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Hamed Zaghw Hamed Zaghw

A new entrant in the Construction Week Power 100 last year, Hamed Zaghw took on the role of chief executive officer at Aecom Middle East in October 2016.

In the past year, the company’s project portfolio has included Dubai’s Damac Heights development and Clemenceau Medical Centre; the Four Seasons, Abu Dhabi; and the King Faisal Corniche Development, part of the Avenues Project in Bahrain.

The multi-service consultancy saw global revenue of $18.2bn (AED66.85bn) in the fiscal year to September 2017, and in 2018 Aecom has reported second quarter revenue of $4.8bn (AED17.63bn).

The company, which employs 1,230 full-time qualified engineers, spends approximately 1% of its Middle East payroll on training and development, and this year all Aecom employees are being supported to complete their Safeguard Licence, a programme that ensures workers have a basic level of safety, health, and environmental knowledge prior to going into the office or onto a project site.

The licence comprises eight short modules that are available through Aecom University, covering topics ranging from driver safety to office awareness and fitness for duty.

Moving forwards, Aecom’s focus is to continue to develop and implement tools in the areas of digital data capture, modular construction and 3D printing, generative design, and immersive technology. “The introduction of construction technologies is creating huge opportunities to do things more efficiently,” says Zaghw.

“Our digital project delivery team is at the forefront of such advancements and is engaging employees and industry partners to educate and encourage them to adopt new technologies that streamline client, consultant, and contractor interfaces; reduce construction waste; create safer working environments; and improve construction quality.”