Middle East’s 50 most influential people in construction industry

Construction Week’s Power 50 annual ranking of the most influential people in the middle east’s construction industry. The Construction Week Power 50, now in its seventh year, is an annual ranking of the most influential individuals currently working within the Middle East’s construction sector. It’s also a celebration of the people who are transforming both the industry and the regional landscape. There’s no denying that the past 12 months have been challenging for the Middle East’s construction community. Although the oil price has seen gradual gains of late, it’s still a far cry from its 2014 peak of $110 per barrel.

A large scale construction project in Qatar: Barwa launches $4.9bn Lusail 'golf city' project
A large scale construction project in Qatar: Barwa launches $4.9bn Lusail ‘golf city’ project

As a result, GCC governments have had to compensate for lowered national incomes, and national construction budgets have been adjusted accordingly. Nevertheless, the industry’s most influential players, who populate this list, have reacted in the best possible way: by optimising their regional operations and pushing ahead with some of the most ambitious projects on the planet. True to its roots, this year’s Power 50 is dominated by contractors. However, a healthy selection of consultants and developers are also present. Moreover, although the GCC region accounts for the lion’s share of represented individuals’ operations, many are also active across the wider Middle East and even on the international stage.

The sectoral and geographic spread of the 2016 Power 50 is a positive indicator of the industry’s long-term health. The individuals who have made the cut this year are those who have reacted to the oil-driven slowdown – diversifying their service offerings and portfolios and, in doing so, safeguarding their companies against further market fluctuations.Challenging though the current economic climate may be, the moves that those on the list have made during the past year should serve to secure the future prosperity of both their businesses and the Middle East’s construction industry at large. The individuals recognised by the 2016 Power 50 – and their respective positions – have been selected in line with publicly available information and details submitted directly to CW.

The editorial team has spent months discussing (and arguing over) who should be included, and in what order. Ultimately, the final rankings are based on the best information available. That said, this list is also based on our collective perspective of the industry’s most influential construction professionals. We have striven to remain as objective as possible, but it’s important to note that other opinions are available.

1 Yu Tao Yu Tao CSCEC ME President and CEO
2 Kez Taylor  Kez Taylor ALEC CEO
3 Khaled Musaed El Seif Khaled Musaed El Seif El Seif Engineering Contracting Chairman
4 Ghassan Merehbi  Ghassan Merehbi Arabian Construction Company Chairman and founder
5 Samer Khoury Samer Khoury Consolidated Contractors Company President – Engineering and Construction
6 Mohammed Alabbar  Mohammed Alabbar Emaar Properties Chairman
7 Bakr Bin Laden Bakr Bin Laden Saudi BinLadin Group Chairman
8 Raja Hani Ghanma  Raja Hani Ghanma Arabtec Construction CEO
9 Dr Eng Sani Sener Dr Eng Sani Sener TAV Group President and CEO
10 Emad Azmy  Emad Azmy Al Shafar General Contracting (ASGC) President
11 Ali Al-Khalifa Ali Al-Khalifa Astad Project management CEO
12 David Barwell  David Barwell AECOM Middle East CEO
13 Talal Al Dhiyebi Talal Al Dhiyebi Aldar Chief Development Officer
14 Ali Rashid Lootah  Ali Rashid Lootah Nakheel Chairman
15 Osama Bishai Osama Bishai Orascom Construction CEO
16 Sheikh Ali Bin Hamad Al Thani  Sheikh Ali Bin Hamad Al Thani HBK Contracting Chairman
17 Stephen Flint Stephen Flint Khansaheb Group General Manager
18 Tom Bower  Tom Bower WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff Managing Director – Middle East
19 Patrick McKinney Patrick McKinney BAM International Managing Director
20 Simon Moon  Simon Moon Atkins Middle East CEO
21 Gary Adams Gary Adams Parsons MEA President
22 Pierre Sironval  Pierre Sironval Six Construct Managing Director
23 Khaldoun Tabari Khaldoun Tabari Drake & Scull Vice Chairman and CEO
24 Ziad El Chaar  Ziad El Chaar Damac Managing Director
25 David Welch David Welch Bechtel President – Europe, Middle East and Africa
26 William Haddad  William Haddad MACE Chairman
27 Dr Jawaharlal Gangaramani Dr Jawaharlal Gangaramani Al Fara’a Group President and Executive Chairman
28 Ahmad Abdelrazaq  Ahmad Abdelrazaq Samsung C&T Executive Vice President
29 Fakher Al Shawaf Fakher Al Shawaf Al Bawani General Manager
30 Mohammed Al Rais  Mohammed Al Rais Hill International Regional president
31 HE Abdulla Al Habbai HE Abdulla Al Habbai Meraas Holding Group Chairman
32 José Antonio López-Monís  José Antonio López-Monís Habtoor Leighton Group CEO and Managing Director
33 Moafaq Al Gaddah Moafaq Al Gaddah MAG Group Chairman
34 Luay Khoury  Luay Khoury Projacs International Vice Chairman
35 Derek Lewis Derek Lewis Al-Futtaim Carillion Director of construction
36 Imad Gholmieh  Imad Gholmieh NESMA Managing Director
37 PNC Menon PNC Menon Sobha Group Chairman
38 Fawwaz Al-Khodari  Fawwaz Al-Khodari Abdullah A M Al-Khodari Sons Co CEO
39 Abdulrahman Al-Marouf Abdulrahman Al-Marouf Combined Group Contracting Company Chairman
40 Devaki Khimji  Devaki Khimji Al Turki Enterprises Executive Director
41 SN Subrahmanyan SN Subrahmanyan Larsen & Toubro Head of Construction
42 Andrew Elias  Andrew Elias Kele Contracting CEO and Board Member
43 Mohamed Al Kubaisi Mohamed Al Kubaisi Midmac Chairman
44 Dr Hamed Al Dhahab  Dr Hamed Al Dhahab Al Watanyiah United Eng & Contracting Co CEO
45 Yousef Al Shelash Yousef Al Shelash Dar Al-Arkan Chairman
46 John Ferguson  John Ferguson Brookfield Multiplex Executive Chairman – Middle East
47 Richard Beard Richard Beard Ramboll Middle East Managing Director
48 Ahmad K Al Marri  Ahmad K Al Marri Union Properties General Manager
49 Abdul R S Al Ghurair Abdul R S Al Ghurair Al Ghurair Group Chairman
50 Joseph Daher  Joseph Daher AlMabani General Contractors CEO

Sources: QGN, Arabian Business, Bloomberg, Gulf Business Week.