Our People


Haji Habibullah Pirzada
President, Principal

Mr. Habibullah Pirzada was born into a prominent Afghan Business family and after graduating from Engineering faculty, gained experience working with the family business; however his entrepreneurial spirit was strong and in 2002 he started his own construction company and over the 15 years has built ACCL International into one of the most renowned Construction and Life Support Services companies in the region. In addition, Mr. Pirzada and his brothers continue to expand the company throughout the GCC and Asia and currently have operations and assets in the United Arab Emirates, Mongolia, East Africa and the United States, employing over 2000 full/part-time employees.

 
Sargon G. Y. Heinrich
Executive Vice President, Principal

Mr. Sargon Heinrich has served as President and Principal of several companies that he has founded and eventually sold; the most recent being Monolith Interactive Solutions, which was purchased by internet logistics provider iLink Global in 2000. Previously, Mr. Heinrich spent thirteen years with Bechtel Corporation leading domestic and international project management, public relations, project finance, and business development activities. These experiences culminated in his coordination and management role in the extinguishing of Kuwait oil fires after Operation Desert Storm in 1991-1993.  Mr. Heinrich is based in Kabul, Afghanistan and Dubai, United Arab Emirates.  

 
Haji Mahmood Pirzada
Director of Operations - Afghanistan, Principal
 

Mr. Mahmood Pirzada has been an integral part of the family business over the last 20 years; his exceptional understanding of the local construction and logistics capabilities, together with his unprecedented negotiating ability within the local business community, has been the corner stone of success of both his family business and ACCL International.


Mukhsen Mokhammad
Director, Principal

Mr. Mukhsen Mokhammad has been an integral part of the family business over the last 14 years with experience of International Negotiations, Supply Chain Management, Global Sourcing, Inventory and Transport & Logistics. Mukhsen has been Director in the United Arab Emirates since 2008 having returned from gaining extensive experience in Europe. 

 
Stephen Barclay-Evely 
Chief Operating Officer  
Mr. Stephen Barclay-Evely joined ACCL International as VP Business Development with responsibility for guiding the company's development function, analyzing the marketplace and shaping the company's strategies for future growth. Stephen has extensive operational experience, gained from 16 years in the commercial sector, where he held a number of executive management positions within Strategic Consulting International, Crisis and Risk Management and Aegis Defence Services Ltd.; building business and ensuring the delivery of contracted services in post conflict areas of the globe. Stephen has since been promoted to Chief Operating Officer responsible for the daily operation of the company and will report to the President and Principal Owners.  Mr. Barclay-Evely is based in Kabul, Afghanistan. 
 
Steven LaPlante 
Country Director - USA 
 

Mr. Steven LaPlante has joined ACCL International as Country Director, with responsibility for the USA. Mr. LaPlante is a former a senior level executive with 29 years of civilian and military leadership experience and has led agencies at the International, Federal, State, and local levels of government. Since 9-11, Mr. LaPlante managed overseas foreign assistance projects for the United States Central Command. At a peak in 2009 Mr. LaPlante led 63 major projects with a portfolio that covered the gamut of foreign assistance deliveries; consulting, advising, training, engineering, design-build construction, facilities management, supply chain, logistics support and security.

 
Jeffrey L. Wilkinson
Business Development Director   
 

Mr. Jeffrey Wilkinson, a retired Marine, served 30 years as an Enlisted and officer. His background includes business development and human resources professional within the military, homeland security and emergency management, corporate business and international construction, higher education and public service environments. Jeff received his B.A. in education from Morehead State University, his Masters of Science Management from Indiana Wesleyan University, and his Military Masters of Strategic Planning from the Marine Corps University. After military service, Jeff has held executive and senior management positions in higher education, emergency management and construction, and managed several major contracts internationally for US defense contractors in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Mr. Wilkinson is based in Kabul, Afghanistan.

 
Cynthia A. Sampson
Contracts & Compliance Director   

Ms. Cynthia earned a Bachelors (BA) in 2013 and her Masters Business Administration (MBA) with a Specialization in Supply Chain Management in 2014. She is also a member of National Contract Management Association (NCMA).
 
Ms. Cynthia A. Sampson has worked with both the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of State (DoS) in Iraq and Afghanistan as the Prime Contractor within the Project Management Office (PMO) during the period of November 2004 until January 2015.  Cynthia has proven to be a key leader with over 30 years of International and Domestic experience with key knowledge and understanding of the Government and Host Country Laws, Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), and the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulations (DFARS). 
 
Christopher Barber  
CHEF  
 
Mr. Christopher Barber is a Retired U.S. Navy Culinary Specialist (1990–2010) with comprehensive experience providing leadership, support and guidance within medium to large scale food service facilities ensuring food quality standards, inventory levels, food safety guidelines and customer service expectations are met, while utilizing extensive knowledge of quantity food production and serving techniques, food safety/sanitation requirements and procedures. Mr. Barber’s experience in Food Service Operations includes; facility inspections, audits, and development of positive action plans for establishments, while managing the food service program in single site or multiple site programs in accordance with policies & procedures and federal and state requirements.
 
