20 Interview 2008, where he served as managing director since 2013. He has been involved in numerous successful projects and has a proven track record of increasing corporate revenues and profitability while managing teams of more than 1,700 employees. Papakonstantinou lifted the prestigious CEO of the Year trophy at Design Middle East Awards 2021.
Technology As the Way FORWARD! Dimitri Papakonstantinou
MANAGING DIRECTOR OF AL SHAFAR INTERIORS (ASI), DISCUSSES WORKING ON EXPO 2020 PROJECTS AND HOW THE COMPANY CAN BENEFIT IN THE FUTURE FROM THIS MEGA EVENT. BY ROMA ARORA
DESIGN MIDDLE EAST
JANUARY _ FEBRUARY 2022
Dimitri Papakonstantinou joined ASI a subsidiary of ASGC construction in September 2018, headquartered in the UAE, ASI delivers turnkey fit-out solutions across the UAE and has a manufacturing facility as well as a complete in-house project. Amongst his previous roles, he was a founding member of Plafond Fit-Out in
information and data on both our site operations and our joinery facility in the coming months. How challenging was it to work on the projects for Expo 2020, especially during COVID-19?
What reforms have you implemented at ASI, and how has this benefited the organisation?
We set up a Project Management Office (PMO) a few months ago to strengthen our project reporting and controls, as well as our control of project delivery reports, so that we could be more agile in our decision-making. This is still workin-progress, but I'm expecting to give live
Expo 2020 was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. As expected, the last months leading up to the inauguration were extremely difficult, but the excitement of the build-up to the 1st October opening day could be felt every day. COVID-19 introduced new obstacles that no one had ever faced before, both on Expo and non-Expo projects. Although the impact was likely felt more in 2020, the frequent disruption had a long-term influence on the initiatives. It necessitated frequent communication with all >>>