Vice President, Corporate Affairs MENA and Pakistan
Wael Ismail is currently Vice President for Corporate Affairs for Middle East, North Africa and Pakistan as well as Sustainable Packaging Lead for Africa, Middle East, North Africa and South Asia (AMESA) based in Dubai. Ismail joined PepsiCo in 2016 and has assumed several roles within the Public Policy and Government Affairs (PPGA) function since then focused on developing and advocating for “win-win” public policy solutions. Ismail took over the combined Public Policy and Communications function for PepsiCo in the MENA region in January 2019 before his current role. Ismail is a Public Affairs professional with extensive experience of more than 15 years with special focus on the Middle East.
Ismail represents PepsiCo in various industry bodies and groups including: US Chamber of Commerce (Washington DC), Multinational Companies Business Group (Dubai, UAE), International Advisory Council (Dubai, UAE) and a frequent participant in key regional forums including the World Government Summit (UAE), WEF MENA, and the Future Investment Initiative (Riyadh, KSA).
Ismail is passionate about driving PepsiCo’s Winning with Purpose Strategy and Sustainable Food Systems. He is a founding member of Project Circle, a circular economy coalition in the UAE in partnership with the Ministry of Climate Change in the UAE.
Ismail is a Jordanian national holding a BA in Economics from the American University in Cairo (AUC) as well as a Master’s of Arts (MA) in Middle East Studies from the same University. Have lived, studied and worked across the Middle East in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and the UAE.