chairman, GP Global Group
Ashok Goel, founder of GP Global Group, started the business of trading petrochemicals products in Delhi and Gujarat in India, in 1993, with his younger brother. Goel’s ambition to build a business beyond the borders of India brought the brothers to the UAE, having previously identified a demand for refined petroleum-based oils and lubricants in the country. He established GP Global Group in the UAE in 1998. It led to the establishment of the first refinery in Hamriyah Free Zone in Sharjah and soon after a terminal in Fujairah. Goel is consistently injecting entrepreneurial spirit into the organisation through continued investments in manufacturing facilities and research centres that explore new technologies and develop innovative products for industrial applications.