Arvind K. Swarnkar: Piloting The Building Automation Revolution in The Middle East | CEOInsights Magazine
  • Arvind K. Swarnkar, Managing Director, SAUTER Middle East

    Arvind K. Swarnkar, Managing Director, SAUTER Middle East

  • For something that first sparked as a luxurious form of enhancing our buildings, Automation has come a long way to use IoT at all levels of the systems in buildings. Ever since web and internet made it to the commercial spotlight, the demand for building automation systems (BAS) has been sky-rocketing across the global markets. Use of IoT technology for BAS made it seamlessly integrated with more widely used other IoT based systems like Home Automation, Security Systems , Central control and command centers and even the cars and music systems. The Covid-19 pandemic became a solid tailwind to this trend, propelling building owners and developers to reimagine and transform their premises to offer the best-in-class work environment that protects the health and promotes wellness. One of the most significant examples of this is the flaring demand for touchless technology that stems from people being more reluctant to touch surfaces like door handles, elevator buttons, thermostats, and light switches.

  • Arvind K. Swarnkar: Piloting The Building Automation Revolution in The Middle East

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 Top 10 Business Leaders in Middle East - 2022

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  • Top 10 Business Leaders in Middle East - 2022

    Behind every strong company there is even stronger leadership. The vast experience and stability that strong leadership provides are also vital. These attributes only come with time. Just like empires, companies can come and go with the times. However, there are some that last for ages, and great leadership is the secret. Great leaders have the ability to motivate employees, help others see and believe in a vision, and lead innovation in the company. Having a great leader at the helm is something that all investors, consumers, and employees want. The success of a company often rests in the hands of its leaders. Business leaders are responsible for setting goals, motivating team members, and embodying the spirit and culture of the company that they work for. Becoming an effective business leader means possessing a diverse set of skills and qualities.

    A business leader is someone who motivates a group of people in order to achieve a common goal in a company. This can be someone in a position of power, like a vice president or chief executive officer of a major company, or the editor-in-chief or a newspaper. It can also be someone lower on the ladder, like a team leader or a sales associate. In other words, you don’t have to be a billionaire to be a leader: Anyone with the right skills, regardless of their position in a company or organization, can be a business leader. Indians make up the largest chunk of expats in GCC countries. They contribute a great deal to the economy, as laborers on construction sites, or founders of multi-billion dollar conglomerates like Sunny Varkey founded the largest private network of K to 12 schools in the world. GEMS Education has a presence in 19 countries. Varkey’s foundation bestows annually $1 million to outstanding teachers. This year, a Palestinian primary school teacher won. Some entrepreneurs have inherited family enterprises that have long operated in Arab countries. Tony Jashanmal’s family, for instance, founded a general store in Basra, Iraq in 1919.

    In this issue of CEO Insights, we bring you a list of ‘Top 10 Business Leaders in Middle East - 2022’ who have leveraged their extensive industry expertise and experience for the growth and profit of the respective organizations in which serve. The following list has been prepared after being closely scrutinized by a distinguished panel of judges including CXOs, analysts and our editorial board.

Top 10 Business Leaders in Middle East - 2022

Company Logo Company Management Company Name Company Description
ALAFCO Aviation Lease and Finance Co. Adel Ahmed Albanwan, CEO ALAFCO Aviation Lease and Finance Co. He has over 20 years of experience across investment banking, aircraft leasing financial restructuring and turnaround experience
Crave Box Aliza Freud, Founder & CEO Crave Box The quest for doing something unique and truly innovative led her to the foundation of Crave Box, the first vegan Fast food & Bakery
WOQOD Ahmad Saif Al-Sulaiti, Chairman WOQOD He has 32 years of extensive experience in oil and gas fields operations and petrochemicals, re-development of existing fields, major projects commissioning, organizational restructuring, manpower management, and economic evaluations and acquisitions
Zeejprint Ahmed Siddiqui, COO Zeejprint Experienced COO with a demonstrated history of working in the printing industry. Skilled in Print Management, Graphics, Strong business development professional with a Master of Business Administration focused in Ecommerce Marketing And Management
SAUTER Middle East Arvind K. Swarnkar, Managing Director SAUTER Middle East A passionate Building Automation expert with over three decades of experience, he kick-started his illustrious corporate career in 1994 and moved to the UAE, he had left an envious professional career trail in India, spanning elite organizations like SIEMENS, ABB, and Automated Logic Corporation
Meshbak Studio Khansa'a Abu Naji, Founder & MD Meshbak Studio She has created a women’s community to empower women to reach their goals and set a strong foot in the creative industry, crushing the persistent bias
Cluster Arabia Rahim Pattarkadavan, CEO Cluster Arabia He has played a dynamic role in the fast-paced success of Cluster Arabia and its emergence as an industry leader in the Operations and Services industry
Perfectly Pressed Saniya Abdulaal, Co-Founder Perfectly Pressed First woman in the GCC to set-up a factory for manufacturing and distributing fresh foods, and the first Bahraini woman to set-up a factory in Saudia Arabia
Almarai Co Waleed Khalid Fatani, Director Almarai Co He has over 26 years of banking, financial and investments experience, and his career has given him vast experience across various business sectors and the financial services sector
LuLu Group International Yusuff Ali M.A,Chairman & Managing Director LuLu Group International A highly successfull entrepreneur who is involved in many social, charitable and humanitarian activities both in India as well as in Gulf

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