2015 FIDIC Awards


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Conference Speakers

Nicklas Garemo
Managing Partner McKinsey’s Infrastructure Practice in Europe,
the Middle East, and Africa, McKinsey

NicklasGaremo, a senior partner in McKinsey’s Abu Dhabi office, joined the firm in 1996. Nick is the managing partner for McKinsey’s Infrastructure Practice in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. He is also the managing partner for the Firm's Operations and Capital Projects Practice in Eastern Europe, Turkey, the Middle East and Africa. Nick has worked extensively with both private and public sector infrastructure clients, across asset classes and countries in improving project delivery and the productivity of the overall sector. Nick co-authored McKinsey's recent reports; "Infrastructure productivity: How to save $1 trillion a year", and "A blueprint for addressing the global affordable housing challenge". He's also been a speaker at multiple international conferences and holds a MSc in Industrial Engineering and a second MSc in Finance and Business Administration.

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James Stewart
Chairman of Global Infrastructure, KPMG

James Stewart joined KPMG in May 2011. He is Chairman of KPMG’s Global Infrastructure practice. In the last 4 years James has visited nearly 50 countries to discuss their infrastructure investment plans and marquee projects.

Prior to joining KPMG, James was based in the Treasury as the CEO at Infrastructure UK (IUK). James’ role at IUK included publication of the first UK National Infrastructure Plan, and publication of the Infrastructure Cost Review in 2010.

From May 2000 to December 2009, James was the CEO at Partnerships UK (PUK). In 1999 to 2000 James was appointed Head of European project finance at Newcourt Capital, part of the CIT Group. Prior to Newcourt Capital, James spent fourteen years at Hambros and SociétéGenerale. His final position was Managing Director, Project Finance, and the Global Head of Infrastructure and Environment.

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Kevin Flacon
Former Deputy Premier and Minister of Finance for British Columbia

Kevin is the former Deputy Premier and Minister of Finance for British Columbia. Kevin chose to retire in 2013 after serving 12 years of public life in senior cabinet portfolios including Health and Transportation and Infrastructure.

As one of British Columbia’s longest serving Transportation Ministers, Kevin initiated and oversaw $12 billion dollars of major projects, the largest in BC history. These included some of North America’s larger P-3 projects, including the $2.5 billion Port Mann bridge; $2 billion dollar Canada Line (transit) and the $1.5 billion dollar Evergreen Line (transit), just to name a few.

Kevin worked closely with stakeholders including the public, media, project engineers, contractors, federal and local governments, to see projects from initiation through to completion, often in the face of strong political opposition.

Kevin is the recipient of numerous awards and recognition including the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal for public service and multiple years recognition in Vancouver Magazines ‘Power 50’ ranking of the most influential people in Vancouver.

Kevin is currently the Executive Vice President of Anthem Capital Corp. which is involved in extensive real estate investments and developments in Western Canada. Kevin serves on numerous corporate and charity boards.

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Paul Zofnass
President and Founder of EFCG

Paul Zofnass is the President of EFCG (originally Environmental Financial Consulting Group), a firm he founded in 1990, to provide financial and strategic advisory services, initially to the environmental engineering/consulting (“e/c”) firms, and now to all e/c firms. EFCG serves as a retained advisor to 50 of the larger e/c firms around the world. For the past 25 years, EFCG has hosted an Annual CEO Conference that brings together the leaders of 220 major e/c firms, to discuss the issues, challenges and trends in the e/c industry. This is a “by invitation only” conference, limited to CEO’s, and for which each firm needs to complete a very detailed financial and operational survey of their firm and their outlook. This data is analyzed by EFCG and presented back to the participants, providing them with the important metrics of financial and business performance and outlook, which he will be sharing with us today. EFCG is also the leading Mergers and Acquisitions (“M&A”) advisor to the e/c industry, having completed over 120 M&A transactions in the U.S., Canada, Australia and Europe.

Paul is an alumnus of Harvard College, Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School. A resident of New York City, he is a committed environmentalist, having helped Harvard University develop their Environmental Studies Program; founded the Zofnass Sustainable Infrastructure Program at Harvard, which in conjunction with the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (a joint venture of ACEC, ASCE and APWA) created the Envision Rating System for infrastructure sustainability. He serves on numerous environmental boards.

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Megan Motto
Chief Executive Officer
Consult Australia

Megan Motto is the Chief Executive Officer of Consult Australia; the association for professional services firms within the built and natural environment. Megan is currently a Director of the Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF), Councillor of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI), Councillor of the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC) and sits on the NSW State Advisory Council for the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA).

In addition to her double teaching degree in Arts & Education and a Masters in Communication Management, Megan is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Since being appointed as CEO of Consult Australia in 2005, Megan has instituted a comprehensive change management program to re-position the Association for a more sustainable future. She has developed a strong, vibrant and high performing culture internally, and has overseen a period of rapid growth in membership and profile. Under Megan's leadership, Consult Australia has transformed into an association which is well respected by all sphere's of government, and highly regarded for its contribution to a broad range of public policy issues.

Megan is a leading speaker in Australia and internationally on leadership, sustainability, workplace diversity and infrastructure financing and governance reform.

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Dr Nelson Ogunshakin OBE
President/CEO, Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE)

Nelson Ogunshakin is the President & Chief Executive of the Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE) and has been responsible for the repositioning and strategic turnaround of ACE. Before joining ACE, Nelson was Managing Director of consultancy AEO Group and remains the Chairman. He has previously worked in a number of executive director level positions with multidisciplinary consultancies including WSP Group and High Point Rendel Group.

Nelson was responsible for the planning and execution of EIC acquisition in 2013 as well as the 2014 launch of Victoria Street Capital Ltd, the commercial arm of ACE. He is the inaugural industry chair of the UK National Infrastructure Plan Strategic Engagement Forum and the current Chairman of Thomas Telford Ltd.

