Sunny George Verghese

Co-founder & Group CEO
Olam Group

Sunny Verghese is the Co-founder and Group CEO of Olam, and post the re-organisation of the Group, he holds charge as CEO of Olam Global Agri and Olam Group Limited (OGL). Olam is listed on the main board of the Singapore Exchange (SGX) and ranks amongst the top 30 companies in Singapore in terms of market capitalisation.

Sunny is a thought leader in sustainability, particularly in the food and agriculture sector. Under his leadership, Olam has been a pioneer at the forefront of Climate and Sustainability initiatives.

In April 2022, Sunny was appointed as Chairman of GenZero, Temasek’s Carbon Solutions Platform. Singapore, He is the Chairman of JOil (S) Pte Ltd and also serves on the Board of Trustees of Singapore Management University.

Sunny served as Chairman of the Board of the Human Capital Leadership Institute (HCLI) from 2017 till June 2023. From 2018 to 2021, Sunny was Chair of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), the global, CEO-led organisation dedicated to accelerating the transition to a sustainable world. He was also a Commissioner of the Business and Sustainable Development Commission (BSDC) in 2016. He served on the Board of International Enterprise Singapore from 2002 to 2013 and was its Chair from 2008 to 2013.

He has won several awards including ‘Outstanding Chief Executive’ at the Singapore Business Awards in 2007, ‘Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year’ for Singapore in 2008 and ‘Best CEO of the Year 2011’ at the Singapore Corporate Awards. Sunny was conferred The Public Service Medal by the Government of Singapore in August 2010.

Sunny holds a post graduate management degree from the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA) and has also completed the Advanced Management Program (AMP) from the Harvard Business School. Sunny was recognised as a Distinguished Alumni by IIMA in its Golden Jubilee Celebrations in 2011.