Mr. Ali Nesr
General Assembly Member
Ali Nehme Nesr is a prominent Lebanese - Belgian Entrepreneur and the founder and chairman of Webcor Group, a leading multinational FMCG & Soft Commodities. For the past 50 years, Ali has proven to be an exceptional man of honor, vision, principle, and action, sparing no efforts to grow his business from a small family venture in Congo to a leading business group with 14 distribution and production companies operating across 9 countries and counting more than 3,600 employees.
Ali Nehme trade ventures started in the seventies. Interrupted many times by the raging civil war in Lebanon, he decided to set sail to his innate entrepreneurship skills and began moving back and forth between Lebanon and Congo (Zaire) where he established an import and distribution business in Kinshasa in 1978, followed by the launch of an industrial project. A great believer in hard work and grasping the right opportunity at the right time, Ali went from being a small retailer to a well-reputed importer and wholesaler in Kinshasa. And in 1992, he decided to expand his business to Angola where he had grown quite a large customer base.
A forward-thinker, Ali started diversifying his company's activities to answer to the new local market needs, with the support of a strong, multinational team. To better serve his purpose, he founded a new company by the name of AngoAlissar which registered record growth rates over the coming years and has become the exclusive importer and distributor of more than 300 products, in addition to being the trusted partner of global brands like Danone, Johnson & Johnson, Mendes Gonçalves, Gallo, Arcor, Fromageries Bel, and many others.
Under Ali Nesr's wise but daring leadership, Webcor Group counts today more than 100 points of sale, several trading companies across Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, five manufacturing companies in Africa and two in Europe. The Group also expanded into the industrial, real estate, and construction.
Other than being an accomplished entrepreneur, Ali is known to be an excellent philanthropist who never misses an opportunity to give back to the communities that were generous to him, through corporate and personal social initiatives that focus mainly on education, health, and social welfare.
Ali is a resilient leader who is highly valued by his peers in the international business community, as well as by his employees who admire his genuine personality and the family spirit he instilled across all company levels. He is the recipient of the Entrepreneur of the Year Award and the Best Employer Award, and is always ready to go one step further for the sake of his family, business and community.