January 7, 2021 real estate

AESG announces appointments of new global directors

AESG, a specialist consultancy, engineering and advisory firm based in the region, has announced the appointment of global directors for each of lines of business, as well as the expansion of the role of company co-founder, Saeed Al Abbar, to group-wide CEO.

The move follows the company’s establishment of offices in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and the United Kingdom, and successful delivery of large-scale projects across the Middle East, Europe, and Asia, said a statement from the company.

The consolidation of service teams under unified global divisions will enable AESG to now deploy the best skills and resources from all its international offices on projects worldwide, it stated.

Outlining how this strategy bolsters the company’s ambitious plans for the upcoming year, Al Abbar, said: '2021 is set to be a significant growth year for AESG as we build on the momentum we have established. While the Middle East will remain a focal market for us, we are also seeing steady growth in our business in the UK and Europe, as well as a surge in opportunities in Asia.'

'Our reorganization perfectly positions us to capitalize on these opportunities as we draw on the brightest and most qualified talent from each market to drive our success across the vast geography of our operations,' he stated.

On the new global directors, AESG said two of them have been promoted from within the company, with Phillipa Grant and Nivine Issa now taking on the roles of Global Director of Sustainability and Global Director of Environment, respectively, while Peter Downer is the Global Director of Fire and Life Safety.

Both Grant and Issa have also taken up equity partnership in the firm, demonstrating their long-term commitment to AESG and highlighting the company’s leadership in gender equality in the field.

With its appointment of Downer, AESG is also looking to draw from the experience and expertise of a business leader who has worked with large multinational construction consultancy firms.

An industry veteran of over 35 years – 15 of which have been in senior leadership positions – Downer has worked extensively on projects across the Middle East, Asia, and Australia.

Prior to joining AESG, he served as the Senior VP at Jensen Hughes where he led the Asia region which included offices in China, Malaysia, Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong and Macau.

The company said all these global leaders will be tasked with leading teams, driving the growth of their service lines, and ensuring best practices are implemented across regions.


Under the direction of its newly appointed global directors, AESG is looking to further grow its teams and the company has budgeted for a 45% increase in headcount, with the objective of scaling to 140 professionals through 2021.

The company also revealed its intention to replicate in Asia the strategy that has proven highly successful in the Middle East and Europe by establishing a regional headquarters in Singapore.

'AESG has successfully navigated the challenges of the current year, and as developers look to enhance and optimize the efficiency, sustainability, safety, and manageability of their investments, our comprehensive portfolio of specialist services is now more relevant than ever,' remarked Al Abbar.

'We maintain a highly optimistic outlook with confidence that our commitment to maintaining service excellence through our ongoing expansion will further validate our position as a leading global consultancy firm,' he added.


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