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Construction Week Qatar 2016 Power List: 1-10

The following article contains details of the individuals ranked one to 10 on the Construction Week Qatar 2016 Power List

AECOM Qatar, Jason Kroll, Senior Vice President and Managing Director.
AECOM Qatar, Jason Kroll, Senior Vice President and Managing Director.
QDVC, Nasser Al Ansari, Chairman.
QDVC, Nasser Al Ansari, Chairman.
Arcadis Qatar, Jack Overkamp, Managing Director.
Arcadis Qatar, Jack Overkamp, Managing Director.
WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff Middle East, Tom Bower, Managing Director.
WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff Middle East, Tom Bower, Managing Director.
Atkins, Lesley Desport, Qatar Country Director.
Atkins, Lesley Desport, Qatar Country Director.
Multiplex Medgulf Qatar, Renier Breitenbach, General Manager.
Multiplex Medgulf Qatar, Renier Breitenbach, General Manager.
KEO International Consultants, Donna Sultan, Chief Executive Officer.
KEO International Consultants, Donna Sultan, Chief Executive Officer.
Consolidated Contractors Company, Samer Khoury, President.
Consolidated Contractors Company, Samer Khoury, President.
Drake & Scull International Qatar, Khaldoun Tabari, Vice Chairman.
Drake & Scull International Qatar, Khaldoun Tabari, Vice Chairman.
Faithful and Gould, Campbell Gray, Managing Director.
Faithful and Gould, Campbell Gray, Managing Director.

1. AECOM Qatar

Jason Kroll, Senior Vice President and Managing Director

With over 15 years at AECOM, Jason Kroll draws on the company’s fully integrated planning, design, engineering, architecture, construction and management capabilities to help deliver world-class projects in the region. His leadership and communication skills are assets that help drive the business and establish successful project outcomes for AECOM’s valued clients.

AECOM’s global staff — including architects, engineers, designers, planners, scientists and management and construction services professionals — serve clients in over 150 countries around the world.

With over 1,100 staff in Qatar, AECOM is playing a key role in a number of essential infrastructure projects, such as the Hamad Port (Qatar’s New Port Project) and Ashghal’s Expressways Programme - in addition to the project management of Al Rayyan and construction supervision of Al Wakrah FIFA 2022 World Cup stadia and precincts.

2. QDVC

Nasser Al Ansari, Chairman

Incorporated in 2007, QDVC is owned 51% by Qatari Diar Real Estate Development Company a worldwide leader in sustainable real estate development, and 49% by VINCI Construction Grands Projets, a French-based designer and builder of major civil engineering structures worldwide. Heading the company is Chairman Nasser Al Ansari who has previously held the position of CEO of Qatari Diar.

QDVC’s portfolio includes Lusail underground car parks, the North Doha Sewerage Treatment – PS70 and Pumping Mains, a resort project in the desert island of Dahlak archipelago, led by Qatari Diar and the Sheraton underground car park and landscape. More recently QDVC has signed several major infrastructure projects, such as: the Doha Metro, Red Line South along with the New Orbital Highway, a 47-kilometre motorway network, with a five-lane dual carriageway for light vehicles and two truck lanes in each direction.

The company also recently signed the second phase of the Lusail LRT (Light Rail Transit) development, comprising approximately 30 kilometres of a tramway system. In 2015, QDVC was awarded the Transfer Packages CP01-C1-C2-C3 Project in Lusail City which comprises road works and associated services for three separate work areas.

“When it comes to worker’s welfare, we at QDVC believe that equal opportunity means hiring and retaining the best people, developing all employees to their potential and using their talents and resources to the fullest. Diversity of people, skills and abilities is a strength which will help us achieve our best,” Al Ansari says.

The company implemented a recruitment process that respects the fundamental rights of people.

In 2015, the HR team conducted an assessment to better control and monitor all steps of recruitment. The study included various stakeholders, some government’s representatives of home countries, recruitment agencies and large groups of workers.

3. Arcadis Qatar

Jack Overkamp, Managing Director

With 12 years in the region, Jack Overkamp has steered Arcadis’ Qatar branch for the past year.

Globally, the gross revenues for Arcadis in FY2015 was 3.4bn (approx. $3.7bn) for the period 1 January 2015 through to 31 December 2015.

Services offered include: general engineering consultancy services, design and construction supervision, structural engineering, program management consultancy services, commercial management consultancy services and business advisory and masterplanning.

