Headed by Imtiaz Mahtab, Managing Director for KONE Middle East and Africa, our Leadership Team ensures the smooth operations, business development and support for our customers in the region.
KONE Middle East & Africa Leadership Team
IMTIAZ A MAHTAB
Managing Director of KONE Middle East & Africa
Imtiaz Mahtab has recently been appointed as KONE’s Regional Managing Director for the Middle East-Africa and CIS regions. He has over 25 years of executive leadership experiences, in the capacity of CEO, managing director, and board member, across 4 continents (MEA, APAC, North America and Europe), with Fortune 500 companies and sovereign funds (KSA and California). In these roles, he had developed and positioned the companies he worked for, and the countries where the businesses were based on, towards energy transition, renewable energy, and high technology sectors.
Over the last 10 years, Imtiaz has been working extensively with various key stakeholders in the MEA regions towards delivering its ambition of being the leading player in energy transition and renewable energy sector with local content and talent development. Notably, as President and CEO of three leading companies in the region, Air Liquide, Air Products and ACWA Power Industrial Investment company (a PIF portfolio company), he brought over US$25 billion of foreign direct investment and technologies to develop and execute mega investment projects such as Gasification, Green Hydrogen, and various Renewable Energy Projects in the region.
In addition, Imtiaz worked closely with PIF (Public Investment Fund) of KSA to develop multibillion dollar investment platform to increase the local content in Renewable Energy sector in Saudi Arabia. Imtiaz also co-chaired the “Energy, Sustainability and Climate” taskforce for B20 Saudi Arabia in 2020, and was part of the B20 KSA Executive committee. He was instrumental to develop both the policy recommendations and policy actions for G20 that was widely accepted by the B20 countries. Imtiaz is deeply passionate about developing technology and talents locally in the regions towards the development of smart cities, sustainability, and technology sectors.
A US national, and a graduate of Harvard Business School’s General Management Program, Imtiaz also holds an Executive MBA in Strategy and Finance from Rutgers University in USA, and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in USA. Imtiaz sits on the boards of various renewable energy, high-tech start-ups, and non-profit organizations. Imtiaz is a thought leader, and speaks regularly on sustainability and economic development at various conferences worldwide.
Regional Service Director
In 2017, Georges Habib joined KONE as the Service Director for Middle East and Africa, covering both Sales and Operations.
Habib joined KONE after a long career in the industry, working for international competitors in the MEA region. Throughout his 20 years of experience, he was assigned several managerial roles in different departments; from installation operations, to service and new sales.
Habib is now leading our service culture of customer mindset, ensuring the best people flow experience there could be.
Georges holds a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering. He loves spending time with his family and dog, and enjoys outdoor sports activities.
Jiju John is KONE Middle East & Africa’s HR Director, who joined KONE in 2012 and is responsible for overseeing the entire HR function including Talent acquisition, C&B, Talent Management, Employee Relations, Organization Development and HRIS. Jiju has over 20+ years of HR experience within multinationals, multi-country and diverse organizations. He provides advice and is a trusted advisor to senior managers on full range of HR business issues. He obtained his Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Wollongong in Dubai, UAE.
Head of Legal
Kusti Mörtenhumer; Head of Legal for KONE Middle East and Africa, joined KONE in 2014, bringing with him a wealth of expertise. Prior to joining KONE, Kusti filled several legal posts in Pöyry; the global consulting and engineering firm. His last was General Counsel for the Energy Division, where he was also responsible for the group’s legal affairs in Asia Pacific and North America.
Mörtenhumer was assigned the Head of Legal for KONE Middle East and Africa in 2019. Preceding that role, he was responsible for the legal support for KONE units in Central and North Europe.
Kusti holds a Master’s degree in Laws from the University of Turku, Finland, and a Master’s degree in Economic Sciences from Åbo Akademi University, Finland. In his free time, Kusti enjoys a variety of sports, woodwork, the outdoors and spending time with his family and friends.
Director of New Equipment Business
Mohamed Samaha joined KONE in 2004. Before leading the New Equipment Business for KONE Middle East and Africa, he moved between different roles in the areas of sales, business development, export distribution, general management and acquisition.
Samaha is now primarily responsible for developing and implementing the New Equipment Business strategies in the region to achieve short- and long-term business goals.
RONY ABOU DIWAN
Rony Abou Diwan is the Operations Director for KONE Middle East & Africa, responsible for the quality, safety and operations aspect of the business. Rony joined KONE in 2013 as a regional quality manager. Throughout the years, he developed and progressed by gaining experience in the exports and distribution business as a regional director in 2014, then becoming KONE East Africa’s Managing Director in 2017. Prior to joining KONE, Rony acquired experience working as an installation project manager, as well as head of R&D.
With 21 years professional experience in large multinational Public Companies, Ruban Bilen handled progressive commercial, operational, and financial leading roles. Ruban’s seasoned expertise has allowed him to reinforce business development strategy, while overcoming challenges and finding solutions to maximize customer satisfaction & value, in turn driving company performance.
As the Regional CFO, KONE Middle East & Africa for the last 5 years, Ruban is responsible for Strategic Finance Leadership for 9 KONE direct operations as well as 60 markets served via Distributor partners across the Middle East, Africa & CIS, the largest geographical territory within KONE. He helped drive achievement of profitability targets for each year. Leveraging his outstanding skills, Ruban has helped to upskill Regional and country Finance teams to ensure continued success in the coming years.
Ruban also served as the CFO, KONE Canada between 2013 and 2016, where he was responsible for all Financial aspects of the operations across 3 Canadian regions representing more than $300 Million in annual Revenues. Prior to joining KONE, he held various prestigious managerial jobs in top-tier companies, including AECOM Technology Corp, Earth Tech Inc and General Electric.
Ruban graduated from McMaster University, where he acquired Honours Bachelor of Commerce Degree in 1999. The esteemed business leader has been a Certified Management Accountant from CPA Canada since 2012. Dedicated to promoting his business capabilities, he received renown certifications from GE Financial Management Program, GE Crotonville Leadership development centre, GE Black Belt Six Sigma Certification, Tyco Black Belt Six Sigma Certification and KONE Insead and IMD programs.