Chief Executive Officer, Stanford Marine Group
Elias Nassif has more than 30 years of experience in the engineering, construction, marine and offshore industries. Previous to his current position as the CEO, he spent 8 years as Executive VP of GMMOS Group managing a fleet of 45 offshore support vessels, steel fabrication workshops, ship repair / ship conversion and mobile crane leasing businesses. Additionally, Mr. Nassif founded Stanford marine operations in the GCC. Prior to joining GMMOS Mr. Nassif was with Stone & Webster Engineering and Hudson Engineering (a McDermott company) in Houston, Texas. Mr. Nassif holds a B.Sc. degree in Mechanical Eng. from Boston University (1982) and a M.S in Ocean Eng. From Massachusetts Institute of Technology, US (1983).
Chief Financial Officer, Stanford Marine Group
Ramjee has over 12 years of experience in Public Accounting and Marine Construction. Prior to joining GMMOS in 1997, he worked in Bahrain and Singapore for KPMG and as a Financial Controller of OPMI, Marine Construction and Onshore operations. Ramjee holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons.) and is a graduate of Osmania University Hyderabad, India, a Fellow of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, UK.
General Manager, Stanford Marine
Darren was born in the famous port city of Plymouth in the UK in the late 70’s, but moved to the Middle East as a child. After 18 months in Abu Dhabi, he moved to Qatar in 1983.
He returned to the UK to finish his secondary schooling and went on to University in London, where he read Anthropology. After completing his degree, he realized he had spent the last few years studying a very interesting but, in the grand scheme of things, largely impractical degree.
After travelling extensively through Asia but, Darren was told if he could get himself back to Qatar, there were possibilities of getting a job in the Oil industry. Darren arrived back in Qatar in the year 2000 and quickly set about learning his new trade as a HSEQ Officer.
After 12 months, Bibby Line offered him a position on a self-propelled jack up as Safety and Helicopter Landing Officer on a 6 weeks on / 6 weeks off rotation.
Most of his time working on the Trident Bibby One was spent on charter to Occidental Petroleum of Qatar, and Oxy soon offered Darren an opportunity to work on secondment to them as their Remotes Safety Advisor.
He then got an opportunity to work for RasGas in Qatar as Marine and Safety Supervisor, through a secondment from MMPL proved too good to turn down.
When MMPL were bought out by SMG in late 2009, Darren was brought into the Dubai office as HSEQ Manager. He quickly assumed the role of HSEQ and Operations Manager, before was finally able to free himself from HSEQ and focus on Operations. Under his operational stewardship, Stanford Marine blossomed into a major regional player, and when the General Manager’s chair became vacant he was asked to step up.
General Manager, Grandweld
Jamal Abki is the General Manager of Grandweld, a position he has held since 1998, after serving as Operations Manager for Grandweld starting in 1986. Before joining Grandweld he held positions with the Tozzi Group for the construction, installation and commissioning of the largest power plant in Jordan; with ADPPOC (IRSHAD) Abu Dhabi as Chief Engineer for the Offshore Fleet at Ruwais and Zirku; and with Kuwait Oil Tanker Company where he participated in the construction of 4 LPG Carriers and one VLCC in La Ciotat Shipyard (France), then served as Marine Engineer Officer onboard each of these vessels. Jamal holds a bachelor degree and competency certificate in Marine Engineering from the Maritime Academy of Alexandria, Egypt.