The company can include a number of major projects in its portfolio across numerous disciplines, including: Doha Expressway and a mixture of public works with Ashghal; the Doha Convention Centre; Hamad Medical City, Banana Island and parts of the LREDC scheme in Lusail City. During the past 12 months the company has worked on Education City and Hamad General Hospital, the Doha Metro Gold Line and Kahramaa mega resevoirs, to name a few.

4. WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff Middle East

Tom Bower, Managing Director

Tom Bower, MD for WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff’s Middle East operations, has helped deliver a range of large-scale projects, including Dubai Metro, Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, and Zayed National Museum in the UAE; Ras Laffan C Independent Water & Power Plant, Contract 1 – Orbital Highway, and Lekhwiya Handball Arena in Qatar; Kempinski Hotel, Barka Development, and Saraya Bandar Jissah in Oman; Rabigh Power Plant 2, Makkah Public Transport Programme, and Jeddah Corniche Tower in Saudi Arabia; and First Ring Road, South Surra, interchanges and elevated U-turns at Nawaseeb Road, and Sabiya Power Station in Kuwait.

In its 2015 financial year, the Canada-headquartered consultancy achieved an estimated net revenue of $1.16bn. The estimated percentage of the company’s earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortisation (EBITDA) is 11.2% during the same period. As has been the case for many local construction outfits, Bower and his colleagues have had to streamline the consultancy’s Middle East activities during the past 12 months, cutting 150 jobs since 2015. Nevertheless, the company boasts a regional cohort of more than 1,200 professionals, 953 of whom are qualified engineers. He says: “The Middle East is an incredibly exciting and rapidly developing area to work in. There is a constant drive forward on significant projects, and this is now underpinned by the need to be ready for both the Expo 2020 in Dubai and the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.”

5. Atkins

Lesley Desport, Qatar Country Director

Recently appointed Qatar country director, Lesley Desport has been with Atkins for two years in a leadership role as Major Project associate director in Qatar. She was this year’s Engineer of the Year winner in the CWQ awards.

Desport is also Atkins’ Project Director for Contract 2, Doha West Local Roads and Drainage. This is a major framework programme for the Public Works Authority, Ashghal, which represents one of Atkins’ most significant projects in the Middle East.

In transport and infrastructure, Atkins is currently providing client QDVC with multidisciplinary services – including station planning, architecture, tunnel design, and track alignment – for Qatar’s 12km, five-station Doha Metro Red Line South and is also lead design consultant for the $3.85bn (QAR14.02bn) Doha Metro Gold Line, the largest package of Doha Metro works to be awarded; and the FAST consortium working on three of Riyadh Metro’s six lines, in a joint venture with Spanish consultancy, Typsa.

In property, Atkins are providing lead consultant services on Katara Phase IV which will add a world-class sustainable mixed-use destination to the existing Katara Cultural Village, which was opened in 2010 to host multi-cultural activities, while celebrating and protecting the heritage and traditions of Qatar.

The new project, which has a built-up area of almost 250, 000m², includes two iconic G+27 storey hotel towers emerging from the sea, luxury residential apartments, retail, a conference centre and mosque. A canal which points towards Mecca will run through its centre.

6. Multiplex Medgulf Qatar

Renier Breitenbach, General Manager

Renier Breitenbach is the general manager of Multiplex Medgulf in Qatar, where he has been responsible for managing the daily operations and rapid growth of Multiplex Medgulf, since relocating to Qatar in 2009. With over 16 years’ construction experience in the United Kingdom, the UAE and Qatar, he has managed numerous large scale residential, commercial and hospitality projects, working closely with clients and subcontractors alike to develop effective working relationships that ensure successful project outcomes for all involved.

Recognising the opportunities in Qatar, Multiplex formed a joint venture company with ENSRV in 2005. The JV brought together ENSRV’s 30 years’ of experience in Qatar, with Multiplex’s 50 years’ experience in delivering major projects across the globe. The company celebrated 10 years of operation in Qatar last year.

The firm’s inaugural project in Qatar was the design and construction of the iconic ‘W’ Doha Hotel & Residences and, under Breitenbach’s guidance, is currently undertaking such projects as the Qatar National Library in Education City, and Phase 1C of Msheireb’s Downtown Doha.

The company was also the proud winner this year of the prestigious Contractor of the Year Award for two consecutive years.

