2015 Construction Week Power 100
Mon 15 Jun 2015 05:34 AM
Dr Eng Sani Sener

Dr Eng Sani Sener

Company: TAV Construction

Designation: President and CEO

TAV Construction specialises in the design and construction of airports and iconic buildings. Its strategy in the short-to-medium term is to sustain growth with new projects in established markets where it has a strong presence and reputation – notably Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Qatar.

Group president and CEO, Dr Eng Sani Sener, operates out of the company’s headquarters in Istanbul, Turkey. He has been in his role for 18 years, and operating in the Middle East for 12.

Sener can now proudly point to research demonstrating that TAV Construction ranks number-one globally for airport construction; it has been ranked in the top 10 since 2008. Projects completed during the past 12 months include the phase-one development of Muscat International Airport, Oman, as part of a joint venture with CCC; and the expansion of Madinah Prince Mohammad Bin Abdulaziz International Airport, Saudi Arabia, as part of the TIBAH consortium with Al Rajhi Holding and Saudi Oger.

The latter, established on a build-transfer-operate model, was the first airport privatisation in Saudi Arabia, the first public-private enterprise collaboration in the Gulf Region’s aviation industry, and the first airport in the Middle East and North Africa region to be LEED Gold certified by the US Green Building Council.

Projects for the remainder of 2015 and beyond include: the 702,000m2 $2.97bn (AED10.9bn) Midfield Terminal Building at Abu Dhabi International Airport, a UAE JV with CCC and Arabtec; the $1.17bn (OMR450m) phase-two development of Muscat International Airport, a JV with CCC; the $300m (AED1.1bn) Damac Towers by Paramount in Dubai; and, the 100,000m2 Terminal 5 at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, a KSA JV with Al Arrab.

TAV Construction is eyeing a number of additional upcoming airport projects in the region, especially Saudi Arabia.

The company delivers “learning and development programmes” via its TAV Academy in order to transfer its know-how and experience to future generations, and to improve its employees’ skills, competencies, and knowledge. It also hosts “Building Together Seminars” for employees to share best practice about airport construction, develop individual competencies, and collect new ideas and suggestions. TAV has budgeted $420,000 for training in 2015.

TAV has employees of 52 nationalities working on its projects, speaking over 30 languages. It pledges strong respect for cultural differences and tries to meet staff members’ needs by organising construction site facilities accordingly. TAV Atelier Training, meanwhile, provides “extra-curricular activities” for staff, including theatre, photography, music, painting, and language courses.