Construction Week Power 100: 81-90

CW's inaugural list of the GCC's most powerful people in construction

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Shatha Nada
Shatha Nada
Nigel Hawley
Nigel Hawley
Danial Hajjar
Danial Hajjar
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John Williams
John Williams
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Jonathan Emery
Jonathan Emery
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81. Trisha Wilson Founder Wilson Associates

Trisha Wilson founded the US-headquartered Wilson Associates in 1971 and has developed it into a 300-strong firm with offices in seven locations around the globe.

The company has made a significant contribution to the Middle East’s hospitality design landscape, and is behind iconic projects such as Park Hyatt Dubai, One&Only Royal Mirage, The Palace, The Old Town, Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa in Muscat, and finally the Atlantis, the Palm. Wilson has proven particularly adept at creating contemporary interpretations of Middle East design.

Adding to her achievements, in 1997 Wilson established The Wilson Foundation to help fund education and healthcare programmes for disadvantaged children in rural South Africa.

Wilson Associates donates a percentage of its revenue to the foundation for operating expenses and grants. This commitment to philanthropy and giving back on a global level distinguishes Wilson Associates within the design industry. The foundation has raised US$2.5 million since it was founded.

Next: Jassim Al Jowder, Durrat Al Bahrain

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82. Jassim Al Jowder
CEO
Durrat Al Bahrain

Taking its name from the most ‘perfect pearl’ in the Arabian Gulf, Durrat Al Bahrain is a US$6 billion joint development owned by the Government of Bahrain and Kuwait Finance House (Bahrain).

Located at the south eastern tip of Bahrain, the 21km2 development consists of a cluster of 15 interconnected islands which offer, according to Durrat Al Bahrain CEO Jassim Al Jowder, “high quality, sophisticated urban entertainment and landscaped public spaces as well as an Ernie Els designed championship golf course and 400 berth marina”.

The project was master-planned by Atkins, world renowned design, engineering and consultancy firm. Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company was awarded a US$105 million dredging and reclamation contract in 2004. The dredging and reclamation contract was completed in 2007, ahead of schedule.

Jowder explains that green initiatives are also key to the success of the development.

“One of the key aspects of Durrat Al Bahrain is that it offers green surroundings. It was crucial for us to choose suppliers who offer environmentally friendly solutions.”

Next: Shatha & Nada Al-Fahad, GEC DAR

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83. Shatha & Nada Al-Fahad
Joint directors
GEC DAR

Their firm may only be two years old, but sisters Shatha and Nada Al Fahad make up in ambition what they may be lacking in experience. Most of GEC DAR’s current projects are conceptual, or competition entries, but as a Kuwait firm headed by two female architects they are certainly a rarity in this part of the world.

Naha Al Fahad believes that the Gulf region is lacking firms that are able to deliver quality designs to realistic budgets, and has pledged to out GEC DAR at the forefront of redressing that.

Prominent projects on the boards include a social centre and building for Imams and preachers in Kuwait, and the Amwaj Centre in Saudi Arabia.

Next: Nigel Hawley, Trane


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84. Nigel Hawley
GM Middle East, India and Africa
Trane

Nigel Hawley is the GM for distribution and service of Ingersoll Rand's Trane and Thermo King brands in the Middle East, India and Africa region. Trane is a global market leader in air-con systems, while Thermo King is dominant in refrigeration systems for the transport sector.

With over 13 years' audit and consulting experience at KPMG, and eight years' managerial experience in EMEIA, Hawley is a well-rounded executive. Under his experienced leadership and direction, Trane has come out of the recession with a stronger team and a range of new products and services that is better aligned with market needs.

Trane systems currently cool many landmark facilities across the region, including Palm Jumeirah, Jumeirah Beach Residence, Mall of the Emirates, Discovery Gardens, DIFC, Dubai Investment Park, Dubai Healthcare City, Dubai World Central, Dubai Mall and the district cooling plant for the Burj Khalifa, where the Trane chiller on the 159th floor is the highest installation of its kind in the world.

Hawley manages day-to-day operations from the Dubai office, as well as attending senior leadership meetings at Ingersoll Rand's Brussels HQ. Locally he travels extensively to ensure connectivity with the 440-strong team, with offices also in Abu Dhabi, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, plus India, and a distribution network that stretches across the Middle East and Africa.

Trane is part of Ingersoll Rand, a US$13 billion diversified industrial company.

Next: Daniel Hajjar, HOK

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85. Daniel Hajjar
Vice-president
HOK

HOK may be one of a large number of international firms operating in the Middle East, but it is also one with two of the region’s most acclaimed projects under its belt, Dubai Marina and the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology.

As vice-president of the firm, Daniel Hajjar has been at the forefront of both of these projects and many more, leading HOK’s drive during one of the most difficult times ever for the design industry.

Hajjar strongly feels that the Gulf is at a turning point in terms of architecture and construction, and that other regional hubs, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Bahrain among them, should not strive to imitate Dubai, where he is based. “I think there is a change of attitudes now,” he said.

