Key Management Personnel
Mr. Adeeb Ahamed is the Chief Executive Officer of LuLu International Exchange. With a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from Les Roches, Switzerland and a Master’s of Business Administration in International Management from Royal Holloway, University of London; his business acumen, his tailor made strategies and entrepreneurial prowess has helped him elevate his business initiatives ahead of his peers in the region.
Prior to initiating LuLu International Exchange in 2008, Mr. Adeeb held several positions in the hospitality and services sector with international brands such as Grosvenor House, AJW Marriott and Baglioni Hotel in London, UK.
After moving to the UAE, he successfully established LuLu International Exchange with more than 125 branches across the globe in the span of 6 years. Mr. Adeeb is also the director of Tablez Food Company (F&B division of LuLu Group International) and the managing director of Twenty14 Holdings (the hospitality investment arm of LuLu Group International).
Mr. Richard M Wason is the Chief Operating Officer of LuLu International Exchange. He has over 30+ years of experience in the money transfer and foreign exchange business, with broad experience in all aspects of risk management and financial management. Mr. Wason has worked in a number of positions in GCC, UK, India, Hong Kong and Philippines and has varied expertise in a number of subjects including anti-money laundering, systems and processes, accounting and control, security and risk management and taxation.
Mr. Narayan Pradhan is the Vice President – GCC & India Operation. He has over 30 years of experience as a banking professional and joined LuLu International Exchange in 2012 as General Manager. A Master in Business Administration (Finance), he also holds two more Master degrees in Commerce & Arts. He is a Certified Associate of Indian Institute of Bankers (CAIIB) with additional professional qualification in Human Resource Management. He is also a postgraduate in International Banking & Finance with specialisation in International business operation. Prior to joining LuLu International Exchange, Mr. Pradhan has worked with Union Bank of India, one of the premier Government Banks in India in almost all key segments in various capacities.
Mr. Pradhan has travelled widely across the countries and has good insight of international money transfer and exchange business. He has undergone various training programmes in reputed institutes on International Trade Finance, HRM, industrial financing etc. both in India and abroad. He was promoted to Vice President in January 2015 and presently oversees GCC & India operations.
Mr. Surendran Amittathody is the Vice President – Asia Pacific Operation. He has 4 decades of rich experience as a banking professional and joined LuLu International Exchange in 2015 as General Manager. A Commerce graduate with Banking and Cost Accountancy as optional Mr. Surendran has undergone many a certificate courses and in house validation programs mainly in Retail Banking, International Banking and Foreign Exchange. His areas of expertise include International Banking, Forex and Treasury.
Prior to joining Lulu, Mr. Surendran was with Federal Bank, one of the premier private sector banks in India and has worked in almost all key verticals in various capacities and rose to the position of General Manager heading Retail and International Banking.
He was also a member of ED committee and other credit sanctioning bodies as well as a regular Board meeting attendee.
Mr Surendran has travelled widely across the globe and has good insight of international money transfer and remittance business. He has undergone various training programmers in reputed institutes like the ones ASCI [ Hyderabad] IIM [ Ahemadabad ]on International Trade Finance, Forex, Industrial financing etc. both in India and abroad .
He was promoted as Vice President- APAC in March 2016 and is in charge of expanding Lulu Exchange’s footprints in Asia Pacific region and beyond.
Mr. Christos Christou is the Chief Compliance Officer at LuLu International Exchange. With 20+ years of experience in banking and finance, he is responsible for managing and directing the operations under the Quality Management System designed for LuLu International Exchange. Along with banking and finance, Mr. Christou also specialises in business analysis, project management, teaching and AML/CFT.
Mr. M Nagesh Prabhu is the Head of Treasury at LuLu International Exchange. A Commerce graduate with CAIIB and Diploma in Treasury and Risk Management, Mr. Prabhu has served over 25 years under various capacities in Canara Bank, one of the premier nationalised banks in India. Thereafter he joined LuLu International Exchange and has been heading the Global Treasury department since its inception.
Mr. Mohan Raja is the Chief Human Resource Officer at LuLu International Exchange. He has a Masters in Business Management and has more than 34 years of experience in the HR field. A finance professional by qualification and an HR/OD Consultant by passion, he has worked in sales, distribution, training & development, human resources (generalist), eHR and leadership development. Mr. Mohan Raja brings with him a rich experience of having worked at senior positions in the industry and his ability to design and implement high quality interventions in organizations.
Mr. Unnikrishnan Menon is the Vice President – Banking & Investments. With a Master of Business Administration in Finance and Marketing from Madurai Kamaraj University along with CAIIB (Certified Associate of Indian Institute of Bankers) from Indian Institute of Banking & Finance, Mumbai, Mr. Unnikrishnan is a seasoned professional with over 30 years of extensive cross functional experience in Corporate Banking, SME, Credit & Financial Analysis, Trade Finance, Credit Administration, Retail / Consumer Banking, Banking Operations and related areas across the Banking Sector.
Prior to joining Lulu Exchange, Mr. Unnikrishnan was with Ahli Bank in Muscat, Oman as Team Leader, Corporate Banking and has worked with other prominent banks in Oman for 7 years and prior to that with Banks in India such as State Bank of Travancore and IndusInd Bank, across several designations.
With a proven ability to grasp new ideas and integrate them into value creation and business development, Mr. Unnikrishnan heads the Banking & Investments department at Lulu Exchange.