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Murad Al-Katib on Feeding the World

The CEO of AGT Food and Ingredients shares advice for the modern traveller.

Murad Al-Katib

Murad Al-Katib has his finger on the pulses. His Regina-based company is one of the world’s largest suppliers of lentils, beans, chickpeas and more, sourcing them from farmers, then processing and exporting them – and donating them, too. Since 2016, Al-Katib has provided 700 million pulse-based meals for Syrian refugees through international aid agencies.

1. My go-to app OpenTable, to see restaurant reviews in cities like Istanbul and Cairo.

2. What I had to learn on the fly Not to sweat the big stuff. When we’re in a crisis, I’ve learned to count on the advisers around me.

3. Best place for a business lunch Bymark in Toronto, for the burger with mushroom, brie and truffle. I should say something with lentils, but I can’t lie.

4. My eureka moment was in 2010, when I realized that I wasn’t building my dream company. I said, “Either we stop or we change everything.”

5. My business mantra Have no fear and take calculated risks. Fear comes from the unknown. Do your homework and you’ll know the outcomes.

6. In business, now’s a good time to feed the world. It’s a global challenge – peace and stability will be based on the availability of food.

7. The biggest risk I ever took was quitting my government trade job to start a company in my basement when my wife was pregnant with our twins.

8. In my carry-on, you’ll find my iPod, which I’ve had for a decade. And chocolate, for my sweet tooth.

9. Favourite vacation spot Mersin, on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast. It’s where my parents are from.

10. I always listen to my wife. She’s not involved in AGT, but she lives the journey with me.