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2011 Construction Week Power 100: 71-80

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

CHIMANLAL GANGARAMANI
CHIMANLAL GANGARAMANI
Power 100
Power 100
JEFF WILLIS
JEFF WILLIS
Power 100
Power 100
Power 100
JOHN WILLIAMS
JOHN WILLIAMS
Power 100
Power 100

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71. CHIMANLAL GANGARAMANI VICE-CHAIRMAN AL FARA’A

Chimanlal Gangaramani may come from an electronic engineering background, but he has become the public face of Al Fara’a.

Gangaramani was instrumental in Al Fara’a General Contracting’s pursuit of international contractors to partner with as he helped guide the company’s push in the booming Abu Dhabi market.

Gangaramani received the prestigious Sheikh Khalifa Excellence Award for the second time in two years for Unibeton Ready Mix in June.

The company received the award for being the first to introduce low carbon emission concrete to the UAE. It has supplied Dubai’s Palm islands and Abu Dhabi’s Ferrari World. Gangaramani is also a champion of the improvement of safety standards in the country.

Next: ADEL MOHAMMAD HAMAD AL MOJIL

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72. ADEL MOHAMMAD HAMAD AL MOJIL
CHAIRMAN
MOHAMMAD AL MOJIL GROUP

Under Adel Mohammad Hamad Al Mojil’s stewardship, the Mohammad Al Mojil Group (MMG) continues to go from strength to strength as it maintains its focus on remaining one of the largest and most successful industrial contracting companies in the Middle East. The company also continues its investment in strategic assets.

MMG had a stunning start to 2011, and posted outstanding results with profits more than doubling. It recently bagged a contract from Saudi Aramco for two major projects with a cumulative value of $170m for constructing residential-cum-industrial support facilities at the Shaybah gas project.

Early this year, MMG signed two other contracts with Saudi Aramco valued $275m. The first contract involves designing, constructing and commissioning industrial support facilities at the Wasit Gas plant in the Eastern Province. MMG’s plans of expanding its portfolio across the Middle East will be a key long-term growth driver.

Next: JANNI BEZUIDENHOUT

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73. JANNI BEZUIDENHOUT
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER
AEDAS

Janni Bezuidenhout’s role is to spread the word for architectural firm Aedas, but soon its work in the GCC could speak for itself.

The architect can already lay claim to being the creative mind behind Dubai’s eye-catching string of Metro stations, but there is more to come – especially in Qatar, where it is working on the design of the Doha Marina and Dohalive. Both are multipurpose developments which include a hotel, spa, restaurant and retail space.

Its design for the Doha Stadium could end up being as iconic as the Bird’s Nest Stadium for the Beijing Olympics. The 46,000 seater arena which is being created for the FIFA 2022 Football World Cup is at the cutting edge of sustainable design. It is a recipe for success that Aedas is sure to be replicating for years to come in the region.

In the latest news, Dubai project Boulevard Plaza, designed by Aedas, was named Best Commercial Office and Retail Project at the 2011 Cityscape Awards in Abu Dhabi.

The newly-completed Boulevard Plaza Towers project, developed by Emaar, was designed to introduce a meaningful space that integrated emblematic Islamic patterns while challenging the traditional model of a commercial building, according to Aedas.

Next: JEFF WILLIS

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74. JEFF WILLIS
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR
ARUP

Jeff Willis is an engineer with over 40 years’ experience in the construction industry. He has been working for Arup for 30 years, being located at various times in offices in Europe, the Middle East and the Far East.

As the man that oversees Arup’s sustainability strategy, he has the opportunity to shape the UAE’s green agenda for years to come.

Willis has a long-standing interest in sustainable design. Arup is a founder member of the Emirates Green Building Council, and Willis is the current co-chairman. He is currently also a member of the advisory group for the Sustainable Design of the Built Environment programme at the British University in Dubai and lectures at various UAE universities. “In our every deliberation we should consider the impact of our decisions on the next generation,” says Willis.

Next: MOHAMMED ELKHEREIJI

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75. MOHAMMED ELKHEREIJI
CHAIRMAN
ELKHEREIJI GROUP

As chairman of the Elkhereiji Group of companies, Mohammed Elkhereiji oversees a conglomerate that includes interests in finance, construction, trading and real estate.

The group was founded by Abdul Karim Elkhereiji in 1978, after he had worked for 20 years at his family-owned company, Elkhereiji Company.

Since that time, his initial firm, Elkhereiji Trading and Electronics, has become one of the country’s leading suppliers of uninterruptible power systems, as well as holding distribution contracts for several major international companies.

Among the firm’s many clients are several government ministries, all of Saudi Arabia’s major banks, Saudi Arabian Airlines and several of the Kingdom’s top universities. Its largest customer is state oil behemoth Saudi Aramco.

Elkhereiji’s finance arm is known as ACE Arabia, which has recently expanded into the insurance sector. ACE MENA, one of ACE Arabia’s JVs, is headquartered in Bahrain.

Next: PANICOS PETRIDES

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76. PANICOS PETRIDES
COUNTRY MANAGER
JOANNOU & PARASKEVAIDES (J&P) QATAR

When Cyprus’ president arrived in Doha for a visit he was met by Panicos Petrides, on behalf of Cypriot construction company, Joannou & Paraskevaides (J&P) Qatar.

