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Prof Dr Uwe Krueger
Chief executive officer, Atkings Global

Prof Dr Uwe Krueger was appointed an executive director in June 2011, taking up the post of chief executive officer in August 2011. He is a physicist who studied at the University of Frankfurt, graduating with a PhD in complex system theory. He also studied at Columbia University (New York), the EcoleNormaleSupérieure (Paris) and at Harvard (Boston). He holds an Honorary Professorship in Physics from the University of Frankfurt am Main and an Honorary Doctorate from Heriot-Watt University awarded for his exemplary entrepreneurial leadership and contributions to the application of science, engineering and technology to business and industry across the globe.

Uwe has spent the majority of his career leading engineering and consulting organisations in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific. He began his career at international strategy consulting firm, A. T. Kearney, followed by leadership positions at Hochtief AG, an international provider of construction services, including chief executive officer of central and eastern Europe, and senior vice president and chairman of Turner International based in Dallas, USA.

More recently he was chief executive officer of Swiss company, Oerlikon, one of the world’s leading high-tech industrial companies specialising in machine and plant engineering. He joined Atkins from Texas Pacific Group, a private equity investment firm based in London and San Francisco and Cleantech Switzerland, a trade promotion organisation in the area of sustainability which operates on behalf of the Swiss Federal Government. He is currently on the boards of Aggreko plc (Glasgow, UK), ONTEX S.A. (Zele, Belgium) and SUSI Partners AG (Zurich, Switzerland).

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Chris Miers
CEO of ProbynMiers

Christopher Miers is the founder and CEO of ProbynMiers, international construction consultants and a leading ‘think tank’ of Architects in Forensic Analysis and International Dispute Avoidance and Resolution with offices in London and Dubai. He is Chartered Architect, a Chartered Arbitrator, an Adjudicator, a Mediator and a leading international Expert Witness. Christopher is on FIDIC Presidents’ List of Approved Dispute Adjudicators and is a member of the contracts drafting committee for JCT contracts which has addressed BIM development across the construction industry. He advises on roles, risks and responsibilities for BIM projects and is a regular speaker on the impact of BIM on contractual arrangements including with FIDIC contracts. He is the past President of the Dispute Resolution Board Foundation - International Region and serves on various domestic and international Panels and as a DB Member. He is a leader for the ‘Committee of Dispute Resolution’ training for the Rio Janeiro 2016 Olympics & Paralympics. Christopher is regarded as a leading negotiator and advisor in worldwide construction conflict avoidance with appointments in Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Brazil, the Caribbean, Costa Rica, France, India, Italy, Ireland, Japan, Morocco, Nepal, New Zealand, Oman, Qatar, Sudan, Tanzania, United Arab Emirates, Ukraine and United Kingdom. Christopher is a Visiting Professor at Peking University, School of Transnational Law and a Visiting Lecturer in UK universities.

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Eng. Salma Almaamari
Vice President of Society of Engineers - UAE
Cost Management Director, Command of Military Works

Salma Saeed Almaamarireceived Bachelor Degree of Architectural Engineering in University of United Arab Emirates 1992. Presently, she is Tender and Contract Head in Military Defense through Emirates and Investment providing professional advice, expertise and practical assistance to the staff, reviewing scope of work, contractor pre-qualification, completion of tender documents, bid evaluations, contract Negotiation, finalizing contract documents, contract controls and contract administration. Previously she was Director of design & development department in Abu Dhabi general services –Musanada, and served for 15 years in Alain municipality in different position which contributes on her personal and professional growth. She is actively Board member of society of engineers since 2003 to present and Board member of architecture heritage society since 2006 to 2010.

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Ahmed M.ElSaadani
Executive Director,Vice Chairman

Ahmed M.ElSaadani is the Executive Director, Vice Chairman of EVIC Consulting LLC, an engineering consultancy with more than 34 years of experience and one of the few firms in the Middle East known for delivering strong coordinated multi-disciplinary services in the construction industry as well as offering engineering consultancy.

Ahmed M.ElSaadani holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture. He has completed his MBA from West Hungary University in Sopron, Hungary, majoring in Global Business Management. In addition to a Master of Science in Economics University of West Hungary and Diploma in Marketing and European Union Financing. He is a Member of the American Institute of Architecture (AIA). American Institute Contractor (AIC), Saudi Council of Engineers (SCE) and Society of Egyptian Architects (SEA).

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Geoff French
Past President, FIDIC and Past President, ICE

Geoff was President of FIDIC from 2011 to 2013 having been elected to its Executive Committee in 2005. He is also a Past Chairman of the ACE (Association for Consultancy and Engineering) in the UK. Geoff was the 149th President of the Institution of Civil Engineers for the year up to November 2014, having been a Vice President since 2008.

He was Chairman of Scott Wilson for eight years until its acquisition by URS in September 2010.

Geoff is a civil engineering graduate who joined Scott Wilson in 1968. Following the transition from partnership to limited company in 1995 he was appointed to Managing Director, initially of the business in the UK. He oversaw the growth of the Scott Wilson business both in the UK and the major international business centres around the world, ensuring the Group’s continuing position in the top ten UK engineering consultancies. He was appointed Group Chairman in 2002 and he oversaw the tripling of the firm’s revenue and the highly successful flotation in March 2006. In 2008 he became Non-Executive Chairman of the Group.

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Dick Kell
Past President of FIDIC
Nader Shokoufi
FIDIC YPF Steering Committee and ISCE YPF EC

Nader Shokoufi is a structural engineer and manager and shareholder in Tavon consulting engineers in Iran. He is currently the chair of the sustainable development committee in Iranian Society of consulting engineers and a member of FIDIC sustainable development committee. Nader is a past chair of FIDIC YPF Steering committee and ISCE YPF EC.

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Eng. Rayed Al Arashi
Council Board Member & Chairman of Arbitration Committee of Society of Engineers - UAE
Drilling Planning & Performance Team Leader
Planning & Performance Section, Drilling Division

Rayed Al Arashi is a highly qualifies petroleum graduate with extensive technical, operational and troubleshooting skills. He has BS Degree major in petroleum engineering, design and software applications. He is a committed team player with broad organizational and inter-personal skills. He works in Abu Dhabi Marine Operation Company(ADMA-OPCO) as Drilling Planning & Performance Team Leader OF Planning & Performance Section - Drilling Division where he supervises Drilling Services Contracts, Plans and develops contracts requisitions, scope and value of required services technical specifications. Leading Company representative on the drilling and manage the team on planning and prioritizing activities, resolve operational problems to achieve the Company objectives safely and efficiently.

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Dr Nabil Shehadeh
CEO of Oqoud for Engineering Contracts Management

Dr. Nabil Shehadehhas MSc in Construction Management from Leeds University and a PhD degree in Construction Law from Leeds University. He acted in the capacity of Arbitrator, Mediator, and Expert in many international and local disputes cases. He lectured in the subjects of contract management and construction law in the American University of Sharjah in UAE and in Trent College in U.K. He is a now President of OQUOD, a leading Contract and Project Management consultant offices in UAE.

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Dr Zakaria Abdul Aleem
Owner of Aleem Survey and Evaluation
Abdullah Elkhereiji
Board Member Ekhereiji Group and SAK Consulting


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