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 57)
Beirut, Lebanon
Nationality Swedish/Swiss
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 the 2009 Chair of the World Economic Forum's Engineering and Construction Board, has held the role of chair of the World Economic Forum’s Disaster Resource Partnership and is currently co-chair of the World Economic Forum’s Infrastructure & Urban Development Industries Committee.[17] Further, Brikho is Chairman and co-founder of the StepChange Foundation.[18]


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