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Iskandar Safa Becomes an Household Name in the Business World

Iskandar Safa is a household name in the naval industry and he has extended his business prowess to the real estate, media as well as hospitality sectors. Born in 1955, Safa serves as the Chief Executive Officer at Privinvest Group, a leading company with a number of facilities in Europe as well as the Middle East. The company specializes in the commercial vessels, superyachts, as well as naval construct.

The entrepreneur prepared for his future by pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering at the American University of Beirut. Iskandar Safa also strengthened his educational background by pursing an MBA at INSEAD in France. From the moment he was in college, he was sure about what he would like to do as a career.

Starting from the United States, Iskandar Safa gained valuable experience working for various organizations. He even traveled to Saudi Arabia where he was in-charge of an airdrome construction site. After sometime, he decided to get into the entrepreneurship path by partnering with his brother to start Privinvest. He ventured into naval shipbuilding. See Related Link for more information.

1992 was a turning point for Privinvest because it acquired Constructions Mecaniques de Normandie (CMN). Iskandar Safa and his brother helped the company which was financially struggling to get back to its feet. Today, it is one of the largest shipyards in France with more than 400 employees. The businesses continued to grow and in 2007, it gave birth to Abu Dhabi Mar shipyard co-owning it with AI Ain international.

Iskandar Safa has been highly successful in the business world and today, he is focusing on giving back to the community as an appreciation for the support has received. Particularly, he is helping in the restoration of the Notre-Dame Cathedral after it was consumed by fired. He is donating marble from his quarry in France to help in the reconstruction.


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