6. Brian Johnson, managing partner, Godwin Austen Johnson (Power 100 ranking: 48)

Godwin Austen Johnson (GAJ) has helped to deliver a number of iconic buildings in Dubai during the practice’s nearly 30-year history.

As managing partner of the firm, Brian Johnson recognises that one of the biggest challenges the company faces lies in helping clients to find a balance between quality contracting and value for money: “There is no substitute for having a good contractor on board to help both clients and architects to achieve their dreams, on time and on budget,” he tells Construction Week.

Johnson adds that he has high expectations of the impact Expo 2020 Dubai will have on business activities: “The UAE continues to offer exciting opportunities for new developments as it races towards Expo 2020 and beyond.

“We are especially proud to be playing a significant role as part of an international team of specialist consultants who are engaged to monitor the sustainability targets that have been set in place by the expo organisers.”

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