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02/10/20

Stefan Panourgias is promoted to Managing Director of the Middle East, and we catch up with him in a Q&A

Stefan Panaourgias is promoted to Managing Director of the Middle East

Stefan Panourgias has been working for Driver Trett for six years and has worked all over the Middle East, most recently as the Country Manager for Qatar. He has just been promoted to Managing Director for the Middle East, and will be based in our Dubai office alongside the team there. Sasha, our Marketing Executive for the region, took the opportunity to ask him a few questions about his new role, his influences, and his hobbies.


Sasha: Firstly Stefan, Congratulations on your promotion, can you tell me a bit more about what the role entails?

Stefan: Thank you Sasha. Yes, I’m the person responsible for bringing together the 6 Middle East offices to achieve our vision; to be the first team of consultants and advisors, members of the construction industry think of when they need support.  I am the bridge between the Middle East and our other global offices and have the privilege of working with the Board to ensure our strategic priorities are achieved.


Sasha: Who has been the greatest influence on your career?

Stefan: We’re in the fortunate position, in this industry, to be surrounded by teams of intelligent lawyers, barristers, engineers and consultants every day.  I’m also fortunate to be the type of person that can ‘observe and adopt’ the characteristics and technical knowledge of those around me.  I’d say my influence comes from all over, and I’m constantly evolving with each new environment I move in to.  I find modern innovators and those with grit particularly interesting to learn from.


Sasha: What has been the best moment of your career?

Stefan: Achieving consistent profit in Qatar for 4 years in a row, under seriously challenging market conditions.


Sasha: What makes you tick?

Stefan: The gratitude of my clients when a job is well done, and the repeat instructions which follow!


Sasha: Tell us a little-known fact about you

Stefan: I studied to be a medical engineer, while working in a call centre for nearly 2 years.  I wakeboard in my spare time.  To unwind, I study Muay Thai boxing.


Sasha: And finally, what are you looking forward to in your new role at DT?

Stefan: What sets Driver Trett apart is its reputation, footprint and global experience. We’re a team that communicates and shares knowledge. In the Middle East we are well positioned, with 6 offices, to deliver cost effective, valuable advice to clients based on our regional understanding.

I’m looking forward to being at the forefront of that, and capitalising on the synergies that will bring.


 

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