Gwinyai Makuyana   CHFE, DMS, MIET, LCGI

Gwinyai Makuyana CHFE, DMS, MIET, LCGI

Director of Engineering at Dusit International D2 Salwa Doha
Lives in Doha, Qatar

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About me

An experienced Facilities Engineering Executive with good people management skills and building services engineering management knowledge. Planning and directing all aspects of engineering, maintenance activities and projects for facilities operations. Supporting all departments, supplying services as required to the entire operation and maintaining equipment, building, and grounds in optimum condition. Ensuring all engineering projects, initiatives, and routine maintenance are in conformance with company's policies and objectives and regulatory requirement, while overseeing projects’ processes, budgets, and timelines. Managing the POMEC department’s budget and costs.

Examining technology, organizational resources and the business level demands in order to plan or give procedures for projects which are practicable or possible. Developing and implementing policies, standards and procedures for the engineering and technical work performed in the organization. Reviewing &, ensuring that safety policies -HACCP/GMP, SOPs, and OSHA regulations and work rules, as well as machinery safety rules and guidelines are implemented.

Ability to read and understand engineering drawings, blueprints. Excellent written and oral communications skills & techniques. Effective planning & organizing skills; ability to handle multiple tasks. Ability to maintain a positive, professional, cooperative demeanor, conduct and working relationship with peers, management, employees, vendor, suppliers & compliance agencies


14 years and 11 months

  • Director of Engineering

    Dusit International D2 Salwa Doha - Doha, Qatar

    Engineering & Maintenance
    September 2019 - Now · 4 months

    My current responsibilities for the complex include: • Interacting with project teams -engineers, consultants, contractors designers and owners for pre-opening technical services, reviewing of plans, drawings, materials-submittals, T&C Reports, Compliance Certificates, management of pre-opening and migration services for - Building Control Systems, Energy Distribution, Energy Supply (gas & electricity), Elevator transportation, Facade engineering requirements, Fire safety, detection and protection, Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), Information and communications technology (ICT) networks, Lighting (natural and artificial), Lightning protection, Refrigeration, Security and Alarm Systems, Water, Drainage and Plumbing, Green Building Concepts and reduction and, setting up and organisation of hotel engineering operation and management system, and business in readiness for opening. • Reviewing, updating self and taking guidance from Corporate Fire & Life Safety Manual, Technical Service Guideline Manual, Audiovisual Systems Design Guideline, Hotel Opening Critical Path, FF&E, OS&E and M&E Template Manual for new hotels, Operating Supplies – Template for new hotels, Preventive Maintenance Program and Fire Life & Safety Preventive Maintenance for post opening engineering operation. After opening the complex, I shall be responsible for: • The operation and maintenance of the physical plant, engineering facilities, efficiency of equipment and machinery, energy and water efficiency, safety and emergency procedures and that governmental regulation, National Environmental Boards, and the Engineering & Safety & Emergency Standards policy are being implemented. • Efficient utilisation of tangible resources such as goods and equipment, financial resources, and labor resources such as employees, making sure there is enough physical resources for the business and that human resources training, appraisal and developmental plans are implemented and intangible resources that include goodwill, brand recognition, copyrights, patents, trademarks, trade names, and customer lists. • Managerial responsibilities for planning and implementation of Annual Service contracts, Water Standards (with bacteria control) checklist, Legionella checklist, Swimming Pool water quality and safety checklist, EarthCheck program ‘Green Team’ monthly meeting and follow-up, Succession Planning in place and follow up, Hotel Compliance with local laws and building regulations, preparation and submission of various monthly reports to Management and Corporate Offices.

  • Director Of Engineering

    Minor Hotels - Nizwa, Oman

    Engineering & Maintenance
    September 2017 - August 2019 · 2 years

    Running the facilities management and operations for the highest five star resort in the middle east, 2000 m above sea level featuring 115 luxury rooms and villas with 35 heated pools; HVAC Heating and Cooling System; Energy Centre, Technical Rooms, LPG Plants; outsource 600 cu.m STP Plant; 5 F & B Outlets and kitchens and support MEP Systems/Facilities, supported by a staff 240 PAX accommodation facility with MEP Support Systems; • Evaluating the results of Installation activities, identifying recurring problems and prepare recommendations and feedback about significant changes that need to be made to processes, procedures, systems, or products • Managing the efficient and safe operation of all plant, equipment, ancillary maintenance and repairs for the protection of the property assets, including structural aspects of the building • Assisting with capital project planning, in liaison with senior management, to ensure capital funding is effectively allocated and budgeted in accordance with company directives and philosophy. • Developing and implementing a facilities management communication plan • Developing, reviewing and comparing performance metrics for facility management services (bench-marking, measuring observable behaviors, service response, resolution times etc.).

  • Cluster Director of Engineering

    Minor Hotels Group - Riverside Hotels - Bangkok, Thailand

    Engineering & Maintenance
    August 2015 - August 2017 · 2 years and 1 month

     Coordinated pre & post opening activities for Avani Riverside Hotel and Riverside Plaza and managing migration and handover processes  Provided leadership to the engineering function for in-house FM teams and Vendors (outsource) SLAs by setting priorities aligned with the brands objectives  Advocated for and supported sound business and engineering decision-making; advising Cluster/GMs, Hotel based Engineering Leaders, Cluster Teams  Defined and lead the execution of engineering responsibilities for the Cluster hotels: engineering operational efficiency, facilities management (i.e. asset protection through in-house and external audits/ regulatory compliance, etc.), and sustainability, reducing energy consumption and increasing guest satisfaction.  Acted as a consultant and providing solutions and high-level technical consultation whilst directing and supporting activities of Hotel Engineering Leaders relating to asset protection, CapEx, property improvement plans, performance reporting, regulatory compliance, energy opportunities, guest satisfaction and utilisation of discipline technology platforms

