JLL announces Sean Doherty as Head of Program and Project Management for the MEA


Doherty has over 25 years of experience and was formerly Portfolio and Operations Director at WSP Middle East

Sean Doherty has been announced as JLL’s Head of Program and Project Management for the Middle East and Africa (MEA). In his new role, he will lead a 250-strong team tasked with delivering complex projects and major schemes in the region, JLL explained.

Doherty is taking on the responsibility from Alan Baker, who is retiring. He will be based in KSA, managing day-to-day operations and continuing to grow the project and program management business across MEA, while ensuring excellence in project delivery and workforce performance optimisation, the company explained in a statement.

“Today’s clients are seeking resilient strategies to enhance the long-term value of their real estate assets. As their project delivery partner, we have been leveraging our market intelligence, digital technology and solution-focused approach to provide that. With Sean’s wealth of experience and strategic thinking, we are highly confident that he will help our clients achieve greater value across each stage of their project while shaping the future of real estate,” stated Ben Jackson, Head of Project & Development Services for the Middle East & Africa at JLL.

In September 2022, JLL appointed Saud Mohammed Alsulaimani as KSA Country Head and, in October 2022, it inked an agreement with a Qatar real estate brokerage firm to boost property investments.

Ben Jackson, Head of Project & Development Services for the Middle East & Africa, JLL

Jackson continued, “We would also like to thank Alan Baker for his leadership, dedication and outstanding contribution over the last seven years towards our business’ strong performance and excellent growth. We wish him well in his retirement.”

Formerly Portfolio and Operations Director at WSP Middle East, Doherty has over 25 years of experience delivering and leading a wide range of notable programs and projects for both public and private sector clients across Europe, Russia, North America, the Middle East, Africa, and Australia. His experience includes work for The Red Sea Development Company, Diriyah Gate, Saudi Entertainment Ventures, NEOM, MISK and Kuwait Civil Aviation (DGCA) among many others, the statement from JLL noted.

Doherty comments, “I am delighted to be appointed to the role of Head of Project and Program Management MEA with the opportunity of building on the strong foundations of the business with our dedicated team and continuing to deliver long-term value and partnerships with our clients. I want to thank Alan for a smooth transition and his achievements at JLL.”

In November 2022, JLL published a whitepaper that outlined ways to decarbonise Egypt’s built environment.



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