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Omar Al Askari

Chairman & CEO

Mr. Al Askari began his career in the United Arab Emirates when he assumed control of Technical Services and Supply Company in 1976. Today he is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of United Technical Services (“UTS”), a company he established in 1980 that acquired the business of Technical Services & Supply Company, established in 1962 by his father. UTS currently represents over 30 international companies from many different business sectors including Oil & Gas, Airconditioning & Building Systems, Facilities Management & Environmentally Friendly Business Solutions.

In 1972 he attained an MBA degree from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, having graduated in 1971 from the University of Oregon with a BBA degree in Business Administration. He is a Certified Public Accountant and began his career with Arthur Andersen & Co. in 1972 where he specialized in Audit and Management Consulting.

Mr. Al Askari served as International President of the Young Presidents’ Organization between 1999-2000. He is a member of the World Presidents' Organization, the Chief Executives Organization, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Illinois CPA Society and the Kellogg Regional Alumni Advisory Board. He has also served on numerous public and private company boards and is at present a Director of the Emirates Cricket Board.

Mr. Al Askari enjoys golf, alpine and water sports in his spare time.

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Ziad Al Askari

President & COO

Ziad is the President and Chief Operations Officer of United Technical Services (“UTS”), a company established in 1980. UTS currently represents over 30 international companies from many different business sectors including Oil & Gas, Air-conditioning & Building Systems, Facilities Management & Environmentally Friendly Business Solutions.

In 1997 he attained an Economics, History and International relations BA degree from Boston College, and holds an eMBA in entrepreneurship since 2008. He is the founder of Khaleejcom Trading, an internet and e-media services company that started what was globally the first site to stream online International Music.

Ziad served as Abu Dhabi Chapter Chair of the Young Presidents’ Organization between 2015-2017 a chapter he founded in 2010. He has also served on numerous public and private company boards and is at present Chairman of OCS Emirates a Facility Management Joint Venture, Chairman of 2Getthere Emirates an advanced transportation technology company Joint Venture both with UTS and a Director of both Takyeef Air-conditioning Factory and Efeso Consulting, a management and operations consulting company and a non-executive director of the UTS Carrier board.

Ziad enjoys running, reading, writing, alpine and water sports in his spare time.


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John D’Souza

Chief Financial Officer

John D’Souza has 35 years experience with heavy focus on operation and financial processes of the company, joint ventures, investments etc. He started his career with Tessco in 1978 as Senior Accountant and then with UTS in 1981 as the Chief Accountant of a JV between UTS and Oiltools. In 2000, he was promoted to CFO of UTS and responsible for arranging financing for various projects. He has a Masters Degree in Commerce and Diploma in Financial Management from India. He is a certified Master Financial Controller and is a Member of American Academy of Financial Management.


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Gerard Barabich

Sr. Vice President - Corporate

Gerard joined United Technical Services at the beginning of 2016 as Senior Vice President, Corporate Advisor to the Chairman and CEO. Gerard’s role is to review and advise in respect of UTS’s strategy, products, markets, services and organisational structure going forward. In addition Gerard undertakes specific assignments on behalf of the Chairman as required.

Gerard is a former Partner and Financial Services Leader of PricewaterhouseCoopers. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant with 35 years of experience, working in Central Africa originally and then the Middle East since 2002.

Gerard was the reporting and concurring Partner for PwC’s International and National mandates including Barclays Bank, RAKBank, Emirates Group and Dubai Holdings to name a few and was appointed Mentor to up and coming Emirati nationals in the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Leadership Development Programme.

Gerard has extensive experience, including corporate leadership and strategy, operational and financial management, commercial and risk management, internal and external audit oversight having previously held Group Finance Director and Manager Director positions. He is experienced and practiced in building high performing teams. His direct divisional reports have included: business planning and corporate strategy, human resources, information technology, finance, corporate administration, risk management, internal and external audit, tax and legal.

