Our People

Abunayyan Holding has grown to accommodate more than 4,500 employees spread across its subsidiaries in Saudi Arabia and throughout the Middle East and Africa.

  • Founder

    Abdullah Rashed Abunayyan

    Abdullah Rashed Abunayyan

    Abdullah Rashed Abunayyan will be remembered in Saudi Arabia as the man who revolutionised the Kingdom’s agriculture sector.

    In 1950, at a time when Saudi Arabian farmers irrigated their lands using camels and other live stock to extract water from wells, Abdullah introduced the first ever diesel-powered turbine pump to his country, forever changing the way agriculture is practiced. With little capital and no financial support, self-made entrepreneur Abdullah boldly departed from his family’s successful merchant business to work in agriculture irrigation. Two decades later, Abdullah turned his attention to residential water use, introducing the first pressure-regulated pump so people no longer had to depend on gravitational pull for water to trickle down from the roof tank, thus improving the living standards of the population.

    Abdullah’s commitment to innovation and belief in social responsibility continue to underpin Abunayyan Holding’s purpose, efficiently employing the world’s natural resources to find solutions to people’s power and water needs. 

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  • Chairman of the Board

    Mohammad A. Abunayyan

    Mohammad A. Abunayyan

    With over 30 years of experience in the Water and Power sector Mohammad Abunayyan is Chairman of Abunayyan Holding and ACWA Power International.

    ACWA Power in 8 years has emerged as a leading developer of privately financed power generation and desalinated water production plants in the GCC, MEA, Southern Africa and Eastern Europe regions with a portfolio of assets worth US$ 23 Billion with a contracted capacity of 15,731 MW and 2.4Mm³/day of water. Mohammad Abunayyan also serves as Chairman and Board Member of many reputed companies, besides holds number of prestigious leadership positions helping spearhead the kingdom's economic development. 

    Mohammad Abunayyan is a Member of the Advisory Committee of the Chairman of high Supreme Economic Council responsible for studying issues related to the national economy. 

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  • CEO

    Khalid A. Abunayyan

    Khalid A. Abunayyan

    Khalid Abdullah Abunayyan has had an illustrious career at the Abdullah Abunayyan Group of Companies, rotating positions to obtain hands-on experience at the variety of companies owned by the family business.

    Khalid Abunayyan began in 1985 as a manager at MIS, specialising in water, wastewater and agriculture products. In 1989, he was appointed general manager at Saudi French Company, a joint venture formed two years earlier between Abdullah Abunayyan Establishment and Emerson Group specialising in maintenance of electric motors and alternators.

    In 1993, he became general manager of United Food Company, where he spent seven years expanding the Pizza Inn franchise across Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Bahrain. Concomitantly, in 1990, he has been assigned the responsibility for a takeover of Abunayyan Electric Corporation (AEC) and remained general manager for 11 years, developing the company to become the market leader in Saudi Arabia specialising in power distribution, industrial controls and data communication products.

    The same year AEC was founded, Abdullah Abunayyan Establishment converted to a limited liability company and Abdullah Abunayyan Trading Corporation (ATC) was created. Abunayyan took over the general management of ATC in 2001, transforming it into one of the region’s leading companies specialising in water, wastewater, power, instrumentation & control and logistics solutions.He became president and chief executive officer of Abunayyan Holding in 2007. 

    Abunayyan is a member of the National Trade Committee in the Council for Saudi Chambers of Commerce and Industry, as well as sitting on the boards of various companies in Saudi Arabia and the wider region.

    Abunayyan earned a B.A. degree in Business Administration & Computer Science from Western Washington University. He is married with four children.

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