“Muscat is not Dubai, Manama is not Dubai. There is a very real character within each of these places that needs to guide how it is developed.”

Next: Fahad Muhammad Al-Mutawa, Ewaan Property development

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86. Fahad Muhammad Al-Mutawa
CEO
Ewaan Property development

Ewaan Global Residential Company is a closed joint-stock company with a paid-up capital of SR400m, established to cater for KSA’s middle class by providing premium, quality residential space at a moderate cost.

The company was founded in 2007 as a partnership between the Islamic Corporation for Private Sector Development (ICD), which is affiliated to the Islamic Development Bank (IDB), Real Estate Development Company (subsidiary to SEDCO Group), the Public Pension Agency and the International Investment Bank (IIB).

CEO Eng. Fahad Muhammad Al-Mutawa said: “The real estate sector in Saudi Arabia is witnessing an unprecedented revolution in ideas, development, finance, marketing and sales. Each of these arenas requires professionalism and integration, rather than individualism.

“We are keen to provide our services directly to the targeted class with appropriate financing solutions. Moreover, we will continue to offer our customers the most suitable and state-of-the-art high-quality products.” Ewaan also has an alliance with Projacs International Company for Project Management.

Soon after the launch, the company announced that it would initiate projects in the oil and energy oriented Eastern province; plus a SR1.2b, 100-hectare residential project in Jeddah.

Next: John Williams, EC Harris

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87. John Williams
Regional MD
EC Harris

EC Harris has had a presence in the Middle East for the past 20 years and its current operation is headed by John Williams, who has managed to navigate the tricky waters of global recession and exit the storm with a fair financial winds at his back.

Having experienced a substantial fall in new business, Williams was forced to make some difficult decisions and was compelled to diversify, both in terms of geography and sector. The result was a re-defined growth plan, being driven forward by the firm’s key executives today.

“I think most people would agree that it’s been a really tough year, but there are some signs of recovery,” he says. “We’ve had a good couple of months in terms of new project wins, and we see the market picking up towards the end of 2010.”

EC Harris has regional offices in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Dammam, Doha and Fourways (South Africa) – and operates throughout the UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Lebanon, Jordan, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. Its list of completed projects includes Al Raha Beach, Central Market, Atlantis Palm Jumeirah, Dubai Marina and Downtown Burj Dubai.

Next: Sani Sener, Tav Construction

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88. Sani Sener
Executive Board Chairman
Tav Construction

Executive Board Chairman of Tav Construction Sani Sener has earned himself a place on CW’s top 100 most powerful for leading the company that has gained a tighter grasp of the Middle East airport market and gained influence in the region’s infrastructure sector.

Specialising in this area, Tav Construction has grown quickly in the Middle East as it has embarked on a period of airport expansion and development.

Among the firm’s flagship airport projects are the Istanbul Atatürk Airport’s new international terminal and multi-storey car park, constructed in a record period of 22.5 months making it the fastest-built terminal in history, as well as a contract to build seven aircraft hangars for Emirates Airlines.

More recently, the firm was also contracted to work on the Cairo International Terminal TB3 worth US$347 million. After completion, TAV Construction was granted the “Successful Turkish Contractors Award,” guaranteeing it a place among the “Largest 225 International Contracting Companies in the World” in 2009.

“With huge increases in commercial air traffic predicted,
Middle East governments are beginning to allocate
billions of dollars for infrastructure development.”

Sani Sener

Next: Jonathan Emery, Majid Al Futtaim Properties

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89. Jonathan Emery
Senior vice president of Project Management

Majid Al Futtaim Properties

Managing a high-profile portfolio of shopping mall developments isn’t a job for the faint-hearted but it’s one that Majid Al Futtaim Properties’ Jonathan Emery obviously relishes.

Emery was responsible for leading Majid Al Futtaim’s team in the development of the Mirdif City Centre and its Gold LEED standard aspirations – a first for the region and an impressive hurdle given the challenges faced in the construction and continued management of the building. Emery said, “We have saved 20% of the total energy consumption through design initiatives embedded in the scheme.

We selected materials with a high recyclable content, sourced from sustainable sources, and have championed a market-leading 50% of the construction waste not going to landfill.”

Emery is also responsible for projects in the wider GCC region, Egypt and the Levant.

Next: Ahmed Janahi, AJ Architects


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90. Ahmed Janahi
Founder and director
AJ Architects

Ahmed Abubaker Janahi was a humble diesel engineer during the early 1970s, having graduated from Manama Technical School a few years earlier. Janahi decided to abandon his career as an engineer and move into design, opting to study architecture in Manchester, England.

On returning to Bahrain in the late 1980s, Janahi founded AJ Architects and within eight months the firm was growing steadily and attracting projects.

Fifteen years later, AJ Architects has developed into a leading regional architectural practice having completed and currently managing over $2 billion in projects in several countries.

Next: Adel Mohammad Hamad Al Mojil, Mohammad Al Mojil Group

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