Akram Makasher is currently the executive director of policies and legislation at the Government Expenditure and Projects Efficiency Authority, also known as EXPRO, since June 2022.
In this position, Makasher manages newly established departments to ensure spending efficiency, policies and methodologies both internally and externally.
He has over 17 years of experience in the private and public sectors, specializing in operations management, supply chain management, organization excellence, and spending improvement programs.
He first joined EXPRO in September 2018 as sector director of enablement, where he prepared sector strategy and business plans, and deployed and exceeded targets across 28 government entities.
Prior to that, Makasher occupied the position of plant manager at Al-Sharq Plastic Co., which is a subsidiary of Takween Advanced Technologies.
He oversaw overall plant and operations management for four plastic plants, managed their direction and planning, set key performance indicators and exceeded customer expectations in all functions — production, maintenance, supply chain, quality and safety.
Makasher was also plant manager in 2015 at Zamil Alpla, a joint venture firm with more than 177 locations, supplying plastic packaging materials to major fast-moving consumer goods companies globally.
In 2013, he was the distributor’s regional manager at Videojet Danaher for coding and marking machines worldwide.
Makasher’s responsibilities included managing major distributors for Videojet in the GCC and Pakistan to achieve sales plans.
He managed forecasts and orders from distributors and aligned with internal teams to produce and ship as per customers’ needs. He also launched new products in the region, and trained channel partners on new products and sales development.
Makasher started his career as packaging development lead at Procter and Gamble in 2005 and stayed there until 2013.
He worked with other departments to develop work processes and improve productivity and quality.
He holds a Bachelor of Applied Engineering in Chemical Engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.