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Ian Harfield
General Manager (Middle East)
Ian has more than 20 years’ experience of managing and delivering services to commercial, research, healthcare, military, education, residential and industrial properties around the world. He has worked both on the client side and as a contractor, and uses this combined experience to lead the management team in the region.
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Pooja Rishi
HR and Support Services Manager (UAE)
Pooja joined COFELY BESIX Facilities Management in 2010, and brings more than 15 years’ of experience as an HR professional in the Middle East and Asia. With an MBA in HR, her specialities include include assessing organisational needs, setting strategic direction, and implementing initiatives that enhance corporate performance. She is also responsible for ensuring the company meets all labour and statutory requirements.
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Bart Holsters
Operations Manager (Special Projects)
Bart joined COFELY Services in Belgium in 2004, and moved to COFELY BESIX Facility Management in 2009 as Facility Manager for the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa. He has been involved in construction, project management and contract mobilisation for a range of customers, including data centres and commercial premises. Bart holds membership with the BIM Institute for energy management, MEFMA and European Data Center Knowledge Management Group.
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Khaled Ramadan
Operations Manager (Abu Dhabi)
Khaled has more than 20 years’ experience of facilities management in the region, including time spent in Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. He has extensive knowledge of project management and MEP maintenance on all types of installation, from commercial and residential buildings to factories and industrial plants. With a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Jordan University, Khaled is a member of IFMA, MEFMA, ASHRAE and the Jordan Engineering Society.
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Romano Fionda
Business Development Manager
Romano is responsible for business development in the Middle East, and joined COFELY BESIX Facility Management in 2007 from UK-based parent company COFELY Services. With more than 15 years of experience, he has worked with high-profile clients in vehicle manufacturing, commercial offices and airports. Romano holds membership of MEFMA.
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Balu Appukkuttan
Financial Controller (UAE)
Balu is responsible for all aspects of finance, including reporting performance, financial control, financial planning and treasury. He brings more than 15 years of experience in corporate accounting, auditing, implementing financial software, cash flow management, cost accounting and management experience in the Middle East and Asia. He holds ACA and Dip IFRS (ACCA).
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Hirantha Attygalle
Operations Manager (Dubai)
A specialist in refrigeration and cooling, Hirantha has more than 30 years’ experience of the Middle East and his native Sri Lanka. He is particularly adept at the management and maintenance of high rise buildings, air conditioning and MEP, and has worked on everything from towers and shopping malls to offices and villa complexes. Hirantha is a member of ASHRAE, MEFMA and the Sri Lanka Engineering Association Council.
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Andre Mars
QHSE Manager
Andre has more than 17 years of experience in quality, health and safety, and environmental management in areas ranging from utilities and infrastructure to manufacturing and telecommunications. He brings considerable hands-on know-how with his knowledge of ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and OHSAS 18001. Andre holds membership with the American Society of Safety Engineers, Institute of Safety and Health, MEFMA and South African Institute of Safety Management.
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Abdu Abutty Chettuvalappil
Head Of Purchasing
Abdu joined Cofely Besix Facilities Management in 2010, and has over 16 years experience working in the UAE. A graduate in Economics, Abdu has worked in a variety of roles specifically specializing in the management of operating stores and purchasing for MEP goods and services. His background as materials controller and purchaser has given Abdu invaluable experience and knowledge about all aspects of work and materials, which he currently utilizes to successfully lead the purchasing department.
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