Ammar Al Assam is the Chief Executive Officer at Dewan Architects and Engineers. He joined Dewan in 2001, and has taken the lead in developing and implementing the strategic plan for the growth of Dewan into a regional multi-disciplinary and multi-market leading A&E firm. In 2007, Ammar led the transaction team that secured a strategic investor in the form of Ithmar Capital, a leading regional private equity firm, thereby allowing the firm to successfully expand within the region and penetrate new markets. Serving as both Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Board of Directors, Ammar continues to be actively involved in the development of new business opportunities, harnessing strategic relationships and partnerships, and in breaking into new vertical and geographical markets. Dewan has successfully set up regional offices in Qatar, Saudi, Iraq and Philippines in the last 7 years. With the growing importance of environmental consciousness and the need for expertise in designing buildings that are green, sustainable, and environmentally friendly. Ammar has helped lead the development of the corporate culture of the firm to be one that is focussed on designing buildings that are sustainable and Dewan has actively and successfully designed buildings that have received LEED and ESTIDAMA certification. Today, Dewan Architects + Engineers is a truly regional firm operating in the Gulf, the Levant, and North Africa, and offers multi-disciplinary design services with the firm being ranked by prestigious industry publications in the Top 50 globally and Top 4 regionally.