Iskandar Safa

CEO and co-founder of Privinvest Group

Iskandar Safa, CEO of Privinvest Group Iskandar Safa, CEO of Privinvest Group

Iskandar Safa's biography

Iskandar Safa was born in 1955 in Beirut, Lebanon. He is the CEO of Privinvest Group. After obtaining a degree in Civil Engineering at the American University in Beirut in 1978, Iskandar Safa went on to graduate from INSEAD (Fontainebleau, France) in 1982 with a Master’s degree in Business Administration. Mr. Safa was then involved in a number of ventures, including spending several years in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, managing construction operations.

Iskandar Safa with french former prime minister Bernard Cazeneuve
Iskandar Safa, head of Privinvest Group

In the early nineties, in what was to become his first steps in the shipbuilding industry, he purchased Constructions Mécaniques de Normandie (CMN), a shipyard based in Cherbourg, France. The company was then facing a dramatic industrial downturn, but he turned it around within two years. It is now a thriving enterprise with 400 employees, specialising in the design and production of vessels of up to 70 meters. In 2007, Iskandar Safa, in collaboration with Al Aïn International, formed Abu Dhabi Mar (ADM). In 2011 Privinvest bought out its partners in ADM. Today, Privinvest is one of the leading privately-owned shipbuilding groups in Europe and the Middle East with major naval and civilian clients around the world.

About Privinvest

Privinvest is an international shipbuilding group founded by Iskandar Safa and his brother Akram Safa more than 2 decades ago. Privinvest specialises in high-end and technologically innovative ships including naval and commercial vessels as well as mega yachts. Headquartered in the Middle East, the Privinvest Group has state of the art facilities in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, the Mediterranean and the Middle East. Privinvest prides itself on its unique and diverse skillset across its affiliates.

Privinvest, a world leader in naval shipbuilding founded by Iskandar Safa

Ancillary to its shipbuilding activities, Privinvest is increasingly involved in environmental issues. The Group’s R&D focuses particularly in Marine Renewable Energies such as the hydrokinetic and turbine industry. Privinvest’s shipyards have delivered more than 2,000 vessels and its products are present in more than 40 navies around the world. Currently, besides a number of private customers, the Privinvest group is working for a number of major NATO and non-NATO navies.