Ayman Asfari is Group Chief Executive of Petrofac Limited (www.petrofac.com), a leading international service provider to the oil and gas production and processing industry.
Ayman, 58, graduated with a BSc in Civil Engineering in 1979 from Villanova University (Pennsylvania) and an MSc in Civil and Urban Enigneering in 1980 from the University of Pennsylvania. His early career was in civil construction, initially as resident engineer for the Conser Consulting Group in Muscat, Oman and then as managing director for a major construction group in Oman.
In 1991, Ayman became CEO of Petrofac International, a joint venture he co-founded with US-based Petrofac. He later reorganised the Group, becoming Group Chief Executive in 2002.
Having started with just an engineering office in Sharjah, UAE, and a small corporate office in London, Petrofac is an international service provider to the oil and gas production and processing industry, with around 18,000 employees. Its diverse customer portfolio, which includes many of the world's leading integrated, independent and national oil and gas companies, is supported by employees from 80 nationalities working across 31 offices worldwide.
Ayman has a passion for training and education that reflects a conviction that his privileged education was crucial to his own success. Consequently, Petrofac has a training business, which enables it to help customers develop their own national workforces, an extensive graduate recruitment and development programme, strong links with leading universities around the world and is an active supporter of the UK's Royal Academy of Engineering. In 2014, he was elected a Fellow of the Academy. He is also on the Board of Trustees for the American University of Beirut.
In 2006 Ayman established The Asfari Foundation (www.asfarifoundation.org.uk), a UK-registered charity that funds education to young people so they can, in turn, contribute to their societies. The Foundation also supports initiatives that promote civil society and provides humanitarian relief aid.
In 2010 Ayman was heralded Ernst & Young UK Entrepreneur of the Year and, in both 2011 and 2012, he was named Oil Services Executive of the Year at the World National Oil Company Congress.
Ayman, son of a Syrian Diplomat, was born in Syria, his later childhood was spent in Turkey and what is now the Czech Republic. A naturalised British citizen, having moved to the UK in 1991, he is married to Sawsan with four sons, Adeeb, Hani, Kareem and Rayan, and lives in London.
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