Ala Ghanem

Company: Invensys Rail
Position: Regional director, Middle East, North Africa & Turkey

Biography: Ala Ghanem has been regional director at Invensys Rail in Dubai since 2009 and is responsible for business development. Previously, Ghanem was marketing director at Global Projects in Melbourne, Australia. In this role, he delivered strategic planning advice to firms wishing to enter the Middle East and North Africa market.

From 2004-08, he held a similar role at Westinghouse Rail Systems in Australia and the UK. Invensys Rail has won several major contracts under Ghanem’s leadership, including the Ankara-Konya high-speed line and the Marmaray Crossing in Turkey.

In November 2011, it was awarded a $676m contract to supply signalling for phase two of the Haramain high-speed railway. As part of the Saudi-Spanish Al-Shoula consortium, the company will provide the full turn-key signalling and train control systems. The deal includes a 12-year maintenance period.

Contact Tel: (+971) 4 807 4607
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See also: Video interview with Ala Ghanem