• Karim Abouseda, Managing Director, Kinetics Middle East

    Karim Abouseda, Managing Director, Kinetics Middle East

  • single biggest way to impact an organization is to focus on leadership development. There is almost no limit to the potential of an organization that recruits good people, raises them up as leaders, and continually develops them." These aesthetic words by American writer and orator John C. Maxwell perfectly align with the story of Kinetics Middle East, and the man at its helm, Karim Abouseda, the company's Managing Director. Karim’s leadership journey has a warm sense of uniqueness to it as he started it as a voluntary community worker in the streets of California.

  • Karim Abouseda: Journey From A Social Worker In California To A Business Leader In The Middle East

The New BFF of COOs

By: Sujith Vasudevan, Managing Editor

More often, the second-highest-ranking executive in an organization, a chief operating officer (COO), conventionally oversaw day-to-day operations and executed the company's long-term goals.

Technology Reshaping the Future of Healthcare

By: Sharon Chan, Head-JLABS Asia Pacific, Johnson & Johnson Innovation

Head of Johnson & Johnson Innovation – JLABS Asia Pacific, Johnson & Johnson’s premier life science incubator that aims to empower and enable innovators

Top 10 COOs In Middle East - 2023

Transforming Digital Process Automation during New Normal

By: Dr. Kaushik Sengupta, Product Head – Food SAR Region, Bureau Veritas Group

With 19+ years’ experience in the verticals like audit, certification, training, quality functions, Dr. Kaushik is increasing the digital process automation valuation


Towards a Greener Future: Embracing Change in the Evolving Mobility Industry

By: Michel Obadia, CEO Asia-Pacific, Siemens Mobility

Michel has over three decades of expertise in the mobility and technology sectors. Michel holds an Engineering degree from Telecom Bretagne and is a telecommunications specialist.


Designing A Digital Roadmap For The Future Remote Workforce

By: Aditya Arora, CEO, Teleperformance India

Aditya has been associated with Teleperformance for over three years, prior to which he held the role of Managing Director at Intelenet Global Services, and Vice President at Genpact


Three Ways Investing in Route Planning Software is Beneficial for the Transportation Industry

By: Mradul K., VP - Global Sales & Strategy, LogiNext

Mradul boasts of a 13-year long career during which he has been associated with companies such as Bajaj Alliance General Insurance, IFFCO

  • Top 10 COOs In Middle East - 2023

    Operational Excellence, Cultural Intelligence: Empowering Businesses in the Middle East

    The Chief Operating Officer (COO) plays a pivotal role in the corporate landscape of the Middle East, steering organizations through the unique opportunities that define the region. In this dynamic environment, marked by a blend of tradition and rapid modernization, the COO's responsibilities extend far beyond conventional operational oversight. The role of a COO in the Middle East extends beyond traditional operational functions. The COO in the Middle East plays a pivotal role in steering organizations toward success in an ever-evolving landscape.

    Strategic Vision, Cultural Harmony: Transformative Leadership for Middle East Operations

    The key aspect of the COO's role is navigating the diverse cultural and regulatory landscapes prevalent across Middle Eastern countries. The COO must adeptly align the company's strategies with local norms and regulations, ensuring seamless inte­gration while respecting cultural sensitivities. This cultural intelligence is essential for fostering positive relationships with stakeholders and driving sustainable growth. In a region characterized by economic diversification, the COO becomes an ar­chitect of strategic transformation. This demands a forward-thinking mindset to identify and leverage new revenue streams, contributing to the overall resilience of the organization in a changing economic landscape. Collaboration and relationship-building skills are paramount for a successful COO in the Middle East. Building strong partnerships with local businesses, government entities, and other stakeholders is essential for navigating the intricate network of relationships that often underpin success in the region. Establishing trust is a cornerstone for sustainable operations, and the COO serves as a bridge between the organization and its external environment.

    CEO Insights Asia in this issue presents a list of ‘Top 10 COOs in Middle East - 2023' who have leveraged their extensive industry expertise and experience in offering effective skills to the market. The following list has been prepared after being closely scrutinized by a distinguished panel of judges including CXOs, analysts and our editorial board. We recognize their valuable contribution to the ever expanding and competitive market and their ability to sustain themselves and emerge as top contestants through their reliable knowledge.

Top 10 COOs In Middle East - 2023

Company Logo Company Management Company Name Company Description
SACHLO Ahmad Baqa, COO SACHLO The chemical industry plays a pivotal role in modern society, contributing to various sectors. Its growth factors are diverse, driven by increasing global demand for chemicals. Population growth, urbanization, and technological advancements have boosted this demand.
FEBC Alessandro Maria Tedesco , COO FEBC A dynamic leader in the hospitality industry with extensive knowledge in hospitality and residential contract sectors, specializing in procurement, management and trucking supply
Mamafri Restaurants Anand Mallikarjun , COO Mamafri Restaurants A business leader with over 26+ years of experience in the hospitality, food & beverages industry with expertise in hotel management, catering technology and applied nutrition
El Seif Engineering Ashraf Alameria , COO El Seif Engineering An exceptionally strong background in a wide range of project structures, including design–build, full EPCM, joint ventures, and public–private partnerships
PUREIN SA Hassan Mahmoud , COO PUREIN SA A seasoned professional with a diverse background spanning computer programming, HR & operations, emphasizes collaboration, clear vision, and individualized motivation for team success
Cenomi Jesús Díaz-Sarabia Cramazou , Chief Operating Officer Cenomi A entrepreneurial leader with 20 + years of experience in building marketplaces, complex operational systems, new products, and passionate about people, eCommerce, retail & technology
Quintica Mritunjoy Singh , Group COO & Board Member Quintica A global leader with over 20 years of experience in management and technology, specialized in providing integrated technology solutions and services for diverse industries & regions
Dubai Islamic Bank Obaid Al Shamsi , COO Dubai Islamic Bank An experienced leader with over two decades of diverse service experience in change management, operational control, digitalization and infrastructure management
Bona Fide Paul Grinnall , COO Bona Fide A business advisor & consultant with wide-ranging, executive achievements, providing business leaders with cost-effective and common-sense filled solutions for business growth
Saudi Binladin Group (SBG) Turki Albenayan , COO Saudi Binladin Group (SBG) A passionate leader having more than 21 years of experience in several fields, facilities management, project management, support services and operation and maintenance

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