Egyptian steel tycoon and chief executive of Egyptian Steel Company, Ahmed Abou Hashima has been awarded on Tuesday the Big Project Middle East Industry Leader of the Year.
The 2016 edition of the Big Project Middle East Construction and Sustainability Awards of Excellence was held at the Godolphin Ballroom of Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel on November 22.
Hosting a full-house of attendees from across the construction landscape, including some of the region’s biggest companies, the awards were a rousing celebration of the GCC construction industry.
14 winners were chosen by an independent panel of judges, with the categories a reflection of the knowledge and skills available in the GCC construction industry.
Held in November of every year, the Big Project Middle East Construction and Sustainability Awards of Excellence has become a benchmark of performance for the region’s construction industry.
Looking at the performance of contractors, subcontractors, developers and infrastructure solutions providers across the GCC, the Big Project ME Awards 2016 recognises the quality and high standards that are synonymous with construction in the MENA region.
Following the 25 January Revolution, which signalled an end to the era of Hosni Mubarak, Abou Hashima first made his mark in the steel industry succeeding Mubarak-era steel tycoon Ahmed Ezz.
Abou Hashima is currently chairperson and CEO of the Cairo-based Egyptian Steel, which he co-founded in 2009. He has worked in the steel industry since 1996, which was the same year he received his Bachelor’s degree in Commerce.
In April 2016 he announced plans for the company to be the largest environmentally sustainable steel producer in the world, when all four plants are operational.
In addition to Egyptian Steel, the tycoon is also the founder of Abou Hashima Steel Group, building materials company Egyptian Cement, and Egyptian Media.
Abou Hashima’s Egyptian Media recently acquired 100 percent of the television channel ONTV, 51 percent of Presentation Sports for sports marketing and media, and 50 percent of Misr Cinema for movie and TV production.