Jihad Anis Hassan Abbas Director, Business Development Consolidated Contractors Company S.A.L. SPECIAL COMMENTS: Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC) is a leading diversified company carrying out construction, engineering, procurement, development and investment activities, with offices mainly in Africa, Europe and the Middle East. CCC employs 69,000 people worldwide of which 355 work in Yemen. Ms Abbas has been working for CCC for 18 years. She started as a computer programmer and in 2002 she became the director of Business Development. Ms Abbas, who has five brothers and sisters, grew up in Aden and went to London at the age of 18 where she studied computer science and business administration for two years. She then worked for the ambassador of Yemen in the UK to support Yemeni business. She returned to Yemen to work for CCC on a prestigious pipeline project. A senior executive in the company has been her mentor since she started working. She worked hard to reach the management position she is in now. Her father worked in food quality control at the market in Aden. She learned the basic skills of business from him when as a young girl she would join him in the market. There is a painting of her father and President Saleh in her office. There are five people on the executive committee of the Yemen office. She uses two meeting tables and does not have a special seat. However, when an older person is in the room, she leaves the chair at the head of the table for that person. We drove from her office to her home with her driver and an armed bodyguard. ‘It is safer to travel with a bodyguard if you travel as a woman alone,’ she said. Her former husband was the Minister of Transportation and they divorced in 2000. She had her impressive house built in 1996. The architecture is very spacious with traditional Yemeni windows with coloured glass in yellow, blue and red. The interior is modern with beige leather sofas. Her hobbies are reading and exercise and there is a basement with a swimming pool and a sports studio that she and her son use frequently. The dining table, which seats up to 20, is used for dining three times a week. Ms Abbas learned the style of table decoration from her mother. She sits closest to the kitchen to one side of the head of the table near the green sofa.
Series: Arab Domains
15 April 2006