VENTURES AFRICA – World leading engineering and construction conglomerate, Shapoorji Pallonji International, is planning a major aggressive growth plan into the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region.
To achieve this feat, the company has appointed a veteran urban designer and planner, Steven Miller, to its chief business development position in Dubai.
As part of a growing worldwide practice, Miller will support the company’s design management team and pursue the firm’s opportunities in the Middle East and Africa regions, Press Trust of India said.
Miller has over 49 years experience in design management and construction administration for building and infrastructure. Before joining Shapoorji Pallonji, he served as Regional and Managing Director for acclaimed international architectural firms Kohn Pederson Fox, Perkins Eastman and FX Fowle, and for Dubai-headquartered Emaar Developers. He also founded his own consultancy – Planning and Design Consultants.
Amongst other accolades, Miller is also the past President of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Continental Europe Chapter, the International Fellows Representative to the College of Fellows, and Chairman of the AIA International Committee Advisory Board – where he remains on the board.
Speaking on his new role, Miller said, “Shapoorji Pallonji has an incredible legacy and reputation, and with so many exciting opportunities in Africa, the Middle East and Asia. My role is to identify those projects where we can combine my half century of expertise and the company’s construction, as well as turnkey, capabilities to design and deliver award-winning developments from hospitality and healthcare to industrial, commercial real estate, airports and sports facilities.”
Headquartered in Mumbai, Shapoorji Pallonji has an engineering and construction pedigree spanning almost 150 years and annual turnover of $2.5 billion, with a project portfolio covering multi-asset class developments in India, the UAE, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Iraq, Kuwait Libya, Nigeria, Ghana, Gambia, and Sri Lanka.
With its strong presence in India and internationally including Middle East and Africa, Shapoorji Pallonji’s business interests cover construction (including residential, commercial, industrial and infrastructure), real estate, infrastructure (comprising coal mining, power, ports and roads), biofuels and agriculture, consumer products, electro-mechanical and MEP services, facades and interiors, engineering, textiles, business automation and shipping and logistics.
Shapoorji Pallonji International has established independent operating companies in UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Ghana, Gambia, Algeria, Libya, Nigeria, Mauritius, Iraq, Kuwait, Bahrain and Sri Lanka. Its project portfolio in Africa includes a number of sports, government and technology/exhibition projects and residential communities in Ghana, Guyana and Mauritius.