Board of Directors

The Board of Directors at Maharaja Foods is composed of seasoned professionals with diverse expertise in the food industry, finance, sustainability, and global trade. Each director brings a wealth of experience and a unique perspective, contributing to the company’s strategic direction and growth. They are steadfast in their commitment to the company’s ethos of quality, integrity, and innovation. Under their guidance, Maharaja Foods not only achieves commercial success but also drives positive change in the community and environment, ensuring the company’s legacy of excellence and ethical business practices for future generations.

Vijayananth Guganathan
Chairman / Non-Independent Executive Director

Vijayananth is a skillful entrepreneur who has thrived in logistics and food and beverage industry from a young age. His sound marketing and sales strategies together with customer handling capabilities have resulted in developing a solid client base for not only Maharaja Foods but also amongst its other subsidiary & associate companies.

Vijayananth was instrumental in the restructuring of the companies from a Family oriented partnership into a Group with several SBU’s specialized in Retail, Logistics and Food and Beverage sectors.

He holds a Degree in Business Management specialising in Economics and Consulting from Aston University.

Vithyanath Guganathan
Managing Director / Non-Independent Executive Director

Started off the career at the age of 19 in Maharaja Foods after education, and rapidly rose through the ranks to General Manager. Vithyanath has made the company what it is today. By specialising in Manufacturing Management and Multimodal Transportation together with the Technical expertise Vithyanath spearheaded the production revolution at Maharaja Foods by introducing new Machineries and Processes to increase production and efficiency at the company. He handles the all over operations of Maharaja Foods Limited with experience of more than 10 years and currently reading for his MSc in Purchasing, Logistics and Supply Chain Management.

Thavamalar Guganathan
Non Independent Executive Director

Being the Wife of the founder she is instrumental in developing the key recipes in Maharaja Foods either in Flour range or Spices range. From the initial stage to launching into the export market her support and consultation has been a key driver of the company’s growth.

Seyed Rizvi Mowlana
Independent Executive Director

Mr. Seyed Rizvi Mowlana who joined Maharaja Foods in 2022 is a highly accomplished professional with over 40 years of experience in sales and marketing, fast-moving consumer goods, and food packaging. He currently serves as Target Pack International’s Marketing Director and Chief Operating Officer (COO), bringing extensive leadership experience and a strategic vision to the company.

Mr. Mowlana has held notable positions such as National Sales Manager at Shaw Wallace and Hedges Limited and COO at Diamond Best Foods, where he honed his sales, operations, and marketing skills, earning him an industry reputation for excellence. include leading marketing strategies for brand growth and market penetration, as well as optimising operational processes to improve efficiency and productivity.

Melanga A Doolwala
Independent Non Executive Director

Mr Doolwala holds over 23 years of experience in finance, specializing in financial management and strategy, whilst accumulating extensive knowledge and skills. Presently in his role as an Independent Non-Executive Director at Crissworld PLC, he oversees critical board functions as the Chairman of the Audit Committee and the Related Party Transactions Review Committee. He also serves as a director of Omee Products (Pvt) Ltd and A M D Holdings (Pvt) Ltd. Prior to these positions, he held the post of Principal Officer/ General Manager Finance and Operations at Arpico Insurance PLC and held management positions at X-Ont Software (Pvt) Ltd and Janashakthi Insurance PLC.

Mr Doolwala holds a MBA from Cardiff Metropolitan University and is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) UK and was a member of Member Engagement Subcommittee in 2019.

Imran Furkan
Independent Non Executive Director

Imran advises Boards and CEOs on Personal Leadership, Strategy as well as Geopolitical and Technology Risk Management. Currently serving as CEO of Tresync, Australia; Imran is passionate on fostering collaboration. Connecting people and businesses together, fostering industry partnerships, and advising on macro socio-economic technological strategy. This is evidenced by his achievements in Senior management and Board Directorship roles in industries such as Regulatory and Industry Bodies, IT/GBS, Finance, Commodities, Media, and Professional Services in the Asia-Pacific region. He is an Independent Non-Executive Director of the Interfaith Network (IFN), City of Greater Dandenong, Australia and Maharaja Foods Ltd. He was also an Independent Non-Executive Director of Trade Finance and Investments PLC. Imran also served as the CEO of SLASSCOM and the Sri Lanka Press Institute. Imran is a Fellow of CPA Australia, CIMA UK, has an MBA from Australia, and a BA (Hons) Sustainable Performance Management from the UK.