Louis Berger doubles MENA workforce in past year

Staff numbers have increased to 800 since setting up Abu Dhabi HQ

Louis Berger International president, Jim Stamatis
Louis Berger International president, Jim Stamatis

Louis Berger has doubled its MENA workforce in the past 12 months, the president of international operations has said.

Jim Stamatis, who runs the US-based project management firm's international arm from Paris, said staff numbers in the MENA had shot up from 400 to 800.

Part of the impetus for this has been the setting up of a MENA headquarters in Abu Dhabi just over a year ago.

Stamatis, who comes over for quarterly meetings, says Louis Berger expects to have well over 1,000 employees in the next 12 months just to deliver the work it is has in hand. It has a project backlog of approximately $500m, with the overwhelming majority in the GCC.

“We’ve won as much work as we expected but the next phase of this is to broaden the client base and the service offering,” said Stamatis.

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