The Expat Power List 2011: rules of engagement

The Expat Power List 2011: rules of engagement
By Staff writer
Sun 27 Feb 2011 08:41 AM

Welcome to the second annual expat power 50, the list of the most influential expatriates living and working in the Gulf today. The editorial team at Arabian Business has spent the last six months profiling the individuals making the biggest difference to the region they now call home.

We define power as influence. In simplest terms, it is how much impact the actions of one person can have on others — the more impact, the more influence.

We considered expats from across the Gulf in all walks of life – business, academia, media, law, entertainment and more — and names from more than 20 different sectors were entered.

So who has made it? Topping the list for the first time is Rick Pudner, CEO of Emirates NBD, the Gulf’s biggest bank by asset value. Pudner rises from 18th to first after an excellent year for Emirates NBD, which saw final quarter profits nearly double in tough times for the banking industry.

In second place this year is James Hogan, the ebullient CEO of Etihad Airways, which is maintaining its spread across the world’s continents. By the end of this year, Hogan told Arabian Business recently, the airline will hit a profit for the first time ever.

Qatar Holding’s Anthony Armstrong slips two places to third, while Mukesh Jagtiani, chairman of Landmark Group, is fourth.

Our Expat Power list is confined to people both living and working within the six GCC countries. The ranking includes their name, previous ranking (in brackets) job description, country of residence, country of origin, and industry. We have, of course, excluded any Arabs from the list, as they would qualify for our Arab Power List, which is published annually.

Qatar Holding’s Anthony Armstrong slips two places to third, while Mukesh Jagtiani – chairman of Landmark Group – is fourth.

Our Expat Power list is confined to people both living and working within the six GCC countries. The ranking includes their name, job description, country of residence, country of origin (in brackets), and industry. We have, of course, excluded any Arabs from the list, as they would qualify for our Arab Power List, which is published annually.

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