Zaid J. AL Dujaili
Today, within the construction and project management spheres, the bedrock of advancement lies in innovation and excellence. Entrepreneurs play a pivotal role in shaping the future by driving these critical sectors forward. Their vision, risk-taking spirit, and ability to foster innovation within organizations are catalysts for change. Entrepreneurs like Zaid AL Dujaili, challenge conventional norms, embracing cutting-edge technologies and methodologies to optimize efficiency and quality. They inspire teams to push boundaries, setting new industry standards, and ultimately, laying the foundation for a brighter, more advanced future in construction and project management.
As the Managing Director of Khatawaat AL Dur, a respected construction company, Zaid AL Dujaili has shown exceptional skill and determination in a competitive industry. His journey from the University of Baghdad to this position is a testament to the power of education and dedication. Zaid AL Dujaili is known for his commitment to excellence, innovation, and ethical practices, which have led Khatawaat AL Dur to great success in the construction field. However, Zaid AL Dujaili is the first to acknowledge that behind every great leader stands a strong network of support. He credits a significant part of his success to the unwavering support of his family and the encouragement of his friends. Their belief in his dreams and their constant encouragement have been instrumental in his journey.
Below is an excerpt of Zaid J. AL Dujaili’s exclusive interaction with CEO Insights ASIA magazine.
Could you tell us about your professional journey and what motivates your daily routines?
My professional journey began with a graduation from the University of Baghdad's College of Engineering in 2013, followed by five years at the international construction company, Harlow International in Baghdad, Iraq. I started as a site engineer and evolved rapidly, eventually becoming a Certified Project Manager from PMI (Project Management Institute) in 2017. Throughout this period, I effectively managed more than ten projects, each of which had a cumulative value in the millions of dollars. In 2018, I joined Zain Iraq, a telecommunications leader, where I progressed from an efficiency specialist to Head of Building and Operation for the Facility Management Unit, overseeing multi-million-dollar projects. Later, I co-founded a construction company - Khatawaat Engineering in Iraq, focusing on innovation and automation, a first in the region. My motivation throughout this journey has been a relentless pursuit of excellence and the opportunity to drive transformative change.
Share with us your academic experience from Baghdad Iraq. What did you learn from the campus beyond academics?
My academic journey at the University of Baghdad's College of Civil Engineering began in 2009 and culminated with my graduation in 2013. These years were marked by not only academic challenges but also the harsh realities of Iraq's security situation, including bombings and violence. Despite these adversities, my peers and I remained resolute in our pursuit of knowledge and academic excellence.
After graduating in 2013, I continued to broaden my professional horizons by earning my Project Management Professional (PMP) certification in 2017 and my Facility Management Professional (FMP) certification in 2019. I actively participated in training sessions, instructing junior project managers, and co-authoring business development and skills manuals for fresh graduates. These publications, released in Iraq two years ago, underscore our dedication to equipping the workforce with skills for a more efficient and professional approach to their careers. My academic journey in Baghdad was not just an education; it was also a crucible that forged resilience and a strong desire to share knowledge with others.
Define Khatawaat AL Dur Engineering & Construction as an organization and its position in the market.
Khatawaat AL Dur Engineering & Construction, founded in 2018, is a visionary organization with a mission to redefine Iraq's construction landscape. We've developed specialized sections in telecommunications infrastructure, automation, and commercial and tourist facilities. Starting with single-villa projects, we've grown to successfully manage over 85 ventures, totaling nearly $18 million. Our unwavering commitment to each project, regardless of its goals, is our hallmark.
In addition, we played a pivotal role in forging strong partnerships for Khatawaat AL Dur. The company has established robust connections with local, regional, and global organizations. These strategic alliances have not only expanded the company's reach but have also enriched its knowledge base and resources. Such partnerships have been instrumental in Khatawaat AL Dur's ability to undertake complex projects and stay at the forefront of industry innovation.
As the Managing Director, what are the factors you look into when developing effective corporate growth strategies?
As the Managing Director, my foremost consideration in developing effective corporate growth strategies centers on our most valuable assets: our people. Nurturing our employees, and fostering their comfort, motivation, and happiness is paramount. I see my core responsibility as ensuring the well-being and growth of our team, creating an environment where they can flourish. While setting strategic guidelines is crucial, our aim is to empower and inspire our workforce to not only meet their assignments but to exceed them. Happy and motivated employees are the driving force behind our corporate growth and success.
Considering your strong professional experience within the industry, what would be your advice to budding industry leaders?
With substantial industry experience, my advice to budding leaders is to cultivate patience and resilience. Obstacles are inevitable, but treat them as challenges to overcome, not roadblocks. Maintain a well-thought-out plan for the short and long term. Also, set and periodically reassess your goals, adapting when necessary. A structured plan is your roadmap to success. Stay unwavering in your determination and your vision will lead you forward.
Zaid J. AL Dujaili, Managing Director, Khatawaat AL Dur Engineering & Construction
Zaid J. AL Dujaili, Managing Director at Khatawaat AL Dur Engineering & Construction, is a dynamic entrepreneur and project management expert. With a rich background in overseeing multi-million-dollar projects, he's reshaping the construction landscape with a focus on innovation and excellence.