Maritime & Ports Power List : 10 - 06
Welcome to the first edition of Maritime & Ports Middle East’s Power 20 List – a ranking of the region’s most influential executives from the shipping, ports, shipbuilding and logistics sectors.
The region has witnessed incredible growth across all sectors in recent years, with many port operators, ship owners and ship builders from the GCC becoming global players.
They owe a lot of that success to the vision, determination and influence of their leaders.
The top 20 of these executives have been selected by a panel of industry experts across all sectors and have been included in this list.
They have been chosen because they are the most influential and successful in their field, playing a vital role in shaping their respective industries in this region and beyond.
Ranking the chairman of a port operating company against the managing director of a ship building yard or the owner of a shipping company is always going to be a very difficult task and will no doubt leave some disappointed.
However, we have tried our best to bring you a balanced account of who we think are the major movers and shakers in maritime and ports in the GCC and hope the list sparks debate amongst those in the industry.
We also hope it encourages more people to get involved when we next look at this issue.
CEO - African and Middle East Region
APMTAPM Terminals, an independent division within the A.P.Moller-Maersk Group, is coming off another successful year with further growth expected for its already impressive portfolio, which includes 69 terminals and ports in 40 countries.
One region targeted for further growth is the Middle East, where APMT is led by its regional CEO Peder Sondergaard, an experienced executive with over 25 years with the A.P Moller-Maersk group.
Sondergaard is responsible for operations in 13 port and terminal facilities in 12 nations spanning Western Africa, the Persian Gulf and Sri Lanka, including its newest addition, the Khalifa Bin Salman port in Bahrain along with operations in Oman’s Port of Salalah and the Aqaba Container Terminal in Jordan.
Dr Ali Obaid Al-Yabhouni
ADNATCO & NGSCO
As Chairman of both the Abu Dhabi National Tanker Company and the National Gas Shipping Company, Dr Dr Ali Obaid Al-Yabhouni is responsible for an ever evolving fleet of oil tankers, chemical and product tankers, roro’s and LNG carriers, all of which play a vital role in the transportation of Abu Dhabi’s oil and gas.
Al-Yabhouni has worked in the ADNOC Group of Companies since 1992 in a wide range of senior positions, including Head of the Marketing Research and Analysis Department before being appointed Manager for Planning and Group Coordination in 2007. In November 2007, he became General Manager of NGSC and since January 2009 has also led ADNATCO.
That same year ADNATCO merged with NGSCO under the umbrella of one management, boosting both companies position and creating a pool of versatile and experienced manpower in preparation for an expansion stage led by Al-Yabhouni.
Mohamed Juma Al-Shamisi
A seasoned maritime executive with over 16 years in the industry, Mohamed Jume Al-Shamisi, the acting CEO of the Abu Dhabi Ports Company recently oversaw the completion and commissioning of the $7.2billion Khalifa Port and first phase of Kizad which combine to form one of the region’s largest state-of-the-art ports and industrial zones.
He has been the key figure in developing and directing the strategy and operations of ADPC’s portfolio of maritime and industrial zone assets.
Prior to his current role, he held key leadership positions including Executive Vice President for the ADPC Ports Unit, as well as in his early career having served as a Harbour Master. Al Shamisi has been instrumental in restructuring the Ports Unit and effectively rationalising its assets.
Sheikh Ali bin Jassim Al Thani
Chairman & Managing Director
Since his appointment in 2009, Sheikh Ali bin Jassim Al Thani, the Chairman and Managing Director of Milaha, has overseen the merger of three major Qatar-based maritime players – Qatar Navigation, Qatar Shipping and Halul Offshore – to form a multi-faceted shipping, maritime services and logistics company.
With his extensive experience in strategic mergers and acquisitions, he is now driving Milaha’s transformation and ambitious growth agenda to become a globally recognised player.
After receiving a Bachelors of Science degree from Portland State University in the US, Sheikh Ali started his career at the Ministry of Finance in Qatar as a financial analyst in the Investment Bureau.
In 1992, he was given the responsibility for managing direct investments on behalf of the Investment Bureau, which was later transmuted into the Qatar Investment Authority.
As the head of Saurdi Arabia’s National Shipping Company, CEO Saleh Al-Jasser has been a key figure in making Bahri the Middle East’s largest shipowner.
The merger with Vale immediately boosted Bahri’s fleet, helping to triple its cargo volumes and create a world-class operating fleet, which now consists of 39 vessels, including 37 tankers, making its VLCC fleet among the top ten largest globally.
Al-Jasser has also led Bahri back into the dry sector, having already taken delivery of two bulkers with several more on order.
He holds an MSc in civil engineering from the King Saud University in Riyadh and a BSc in Industrial Engineering from King Abdul Aziz University.