2016 fmME Power 50 31-40
The Middle East 50 most influential FM professionals
31. Shaheer Naranth, General manager – Megarme
Megarme was founded in 1993 as a professional inspection, repair, and maintenance (IRM) service provider. The company specialises in non-scaffold access systems, and its portfolio of services includes industrial rope access, suspended netting systems, and tensioned deck systems. Though the bulk of its work is carried out in the local construction and petrochemical sectors, the company also delivers support services to numerous regional FM providers. Furthermore, its portfolio includes such notable projects as the Princess Tower and Gate Towers in Abu Dhabi. Shaheer Naranath has headed the company as general manager since January 2015, having previously spent 14 years at Megarme in various roles such as head of operations and head of inspection and engineering.
32. Alida Scholtz, Chief executive officer – G4S UAE
Alida Scholtz has been busy this year, especially since she was appointed G4S Secure Solutions’ CEO and managing director for the UAE six months ago. Between January and November this year, the company delivered electronic security systems for Dubai Properties; cash management solutions for Ski Dubai; first select employment services for Etisalat; and event security for Flash Entertainment. G4S will carry forward these contracts over the next 12 months as well, with the UAE, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia set to be the company’s most important markets during the year.
Scholtz says innovation and technology will offer key opportunities for G4S in 2017: “Driving efficient and effective [security] solutions for all our customers through innovation is one of our targets [for the year]. Building and expanding our agreements with key technology players in the market is also a priority so customers can find [a comprehensive security] solution without having to deal with several options.
“New regulations that will be introduced to continue lifting [industry] standards [could be a challenge to counter in 2017] but again, this means that additional cost investments have to be evaluated to ensure that more value is driven back to our customers,” she adds.
33. Jeevan J D’mello, Senior director – Emaar Community Management
An architect by training, Jeevan J D’Mello has spent 14 years within the Emaar family, during which he has emerged as one of the most recognisable property managers in Dubai.
Emaar Community Management handles 35,000 units – a number that includes more than 13,000 villas and 160 buildings – that house 120,000 residents.
“We also manage the freehold units – residential and commercial – and common property of Burj Khalifa, the tallest tower in the world,” D’Mello says.
Between January and November this year, the company was awarded contracts for Dubai Hills and Dubai Creek Harbour in the UAE, and Jeddah Gate in Saudi Arabia.
“As our communities mature, it is increasingly important for us to make several new improvements to maintain, preserve, and enhance their infrastructure and facilities,” D’Mello says, adding spending across the industry could “see deep cuts” as an effect of the ongoing downturn in oil prices.
34. Dimitri Papakonstantinou, Managing director – Plafond
Plafond recorded $73.4m (AED269.6m) in revenues between 1 April, 2015 and 31 March, 2016. Projections for the current financial year have previously been reported at $85.2m (AED313m).
The UAE, followed by Qatar, remains the most important market for the company, which specialises in mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP), fit-out, and FM services. Between April 2015 and May 2016, Plafond deployed its MEP team on projects such as Jumeirah Golf Estates in the UAE and Al Rayyan Complex Tower B&C in Qatar. Plafond’s training initiatives include upskilling its workforce to be Lean Six Sigma-trained.
Managing director Dimitri Papakonstantinou has spent seven years as an employee of the company, of which three have been in his current role.
35. Ali R. Deryan, General manager – Tanzifco Emirates
Tanzifco’s expertise – including its soft services offering – has been contracted for notable high-profile healthcare developments, such as Abu Dhabi’s Mafraq Hospital and Sheikh Khalifa Medical City.
Facilities Management Business Confidence Monitor 2016’s findings suggest that staff training remains a concern for regional FM companies. Tanzifco’s response to the recruitment challenge is its backward integration through its training centres across the UAE, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and India. Grass-root level education and training for its candidates in these centres means they are orientated to the UAE’s requirements and can hit the ground running for local assignments.
“Investing in your staff is a basic tenet of success,” general manager Ali R. Deryan told fmME in September.
36. Youssef Abillama, Chief executive officer – MMG Holdings
Youssef Abillama is the CEO of MMG Holdings, a company he founded in 1999. MMG employs more than 700 technical and managerial staff and more than 2,000 outsourced workers, with up to 300 specialist subcontractors. Women make up 30% of the company’s employees.
Abillama says all MMG Holdings’ companies have won and completed a variety of contracts across the region since the start of this year, and “the company has decided to build on its reputation in the healthcare sector in the year to come”.
The most recent addition to the group’s already growing healthcare portfolio was the award of a facility operation and maintenance contract for the Hammoud Hospital University Medical Center (HHUMC) in Lebanon.
37. Salah Rajhi, General manager – Advanced Facilities Management
Salah Rajhi is the general manager of Advanced Facilities Management (AFM). AFM’s portfolio of services includes catering; laundry; construction of remote site camps; waste management; warehouse and logistics services; facility administration; reception services; housekeeping; internal and external cleaning; hard and soft maintenance; pest control; landscaping; security; procurement; and administrative support.
The company’s hard services offering includes general building maintenance; HVAC systems; plumbing systems; pumps and fire systems; security and CCTV systems; access control systems; building management systems (BMS); computer-aided facilities management (CAFM); public address and voice alarm systems; energy management and conservation operations; electrical systems maintenance; lighting systems; infrastructure; reactive and preventive maintenance; and emergency generation and UPS systems.
Meanwhile, AFM’s soft services portfolio features procurement; cleaning and housekeeping; waste management; landscaping; lagoon and beach cleaning; consultancy; concierge services; reception management; general administration staffing services; and procurement services.
The company is one of the founding members of Middle East Facility Management Association (MEFMA).
38. Hamad Hussain, General manager – Nitty Gritty
Hamad Hussain has held his current position as general manager of Nitty Gritty Technical Services and Contracting for the last three years. Hussain was promoted to the role following a year’s experience as sales manager in the company.
Nitty Gritty recorded $2.4m (AED9m) in revenues last year, and is on track to achieve its projections for this financial year as well. Hussain says the company’s contract retention rate was 85%, and is expected to hit 90% by the end of this year.
Dubai-based developments such as Jumeirah Island, Green Community, Arabian Ranches, and Dubai Motor City are among some of Nitty Gritty’s busiest markets for villa renovation works. Hussain says an expansion to Abu Dhabi is on the cards in the future.
39. Dilip Khatwani, Chief executive officer – Reliance FM
The team at Dubai-based Reliance Facilities Management (RFM) has been busy with notable projects this year. Between January and November 2016, the company was contracted to provide its services for Dubai Textile City, Business Avenue Tower, and Opal Tower, besides others.
RFM’s 2017 pipeline is also healthy, with the company due to begin working on the Centurion Residence project in Dubai Investment Park; retail outlets of Caribou Coffee and Sun ‘n’ Sands; and “some large projects in Kuwait”, CEO Dilip Khatwani says.
“Balancing reducing margins and increasing business [volume] will be a challenge to overcome in 2017, but we have an energised team right now that can overcome such concerns,” he adds.
40. Nehme Moujaess, Managing director – Terraverde
Nehme Moujaess, managing director of Terraverde, has been a part of the landscaping industry for the last 25 years.
Moujaess holds an MSc in soil sciences and a BSc in agricultural sciences from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon. His experience in the FM sector has developed through the core study of landscaping, covering subjects such as landscape maintenance; sustainability in landscaping; how to design and implement landscaping projects in an environmentally friendly capacity; and how to utilise the most efficient materials and tools.
Residential, leisure and hospitality, and commercial projects form a bulk of Terraverde’s project pipeline and market activity.