  • Director of Engineering

    Banana Island Resort Doha - Doha, Qatar

    Engineering & Maintenance
    November 2013 - August 2015 · 1 year and 10 months

     Coordinated, monitored, attended site meetings and reported on construction project progress to brand stakeholders – Owners, MHG Head Office and local management  Coordinated with the hotel on the migration and handover schedules, responsibility for the proper snagging and official takeover of hotel areas  Managed a composite team of technicians and engineers on Defect Liability Period (105), Facilities Management-PPM (115), Engineering Operations (50)  Recruited, managed, motivated, and developed high quality PM & FM teams to drive operations and achieve business objectives  Commissioned the procurement and management of service providers for the delivery of PM & FM management services and activities including contracts, partnerships and other delivery modes

  • Director of Maintenance & Conservation

    Hospitality Development Comany T/A Nikki Beach Hotels and Resorts - Doha, Qatar

    Engineering & Maintenance
    March 2012 - April 2013 · 1 year and 2 months

     Successfully led a team of 13 pre-opening managers and associates through progress updates etc  Formulated engineering SOPs, O, E & M Manuals, hotel contingencies plans, risk and disaster management manuals, energy management and conservation programs/checklist for plant, systems and processes  Fostered close channels of communication with project, design and brand teams, contributing in project progress meetings representing the hotel brand  Directed the planning and establishment of the Hospitality Maintenance Department working in a collaborative team with the Nikki Beach and HDC Head Office Operations Staff, Design Services, Consultants, Architecture and Engineering Department, and The Pearl Qatar Community Facility Maintenance Departments (District Cooling, Utilities and Waste Management)  Participated in regional task-force assignments for risk survey, engineering audits and new projects briefs in the MENA areas

  • Chief Engineer & Project Manager

    Fregate Island Private - Victoria, Seychelles

    Engineering & Maintenance
    September 2010 - March 2012 · 1 year and 7 months

     Actively led a team of 49 engineers and 25 landscapers responsible for maintenance and engineering in gardens, hydroponic farm and island engineering and safety operation  Proactively reviewed, planned and managed the scheduling of facilities preventive maintenance  Actively participated in ensuring compliance and licensing for the CAT 3 Airstrip and Helipad Facilities to Seychelles Civil Aviation and ICAO Requirements, Air Traffic control including ground handling procedures

  • Director of Engineering & Technical Services

    Sheraton Harare Hotel rebranded The Rainbow Towers & Convention Centre - Harare, Zimbabwe

    Engineering & Maintenance
    August 2004 - August 2010 · 6 years and 1 month

     Played a key role in leading a team of 47 engineering & maintenance technicians involved in guestrooms and hotel facilities preventative, routine and repair maintenance procedures and techniques  Implemented brand close-down for Starwood -Sheraton Harare Hotel and managed the technical rebranding exercise for the new brand  Managed and coordinated pre & post opening activities on hotel site to ensure compliance with brand design guidelines and other requirements  Successfully championed the implementations of Quality Management System (QMS), ISO Audits & achieved successful QMS/ISO Certification for the Hotel


  • Doctorate in Business Management

    Indian Institute of Business & Management Studies - Mumbai, India

    November 2015 - December 2016

    Professional studies covering general management, marketing, human resources strategic, operations and financial management, managerial economics, business law and quantitative methods. Intensive research and case study professional program which included a thesis

  • Certified Hospitality Facilities Executive

    American Hotel & Lodges Educational Institute - California, PA, United States

    August 2015 - July 2017

    Awarded on successes in examination on: - Facilities Management : Facilities Services: Financial Management: Leadership and Human Resources Management modules

  • Advanced Diploma in Plant Engineering

    Engineering Institute of Technology - Australia - Western Australia, Australia

    September 2011 - April 2013

    19 modular distant study with weekly webnar and monthly assignments presented online, virually by Industry experts across the globe. 19 modules included electrical and mechanical plant engineering, industrial production layout, project management, pneumatics and hydraulics, planning, scheduling, mechanical components, electrical components, instrumentation and control, systems engineering, construction management etc etc

  • Full Technological Certificate in Electrical Engineering

    City & Guilds of London Institute

    June 1988 - December 1990

    Senior Award n successfully completing Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 Courses in Electrical and Electronic Engineering with an Award of Licentiateship Diploma in Electrical Engineering in Advanced Electrical Technology: Generation, Transmission and Distribution of Electrical Power; Utilization of Electrical Energy: Electrical Principles: Power Systems: Electrical Systems: Control Systems Engineering

  • Completion of 4-year Apprenticeship Training

    Apprencticeship Training - Ministry of Labour & Skilled Manpower

    July 1986 - July 1990

    Apprenticeship training and graduated as Class ONE Electrician with a National Craft Certificate in Electrical Engineering after successful completion of 4 year college training, industrial attachment and trade testing.


1 language

  • English

    Native or fluent

Personal information


  • Zimbabwean


28 skills

  • Audits
  • Budgeting/P&L
  • Building maintenance
  • Buildings Services Engineering Management
  • Construction Management
  • Contracts management
  • Cost control
  • Customer Service Skills
  • Disaster Management Planning
  • Electrical Engineering ~
  • Facilities Management
  • Fire Safety
  • Green Buildings Approach
  • Hotel Engineering
  • Human Resources
  • HVAC maintenance
  • Maintenance Management
  • MEP engineering
  • PMP Project Management
  • Power Generation System
  • Pre opening
  • Pre- Opening & Rebranding
  • Projects Management
  • Strategic Planning
  • Team Building Skills
  • Team Leadership
  • Utilities Expenses Management
  • Water and Sewerage Plants Management

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