Executive Director

Last Updated: 31st May 2017 (over 5 years ago)

United Arab Emirates


Phone Number


Age Range
55 to 64

Qualification Level

Arabic, English, French


Dynamic and results-oriented team leader holding a strong track record of performance in turnaround and high-paced organizations. Utilizing keen analysis, insights and team approach to drive organizational improvements and implementation of best practices , having superior interpersonal skills, capable of resolving multiple and complex operational issues and motivating staff to peak performance. With a history of over 25 years of successful experience, providing fiscal, strategic and operations leadership in uniquely challenging situations within the construction and property development industry. Skilled in leading, mentoring and motivating multinational cross-functional teams, eliciting superior performances and managing multi-million dollar projects , meeting top-line and bottom-line objectives. Commercially and technically astute inspirational leader and outstanding team player, who through a collaborative approach creates robust strategies to translate vision into achievement, demonstrating strong analytical, problem-solving and decision-making skills with a passion for work well-done together with quality and ability to build productive partnership coupled with excellent Managerial capabilities.


Northway University
Master of Science - Civil Engineering

   Oct 2013
— Nov 2014

Passed with distinction

Tishreen University
Bachelor of Science - Civil Engineering

   Sep 1976
— Jul 1982

Passed With Merit


GFH Financial Group
Executive Director

   Oct 2014
— Sep 2016

Led global teams across Bahrain, UAE, Tunisia and Morocco in the development and delivery of real estate investment projects, on time, on budget.
 Established and approved policies, processes, and procedures for the PMD, and set the standards, including strategic and resource planning of design, development and construction, engineering services, contracts, administration, and approving the implementation.
 Reviewed and negotiated contracts and agreements with consultants ,contractors and state agencies, ensuring optimal ROI and alignment with compliance standards.
 Developed master plans and designs, coordinating the appointment of consultants and contractors.
 Ensured adherence to contracts through leadership in quality, plans, timelines, staffing, change orders, H.S.E and regulatory reporting requirements.
 Finalised Corporate Structure for real estate development with functional PMD.
 Established DOA, Process, Policies and Procedures for complete PM cycle, inclusive of KPI setting and performance evaluation and feedback of project direct reports.
Selected Key Projects:
Bahrain Financial Harbour – 9.5 hectares for 476 luxury residential apartments and retail valued at $150M
Dubai California Residences – One Million square feet mixed use community development valued at $250 Million.
Tunis Financial Harbour – First offshore financial centre spanning 523 hectares mixed use valued at $3 Billion.
Marrakesh, Morocco Royal Ranches Marrakesh – 380 hectares valued at $2 Billion mixed use development.

Area Manager

   Jan 2014
— Oct 2014

Managed all pre and post contract activities for the company, responsible for all profit and loss, and efficient management of contracts utilising the design of standardised policies aligned with company’s strategic goals.
• Won two new contracts valued at over AED 200 Million through successful negotiation and communication.
• Diversified and streamlined the business and restructured the organisation for the optimal business model and delivery of increased profits.
• Empowered direct reports and provided consistent leadership and support to Section Heads, and Project Management teams delivering projects efficiently.
• Managed the tendering process and allocated human resources to work within the estimating department to produce high-quality, competitive tenders.
Selected Key Projects:
Al Maryah Island Infrastructure – design and build infrastructure valued at over $3 Billion.
Das Island Development Construction of Runway and Airport Terminal Facilities – Value AED 360 Million
AlRas Al Akhdar and Baynoonah Street Upgrade – Value AED 670 Million, two underpasses, dual carriageway.
Nine Code E Hardstands at Abu Dhabi Airport – Value AED 200 Million – all infrastructure.
Midfield Airside Tunnel Development – 540 Im 03 cells and road tunnel, valued at AED 100 Million.


