Mr Sakib Awan
Company founder and Chairman of the Board, Mr Sakib Awan established the East Timor Trading Lda in Dili in 2002, just as Timor-Leste gained its independence. With over 20 years’ experience in various food and beverage, sales and marketing positions in the hotel industry, he swiftly became a leading figure in the country’s business community, importing and distributing a range of multinational company brands across the nation.
In 2007, Mr Awan established the Discovery Inn and Diya Restaurant and brought the Gloria Jean’s Coffees™ and Burger King™ franchises to Timor-Leste. Whilst extending the distribution network and range of imported products supplied by ETT Group, Mr Awan also established the Cheers Bottle Shops and Il Gelato retail outlets.
In May 2012, Mr. Awan was awarded an Order of Timor-Leste by then President Dr Jose Ramos-Horta for ongoing commitment to and services in Timor-Leste. Present and past community involvement has included:
- Honorary Consul General of the Republic of Poland in Timor-Leste from 2010–2019
- Chairman of the International Business Council within the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the Northern Territory of Australia
- Honorary Consul of Mexico in the Northern Territory of Australia from 1993–2003