Walid Jacques Zaarour

Walid Jacques Zaarour

Walid Jacques Zaarour

An achievement oriented, results driven, and capable resource working in top management role as Director- Operations & offers 24+ years diversified experience, including 3 years international exposure in Romania, in the construction industry. Proven track record in leveraging domain expertise to perform key roles as designer, contractor, project manager, contract administrator and developer to complete construction work for varied sectors in projects ranging from infrastructure, hospitality, commercial and residential to mixed use while operating in a highly competitive business environment. Member of the CIArb (Chartered Institute of Arbitrators-London). Holds a postgraduate diploma in International Dispute Resolution and an Accredited Mediator.

Key Skills

  • Development Strategy
  • Feasibilities Study & Cost Control
  • Construction Management
  • Planning & Phasing of Projects
  • Advise on Contracting Strategy & Internal Manning
  • Contract Administration
  • Procurement & Contracts
  • Bidding & Tendering Process
  • Sales and Marketing strategy
  • Design Management
  • Change Management
  • Handing Over Process
  • Project Management
  • Vision of Project Life Cycle
  • Leadership & Change Management

Project Highlights

Mixed Use Development and Master Plan Communities (2012 to 2017) – Budget 120 M USD – Majid Al Futtaim

  • Developer/Senior project manager (at Lebanon Water Front City) to implement the entire lifecycle from project brief, feasibility, concept to design and construction up to handing over the property. Manage change as per market trends and requirements, while keeping the company vision in site
  • Comprehensive use of the MAF Leadership Institute for demonstrating leadership qualities in coaching, managing, and driving large cross- functional teams to constantly achieve success, with motivated teams

High End Residential Development (2009 to 2012) – Budget 60 M USD – Millennium Development

  • Engineer/Project manager (at Wadi Hills Residences) to control the development from excavation to handing over of a luxury gated residential community of seven buildings

Mixed Use Development-Portfolio Management (2006 to 2009) – Budget 180 M euro – SUPREME CONCEPT CONSTRUCT SRL / Romania

  • Developer/Director Operations to manage the different stages of diverse projects, (renovation/residential/commercial), from market study to handing over
  • Successfully manage and provide harmony between multinational designers, of different trades, to work in a healthy environment and giving their best. Helping in establishing the sales and marketing strategy

Hospitality and Commercial Development (2002 to 2006) – 132 rooms and 25,000 m2, respectively – HOURIE

  • Contractor/Project Manager (for the Sheraton Hotel and Berytus Park) for the construction of a Hotel and a class A commercial building

Conference Center (2001 to 2002) – DIVCO / Montréal

  • Contractor/Project Manager responsible for the execution of the kitchens and two conference halls

Hospitality and Residential Development (1997 to 2001) – 150 rooms and 35,000 m2, respectively – BOUYGUES

  • Client Representative/Assisted the project director (at Mouawad Village Broumana) in the operational aspect of the construction

Design of Hotel and Resort (1996 to 1997) – 15,000 m2 resort and 10,000 m2, respectively – Engineering and Consulting

  • Designer/Responsible for the analysis and design (of MZAAR and SIWAR) using the software ROBOT

Infrastructure Works (1994 to 1996) – Tunnel and via Duct – Mouawad & Edde

  • Contractor/Site engineer (at SOLIDERE) for the execution of a voided top slab tunnel, viaduct and water box culverts

Research and Design of Open Web Steel Beams (1992 to 1994) – Research – Chaparral Steel Texas, CANAM MANAC, HATCH Associates

  • Research and design by full scale testing and finite element analysis

Seminars

  • Leadership Program with Majid Al Futtaim
  • Real Estate Development– George Washington University
  • Managing the Risk of Delay & Disruption-Hill International
  • ICC Arbitration Rules and Mock Up Case – Cairo
  • Green Building/BREEAM Project Requirements
  • Real Estate Valuation & Financial Models
  • Budgeting and Forecasting
  • Extension of Time Request
  • PMP course
  • Claims Under the FIDIC Book 1999
  • Claims, Counterclaims and Disputes (FIDIC)
  • Scheduling (Primavera & MS Project)

Construction and Engineering, Mediation

24+ years

Member of the Orders of Engineers of Beirut
Member of the Orders of Engineers of Quebec
Member of the Chartered institute of Arbitrators
Member of the Red Cross – Delegated as team leader – 1990
Marathon Runner 2014 & 2015

QUEEN MARY UNIVERSITY OF LONDON – Postgraduate Diploma in International Dispute Resolution (Arbitration), 2017
CHARTERED INSTITUTE OF ARBITRATORS / London – Accredited Mediator, 2016
LEBANESE AMERICAN UNIVERSITY – Executive MBA, 2014
MCGILL UNIVERSITY / Canada – Masters in Civil Engineering, 1993
AUB / CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY – Bachelor of Engineering, 1992

Arabic, English, French

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