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Revealed: Middle East’s 100 most influential people in construction industry

The Construction Week Power 100, now in its seventh year, is an annual ranking of the most influential individuals currently working within the Middle East’s construction sector. It’s also a celebration of the people who are transforming both the industry and the regional landscape.

There’s no denying that the past 12 months have been challenging for the Middle East’s construction community. Although the oil price has seen gradual gains of late, it’s still a far cry from its 2014 peak of $110 per barrel.

As a result, GCC governments have had to compensate for lowered national incomes, and national construction budgets have been adjusted accordingly.

Nevertheless, the industry’s most influential players, who populate this list, have reacted in the best possible way: by optimising their regional operations and pushing ahead with some of the most ambitious projects on the planet.

True to its roots, this year’s Power 100 is dominated by contractors. However, a healthy selection of consultants and developers are also present.

Moreover, although the GCC region accounts for the lion’s share of represented individuals’ operations, many are also active across the wider Middle East and even on the international stage.

The sectoral and geographic spread of the 2016 Power 100 is a positive indicator of the industry’s long-term health. The individuals who have made the cut this year are those who have reacted to the oil-driven slowdown – diversifying their service offerings and portfolios and, in doing so, safeguarding their companies against further market fluctuations.

Challenging though the current economic climate may be, the moves that those on the list have made during the past year should serve to secure the future prosperity of both their businesses and the Middle East’s construction industry at large.

The individuals recognised by the 2016 Power 100 – and their respective positions – have been selected in line with publicly available information and details submitted directly to CW.

The editorial team has spent months discussing (and arguing over) who should be included, and in what order. Ultimately, the final rankings are based on the best information available. That said, this list is also based on our collective perspective of the industry’s most influential construction professionals. We have striven to remain as objective as possible, but it’s important to note that other opinions are available.

