Director General Middle East
Jesús Sancho holds a Master Degree of Aeronautical Engineering from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Spain) and an Executive MBA Diploma from IESE Business School (Madrid).
He presently holds the position of Middle East Director General for Spain´s ACCIONA (www.acciona-me.com). He has been based in Dubai (UAE) since 2008.
ACCIONA is one of the foremost Spanish business corporations, leader in the development and management of sustainable solutions for infrastructure and renewable energy. Listed on the selective Ibex-35 Spanish stock exchange index, ACCIONA´s offer covers the whole value chain, from the development to the design & construction to operation maintenance of infrastructure. ACCIONA is in more than 40 countries with 33,000 employees. The Group develops its business activities based on the desire to contribute to the economic and social development of the communities in which it operates in line with the 17 SDGs from the UN.
Mr. Sancho started his career in the Aerospace field (The Boeing Co., Seattle, US and Daimler-Benz Aerospace, Germany) and in the Airport Infrastructure sector (Ferrovial, Spain). 11 years ago, he shifted to the General Infrastructure sector and focused in the Middle East. He has developed largescale water & wastewater treatment and seawater desalination projects in the Middle East, Africa and Australia. In 2014, he was appointed to take over the global business of the ACCIONA Group in the Middle East. This encompasses the different business units of Construcción (heavy civil works), Agua (water/wastewater treatment plants), Industrial (renewable power plants and WTE facilities), Ingeniería (engineering consultant), Concessions (equity investor), Service (Facility Management, Aircraft Ground Handling) and Cultural Engineering (events & museums) among other businesses.
He has contributed to ACCIONA´s growth in the Middle East and actively participated in the tendering and execution of several infrastructure projects in the GCC. Some of the most complex tenders Mr. Sancho has succeeded include PPP, IWPP, IWP, ISTP, EPC, O&M and DBOM+F for Public and Private Customers including Alliances in Australia.
Mr. Sancho has recently been included in the Forbes List "Global Meets Local: Top 50 executives in the Middle East 2020" after being included for first time in 2018. He is also part of the Construction Week’s "2021 ME Power 100 List" https://www.constructionweekonline.com/business/272961-2021-cw-power-100-accionas-jesus-sancho-rises-to-65