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5 Mena project leaders make it to PMI's 2023 Future 50 list

DUBAI, September 25, 2023

Project Management Institute (PMI) has announced the 2023 Future 50 list, featuring 50 outstanding Rising Leaders, including five from the Mena region, who are transforming the world and reshaping the future through projects. 
 
These 50 individuals represent a new cohort of project professionals driving transformation across all PMI regions and several industries. 
 
In the world today, global megatrends such as digital disruption, demographic shifts, and the climate crisis are driving the future of business and society. 
 
Setting an example
At the same time, the global economy needs 25 million new project professionals by 2030. The 2023 Future 50 honorees collectively set an example and lead the charge in problem-solving while creating a better world through projects. 
 
The five changemakers from the Mena region have used their bold and innovative ideas to transform the world through notable projects.
 
"Our Middle East honorees come from diverse walks of life, representing myriad industries, what unites these honorees is their commitment to projects, and how they are the basis on which a positive impact will be created in society for years to come," said Grace Najjar, Regional Managing Director, PMI Mena. 
 
"We are honoured to provide a platform, witness and facilitate groundbreaking ideas through projects.” 
 
“PMI remains committed to uplifting the voices of those project professionals who aim higher, drive impact on society, and transform the world,” said Pierre Le Manh, President and Chief Executive Officer at PMI. 
 
Power of PMI community
“This year’s Future 50 list showcases the power of the PMI community and the role the next generation of project professionals play in creating global change.”
 
The Mena honorees consist of rising leaders who demonstrate groundbreaking achievements from building city infrastructure to women in leadership in tech and innovation to the heartwarming narrative of rebuilding the city of Beruit. 
 
These honorees exemplify the power and transformative change that can happen through innovation and projects by breaking past expectations and turning bold ideas into reality.
 
Celebrated on the list are the next-generation leaders representing leading organisations from UAE and KSA. 
 
*Mohammed Alsobhi, PMI-RMP, PMP, PgMP
Senior Project Engineer
Rua Al Madinah Holding
Saudi Arabia
Sector: Construction
Scope: Alsobhi is delivering a five-year initiative encompassing state-of-the-art infrastructure for nine superblocks including new roads, potable and irrigation water supplies, power cables and substations, and an underground waste collection system.
 
*Hissah Bin Zuayer, PMI-ACP, PMP, PMI-PBA, PfMP
Director
Saudi Telecom Co.
Saudi Arabia
Sector: Telecommunications
Scope: Bin Zuayer with a clear vision for her career and the country became the second woman in Saudi Arabia to earn the Portfolio Management Professional (PfMP). 
 
 
*Maha Khan, PMP
Technical Support Unit Head
Saudi Aramco
Saudi Arabia
Sector: Energy 
Scope: Computer scientist Maha Khan as a leader of Aramco’s corporate project management office of cybersecurity and digital transformation efforts, is responsible for ensuring Saudi Aramco has the tech tools it needs to accelerate innovation.
 
*Kevin Gemayel, PMP
Project Director
Algeco Ltd. 
Lebanon
Sector: Architecture
Scope: Gemayel and his team have worked to restore the historic and cultural landmarks as well as other structures shattered by the 2020 explosion at the Port of Beirut. 
 
*Nuha Hashem, PMP  
Co-Founder
Zywa
United Arab Emirates
Sector: Financial Services
Scope: Nuha Hashem has established a financial education and empowerment program for the youth in the Mena region. The aim is to create a positive impact on their lives by providing financial literacy.  
 
The final list represents a full spectrum of regions, industries, and achievements in the project-focused world of work, where people have the skills and capabilities they need to make a difference and create change.--TradeArabia News Service
 



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