NSF Intl. Opens Abu Dhabi Office
NSF Middle East to provide local testing, auditing and certification services for water, food and beverage industries and quality and environmental management systems certifications
NSF Intl. has opened an office in Abu Dhabi to better meet the growing demand for testing, certification, auditing, consulting and training services in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). NSF Intl. has been active in the Middle East for more than 25 years, working with more than 1,000 companies in the region. Establishing the NSF Middle East office will help NSF better meet the needs of its clients. NSF Middle East provides auditing and product certification services for the water and food industries, as well as quality and environmental management systems certification.
Mr. Kevan P. Lawlor, president and CEO of NSF Intl., presents a gift to Dr. Sulaiman Al Jassim, vice president, Zayed University, at a reception honoring the grand opening of NSF Middle East which was held recently at the Emirates Palace.
Abu Dhabi is the hub of leading innovations and advancements in water quality and treatment in the Middle East and companies in the region benefit from NSF’s nearly 70 years of experience in standards development and testing for water treatment, distribution and filtration products. Availability of renewable fresh water resources per capita in the MENA region is among the lowest worldwide, constraining opportunities for development. For this reason, industry leaders and government agencies can rely on NSF Intl.’s expertise as they increase their efforts to improve water utilities’ efficiency, develop innovative technologies and support water science policy and governance.
NSF Middle East will be led by Mosbah Dannaoui, an expert in water distribution product quality and testing and in quality and environmental management systems. Prior to joining NSF, Dannaoui served in many leading quality assurance and engineering positions for pipe manufacturing companies in Saudi Arabia and in the Middle East region. He earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Arizona and a master’s degree in mathematics and industrial technology from Texas State University, and is a certified ISO 9001 QMS and ISO 14001 EMS auditor.
As regional manager, NSF Middle East, Mr. Dannaoui will help grow NSF’s water distribution and treatment testing and certification programs throughout the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries and in North Africa. He’ll also coordinate testing and certification services to the Middle East’s food and beverage industry, as well as management systems certification services to key sectors, including real estate and construction, pharmaceutical manufacturing, energy (natural gas, oil and petroleum), transportation and mining.
“NSF Intl. has provided testing, certification and auditing services to companies in the GCC region for nearly 25 years. Establishing the NSF Middle East office in Abu Dhabi will help us better serve our many clients in the region,” said Kevan P. Lawlor, president and CEO, NSF Intl.. “NSF Intl. has a long history and significant global expertise in delivering auditing and certification services for the food and drinking water industries, and in providing quality and environmental management systems certification. The Middle East region’s rapidly growing export market, coupled with the goal to produce safe, quality products for local consumption, has increased the local demand for these services. Through this office, NSF Middle East will continue to help companies in the region ensure the quality of their products and materials by demonstrating compliance with Intl. and regional standards.”