Sanjiv Kakkar
Global Meets Local 2021

Sanjiv Kakkar

Rank: 19

Company: Unilever

Designation: EVP—MENA, Turkey, Russia Ukraine, and Belarus; Managing Director—Arabia markets

Sector: Consumer goods

Nationality: Indian

Global headquarters: U.K. and Netherlands

MENA headquarters: U.A.E.

Kakkar has been working with Unilever for 37 years. He has been overseeing MENA and Turkey since 2013, and Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus since 2014. He is also currently the Managing Director of Unilever’s Arabia Markets. The company launched its “Positive Beauty” campaign in MENA in March 2021. Goals include improving the health and wellbeing of a billion people every year, and protecting and regenerating 1.5 million hectares of land, forest, and ocean by 2030. The Unilever Dubai Personal Care manufacturing site was the company’s first site to be awarded “Lighthouse” status by the World Economic Forum in January 2020.