It is up to Petrides to ensure that it continues to follow the entrepreneurial spirit of its founders, George Paraskevaides and Stelios Ioannou.

The Pearl Qatar is the latest success in a long line of prestigious regional projects overseen by J&P since the 1970s in the GCC.

J&P has played a leading role in the region’s construction boom, completing highways in all types of terrain, as well as tunnels, bridges and flyovers, airports, housing schemes, palaces, luxury hotels, hospitals, universities, commercial buildings, sports and conference centres and military projects.

This wealth of experience has allowed J&P to expand and solidify its position as one of the most capable and reliable international contractors operating today in the MENA region.

With the roads and infrastructure for the Pearl Qatar completed, the company can now focus on the construction of the Qanat Quartier Precinct and its residential villa contract. The Queen Alia International Airport in Amman, Jordan is due to be completed this year as well.

Next: BADER AL KHARAFI

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77. BADER AL KHARAFI
VICE CHAIRMAN, KHARAFI GROUP

If Bader Al Kharafi has half the tenacity of his recently-departed father, Nasser Al Kharafi, then one of the largest and most diversified conglomerates in the Arab world, it can be accepted, is in safe hands.

The company’s lucrative food division, Americana, has the exclusive franchise rights in the Middle East for fast-food brands including KFC, Wimpy, TGI Friday’s, Cadbury’s, Pizza Hut and Saint Cinnamon.

And around Americana, the late Al Kharafi built a veritable empire across diverse sectors including construction, manufacturing, an airline and investments that include Kuwait’s leading financial institutions and other companies listed on the stock exchange.

With an annual turnover of over $4bn, the MA Kharafi Group now operates in more than 25 countries around the world and has more than 100,000 employees.

In 1976, Al Kharafi launched Kuwaiti conglomerate the National Company for Mechanical & Electrical Works. The Al Kharafi Group is now a major player in engineering, construction and maintenance, focusing on petroleum, water, chemicals and power. It is an integrated Grade A international contractor, encompassing general contracting, HVAC, marine and piling, well drilling and its own readymix producer.

Next: JOHN WILLIAMS

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78. JOHN WILLIAMS
REGIONAL MD
EC HARRIS

EC Harris’ John Williams was listed in Building magazine’s ‘Bright Young Things’ listing a decade ago, and the quantity surveyor has since gone on to forge an impressive career.

He took the unlikely career move of starting as a child performer with the Welsh National Opera before joining EC Harris from university, and has been with the company for over two decades.

During the downturn, Williams ensured that his company adopted a dedicated management approach throughout the duration of its projects, and asked his team to take the pragmatic approach of focusing on building performance as well as the iconic designs of the region.

Despite the downturn, the company successfully delivered phase two of the Al Wahda Sports Club master development in Abu Dhabi, which included handing over Abu Dhabi’s largest hotel in February, bringing a five-year relationship with the project’s owners to an end, and establishing a new landmark.

Next: MAQBOOL HAMEED MOHD AL SALEH

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79. MAQBOOL HAMEED MOHD AL SALEH
CHAIRMAN
OHI

Maqbool Hameed Mohammed al Saleh has always focused on the long term. He worked in the office of Oman’s Diwan of Royal Court for over a decade before fulfilling his dream of owning his own company.

Since finally establishing Oman Holdings International (OHI) in the 1970s, he has gone to on to own one of the largest and most successful business houses in Oman.

Today OHI straddles a number of industries including oil and gas, IT, defence and security, vehicle leasing and steel fabrication. It also operates a number or subsidiaries such as OHI Marine Equipment Company and OHI Petroleum and Energy Services.

Al Saleh is a rare example of a man who has kept pace with change and is always on the lookout for new technologies and business methodologies to keep his business’ relentless pace.

“The world economy and the regional economies seem to have come out of the worst of the depression, and have started reflecting signs of recovery,” says Al Saleh. “However, I believe it is still early to declare vistory. There are inherent factors in the world economy that do not augur well for sustained and attractive growth. Having said this, the economic environment in Oman continues to be robust.” Al Saleh says Oman has allocated a healthy budget that will make for good growth.

Next: EOMONN KERR

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80. EAMONN KERR
INTERNATIONAL MD
CYRIL SWEETT

Eamonn Kerr is the MD of Cyril Sweett international. Originating in the UK, Cyril Sweett is a long-established and reputed construction and property consultancy.

Since joining Cyril Sweett ten years ago, Kerr has been instrumental in directing and driving the firm’s international expansion beyond the UK and Europe, notably in the Middle East, China, India, Australia and Asia and, most recently, pushing from its base in Singapore to widen its operations in South East Asia into Thailand and Vietnam.

Since establishing its international operations in the Middle East only four years ago, Kerr has successfully steered Cyril Sweett’s applied know-how, based on over 80 years’ extensive experience, to deliver some of the most creative and ambitious projects in the region.

His strategy has contributed to the growth of a diversified portfolio, which includes high-profile projects such as the Capital Market Authority, the tallest commercial tower in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the iconic Dubai Metro and the Welcome Pavillion to the Ferrari World Abu Dhabi at Yas Island.

Cyril Sweett’s network of offices in the region now covers Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Riyadh and Baghdad and, despite recent upheavals, it continues to service clients and projects across Egypt, Oman, Morocco, Bahrain and Kuwait.

Next: ABDULMUNIM AL-ZAWAWI

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