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Ghassan Ziadat

Vice President, Major ProjectsAbu Dhabi

Ghassan Ziadat

Vice President, Major ProjectsAbu Dhabi

Leads McKinsey’s work on major projects in the Middle East, bringing more than 30 years of experience in delivering major infrastructure projects—including airports, railways, roads, bridges, and general urban regeneration. Has deep expertise in project design, program management, value engineering, and public-private partnerships.


Ghassan leads McKinsey’s work on major projects in the Middle East. He brings decades of leadership experience in the heavy-civil-engineering sector and has supported the successful delivery of many multibillion-dollar infrastructure projects across the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and the United Kingdom.

Over the course of his career, Ghassan has supported multiple government clients and private developers in master planning, design, and construction supervision of infrastructure for residential neighborhoods, industrial zones, and public-realm upgrades. He has also provided design, value engineering, construction-engineering support, and program management for groundbreaking transportation projects, including airport expansions, urban rail development, and the construction of highways, bridges, and major marine crossings.

Ghassan has authored many papers on infrastructure and engineering topics and has presented at leading industry conferences around the world. He is a fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and a founding committee member of its United Arab Emirates branch. He has also chaired the UK Trade and Investment’s UK–UAE infrastructure working group, and currently serves on the industry advisory board for Abu Dhabi University.

Before joining McKinsey, Ghassan served as regional director for infrastructure major projects at Atkins, where he established and rapidly expanded the Middle East infrastructure consultancy division. He was previously with AECOM, where he served as regional managing director, establishing the Malaysia and Singapore offices and expanding the business to the Middle East.


University of Bristol
PhD, bridge engineering

University of Bristol
BSc, civil engineering


Chartered engineer, UK

Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers