and Technical Director Bruno Sardenberg, guided by our highly accomplished board and advisors, the Ocean Harvest team is excited by the immense potential RAS technology holds to enable in-land fish farming and to combat global availability, affordability and food safety challenges for fish protein.”

Sky Kurtz, Board Member and investor at Ocean Harvest, who also serves as Cofounder and CEO of regional Agri-tech leader, Pure Harvest Smart Farms, added: “Experienced, highly capable leadership is fundamental to any venture’s success. With the long-awaited selection of an ambitious CEO to lead this company, Ocean Harvest has now completed the assembly of a world-class team and advisory board with the right mix of skills, competencies, experiences, and character to realize our shared vision to democratize access to high-quality, sustainably-grown fish.”

Jawad Jamil joins as Co-founder and CEO and will lead and drive corporate decision-making, manage overall operations, and act as the main point of communication between the Board of Directors and the management team. Jawad previously served as CEO at Medical Solutions, part of Gulf Healthcare International Group, where his time included a successful exit of the UAE business on behalf of its private equity investors.

Prior to his CEO appointment, Jawad served as CFO of the Group where he delivered over 10 acquisitions with a total value of over USD $100MM, and held several other financial leadership roles in his career before that. Jawad Jamil is a graduate of the TRIUM Global Executive MBA program and is a Chartered Certified Accountant.


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