Olam International: Bikash Prasad

Bikash Prasad has been the Chief Financial Officer of Africa and Middle East of Olam International since 2017.

Bikash Prasad is a seasoned finance professional with 20 years in world-class, multilingual, multicultural and multinational companies in India and Africa spanning over 25 countries in various roles in Finance and Leadership with Unilever, Asian Paints, Nulec Industries and now with Olam International. He has led several Greenfield and M&A Projects, managed post-merger integration and turnaround programmes across the span of countries he has been associated with. 

He leads a team of over 350 finance members, over 40 legal entities spread across 24 countries in Africa and supports the high growth regions which has a turnover of multi-billions with investments in end-to-end supply chains in agro commodities, industrial raw material, food and food ingredients. 

Bikash has an MBA in Finance and he is a CMA and an Associate Member of the Institute of Directors. He was awarded the “CFO of the Year” in South Africa during 2016. 

Work
2017 – Present    Senior Vice President, CFO (AME), Olam International Ltd
2015 – 2017         Senior Vice President. CFO (AME), Olam International Ltd
2012 – 2015         Vice President, CFO (SEA), Olam International Ltd
2009 – 2012         General Manager, CFO (West Africa), Olam International Ltd
2006 – 2009         Associate General Manager, Country CFO,                                                                        Olam International Ltd, Cameroon
2004 – 2006         Regional Finance Controller, Nulec Industries Ltd
2003 – 2004         Corporate Finance Manager, Mazda Colours Ltd
1999 – 2003         Corporate Management Accountant, Kimberley-Clark Level Ltd

Education
2017 – 2017         Leading Strategic Growth, Columbia Business School
2016 – 2016         Associate Member, Institute of Directors, South Africa
1994 – 1996         First Attempt, Awarded by the Finance Minister                                                              at Vigyan Bhavan, Institute of Cost Accountants of India
                                CMA, Institute of Management Accountants, USA
                                Business Finance, First Attempt, Merit Scholarship,                                                        Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts of India
                                MBA, Finance 

About Olam International Ltd: Olam International is a leading agri-business operating from seed to shelf in 70 countries, supplying food and industrial raw materials to over 23,000 customers worldwide. Their team of 70,000 employees has built a leadership position in many businesses including cocoa, coffee, cashew, rice and cotton.