Management Team

Dr Ahmed Ali

Dr Ahmed Ali is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and one of the founding Directors of International Gums & Essential Oils Limited.  He  served for 12 years as an Analytical /Pharmaceutical Chemist in the UK pharmaceutical industry and a further 15 years as the Research Director of a Welsh SME company, based at Cardiff University’s School of Biosciences.  To-date he has co-authored 5 International patents based on African and Asian plants.  Some of these are currently undergoing licensing to multinational companies.  His latest invention relates to the use of Somali frankincense (Boswellia frereana) in treating inflammatory conditions such arthritis.  This innovative technology is currently undergoing clinical trials in the U.S. and a nutraceutical product based on this innovative research, is expected to be launched late 2016, with IGO being nominated the exclusive supplier of this botanical raw material.  Dr Ali has extensive academic and industrial connections which helps IGO create new markets demand for our highly valued botanical raw materials. 

Mr Abdi Farah

Mr Abdi Farah is the Raw Materials Purchasing Manager and one of the founding Directors of International Gums & Essential Oils Limited.  He has been involved in the frankincense and myrrh trade since 2002.  Abdi’s family own extensive farms in the Erigavo region of Somaliland, which is home to one of the world’s greatest collection of frankincense and myrrh trees. Abdi has extensive experience in trading with the Horn of Africa and has a successful import/export financial franchise company in Cardiff called Dahabshille.

Mr Abdi Adam

Mr Abdi Adam is the Production and Logistics Manager and is one of the founding Directors of International Gums & Essential Oils Limited.  He has a technical background in Electronic Engineering and is also responsible for overseeing the maintenance of our capital equipment.   He is also an expert in the export logistics requirements of East Africa (Somali port of Berbera, Djibouti and the port of Port Sudan) having resided in these countries for many years. Abdi is also a successful business man both in the UK and the Horn of Africa.

Financial Advisors

Mr Paul Eddins (FCA)

Mr Paul Eddins is a Chartered Accountant and advises IGO Ltd in the areas of PAYE, company accounts and corporation tax.  He also directs the company with its forward thinking financial strategy.

About  us


                 Gums   &

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International Gums & Oils Limited

The company was founded in March 2015 and is the premier supplier of botanical raw materials from the "Horn of Africa" and the Middle East.   Our frankincense and other botanical raw  materials are sourced straight from the harvestor's farms.  All of our products come from sustainable sources and are environment friendly.

International Gums & Oils Limited