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2011 Construction Week Power 100: 41-50

CW's list of the most influential people working in GCC construction

Power 100
KEZ TAYLOR
KEZ TAYLOR
Power 100
ANDREW SHAW
ANDREW SHAW
LAURIE VOYER
LAURIE VOYER
RICHARD BARRETT
RICHARD BARRETT
Power 100
Power 100
Power 100
Power 100

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41. NICOLA COCCIOLI COO: CONSTRUCTION KHARAFI NATIONAL KSC

Nicola Coccioli is COO Construction at Kharafi National. Established in March 1976 in Kuwait, it developed into a leading infrastructure developer in water, wastewater treatment and reclamation, district cooling, solid-waste management, renewable energy and enhanced oil recovery.

Since it was established, Kharafi National has grown from a local contracting company into a world-class pan-Arabian infrastructure project developer, contractor and FM service provider capable of undertaking a range of projects.

Kharafi National now has a yearly turnover in excess of $1bn, a multinational workforce of over 33,100, of whom some 11% are managers, engineers, superintendents, technical and clerical staff, a fleet of company-owned heavy construction equipment exceeding 5,650 units, its own fabrication facilities for piping, structural steel, pressure vessels, skids and packages that meet ASME standards, and solid relationships with the prominent international EPC firms and clients.

Kharafi National brings together experience, commitment and knowledge to develop and execute major projects.Capabilities span project management, life-cycle solutions, basic, conceptual and detailed engineering; procurement, traffic and logistics, construction works, testing and commissioning.

Its equipment division supplies the construction equipment necessary for any project, while ABJ Engineering, a wholly-owned subsidiary, provides all the pipes, steel fabrication and manufacturing of vessels.

Next: KEZ TAYLOR

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42. KEZ TAYLOR
MANAGING DIRECTOR
ALEC

Keiron (Kez) Taylor has built the construction side of Al Jaber, known as ALEC, into one of the most respected contractors in the UAE. The company is now worth $1bn, and the subsidiaries created under his stewardship – in MEP work, fit-out, ceilings and partitions and architectural precast, among others – have contributed to an enviable end-to-end proposition.

Taylor’s philosophy on subsidiaries, such as with the MEP business, is remarkable: if the right company is not out there, build one yourself. He is also a firm believer in working with subsidiaries that have their own projects unconnected with the company, boosting overall experience and capability.

Standout projects to date have been the expansion of Dubai International Airport, a $4.5bn contract for the third concourse.

Most recently the company was awarded a $165m contract for the Yas Island water park being developed by Aldar. The contract is 18 months, and work commenced on 20 February.

The project is located in Zone N of Yas Island, and occupies an area of 13.77ha. The total GFA (gross floor area) of the project amounts to 21,000m2.

The project will consist of a number of ride attractions, including a roller coaster and food and beverage outlets, as well as a souk area.

Next: MARYAM SHARAF

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43. MARYAM SHARAF
GROUP CEO
DUBAI WORLD GROUP

Maryam Sharaf has been with the Dubai World Group for over five years. She was appointed Group CEO of Dubai World in 2009. Prior to this she served as Group CFO, and previously as Financial Controller for Dubai World. Before joining Dubai World, she worked in various managerial positions at Dubai Petroleum Company, a subsidiary of ConocoPhillips.

As well as being a board member of Dubai World, Ms Sharaf is also a board member of all Dubai World’s investment boards. She has more than 20 years’ experience in the finance industry.

Global holding company Dubai World focuses on the strategic growth areas of transport and logistics, drydocks and maritime, urban development and investment and financial services.

Its portfolio contains some of the world’s leading companies in their resoective industries, including Drydocks World, Economic Zones World, Istithmar World, Nakheel and majority ownership of DP World.

DP World announced recently that it would be upgrading Al Hamriya Port in Dubai. Work has already started on the first phase of modernising the small and busy general cargo facility that has served the regional sea trade for generations. Al Hamriya plays a key role in facilitating non-containerised cargo movements between Dubai and countries in the Gulf, South Asia and East Africa. It also serves the local fishing industry.

