Akram Safa is the co-founder of Marine Holdings, an international shipbuilding group.
He is also involved in movie industry as executive producer of « Capernaum », a film written and directed by Nadine Labaki, winner of the 2018 Cannes Film Festival and released in October of the same year.
Born in 1958, Akram Safa spent his youth in Beirut until he obtained his baccalaureate. He attended the renowned Champville Marist College. He moved to the United States in the late 1970s and entered Ohio University (OSU) to complete a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree. He then joined the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and obtained a Master’s degree in civil engineering.
From 1978 to 1983, he was in charge of the extension of the construction of Dahran Airport in Saudi Arabia. In 1983, he directed the road rehabilitation projects in Lebanon led by the construction company Almabani.
In 1995 he founded PIDev Holding and is its CEO. The holding company’s mission is to invest in Europe and the Middle East in innovative projects in the fields of telecommunications, new technologies, renewable energies, media and real estate.
Akram Safa started his career in film production as Executive Producer of “Capernaum”, a Lebanese dramatic film written and directed by Nadine Labaki, released in 2018. As an official selection for the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, the film received the Jury Prize, the Ecumenical Jury Prize and the Citizenship Prize. The film was nominated for the Golden Globe Awards in December 2018.
Akram Safa is also a shareholder of AB Science (AB.PA), a French biotechnology company listed on the stock exchange. He is also a shareholder of the Canadian biotechnology company Neptune Wellness Solutions (NEPT), which is listed on the NASDAQ-US.