7. KEO International Consultants

Donna Sultan, Chief Executive Officer

At the helm of KEO, Donna Sultan has held the position of chief executive officer since 1991. She has almost 40 years of Middle East experience and is ranked amongst the Top 10 Most Powerful Women in MENA Construction, the 100 Most Powerful Women in the Arab World, and was also named Construction Executive of the Year. She has fostered and developed the firm’s renowned blend of design innovation, technical aptitude, sustainability principles, local knowledge and global insights, enabling the highest levels of client confidence and industry respect. The firm has continued to see double digit turnover growth through its expansion of services and markets. She has managed to keep KEO ranked as one of the top consulting firms in the world.

KEO’s success has been recognised at the Construction Week Awards over the years, where it has scooped multiple wins including Consultant of the Year and a number of project and individual awards (2013-15). The company has been consistently listed in the ENR Global Rankings since 2003. This year, KEO once again improved its ranking amongst the world’s best, with listings in both the Top 225 International Design Firms and Top 20 non-U.S. PM/CM Firms categories.

Today, KEO has 11 offices and 2,500 employees actively involved in the management, design and engineering of some of the most prestigious and largest building and civil projects in the MENA, Asia and North African regions. The company’s largest regional office is located in Qatar, offering a highly skilled and dynamic group of professionals to continue delivering multi-faceted consultancy solutions to a wide array of public and private sector clients.

8. Consolidated Contractors Company

Samer Khoury, President

Samer Khoury has recently taken the helm of Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC) following the passing of his father – and the last of the company’s three founding members – 91-year-old Said T Khoury. During the past 12 months, Khoury and his two brothers have worked to bolster their company’s footprint in the Middle East, with a raft of major projects across the region. In 2015, CCC achieved revenues of $4.6bn, of which 1.5% was profit. Revenues for the current year are expected to hit $6bn, with a projected profit of 2.5%.

The contractor also boasts a healthy backlog in excess of $10bn, with over 70 projects across more than 40 countries worldwide.

Internationally, CCC employs approximately 140,000 employees, including 100,000 labourers and 4,000 qualified engineers. The firm spends 5% of its income on in-house staff training and development.

9. Drake & Scull International Qatar

Khaldoun Tabari, Vice Chairman

The past 12 months have been tough for many of the Gulf’s construction outfits, not least Drake & Scull International (DSI). In Q1 2016, the UAE-based contractor saw its net profit fall to $2.5mn down 61% from the $7.5mn achieved during Q1 2015.

Profits may have dropped year on year, but Khaldoun Tabari and his team are still in the black. Speaking after the release of the results, DSI’s vice chairman said: “We are pleased to start 2016 on a positive note by returning to profitability in the first quarter of the year. The effects of strategic decisions and unprecedented measures initiated by DSI’s management last year have started to materialise, and have aided our determined efforts to continue the refinement and consolidation of our businesses in our key markets.”

In a bid to further boost profits during the coming year, Tabari said that DSI will focus on the efficient use of its working capital through financial discipline, “with an aim to generate free cash flow”.

“Besides our profitability, we remain committed to improving our liquidity, which remains one of the key areas of focus for our corporate strategy for the year,” he added.

10. Faithful and Gould

Campbell Gray, Managing Director

The international consultancy’s Middle East revenues grew by 15% for the period ending 31 March, 2016, during which time the firm’s book-to-bill ratio – the ratio of work won to revenue earned – was 140%. Its revenue is forecast to grow by 20% for the period to March 2017.

The consultancy boasts 500 staff across the Middle East, 100 staff in Doha, and its global workforce is 2,400-strong. It is in a healthy position work-wise. Between 2015 and 2016 it secured work with notable clients such as Katara Projects, Gulf Related, Majid Al Futtaim, Miral and Emaar, and is supporting some of the Middle East’s biggest projects, from Katara Phase IV, Halul Real Estate Investment Company’s Doha Oasis, Emaar’s Dubai Creek Harbour in the UAE to King Abdulaziz International Airport in Saudi Arabia.

Gray said Qatar remains a key market for the firm and remains fast in supporting its aspirations by bringing innovation to contracted projects in all sectors; infrastructure, transport, health and education, supporting the country’s preparations as it approaches 2022 while fulfilling Vision 2030.

Gray said its country-led management strategy stimulated growth in 2015 in terms of profits and targets. As a business it decided to focus on doing less, but doing it better, allowing them to concentrate on key clients.

The firm places a lot of value on technology and innovation and after cementing a market leading partnership with Oracle, a multi-national IT company, back in 2014, Faithful+Gould has been pioneering an enhanced service solution to offer clients better results and continues to be a key priority. The Middle East is currently a challenging market but with the right projects and the right people on board Faithful+Gould is positioned for growth.

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