Samir Brikho

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Samir Brikho
Samir Brikho - World Economic Forum Annual Meeting Davos 2010.jpg
Samir Brikho at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in 2010
Born Samir Yacoub Brikho
(1958-05-03) 3 May 1958 (age 56)
Beirut, Lebanon
Nationality Swedish
Ethnicity Lebanese
Education Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, INSEAD and Stanford
Occupation Businessman
Salary £1,862,000
Title Chief Executive, Amec Foster Wheeler
Term 2006-present
Successor Incumbent

Samir Yacoub Brikho FREng[1] (born 3 May 1958), is Chief Executive of Amec Foster Wheeler, one of the UK's largest consultancy, engineering, project management and construction management businesses.


Born in Beirut in 1958,[2] Brikho is Lebanese by birth but his family later moved to Sweden where he holds citizenship. Brikho holds a Master of Science degree in Thermal Technology from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden.[2] He is also a graduate of the Young Managers Programme at INSEAD[3] and the Senior Executive Programme at Stanford University.[3]

Brikho held various senior management positions at Asea and ABB Power Generation between 1983 and 2000, ultimately becoming a Senior Vice President & Global Managing Director, Steam Turbines & Generators, ABB Kraftwerke AG in Germany.[2] In 2000 he moved to Alstom where he was Chief International Operations Officer and Senior Vice-President, and CEO of Alstom Kraftwerke in Germany.[2]

In 2003 he became Chief Executive of ABB Lummus Global and in 2005 he became a member of the Group Executive Committee of ABB Ltd, Head of the Power Systems Division at ABB Group.[2]

He took up his present appointment as Chief Executive of Amec Foster Wheeler (formerly Amec) in October 2006.[2]

Awards and commendations[edit]

On 16 October 2009, Brikho was presented with the Medal of Honour for Industrial Service by South Korean President Myung-bak Lee for his contributions to enhance economic competitiveness in Korea through successful completion of the Incheon Bridge project.[4]

In February 2010, Prime Minister Gordon Brown appointed Brikho as a UK Business Ambassador to support the Government in promoting the UK's excellence internationally.[5] He was again appointed a UK Business Ambassador under David Cameron's coalition government in November 2010.[6]

In July 2013 Mr Brikho was elected as a Fellow[7] of the Royal Academy of Engineering.[8]

Other affiliations[edit]

Brikho is a non-executive director of Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken.[9] He was chairman of the Offshore Europe 2011 Conference, the largest upstream oil and gas event outside North America.[10] He is a member of the Advisory Board of Stena AB.[11] Mr Brikho is the co-chair of the UK-UAE CEO Forum [12] and co-chair of the UK-Korea CEO Forum. [13]

He is a founding member of the Palestine International Business Forum, a body formed to promote trade and business relations between Israeli and Palestinian private sectors and the International business community.[3] Samir is also a director of the United Kingdom-Japan 21st Century Group,[14] a member of the advisory board of LIFE Lebanon[15] and a member of the advisory board of the School of Oriental and African Studies.[3] Brikho was chair of the UK Energy Excellence Strategy Board,[16] from May 2008 to May 2010, which was tasked by the UK Government with demonstrating the UK's world-leading position in energy. Brikho was also the 2009 Chair of the World Economic Forum's Engineering and Construction Board.[17] Further, Brikho is Chairman and co-founder of the StepChange Foundation.[18]


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