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    Malek Sukkar

    Chief Executive Officer

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    Malek is Averda’s CEO. A trained engineer, he joined Sukkar Engineering in 1994 and became CEO of the newly consolidated Averda Group in 2000, leading the company’s international expansion. Malek is a champion of a more sustainable approach to waste management and a founding member of the Platform for Accelerating the Circular Economy.

    Niteese Lenton

    Chief Financial Officer

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    Niteese joined Averda in 2022 and brings over 20 years of financial management experience. She holds an MBA in Finance and leads Averda’s global finance team. She is responsible for managing the company’s financial reporting and budgets, and for supporting business development opportunities across Averda’s markets.

    Rabih Jawad

    Chief Operating Officer

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    Rabih leads Averda’s global operations and several important support functions including procurement. He joined Averda in 2002 with a degree in mechanical engineering, and spent several years moving through the ranks on the waste treatment side of the business before becoming Managing Director of Waste Treatment Operations in 2016. In 2019 he was appointed Vice President of Operations where he led development of our new operating model focused on digital agility and data-driven decision-making.

    Mazen Chebaklo

    Chief Growth Officer

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    Mazen has been with Averda since 2009 and is responsible for leading Averda’s business development, mergers and acquisitions. He has over 25 years of experience in commercial development across a variety of industries and emerging markets.

    Lisa Emami

    Chief Human Resources Officer

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    Bringing 18 years of HR strategy and business transformation experience, Lisa has designed and implemented solutions around the employee lifecycle for Fortune 50 organisations, as well as for SMEs in developed and emerging markets across diverse industries. Lisa has responsibility to lead Averda’s overall human resources strategy, drive a talent-focused company culture, and support the needs and aspirations of Averda’s 14,000+ employees.

    Samer Kamal

    Chief Sustainability Officer

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    Samer joined Averda in 2022 as its first Chief Sustainability Officer. He has over 20 years of entrepreneurial and advisory experience in sustainable waste management, and is an established thought leader on the future of sustainability in business. As CSO, he leads Averda’s transformation towards more sustainable services and technologies for our customers, and also heads up internal sustainability initiatives to ensure Averda is delivering a positive impact on society and the world.

    Duncan Macnab

    General Counsel

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    Duncan is an experienced, British-trained corporate and projects lawyer and formerly a partner with Allen & Overy LLP. Much of his career has been spent in emerging markets, including two decades spent in the Middle East. As General Counsel, he leads Averda’s in-house legal team and sits on the Executive Committee advising senior management on legal-related matters affecting the Group

    Samir Sharma

    Chief Investment Officer

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    Samir joined Averda in 2017 and served as the company’s CFO until May 2022. He currently oversees specific strategic investment projects within Averda, on behalf of the CEO.