Mr. Ahmed Essa Hareb Al Falahi
Chief Executive Officer
Tracing his roots to a family with a deep history in shipping and pearl diving, Ahmed Essa Hareb Al Falahi has always been passionate about marine trade. Coupled with the right knowledge, skill and experience he gained from studying finance, Al Falahi has been the captain of the ship of Gulf Energy Maritime (GEM) as its CEO since 2006. For over eight years, he has consistently and successfully steered GEM into becoming a well-established and leading independent commercial product tanker operator.
Armed with a double degree in Finance and General Business from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Al Falahi's financial acumen and excellent business sense was further enhanced from his eight-year stint with Etisalat, a UAE-based telecom giant, as he specialized in mergers and acquisitions. Soon after, his business and financial skills proved extremely beneficial to GEM as he expertly guided its business to continued growth and profitability across the turbulent cycles of boom, crisis and slow recovery.
With cautious optimism, his calm and calculated approach has enabled him to rise above various challenges, which has been evidently reflected on GEM's enviable resilience through the roughest seas of the global financial crisis and slow recovery of recent times.
Having proven himself worthy of the title and responsibility as CEO of GEM, he vows to continuously and effectively steer its 19-vessel strong fleet and highly trained and professional on-shore and off-shore personnel to market leadership in terms of safety and service delivery excellence.
Captain Robert Buckham
Head of MSEQ
Captain Robert Buckham, A Master Mariner, commenced his seagoing career in 1975 as a cadet and gained experience on a variety of vessel types before sailing as Master on both large oil tankers and product tankers.
He has held a number of shore positions since the year 2000 including Operations Fleet Superintendent, Fleet Manager and since joining GEM in March 2005 during the initial first year of the company as MSEQ Superintendent gained promotion in 2008 to Quality Compliance and Training Manager. He has since been appointed as Head of MSEQ.