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Gundeep Singh

Founder & Director, The Change Initiative
C David Welch
William Haddad

There is no doubting the maverick zeal of Gundeep Singh, CEO and 2008 founder of The Change Initiative, in his conversion from indifferent international businessman to sustainable pioneer.

A green beacon in Dubai, his new HQ is arguably the most sustainable building in the world, with the highest ever LEED Platinum rating, and the near-perfect score of 107 out of the maximum 110 points.

Its construction is as much of an unexpected accolade for the UAE as it is a death blow to the credibility of the more worn out and shortsighted excuses for wasteful construction in the region.

Within a few years of returning to India he had become the youngest general manager for Southern Pacific Corporation in South East Asia, and in 1999, he joined Al Ghurair Group as managing director of Khalid Al Ghurair Enterprises.

Since his radical departure to launch The Change Initiative, the business cocooned itself in the global supply chain niche for sustainable solutions emerging boasting specialist knowledge on all the latest technologies. Singh surmises: “From the beginning we wanted to build a standard and surmount that standard, because if I say ‘be sustainable’ then we have to at least practice something better than that.”

Other player

Kez Taylor
1
ALEC
Yu Tao
2
CSCEC ME
Hamish Tyrwhitt
3
Arabtec Holding / Depa Group
Emad Azmy
4
Emad Azmy
Dr Eng Sani Sener
5
TAV Group
Samer Khoury
6
Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC)
Mohamed Alabbar
8
Emaar Properties
Stephen Flint
9
Khansaheb Civil Engineering
Patrick McKinney
10
BAM International

Awards

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Conferences

CW In Focus | Inside the Leaders in KSA Awards 2019 in Riyadh
Meet the winners in all 10 categories and learn more about Vision 2030 in this
CW In Focus | Leaders in Construction Summit UAE 2019
A roundup of Construction Week's annual summit that was held in Dubai this September

Latest Issue

Construction Week - Issue 765
Jun 29, 2020