Privinvest has come to be known worldwide as a leader in the realm of international shipbuilding. Founded by Iskandar Safa along with his brother Akram Safa, Privinvest has over 2500 employees around the world, operating throughout Europe and the Middle-East. In leading such a massive organization, Iskandar has preferred to stay far from the limelight–leading through action and not an out-sized public persona. That does not mean, however, that his story is not an interesting one.
Iskandar was raised in Beirut and was a champion discus thrower throughout all Arabian countries. He went to school for civil engineering–a path well-established by many on his mother’s side of the family. After Lebanon won its independence from France, Iskandar’s father served as director of the cabinet for Lebanon’s president. His father’s example provided Iskandar with a drive to succeed and well as a guide in how to be a leader.
After completing his civil engineering studies, Iskandar went to Riyadh and built a military academy for the Saudi King. This major undertaking also being his first project was a sign of things to come for Iskandar Safa. His interest in large-scale projects would dominate the rest of his career up to the present day.
Iskandar spent three years in Riyadh before continuing his education in France to obtain his MBA at the European Institute of Business Administration. It was then that Iskandar launched Privinvest with his brother, who himself had graduated from MIT.
Privinvest began by diving into the worlds of hospitality and international trade. After these early successes, Privinvest went on to make their name known in the shipbuilding sector on a global scale.
Iskandar Safa and Privinvest seem primed for continued future growth. It will be exciting to watch just how the company continues to expand upon its global success.