About Us


Company Profile


Akilam International, a US founded Veteran Owned Small Business, is a single point solution provider for all business sectors. Akilam International was created by a group of ambitious, proactive, value driven and solution focused professionals with significant and diverse experience within the Middle East and Mediterranean regions.




To be the cross-industry leader in being a single point solution provider by supplying an enhanced service which enables positive business relationships and increased profitability for clients.




To provide value driven, innovative, solution focused quality services that exceed our client’s expectations throughout the full lifecycle of the Contract.




To create and cultivate long term sustainable relationships that provide high quality, responsive, and value generating solutions that result in complete client satisfaction.  To provide a positive learning culture to enable local personnel to develop world leading skills therefore supporting the development of the local community.




To ensure the best service possible for all our customs, globally, Akilam International is ISO 9001:2015 compliant


Our Team

J. Riley Hughes

Managing Director

Riley started his career in the US Marines as an infantry forward observer. Once he received his honorable discharge in 2000 he began working on vessels in the research and yachting fields. After gaining experience he continued to work in the oil and gas market in offshore geophysical before settling in with SGS upstream, working on the new projects team in the Middle East and Asia. After working with the global team for 2 years team he was assigned the role of Erbil, Iraq location manager from 2010 to 2016. Parting ways with SGS in 2018 and forming a new company with a group of experienced oil and gas professionals, Akilam International.

Steven Dobbs

Project Manager

Steven joined the British Army in 1979 and retired with an honorable discharge in 2001. In his active duty he was deployed multiple times to regions including the Middle East and Europe.  Since military retirement he has helped develop multiple international companies with his experience, especially in the fields of logistics, training and security management and now has joined Akilams’ Middle East team.