Eng. Fawaz Alakeel

Group CEO, Defence & Security


Eng. Fawaz Alakeel

Group CEO, Defence & Security


20+ years’ experience in designing strategy, business development, leading teams and delivering 300 programs and projects with a value of over $100B

Founder of three organizations, Business-minded and growth-oriented strategic executive with proven accomplishments in business excellence, program strategy and execution, P&L management, project development, strong network, relationship building/management best practices, and research quality standards.

Solid experience in all aspects of executive start-up programs including cross-functional team leadership, process management, company integration, and portfolio strategies. Financial strategist, adept at executing accurate forecasting and reporting in support of business planning and decision-making.

Achieved project execution excellence through expansion of standard and consistent project management practices. Stellar success in delivering the vision and leadership necessary to oversee and expertly execute multi-million-dollar complex business projects and programs.

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with a great ability to communicate with executive management, business partners, stakeholders, project and technical teams. Leading the establishment of a new JV in the kingdom, Directed six portfolios heads, 27 program directors, and over 300 projects managers. Multi-lingual in English, French, and Arabic.


Highlights of Expertise

  • Strong Network
  • Project Execution & Governance
  • Project Management Methodology
  • PMO Operations & Transformation
  • Strategic Business Planning / Consultancy
  • Contract Development / Negotiations
  • Relationship Management
  • Deep knowledge in country regulations
  • Business minded
  • Budget Administration / Management
  • Full Life Cycle Program Controllership
  • Process Redesign / Change Management
  • Staff Development Programs
  • Resource Planning & Utilization
  • Team Building & Leadership
  • Contracts management

Career Experience

Planning director Strategic Affairs MoD (December 2020 to 2022)

Leading the strategic planning and budgeting for Mod, responsible for maximizing the MoD portfolio operating performance and achieving its strategic goals. with a broad array of responsibilities ranging from communicating with the All stakes holders and planning community to prepare strategic plans and budgets, ensuring sound financial practices of the MoD, managing the strategic plan, ensuring a healthy working environment and overseeing procurements and general operations, as well as attending the board meetings, and act as a liaison with the board of directors, managing the financial plans and overseeing the procurements plans, so that all procurements must follow the guidelines of capabilities plans.

  • Designing the strategic plan (10 years and 5 years plans) for MoD, defining the operating methodology and budgeting.
  • Leading the staff as well as the planning, operations and financial working of the MoD.
  • Maintaining healthy work environment in which the employees can work with full concentration.
  • Design all the policies and procedures and ensure that they are followed word by word.
  • Sets goal, monitor work, and evaluate results to ensure that departmental and organizational objectives and operating requirements are met and are in line with the needs and mission of the organization

Executive Vice President (Level II) (April2 2020 to December 2020)

   Level II in the organisation, reporting directly to the chairman

The group (OCR global, Swiftship and ICS Nett). Riyadh, KSA

Leading the establishment of the JV between an American group and the Saudi Public Investment Fund, also responsible for maximizing the organization’s operating performance and achieving its financial goals. with a broad array of responsibilities ranging from communicating with the board of directors to preparing operating budgets, ensuring sound financial practices of the organization, managing the strategic plan, ensuring a healthy working environment and overseeing revenue generation and general operations, as well as attending the board meetings, and act as a liaison with the board of directors, managing the financial plans and overseeing the revenue plans, so that more and more revenue is generated for the organization.

PMO DIRECTOR (Level II) (March 2015 to April 2020)

Level II in the organisation, reporting directly to the CEO

Transformation Management Program, KSA

Insured business excellence and Performed various feasibility and profitability analyses to assess programs & projects performance based on critical success factors and strong networking within the program and external stakeholders & other business partners; recommended remedial measures to board of ministers for all ongoing and upcoming programs & projects within the kingdom.