Al Hamriya’s modernisation plans include extending the wharves to take larger feeder vessels, expanding the yard used for maintaining the traditional wooden dhows, upgrading the fishermen’s wharf and building a related centre, including a workers’ hostel.

The changes will strengthen Al Hamriya Port’s traditional capability and leverage the strategic location of the port in the centre of Dubai.

It is expected that the entire work will extend over a period of 18 to 24 months, depending on market demand.

Next: ANDREW SHAW

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44. ANDREW SHAW
MANAGING DIRECTOR
DUCAB

With 15 years’ experience in the power cable industry, and as MD of the Middle East’s leading cable manufacturing company, Ducab, Shaw has earned himself a strong reputation in the region.

At Ducab, Shaw spearheaded a new direction for the firm, while focusing on business growth and geographical expansion. As a graduate from the Imperial College London, with an MBA from London Business School, Shaw is certainly qualified for the post. His past experience includes a stint as China CEO for Italian multinational Prysmian Cables & Systems, and a spell as MD of Prysmian’s affiliate in Malaysia.

Ducab announced record sales for 2010 at $980m, as entry into new markets and new products bolstered the top line. The company said this figure represented a 51% rise against 2009, with $600m deriving from its cables and wires sales and $381m from copper rod. Volumes grew 47% last year, and the company expects a further 15% growth this year despite margin pressures and rising prices for copper internationally.

Next: LAURIE VOYER

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45. LAURIE VOYER
CEO/MANAGING DIRECTOR
HABTOOR LEIGHTON GROUP

The Habtoor Leighton Group (HLG) has recently launched a new brand that reflects a fresh new unified approach for the company.

“Our previous brandmark was a combination of the Leighton International and Al Habtoor Engineering logos, created at the time of the merger in 2007.

"Our primary aim with the new brand is to dispel the misconception in some quarters that HLG is a temporary joint-venture between two companies, rather than one, unified fully-integrated organisation,” says HLG CEO and MD Laurie Voyer. 

Voyer has successfully steered the group through the downturn. Consolidating existing projects and strategically tackling new markets and partnerships has seen the group ready itself for continued growth during 2011.

He has added to the group’s traditional building focus by increasingly focusing on infrastructure projects, including the growing GCC rail sector.

“We have had an active start to the first half of 2011, with the award of several new projects across the UAE,” says Voyer.

To date HLG has secured the following projects: An AED2.2bn contract for the construction of the new Mafraq Hospital for SHE, the AED510m Qusahwira Phase 1 building and services project in Abu Dhabi for the Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Oil Operation (ADCO); the AED405m bank HQ project for the construction of Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank’s new headquarters in Abu Dhabi; and the award of an AED110m contract for a chilled water plant at Zayed University for Mubadala Development Company.

Next: RICHARD BARRETT

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46. RICHARD BARRETT
MIDDLE EAST MANAGING DIRECTOR
ATKINS

Atkins Middle East MD Richard Barrett has been in the job for just a year. “The first quarter has so far been very, very encouraging,” he says. “We have managed to secure a couple of big projects on the infrastructure side, and we are currently in the process of mobilising teams to work on them.”

One of these is the King Abdul Aziz International Airport expansion project in Jeddah, worth about $80m, and won with the help of Atkins’ latest acquisition in the US, PBSJ. The other contract secured is for work on the Etihad rail project, where Atkins has been contracted to carry out the concept and preliminary design for 1,200km of freight rail connecting the seven emirates, valued at around $20m.

Notably, these projects are different to those which originally made Atkins so famous in the Middle East, the biggest, of course, being the Burj Al Arab.

Barrett joined Atkins in 1983 after graduating from the University of Nottingham in the UK, but has been present in the Middle East since April 2010.