Mohammad Khalid Aryan
Business Development Manager & Project Coordinator 
 
Mr. Khalid Aryan, a key member of the Business Development team with over 10 years of progressive responsible experience with international clients on marketing and new Business Development, Purchasing, Tendering and Operational delivery for multiple projects throughout Afghanistan. Khalid’s knowledge and experience of Construction and Operations and Maintenance has been primarily gained through hands on field experience and Project Management.Khalid works from ACCL International's Kabul office.
 

Shaun M. Brogan  

Director of Operations - UAE   
 
Mr. Shaun Brogan has over 20 year’s experience on assignment for multinational companies in an executive capacity throughout EAME and Asia. In his most recent assignments he was stationed in Afghanistan from 2004, where he opened the prestigious and the country’s first 5 star establishment for Serena Hotels & Resorts, and later went on to set up and oversee the successful launching of the US$500 million dollar investment of the United Arab Emirates Telecommunication Corporation’s network in Afghanistan; Etisalat, as Director of Administration. Mr. Brogan is presently assigned to our Dubai office.
 
Jobi Devasia 
GCC Programme Director 

Mr. Jobi Devasia has over 18 years’ experience in strategic planning, project management and business development in multiple industries in an executive position in the UAE. He is an enthusiastic, confident and reliable professional who has vast experience of managing multiple projects, and possesses a forward-thinking approach to the management of clients and assignments.His understanding of both domestic and international markets with hands on strong contact networks and he is able to manage the project delivery team through entire life-cycle, from client enquiry to invoice.Jobi overseas all our GCC new projects and responsible to initiate and develop new business ventures.

 
Sathya Simons 
Director of Finance   
 
Mr. Sathya Simons joined ACCL International as Director of Finance in April of 2016. Mr. Simons is a Chartered Accountant, with extensive experience in the Auditing, Oil & Gas and Construction industries; in both the GCC and India. Mr. Simons is based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates Office.
 
Vivek Bhagwat 
Finance Manager    
 
Mr. Vivek Bhagwat joins ACCL International as Finance Manager, with over 20 years of Finance experience in the Construction, Hospitality, Facility Management, Real Estate, Manufacturing, Finance & Trading industries in both the Unites Arab Emirates and in India. Mr. Bhagwat completed his MMS (Master of Management Science in Finance), M. Com. & DBM (Diploma in Business Management) from Pune University, India. Mr. Bhagwat will be based in our Dubai office.
 
 
Sumesh Thathayil
Purchasing & Logistics Manager

Mr. Sumesh Thathayil has been with ACCL International since 2011, and is responsible for food items purchases in excess of US$50 million annually by our company, from local and international markets; as head of ACCL International Purchasing and Logistics Department. Sumesh is a Graduate of Annamalai University and is based in our Reef Tower office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. 

 
Marisa M. Meldo 
Human Resources Manager 
 
Ms. Marisa M. Medelo has over 9 years Human Resources experience, 7 years HR Specialist and 2 years experienced in HR Administrative Assistant (Staffing) as well, in a various multinational companies in the Middles east and Asia.

Marsia is responsible for all Human Resource activities/strategies within ACCL International and aside from her skills in and experiences in Human Resources, Marisa also holds a Diploma in Human Resources, graduated 17th of May 2013, OSHA Certificates – 132 Hrs – graduated 18th of June 2013, Six Sigma – White Belt Certified.Marisa is based in Kabul Afghanistan.
 
Mohammad Rishad 
Business Development Manager 
Mr. Mohammad Rishad, joins ACCL International, with over 10 years cross functional and cross cultural experience in Proposal management, Business development, Tendering and Commercial Affairs in India and the Middle East. Mr. Rishad is currently based in our office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. 
 
Dominic D' Cruz
Catering Manager 
 
Mr. Domincic D' Cruz is a Food qualified food service manager and trainer in service (DFAC) and quality assurance (QA) with over 17 years of international experience. Dominic joined ACCL in Kabul Afghanistan in 2011.  Mr. D'Cruz is based in Kabul, Afghanistan.
 
Kamal Leo Gomes
Catering Controller  

Mr. Kamal Leo Gomes is a qualified Food Service Management Professional, ISO 22000, ISO 9001:2008 Overview and Internal Auditor, ServSafe Proctor and Instructor with extensive of 13 years of experience in Catering and Hospitality Industries throughout Africa and Middle East, with the knowledge of US standard Food Service, TB Med 530 and Army Regulation. He has the capability and experience of entire food service operation. Mr. Gomes Joined ACCL in 2015 and is based in Kabul, Afghanistan.
 
Waruna Jayasinghe
Finance Officer 
 
Mr. Waruna Jayasinghe has 29 years of experience in the area of Finance, where he spent 11 years with Al Marai Dairy Company in Saudi Arabia in various positions, before joining ACCL International in 2012 and is now based in our office in Kabul Afghanistan. 
 
Jatin C. Sawant
Finance Officer 
 
Mr. Jatin Sawant has 19 years of experience in the area of Finance and joined ACCL in 2007 and is based in our offices in Kabul Afghanistan. 
 




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