2016 fmME Power 50 41-50

The Middle East's 50 most influential FM professionals

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41. Mohammad Othman, Managing director – Engineering Techniques Services

For Mohammad Molham Othman – managing director of Engineering Techniques Services (ETS) – and his team, 2016 has been a busy year.

In the last 12 months, the company has provided its pest control services to numerous commercial buildings owned by the Emirates Group. In the coming year, ETS will deliver pest control and bird control services for Dubai Airports. The UAE, Oman, and Qatar are among ETS’s largest regional markets, Othman tells fmME, adding that an expansion in the Sultanate is a significant opportunity for the company.

These growth plans will be supported by the company’s roll of 80 employees, which includes seven qualified operators and engineers, 52 labourers, and four women staff. ETS is involved with the National Pest Management Association and the British Pest Control Association to further industry standards in the region.

Othman continues: “Due to the nature of our business, our most important corporate social responsibility initiative is providing environmentally friendly services. This includes the promotion of sustainable and bio-based pest management alternatives.”

42. Linda Engstrom Condon, Associate director – Aecom

Linda Engstrom Condon, associate director for programme, cost, and consultancy at Aecom in the Middle East, and UAE chairman for the British Institute of Facilities Management’s (BIFM) Committee, has been busy in 2016. During the year, the company worked delivered FM services to a “notable client” in the military sector, and drafted FM strategies for cultural projects and government departments too. The coming year will see Condon fulfil similar requirements for FM strategies, service procurement, and life cycle cost analyses in the region. “There is still great opportunity in the Middle East, but to be successful, consultants need to be focused on their value proposition and commercial competitiveness,” Condon tells fmME.

43. Gary Williams, Director of commissioning – AESG

If Gary Williams wasn’t already busy enough with AESG’s burgeoning pipeline of projects in the Middle East, he’ll likely find himself handling more work in 2017 as the company looks to secure work in Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean. The UAE-headquartered consultancy’s director of commissioning is already involved with notable projects in the region, such as Burj Al Hamra in Kuwait and Al Maryah Central Abu Dhabi.

AESG was honoured by the former property’s developers for its commissioning work on the tower, which is also the tallest building in Kuwait. The firm’s commissioning services were implemented to ensure that the property’s HVAC, plumbing, electrical, fire and life safety, building management, and interior systems are being operated at peak efficiency.

Williams is also projects director for AESG’s contract with Masdar N1R, a residential complex within the Abu Dhabi master-development.

44. Praveer Chakravorty, Chief executive officer – Bahwan Engineering Company

Praveer Chakravorty has navigated a steady ship through the Omani FM market at Bahwan Engineering Company (BEC) this year. FM works at BEC are carried out through a special maintenance business unit, and the company’s refurbishment and hard and soft FM competencies have been contracted for prestigious Omani developments such as Royal Opera House Muscat, Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, and Salalah International Airport.

“FM has slowly and steadily been growing over the past few years in Oman. The growth of showcase projects in the Sultanate is [creating] a need for FM to ensure these valuable properties are handled in the best built environment,” Chakravorty told fmME this August.

45. Stuart Fleming, Chief executive officer – Enviroserve Group

Enviroserve Group provides electronic waste management – including end-of-life – services such as secure destruction and recycling within the Middle East.

The company is currently building what will become the world’s largest integrated electronics recycling facility in Dubai. The facility can, in a safe and secure manner, process 39,000 tonnes of electronic material ranging from household appliances to IT equipment.

Founder and CEO Stuart Fleming says Enviroserve’s future plans include market penetration across size and vertical: “We service anyone who generates e-waste, be it a big company or small, and our clients include households, SMEs, government entities, and large-sized local and international companies. We now have operations in more than 15 countries in the region.”

46. Ali Rashid Lootah, Chairman – Nakheel Strata

Master developer Nakheel unveiled an owners’ association (OA) management business at the Cityscape Global 2016 exhibition hosted in Dubai this September.

The new business’s portfolio already includes 350 Dubai properties, such as Palm Jumeirah’s Marina Residences and 240 buildings in International City. Nakheel Strata extends an existing management team within Nakheel that oversees OA activities at the development firm’s buildings.

The current OA management division acts on behalf of 70,000 people that either own or live in Nakheel’s 27,000 units across 11 Dubai communities.

Ali Rashid Lootah, chairman of Nakheel, also expressed the likelihood of a UAE-wide expansion of the company’s activities.

47. Samer Khalifeh, Chief executive officer – Kingfield Owner Association

Samer Khalifeh is the CEO and founder of Kingfield Owner Association Management Services (Kingfield OAM), a company that operates out of Dubai with 45 full-time members, of which almost 45% are women.

All of Kingfield OAM’s contracts from 2015 have been renewed or continue into 2016, with the company’s community management portfolio expanding along the way. Khalifeh says “a majority” of Kingfield OAM’s projects have been renewed for a three-year period, and the company currently manages building assets worth a total value of $2.5bn (AED9.2m).

The firm’s clientele includes properties such as The Sustainable City and The Onyx, and a UAE-wide expansion services is also on the cards, Khalifeh adds. Kingfield OAM’s employees are active members of the Emirates Green Building Council, the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, and the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health.

48. Ronald Diab, Managing director – EEG

Ronald Diab has been a part of Lebanon-headquartered Energy Efficiency Group (EEG) for more than 20 years. EEG’s services have been contracted by reputed brands and companies in the Middle East. The company’s key consulting work in 2016 was carried out with outfits such as Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain, World Trade Centre Doha, and Hammoud Hospital Lebanon. EEG’s consulting portfolio prominently features energy audits. The firm has earnt more than $450,000 in sales since the start this year through 15 contracts. EEG’s energy efficiency projects include chiller heat recovery and lighting retrofit works at Mövenpick Hotel and Resort Beirut; a lighting retrofit at Four Seasons Damascus; and energy efficiency and harmonics mitigation at Lebanon’s Tramsteel factory.

49. George Thomas, Vice president – EPSCO

Environmental Protection Service Company (EPSCO) has been a key player in the local indoor environmental services since its establishment more than 20 years ago. Vice president George Thomas joined the company in 1999.

EPSCO’s services today include specialised high-end cleaning, facility maintenance, disaster restoration, water treatment, chemical cleaning, rope access, and environmental testing.

Air duct cleaning is one of the company’s founding services, and EPSCO has deployed these capabilities on high-rise buildings, shopping malls, health facilities, and hotels. The company’s expertise also features work on smoke- and fire-affected building systems, mould-infected ducts, ducts with internal lining, and duct boards.

50. Louise Mackay, General manager – Rentokil Initial

Louise Mackay has taken over the reins of Rentokil Initial at a time when regional pest management trends are evolving to meet global sustainability standards. Prior to her appointment as general manager, Mackay was local operations manager for Rentokil in the UK.

Mackay lists integrated pest management (IPM) as one of the firm’s biggest opportunities in the next 12 months: “IPM is our effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest management that relies on a combination of common-sense practices. IPM programmes use current and comprehensive information about the life cycles of pests and their interaction with the environment.

“This information, in combination with [standard] pest control methods, is used to manage pest damage by the most economical means and with the least possible hazard to people, property, and the environment,” Mackay continues.

Cash collection could be a business challenge to overcome in 2017, she adds.

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