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Mr. Adnan Durrani, Chief Halal Officer

Mr. Durrani serves as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Halal Officer of the Company. Mr. Durrani has been an entrepreneur and investment professional for over 26 years, as President of Condor Ventures, Inc., a venture firm devoted to strategic investing in natural food companies. His entrepreneurial ventures have resulted in a successful track record of scaling and growing niche beverage and natural food product lines into mainstream branded companies, using grassroots marketing strategies and developing distribution relationships with major supermarket chains.  Mr. Durrani founded Vermont Pure in 1991.  Today, Vermont Pure/Crystal Rock (www.crystalrock.com) is the 2nd largest bottled water company in the Northeast U.S.  Mr. Durrani was also a principal investor and financial partner in Stonyfield Farms, Inc (www.stonyfield.com), and helped build it from $25 million in sales in 1994 to over $70 million and led its sale to Groupe Danone in 2001.  Stonyfield today generates over $300 million in sales annually.  He was also a principal of Delicious Brands, Inc, which he scaled, with the financial backing of Carl Icahn (www.icahnreport.com), to become the 5th largest cookie brand in the U.S. 

He is a Director and Chair of Finance for READ Global (Rural Education and Development Enterprise, www.readglobal.org), a nonprofit devoted to building libraries in war-torn communities in India, Bhutan, and Nepal and which is primarily funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (www.gatesfoundation.org).  Mr. Durrani is a Director of O.P.E.N. (www.opennyc.org/) , the “Organization of Pakistani Entrepreneurs of North America” (NY Chapter).  He also served on the Board, and was Finance Chairman, of Social Venture Network (www.svn.org). He has been recognized by BBMG and SVN as one of the entrepreneurs who engineered “20 Ideas That Changed The Way The World Does Business”.  The select list of these inductees include: Ben Cohen (Ben & Jerry’s), Gary Hirshberg (Stonyfield Farms) , Muhammad Yunus (Nobel Peace Prize, Grameen Bank), and Steve Case (AOL).

Mr. Durrani sits on the Board of the Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Sciences of Columbia University (“Board of Visitors”), where he is also Chairman of the Entrepreneurial Advisory Board. Mr. Durrani has been a frequent lecturer at Silicon Valley Technology Conference in Palo Alto. Mr. Durrani received an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering and economics from Columbia University. He is also a Charter Member of the American Institute of Islamic and Arabic Studies.  He often lectures on Islam and remains active in facilitating interfaith forums in New York City and Connecticut area synagogues, churches, and mosques. Most recently, he has been invited  by the Vatican and Ambassador to the Holy Sees (www.vatican.va) to be a speaker on Interfaith In Business in October, 2010, at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, Italy.

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