Sherif Hafez is the Middle East Africa (MEA) Supply Director for Mars Wrigley and is a member of the MEA leadership team. He has more than 23 years of solid multinational FMCG experience leading the end-to-end Supply Organization including Manufacturing, Industrial Engineering, Supply Chain, Project Management & Procurement across diverse markets from the Middle East, Asia Pacific, Europe & CIS.
Sherif joined Mars GCC in Dubai in 2002 as a Project Engineer, in 2004 he moved to Industrial Enginnering as the Supply Activity Industrial Engineer before taking the role of Engineering Manager for Mars GCC. In 2009 he assumed the role of Regional Commercial (Procurement) Manager for the GCC, responsible for all procurement activities for Mars GCC including both directs & indirect goods. In 2011 Sherif moved to Jeddah where he assumed his role as Project Leader, responsible for the set-up of the first Mars manufacturing facility in Saudi Arabia and leading the construction of the new Mars state of the art, LEED GOLD factory in King Abdullah Economic City. Moreover, he led the Sustainability agenda for Mars in the Middle East and managed to step change the Carbon footprint of Mars factories in the Middle East through significant improvement in energy intensity, water intensity and achieving zero waste to landfill.
In 2014 Sherif returned to Dubai where he assumed the role of Engineering & Sustainability Director for Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa (APMENA) to lead the engineering function across 8 sites within the APMENA region. In 2017 Sherif relocated to London where he was appointed as the Regional Engineering Director – Europe & CIS for Mars Wrigley, leading the engineering function across 15 sites within Europe & CIS.
Sherif has a strong track record in engaging and developing big teams through complex projects. He is also a winner of the 2009 Mars Global Make the Difference Award in Innovation for the implementation of a new chocolate making process.
Prior to joining Mars, Sherif worked for Procter & Gamble in different Production & Engineering roles. Sherif holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the American University in Cairo, Egypt.