Maritime & Ports Power List TOP 5
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.
Khamis Juma Buamim
Drydocks World and Maritime World
Drydocks is riding on a wave of success brought about by a flurry of recent contracts, including one to build the world’s largest rig.
It owes a lot of that success to its chairman, Khamis Juma Buamim, a charismatic leader who took the reins in 2010 when the company was struggling and quickly turned things around by changing its focus to offshore construction and the energy sector.
Buamim has over three decades experience including as President and CEO of Regional Clean Sea Organisation and various management positions, including Vice President of Dubai Petroleum Company, a ConocoPhillips affiliate company in the United Arab Emirates.
He has a degree in Business Management and Economics along with various outstanding accomplishments and certifications including the National Management Certification in the Incident Command Systems from Texas.
Group Director and General Manager
Peter Richards is a qualified Master Mariner with a Diploma in Nautical Science and a vision that has helped take Gulftainer from its Sharjah base to the world.
He joined Gulftainer in March 1987 and prior to his current position held the positions of General Manager, Operations Manager, Terminal Manager and Operations Superintendent within the Company.
Under his leadership Gulftainer has diversified from simply a port operator to a fully comprehensive logistics supplier and a globally recognised international port operator with an annual throughput of over 6 million-teu’s.
He has expanded Gulftainer’s global footprint into Europe, Russia and the South Americas and used the reputation earned in its home ports to export Gulftainer’s capabilities, experience and productivity world-wide.
Khalid Al Falih
President and CEO
Leading the push behind the landmark merger of Vela International Marine Limited, a subsidiary of Saudi Arabian Oil Company with the National Shipping Company of Saudi, Bahri, Saudi Aramco CEO Khalid Al Falih was influential in the creation of one of the world’s largest shipping companies.
Having spent his entire career at Aramco, Al-Falih has served in key leadership positions across the organisation and has driven continued expansion of the company’s business portfolio into new areas of operations.
Al-Falih, who was named to the Saudi Aramco Board of Directors in 2004, also serves on the Saudi Arabian Supreme Council of Petroleum and Mineral Affairs.
He has a degree in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M University and an MBA from the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in Dhahran.
Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem
Last year DP World added 1 million-teu capacity to its flagship port Jebel Ali with the opening of a 400-metre extension of the quay wall of Container Terminal 2. This allows the simultaneous handling of six mega ships.
It was one of many initiatives seen through by DP World Chairman Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem who since taking over as Chairman in 2007 has played an instrumental role in DP World’s growth and helped, through a series of acquisitions, placing Dubai and the UAE on the international map in line with the vision of the country’s leadership.
DP World is now a global leader in international marine terminal operations and development, logistics and services, and has a portfolio of more than 65 marine terminals across six continents.
Bin Sulayem has over 25 years’ experience in the marine terminal industry and is also the Chairman of Port & Free Zone World FZE.
President and Chief Executive Officer
United Arab Shipping Company
Last year’s announcement of UASC’s mega order for 10 giant containerships, combined with recent news of plans to set up its own LNG bunkering stations in the Middle East has propelled UASC into the spotlight.
UASC CEO Jørn Hinge believes the fleet expansion will make the shipping company a truly global player.
Jørn joined UASC in 1994 and has over 35 years of experience in shipping, including two decades with UASC in both Kuwait and Dubai.
His wealth of experience in chartering, project shipping, newbuilding projects and liner shipping make Jørn one of most influential personalities not only regionally, but globally.