An effective and experienced executive, Gerard has the innate passion, drive and determination to implement positive change to large, complex organisations. He is hands-on, with a strong action and objective-focused approach.


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Munir Malak

Vice President - Healthcare

Munir Malak is Vice President Healthcare Division and he started with the company in 1989. He spent his early career working at the Royal Scientific Society-Amman in Jordan as a biomedical equipment service engineer. In the mid 1980’s he was appointed head of maintenance for all Ministry of Health hospitals in Jordan. He set up the Biomedical Division with UTS and has been instrumental in developing a proven successful business model.

He is currently on the OCS Emirates management committee and along with the various biomedical equipment services contracts is also managing and developing a new division in the medical consumables sector.

Munir has a BSc in Biomedical Engineering from University of Sunderland, UK.


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Edward Geraghty

Manager - Human Resources

Edward Geraghty joined UTS as HR Manager in 2013 to develop the function and implement people strategies to enhance the company’s performance culture. He has over 25 years’ experience in a number of sectors both in Europe and the Middle East.

Edward has a BA in Political Economy and Geography from University College Dublin. He has obtained various certificates in both in HR and QHSE.


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Varouj Arslanian

Sr. Vice President - Drilling

Varouj Arslanian started his UAE career with United Technical Services in 1981 as the Branch Manager of a JV between UTS and Oiltools Int’l. In 1983 he was appointed as the Division Manager covering the Oilfield related product lines. Since then he was promoted to the General Manager’s position of the trading division of the company looking after various principals in connection with Oil, Water, Power and Instrumentation activities. In 2010 Varouj was promoted as Sr. Vice President in charge of the Oil drilling related products.


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George Koshy

Manager - Technical Services

George Koshy joined UTS in 1995 as an Information technology consultant. He was later promoted to Technical Services Manager to manage the operations of the IT department. He provides technological guidance within the organization and has individually overseen the development and advancement of information systems and communications network for UTS and other subsidiaries. George has over 24 years of experience in handling various areas of information technology and communications. He is a key person in establishing and enabling the strategic and tactical goals of UTS and associated organizations.

George acquired a degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering form Mangalore University.


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Shahid Jamil

Product Manager - Process & Control

Shahid Jamil joined UTS in 1993 as Product Manager in Process & Controls, part of the Energy Services Division. Shahid is responsible for all areas of the process industry (oil, gas, petrochemical, power plants etc.) and the requirements related to process instrumentation, control systems, heat exchangers and cryogenic pumps. He has more than 26 years of experience in this field. With UTS he has successfully developed the business that has seen rapid evolution due to progress in innovation and technology. He manages a sales team.

Shahid received his Bachelor of Engineering degree in the field of Electronics from University of Engineering & Technology (UET) Lahore in 1989. He regularly attends courses and seminars as part of continuous professional development.


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Shajimon Ragam

Product Manager - Water Treatment

Shajimon Ragam joined UTS in 2007 as product manager to develop the water and marine sector business, part of the company’s energy services division. He has over 20 years’ experience with major EPC contractors in the region. . His expertise in water and waste water treatment sectors was gained with various international companies. Mr. Ragam manages the UTS service center thereby ensuring that all off shore contracts are serviced to the highest quality.

Shajimon graduated in 1992 from Bangalore University with a Bachelor of Engineering specializing in Instrumentation and Control.


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Tarek Elbanna

VP Drilling and Tubular / Trading

Leading our Drilling and Tubular division since 2018, Tarek is an accomplished oil & gas professional with 13 years' experience in leadership roles at multinational firms in oilfield services. He is experienced in the entire downhole equipment lifecycle, including manufacture, transport, inspection, and installation. His career started in 2007 in engineering and technical roles, and his profile has shifted over the years into commercial and management roles.

Tarek has a bachelor’s degree in Aerospace engineering and completed his MBA at the University of Oxford in 2016.