   Nov 2010
— Dec 2013

Oversaw the mega projects consisting of a 1.5 Million square metre mixed use development, including a mall, over 400 shops, hypermarket, 20 screen cinema, entertainment centre, over 100 restaurants, 5-star hotels, cultural and medical centres, residential and commercial districts, apartments and infrastructure and landscaping.
• Led team of project, development, commercial, sales, marketing and CRM managers, role modelling requirements in performance excellence to achieve project outcomes.
• Secured board approvals and ensured collaboration with internal stakeholders, updating milestones, project status and reporting.
• Developed master plans and designs, coordinating the appointment of consultants and contractors.
• Monitored components to ensure alignment with overall vision. Feasibilities, Manage budgets, risks, sales, marketing and customer relationships.
• Managed construction activities, including asset class developments and infrastructure.
• Led on asset management for retained assets and branding, sales & marketing for non-retained assets.
• Identified and documented risks at each asset class level and implement mitigation measures.
• Exceeded business unit valuation gained target and achieved company operating EBITDA goals vs. budget 2011.
Selected Key Projects:
Khams Shamat Mixed Use Mega Project, Damascus, Syria – Valued at Multi-Billion US dollars.
Mall of Emirate Expansion – redevelopment valued at $272 Million


   Feb 2010
— Nov 2010

General contracting firm specializing in constructing high-rise buildings, roads, and bridges; past projects include some of the country’s most prominent tower buildings and high-profile infrastructure initiatives.
 Significantly improved building division operations by enhancing divisional structure with effective new processes and methodologies.
 Established stringent corporate policies and procedures to improve operations and enable greater control and consistency.
 Established KPI’s for all operating departments. Introduced numerous managerial and operational improvements, staff cross-training and resource redeployment.
 Developed and managed client relationships including networking at trade shows and events.
 Oversaw project operations, evaluated specifications, managed budgets, allocated resources (personnel and equipment) and resolved issues to keep projects on track.
 Aligned activities with executive objectives.Reviewed contracts and commercial affairs.
 Directed project management teams and honed staff skills with targeted training.
Selected Key Projects:
Residential Housing Complex at Ruwais – AED 427 Million, 17 residential buildings, and complete infrastructure.
Accommodation Facilities at ASAB – Valued at AED 147 Million, 456 rooms of accommodation and support.


   Sep 2000
— Feb 2010

Reported to the General Manager and directed team of project managers, overseeing operations & construction management, cost control, profit and loss, risks, contracts, legal issues, commercial activities, procurement and asset management.
 Creatively led all facets of corporate operations, gaining recognition and numerous awards for excellent performance.
 Significantly enhanced the production process raising the bar on corporate standards and qualifications and developing better-qualified pool of divisions.
 Successfully grew company revenue from $200m to $800m annually.
 Negotiated agreements and managed pricing strategy and tenders as well as QHSE and internal audits.
 Directed numerous large-scale projects, overseeing bids, design, pricing, supply chains and proposals.
 Worked closely with clients and colleagues to manage feasibility,
 Built required human resources capabilities through recruitment, training, and promotion of talent.
 Assessed contractual and legal risks associated with various projects and implemented effective remedial measures.
 Managed in-house assets owned by the group in UAE, to include operating, maintaining and upgrading.
 Technically managed the consortium for Dubai Metro’s bid in 2005.
Selected Key Projects:
Hamadan Sports Complex– Valued at AED1.12 Billion, swimming pool complex, spectator bowl and infrastructure.
Burj Views Towers – Valued AED 560 Million, three towers 34& 38 floors, and podium with 540 flats.
Palace for HH the Chairman of Dubai Municipality – Valued at AED 600 Million, with 22 buildings.
Sharjah International Airport Expansion – Valued at AED 227 Million, handling 8 Million passengers annually.

Wade Adams Contracting
Project Manager

   May 1991
— Aug 2000

Full responsibility for the management, profit and loss and formulating of the company strategy and objectives for the undertaken projects in line with the Area Manager’s direction.
The focus of the role is both operational and commercial where I was leading, motivating and supervising site activities with direct reports and follow up operations with AM’s development plans.

Al Mulla Contracting
Senior Project Engineer

   Jul 1989
— May 1991

To manage and supervise site operations related to the project that is being executed by the company.