HLG Contracting

Executive Leadership Team

  • Moustafa Fahour OAM

    Moustafa Fahour OAM

    CEO and Managing Director

    Moustafa Fahour OAM is the CEO & MD of HLG Contracting LLC. He was previously Executive General Manager, Finance for CIMIC Group and prior to that he was the Group Chief Financial Officer for HLG Contracting.

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    Moustafa Fahour OAM is the CEO & MD of HLG Contracting LLC. He was previously Executive General Manager, Finance for CIMIC Group and prior to that he was the Group Chief Financial Officer for HLG Contracting.

    Moustafa has over 15 years of experience in the banking industry, construction, management and has been with the CIMIC Group since 2012. Prior to this Moustafa held senior roles with Macquarie Bank, National Australia Bank, UBS and Citigroup.

    Moustafa was recognised with the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) by the Australian Government in 2015 and was selected as one of The World’s Most Influential Young Arabs under the age of 40, by Arabian Business that same year.

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  • Khalil Muhammad

    Khalil Muhammad

    Chief Financial Officer

    Khalil Muhammad is professional accountant with more than 25 years’ experience in the Assurance, Banking & Finance and Construction Industry gained in Pakistan, East Africa, Canada and the GCC.

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    Khalil Muhammad is professional accountant with more than 25 years’ experience in the Assurance, Banking & Finance and Construction Industry gained in Pakistan, East Africa, Canada and the GCC.

    Joining HLG in 2010 as a CFO Qatar Khalil later on assumed the responsibilities of KSA and Oman.

    Khalil specializes in leadership and development of high performance cultures, financial and strategic planning, business performance management, forecasting, tax restructuring and treasury & risk management.

    Prior to joining HLG, Khalil worked with Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce as Director Corporate and Other, Diamond Trust Bank Tanzania as General Manager and PricewaterhouseCoopers Pakistan as Manager Assurance Services

    Khalil holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the Karachi University, CA from the Institute or Chartered Accountants of Pakistan and CPA from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Khalil also is a member of the State Board of Accountancy, North Dakota.

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  • Gavan Williams

    Gavan Williams

    Chief Operating Officer

    Gavan has overall responsibility for all HLG project delivery across UAE, KSA, Southern Iraq, Qatar and Oman. Gavan has over 20 years’ experience in the engineering and construction industry in Australia.

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    Gavan has overall responsibility for all HLG project delivery across UAE, KSA, Southern Iraq, Qatar and Oman. Gavan has over 20 years’ experience in the engineering and construction industry in Australia.

    Gavan has continually demonstrated an ability to lead large dynamic teams that deliver to the clients’ satisfaction consistently in relation to time, budget and stakeholder relations that has enhanced all parties reputations.

    He has had exposure to a diverse range of multi-disciplinary social and private infrastructure, building and resource based projects delivery in both greenfield and brownfield environments in remote locations as well as with large capital metropolis’ in Australia.

    Before joining HLG, Gavan was Operations Manager at CPB Contractors and prior to that, Executive General Manager of Civil Construction with Downer Infrastructure.

    Gavan holds a Bachelor of Engineering(Civil) from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia.

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  • Harry Kelly

    Harry Kelly

    Executive General Manager, Group Services

    Harry has extensive international commercial management experience gained in the UK, West Africa, Oman, Hong Kong and the UAE in the building, civil engineering, rail and oil and gas sectors.

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    Harry has extensive international commercial management experience gained in the UK, West Africa, Oman, Hong Kong and the UAE in the building, civil engineering, rail and oil and gas sectors.

    Having held a variety of roles on projects and group-wide, including Quantity Surveyor, Commercial Manager, Contracts Manager, Project Director and Joint Venture board member, Harry has solid and varied commercial and risk expertise. 

    Harry has worked for main contractors, clients and consultants for large international organisations including the Costain Group, Skanska Construction Group and Bechtel Limited, on major projects such as the Tsing Ma Suspension Bridge in Hong Kong, the Channel Tunnel Rail Link in the UK, and the development of major infrastructure works in Abu Dhabi.

    Harry joined HLG in February 2011. In December 2012 he was appointed to the role of General Manager – Risk Management. Since then he has been given further responsibility to manage the Procurement, HSE, Quality, ICT, Management Systems & Insurance Departments for the Group.

    Harry is a Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (FCInstCES).

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  • Leonardo Vano

    Leonardo Vano

    Group Audit Manager

    Leonardo is a passionate auditor with 15 years consolidated experience in assurance, compliance and operational audit across different industry in different countries. Worked and trained in Deloitte Rome, moved to London to work in compliance audit and in information security.

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    Leonardo is a passionate auditor with 15 years consolidated experience in assurance, compliance and operational audit across different industry in different countries. Worked and trained in Deloitte Rome, moved to London to work in compliance audit and in information security.

    Prior joining HLG, Leonardo was the Group Audit Manager at Leighton Holdings for 5 years where he was involved in a number of project reviews and corporate audits. He also participated in the CIMIC Strategic Review leading the Group Policy Framework stream.

    Leonardo held a Prince2 qualification, is a member of the Governance Institute of Australia and a member of the International Internal Audit Association.

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  • Ghassan El-Ammar

    Ghassan El-Ammar

    General Manager, Plant

    Ghassan is a diversified senior manager with over 20 years consolidated experience in business management, operations and project management, across different industries in different countries. Worked and educated in Canada, moved to the Middle East and GCC to work in business consultancy and project ...

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    Ghassan is a diversified senior manager with over 20 years consolidated experience in business management, operations and project management, across different industries in different countries. Worked and educated in Canada, moved to the Middle East and GCC to work in business consultancy and project management.

    Prior to joining HLG, Ghassan was Project Director and member of the senior management team at ALCATRBE for 6 years where he was involved in several infrastructure construction projects.

    Ghassan is a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI) and holds PMP certification since 2007.

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