The top 100 are listed as follows –

1 Yu Tao Yu Tao CSCEC ME President and CEO
2 Kez Taylor Kez Taylor ALEC CEO
3 Khaled Musaed El Seif Khaled Musaed El Seif El Seif Engineering Contracting Chairman
4 Ghassan Merehbi Ghassan Merehbi Arabian Construction Company Chairman and founder
5 Samer Khoury Samer Khoury Consolidated Contractors Company President – Engineering and Construction
6 Mohammed Alabbar Mohammed Alabbar Emaar Properties Chairman
7 Bakr Bin Laden Bakr Bin Laden Saudi BinLadin Group Chairman
8 Raja Hani Ghanma Raja Hani Ghanma Arabtec Construction CEO
9 Dr Eng Sani Sener Dr Eng Sani Sener TAV Group President and CEO
10 Emad Azmy Emad Azmy Al Shafar General Contracting (ASGC) President
11 Ali Al-Khalifa Ali Al-Khalifa Astad Project management CEO
12 David Barwell David Barwell AECOM Middle East CEO
13 Talal Al Dhiyebi Talal Al Dhiyebi Aldar Chief Development Officer
14 Ali Rashid Lootah Ali Rashid Lootah Nakheel Chairman
15 Osama Bishai Osama Bishai Orascom Construction CEO
16 Sheikh Ali Bin Hamad Al Thani Sheikh Ali Bin Hamad Al Thani HBK Contracting Chairman
17 Stephen Flint Stephen Flint Khansaheb Group General Manager
18 Tom Bower Tom Bower WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff Managing Director – Middle East
19 Patrick McKinney Patrick McKinney BAM International Managing Director
20 Simon Moon Simon Moon Atkins Middle East CEO
21 Gary Adams Gary Adams Parsons MEA President
22 Pierre Sironval Pierre Sironval Six Construct Managing Director
23 Khaldoun Tabari Khaldoun Tabari Drake & Scull Vice Chairman and CEO
24 Ziad El Chaar Ziad El Chaar Damac Managing Director
25 David Welch David Welch Bechtel President – Europe, Middle East and Africa
26 William Haddad William Haddad MACE Chairman
27 Dr Jawaharlal Gangaramani Dr Jawaharlal Gangaramani Al Fara’a Group President and Executive Chairman
28 Ahmad Abdelrazaq Ahmad Abdelrazaq Samsung C&T Executive Vice President
29 Fakher Al Shawaf Fakher Al Shawaf Al Bawani General Manager
30 Mohammed Al Rais Mohammed Al Rais Hill International Regional president
31 HE Abdulla Al Habbai HE Abdulla Al Habbai Meraas Holding Group Chairman
32 José Antonio López-Monís José Antonio López-Monís Habtoor Leighton Group CEO and Managing Director
33 Moafaq Al Gaddah Moafaq Al Gaddah MAG Group Chairman
34 Luay Khoury Luay Khoury Projacs International Vice Chairman
35 Derek Lewis Derek Lewis Al-Futtaim Carillion Director of construction
36 Imad Gholmieh Imad Gholmieh NESMA Managing Director
37 PNC Menon PNC Menon Sobha Group Chairman
38 Fawwaz Al-Khodari Fawwaz Al-Khodari Abdullah A M Al-Khodari Sons Co CEO
39 Abdulrahman Al-Marouf Abdulrahman Al-Marouf Combined Group Contracting Company Chairman
40 Devaki Khimji Devaki Khimji Al Turki Enterprises Executive Director
41 SN Subrahmanyan SN Subrahmanyan Larsen & Toubro Head of Construction
42 Andrew Elias Andrew Elias Kele Contracting CEO and Board Member
43 Mohamed Al Kubaisi Mohamed Al Kubaisi Midmac Chairman
44 Dr Hamed Al Dhahab Dr Hamed Al Dhahab Al Watanyiah United Eng & Contracting Co CEO
45 Yousef Al Shelash Yousef Al Shelash Dar Al-Arkan Chairman
46 John Ferguson John Ferguson Brookfield Multiplex Executive Chairman – Middle East
47 Richard Beard Richard Beard Ramboll Middle East Managing Director
48 Ahmad K Al Marri Ahmad K Al Marri Union Properties General Manager
49 Abdul R S Al Ghurair Abdul R S Al Ghurair Al Ghurair Group Chairman
50 Joseph Daher Joseph Daher AlMabani General Contractors CEO
51 Ravi Pillai Ravi Pillai RP Group Chairman
52 Ibrahim Jaidah Ibrahim Jaidah Arab Engineering Bureau (AEB) CEO
53 Ayman Hariri Ayman Hariri Saudi Oger Vice Chairman & Deputy CEO
54 Sheikh Mohammed A Al Fouzan Sheikh Mohammed A Al Fouzan Al-Fouzan Trading & Contracting CEO
55 Abdallah Yabroudi Abdallah Yabroudi Dubai Contracting Company CEO
56 Antoine Najjar Antoine Najjar Ahmadiah Managing Director
57 Riyadh Al Saleh Riyadh Al Saleh Kharafi National CEO
58 Mark Andrews Mark Andrews Laing O’Rourke Managing Director
59 Brian Johnson Brian Johnson Godwin Austin Johnson (GAJ) Founder
60 Bob Hope Bob Hope SSH CEO
61 HE Ali Al Mansoori HE Ali Al Mansoori Tourism Development & Investment Company Chairman
62 Thomas Stiegler Thomas Stiegler Porr Group CEO Middle East
63 Sachin Kerur Sachin Kerur Pinsent Masons Partner and Head of Middle East
64 Chris Preece Chris Preece Mushrif Trading & Contracting CEO
65 Donna Sultan Donna Sultan KEO International Consultants CEO
66 Mohammed Al Khadar Mohammed Al Khadar Abu Dhabi UPC Executive Director
67 Vedat Koca Vedat Koca STFA CEO
68 James Wilson James Wilson Omran CEO
69 Rizwan Sajan Rizwan Sajan Danube Group Chairman
70 Ahmed M Alhatti Ahmed M Alhatti Cayan Group President
71 Burak Kizilhan Burak Kizilhan AE Arma-Elektropanç Board Member
72 Abie Musa Abie Musa MVL Group Managing Director
73 Rahail Aslam Rahail Aslam Select Group Group Chief Executive Officer
74 Campbell Gray Campbell Gray Faithful+Gould Managing Director
75 Dr Kassem Rahal Dr Kassem Rahal Al Rostamani Pegel General Manager
76 Hamish Tyrwhitt Hamish Tyrwhitt Depa Group CEO
77 Nabil Al Khaja Nabil Al Khaja wasl Chief Projects Officer
78 M Vasanth Kumar M Vasanth Kumar Arabian MEP Contracting CEO
79 Neil Reynolds Neil Reynolds CH2M Regional Managing Director
80 Saeed H Al Tayer Saeed H Al Tayer Meydan Group Chairman & CEO
81 Alan McCready Alan McCready ISG Middle East Managing Director
82 Oliver Plunkett Oliver Plunkett Buro Happold Managing Director ME
83 Dr Najib Khatib Dr Najib Khatib Khatib & Alami CEO and Partner
84 Masood Raza Masood Raza Jumbo Engineering General Manager
85 Yahya Jan Yahya Jan NORR Group Consultants Vice President
86 Muhammad Sultan Al Salmy Muhammad Sultan Al Salmy Hoehler+AlSalmy Managing Director and Partner
87 Zaal Mohammad Zaal Zaal Mohammad Zaal Al Barari Chairman and Founder
88 Jamil Jadallah Jamil Jadallah National Engineering Bureau Managing Director
89 Simon Karam Simon Karam Sarooj Group Director
90 Daousser Chennoufi Daousser Chennoufi Draw Link group CEO and Key Architect
91 Mohandass Saini Mohandass Saini Shapoorji Pallonji International CEO
92 Ahmed M Osman Ahmed M Osman DeSimone Managing Principal
93 Steve Lever Steve Lever Al Naboodah Construction CEO
94 Benoy Kurien Benoy Kurien Al Hamra General Manager
95 Rajesh Kumar Rajesh Kumar Beaver Gulf Chairman
96 David James Lessard David James Lessard Perkins+Will Director of Architecture
97 Stephan Frantzen Stephan Frantzen P&T Architects Group Director
98 Ralf Steinhauer Ralf Steinhauer RSP Director
99 Issam Khoury Issam Khoury NSCC Vice President
100 Ivar Krasinski Ivar Krasinski Edge Founding Partner


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