Next: HUSSAIN J. AL-NOWAIS

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47. HUSSAIN J. AL-NOWAIS
EMIRATES STEEL INDUSTRIES

Hussain J. Al-Nowais is the MD and Chairman at Emirates Holdings. Al-Nowais served as the CEO and Vice Chairman of Abu Dhabi Basic Industries Corporation. He serves as the Chairman of Emirates Steel Industries (ESI), and has over 25 years’ experience in banking, finance, investment, industries and project development.

ESI, formally Emirates Iron & Steel Factory (EISF), is a wholly-owned government factory strategically located at the Industrial City of Abu Dhabi (ICAD). The factory is the largest steel plant in the UAE.

Established in 2001 to satisfy the growing demand for quality steel products for the UAE’s fast-developing construction sector, ESI is the only significant domestic supplier of deformed reinforcing steel bar or rebars.

The rolling mill has a design capacity of 600,000t of rebar a year. In early June, ESI announced that its 150t electric arc furnace at its Phase 1 steel making plant had exceeded its design capacity.

Next: ABDULLAH MOHAMMED JUMA AL NABOODAH

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48. ABDULLAH MOHAMMED JUMA AL NABOODAH
CHAIRMAN
SAEED & MOHAMMED AL NABOODAH GROUP

Abdullah Mohammed Juma Al Naboodah is the highest ranking member within the Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group.

Running a group with more than 50 years of history and 25,000 employees, Al Naboodah has helped secure a broad range of clients in each of the company’s four core business sectors, namely construction, commercial, investments and real estate.

Under Al Naboodah and his colleagues, the construction division particularly, operating through a number of companies to offer civil engineering, building works, mechanical, electrical and plumbing works, has become widely known across the GCC.

“Our mission is to continue to be a successful and well-diversified group operating throughout the Middle East and internationally. By providing unparalleled expertise and innovation in our chosen business activities of construction, commercial, investments and real estate, we aim to deliver excellent service,” says Al Naboodah. “We are defined by our proud Dubai heritage and governed by our core values that focus on customer care and respect for our employees.”

Next: TALAL SAEED

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49. TALAL SAEED
MANAGING PARTNER, FINO INTERNATIONAL

Fino International was established in Dubai six years ago, in partnership with chairman Ahmad Abdulla Al Shafar, with a 150,000m2 facility in the Jebel Ali Industrial Area.

This is divided into four manufacturing divisions, namely marble, joinery, metal and soft furnishings. “Our original vision was to be an international trendsetter in the interior finishing industry,” declares managing partner Talal Saeed.

The company has clearly achieved this, with such flagship projects as the Armani Hotel & Residences at Burj Khalifa, completed in 2010, and the Dubai Metro Red and Green Line.

Saeed says the Armani project is one of the highest-quality interior fit-outs in the UAE to date, with meticulous attention to detail to ensure a 25-year lifespan.

This is virtually unheard of in terms of furnishings and finishings. He explains how Fino operates: “Usually we do not get involved in the design of major projects. We took Giorgio Armani’s design and developed it into an engineering concept.”

Next: WILLIAM HADDAD

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50. WILLIAM HADDAD
CHAIRMAN
MACE

Established by William Haddad in Libya in 1968, Mechanical & Civil Engineering (MACE) Contractors Company opened its Abu Dhabi office in 1974. The company is now based in the UAE, though it has completed projects throughout the GCC, MENA and wider region.

MACE provides a range of services covering all areas of oilfield development and maintenance for cross-country pipelines, flow lines, pump stations and plant turnaround.

The company’s policy of regional expansion has seen it move into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Eastern Province, where in 1979 it began major pipeline work for gas, oil and water for government ministries and Aramco.

MACE’s scope of work includes civil and building works such as power and desalination stations, structural steel warehouses and pumping stations requiring multistage dewatering. The group also builds hospitals, residential buildings requiring high-quality finishing, parks and decorative fences, concrete and storage pumps.

Next: KHALIL SHOLY

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