President for the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region at US-headquartered Parsons, Gary Adams, has been in his current role for four years, and is a 26-year veteran of the company. Parsons’ MEA business unit has posted strong results in recent years, and in its 2017 financial year the consultancy saw revenues of $3bn (AED11.02bn).
Between June 2017 and May 2018, Parsons completed projects in the UAE for Dubai Water Canal, the Mira Reem residential project in Dubai, and the Sheikh Zayed Street Landcape Architecture in Abu Dhabi. Now, the company’s work includes work on the Dubai Creek Harbour and Dubai Metro Route 2020, as well as the Riyadh Metro, Yanbu Industrial City, and Ministry of Housing Programme in Saudi Arabia.
“To transform our company into an industry-leading, digitally enabled solutions firm, the corporation is focusing on seven prime technologies,” adds Adams, explaining that these comprise the Internet of Things; critical infrastructure protection; autonomous systems, including airborne and ground-based control, monitoring, and logistics systems; artificial intelligence and machine learning; cybersecurity; reality-based simulation; and small satellite integration and space system resiliency.
“Identifying talent and finding the right mix to produce a competitive offering can be challenging at times,” continues Adams. “It is becoming increasingly difficult to fill certain positions, given the amount of work and the requirements associated. Certain skill sets are always in high demand.
“We are signing MoUs (memoranda of understanding) with local universities in MEA, and plan to implement several intern programmes in 2018.”