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Top 25 most influential people in the GCC utilities industry: 21-25

Utilities Middle East brings you the top 25 most influential individuals in the GCC utilities industry

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21. Eng. Jamal Al Dhaheri

Chief Executive Officer of Senaat and Chairman Ducab

Eng. Jamal Al Dhaheri is the Chief Executive Officer of Senaat, one of the UAE’s largest industrial investment holding companies. Al Dhaheri is also Chairman of Arkan, Talex and Ducab and serves on the boards of Emirates Steel, and the Abu Dhabi Distribution Company. He has been spearheading the new direction for Ducab and focusing on business growth.

He joined the company in 2006, and has presided over the growth in sales of cables and metals (copper rod and wires) in the domestic UAE market and in a diverse range of export markets.

22. Pierre Pauliac

CEO, SUEZ Middle East

Pierre Pauliac is the Middle East chief executive officer of Suez, a French water technology company which owns some of the largest desalination plants in the world. Pauliac is giving promise to the region’s water future through a series of innovations that are set to change the entire desalination industry in the MENA.

Last year, Suez launched its pilot 100m3 per day solar powered reverse osmosis (RO) desalination plant in Ghantoot, Abu Dhabi, which showcases newer solutions to optimise energy at every stage of the water desalination process.

Suez holds a 20% equity interest in the Al Mirfa independent water and power project (IWPP) and is also a partner in Bahrain’s Al Dur IWPP. It registered a 1.3% organic growth in revenues to $16.09bn in 2014.

23. Henning Sandager Andersen

Area Managing Director, Grundfos Middle East and Turkey

On January 1st, 2014, Henning Sandager Andersen relocated from Denmark to Dubai and took up his office as Area Managing Director for Grundfos Middle East and Turkey. Andersen has been successful in supporting the company’s partners with sales and marketing, after-sales services, and in creating a local assembly of certain product lines.

Grundfos’ presence in the ME dates back since the 1980s. Its is supported by four legal entities, Grundfos Egypt, Grundfos Saudi Arabia, Grundfos Turkey and Grundfos Gulf Distribution.

24. Vincent Chirouze

Regional Director, MEA, Xylem

Vincent Chirouze has been Managing Director at Xylem Water Solutions South Africa Pty Ltd., since October 2012. Mr. Chirouze’s mission is to structure the growth of the organisation, continually promoting its activities, opening new sites and to bring Xylem closer to its customers’ sites.

His immediate task is to oversee Xylem’s $35mn expansion drive across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) which has a focus on energy efficiency. The expansion plan is aimed at increasing localisation of products and building of vital local capabilities, including manufacturing, which will provide customers with more high quality, efficient services and products.Last year, Xylem opened its 19,000m2 manufacturing facility in Jebel Ali, UAE.

25. Ahmed Nada

Vice President and Region Executive for First Solar in the Middle East

Ahmed S. Nada is the vice president and region executive, for First Solar in the Middle East, a role he has held for the past four years. First Solar is a leading global provider of comprehensive photovoltaic (PV) solar systems which use its advanced thin-film modules. The company’s integrated power plant solutions deliver an economically attractive alternative to fossil-fuel electricity generation and made sales of up to $3bn last year.

Nada has presided over a number of key projects including the 52.4MW Shams Ma’an project which supplies 1% of Jordan’s total energy. First Solar also supplied high performance modules for phase II of Mohammed bin Rashid solar park with a 200MW capacity.

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