Reporting in a weekly basis to board of ministers on the ongoing  programs and the status of future programs within the country, Planed the business plan for the kingdom procurement strategy for the next 20 years, Introduce the PMO strategy and implement common project management methodology, standards, and tools to drive and facilitate successful execution/delivery of projects within the kingdom. Determine key resources in collaboration with functional managers and deliver direction required for meeting project objectives. Streamline all project tasks and ensure compliance to all timeframe, resolve all issues according to required project plan, and assist to resolve all issues within organization. Direct the project management office with the objective of delivering all projects by using best-practice project delivery approach within the agreed scope, time, cost, and quality. Lead mega projects in the kingdom right from conception to delivery, provide expert knowledge and support, monitor progress, and report on the portfolio status.

  • Defined business strategies and organizational policies to enable strategic coordination of multiple major programs, projects and initiatives to improve efficiency and effectiveness, securing 260M Saudi Ryals.
  • Saved 55M Saudi Ryals by terminating PMO consultant contact, ensuring compliance to all timeframe.
  • Steered planning, designing, and implementation of a new operating model in the kingdom by assessing and benchmarking existing against international best practices and defined the 10 years’ roadmap.
  • Led the planning and execution of the transformation of the kingdom to be one of the most modern and effective in the region and in the world.


Increased project resource utilization and improved processes through implementation of IT Resource division to review project resources and remove blocks.


Oversaw all new communication and infrastructure projects, maintenance of the highly sensitive C4I system, ensuring that proper application of all security protocols at all times whilst keeping infrastructure in top condition with minimal downtimes. Deployed, upgraded, and supported all communications systems. Monitored system development/enhancement along with integration of new systems within existing ones. Prepared plans for the department, advised the management on the appropriate technology and infrastructure to support the organization in achieving strategic and business objectives. Designed and implemented IT PMO Governance. Managed IT & Communication Division via planning, directing, and designing related projects, and providing administrative direction and support for operational activities of the department. Developed skills to meet changing needs of users, new projects, and technologies.

  • Created a new working model, a new organization chart and new job descriptions and renamed the department to match the nature of the work.
  • Delivered leadership to the team of 200+ engineers and technicians including hiring, training, evaluation, and performance management.
  • Established plans for system breaches, network downtimes and various technical troubleshooting activities, developed an effective disaster recovery plan, and strengthened the security infrastructure.

Jubail Shipyard, KSA

Reviewed organizational development needs and training strategies to determine required learning and development outcomes for the team; monitored ongoing progress, provided coaching and mentoring, and provided feedback.


Steered engineering department in the ship repair facility with responsibility of studying, designing, modifying, and providing solutions for all shops under the production department. Rendered strategic support and improved infrastructure environment, which provided greater reliability and robustness in the performance, scalability, and capacity of production periphery. Managed the provision of quality support services and the operating environment, oversaw operations and all departmental functions; ensured that operational procedures and working practices fit-for-purpose.

  • Led team of engineering associates to ensure completion of engineering projects and delivered technical management to the team to meet objectives and follow all relevant standards/procedures.

Additional Experience

Head – Electronics and Communication Shop § Jubail Shipyard, KSA (2007 to 2009)

IT & Electronics Engineer § Jubail Shipyard, KSA (2005 to 2007)

Research Engineer § DGA, France (2004 to 2005)

Education & Credentials

Master’s in Business Administration, King Faisal University, Dammam, KSA
Master’s in Electronic engineering, E.N.S.I.E.T.A, Brest, France
Degree in Electronic Engineering, I.U.T, Brest, France

Professional Training & Courses

  • Authentic Leadership Program, Harvard Business School (2019), Boston, USA
  • Basic Engineering Course | Advanced Engineering Course
  • Electromagnetic and Automation Course, France
  • American Conversation Course, USA
  • C4I Training Program, USA
  • Planning and Estimating Process Course, Pearl Harbour NSY & IMF
  • Control of Substances Hazardous to Health in the Industrial Environment, VT Group, UK
  • Manual Handling in the Industrial Environment, VT Group, UK
  • General Health and Safety in the Industrial Environment, VT Group, UK
  • Risk Assessment, VT Group, UK
  • Cisco CCNA | Cisco CCNP | Microsoft Network
  • PMP Course