Nelson is a Civil Engineering graduate and holds MSC in Construction Management, MBA in strategic planning and corporate finances with over 30 years corporate & project experience in planning, engineering, capital project procurement and delivery in Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia and Americas.

Nelson was awarded an OBE in 2010 for services to the UK and the international construction and engineering industry. He was also voted one of the top 100 Influential Black People in the United Kingdom. In 2011 Nelson was awarded an honorary doctorate by his alma mater, Aston University, and won the Trade Association Forum (TAF) 2013 Leadership Award.

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Steve Morriss
CEO of AECOM Europe
Middle East

Steve Morriss is Chief Executive, Europe, Middle East, Africa & India of AECOM (NYSE: ACM), a $20-billion, fully integrated infrastructure and support services firm with the ability to design, build, finance and operate infrastructure assets globally.

AECOM’s nearly 100,000 employees — including architects, engineers, designers, planners, scientists and management and construction services professionals — serve clients in more than 150 countries around the world.

Prior to becoming AECOM’s Chief Executive EMEA & India in March 2014, Mr.Morriss had been serving as Chief Executive Europe since 2011, when he joined AECOM. AECOM EMEA & India is a growing 18,300 strong team working across 51 countries. Mr.Morriss is working with the EMEA leadership team to continue to advance AECOM’s growth strategy in EMEA & India.

Prior to joining AECOM, Mr.Morriss served as Managing Director, Government and Business Services at Mouchel since he joined in 2009. Prior to that Mr.Morriss was employed at Serco from 2002 and held the positions of Managing Director of Serco Assurance, Managing Director of Serco TTI and latterly Chief Operating Officer for Serco Solutions.

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Timothy B. Wall
President and Chief Operating Officer,CDM Smith

Timothy Wall has more than 20 years of experience in environmental program and enterprise management. He led the firm's Federal Services Group, providing solutions to departments and agencies of the U.S. federal government, including the Bureau of Reclamation; the Departments of Defense, Energy, Homeland Security and Transportation; the Environmental Protection Agency; and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. He has also directed complex remediation and compliance projects for industrial clients. He holds a BS in civil engineering technology from Wentworth Institute of Technology, an MS in environmental engineering from Tufts University and an MBA from Boston College.

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Gordon Price
Director of The City Program at Simon Fraser University.

Gordon Price is the director of The City Program at Simon Fraser University. In 2002, he finished his sixth term as a city councillor in Vancouver. He also served on the board of the Greater Vancouver Regional District (Metro Vancouver) and was appointed to the first board of the Greater Vancouver Transportation Authority (TransLink) in 1999. Price is a regular lecturer on transportation and land use for the City of Portland and Portland State University. He writes a monthly column for Business in Vancouver on civic issues, and he conducts tours and seminars on the development of Vancouver.

He also publishes an electronic magazine on urban issues called Price Tags, and he has been published in several journals, including Inroads, the Canadian journal of opinion. He blogs at

In 2003, he received the Plan Canada Award for Article of the Year for Land Use and Transportation: The View from '56 from the Canadian Institute of Planners. In 2007, he was the winner of the “Smartie” People Award from Smart Growth B.C. In 2009, he was made anhonourary member of the Planning Institute of BC.

Price sits on the boards of the Sightline Institute and the International Centre for Sustainable Cities. He is also a member of local districts for the Urban Land Institute and Lambda Alpha International.

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Jermyn Brooks
Chair of the Business Advisory Board, Transparency International

Jermyn Brooks is Chair of Transparency International’s (TI) Business Advisory Board and a member of the Board of the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue.

In 2000, Jermyn joined TI as Executive Director and CFO. Jermyn became involved in TI's private sector initiatives including the anti-money laundering standards of the Wolfsberg banking group; the Business Principles for Countering Bribery and specific industry-focused initiatives. He was a founding member of the World Economic Forum’s Partnering against Corruption Initiative (PACI) and has chaired the 10th Principle Working Group of the United Nations Global Compact between 2009 and 2013. Jermyn relinquished his executive role in the TI-Secretariat and served as a member of the TI Board between 2003 and 2006 and again between 2011 - 2014. He continues to focus mainly on TI's key private sector initiatives.

Jermyn joined TI after a career with PricewaterhouseCoopers where he was elected worldwide Chairman of the firm in 1997. In 1998 he played a key role in negotiating the PwC merger and until his retirement in 2000, he oversaw the completion of the merger in some 150 countries around the world. Jermyn also championed the introduction of corporate social responsibility and sustainability issues into PwC‘s strategies and lectured and wrote frequently on these subjects and on the practical implications for the private sector of these challenges to traditional corporate thinking.

From 2011 until 2014 Jermyn acted as Independent Chair of the Global Network Initiative. He has participated as chair or member of review panels of leading European and North American MNCs’ Sustainability Reports and is a frequent speaker at anti-corruption and sustainability conferences.

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Ziad Awad, Ph. D.
Senior Vice-President, Head of Region Middle East
India & Africa, SNC-Lavalin

Dr. Awad is a senior multi-disciplined International business executive with over thirty years of Management and Business Development experience in Middle East, Asia, Europe and Africa.

He held different senior positions with leading international companies including one of the world’s largest service conglomerates, Schlumberger, as Vice President of Africa Mediterranean Region. Also deputy CEO of a leading investment company across various sectors in the Middle East, including Industry, Infrastructure, Power Generation and Information Technology.

Dr. Awad has a Ph.D. in International Studies from HEIP, Ecole Des Hautes Etudes InternationalesetPolitiques (Paris, France), and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Nottingham University (England).

As part of SNC Lavalin organization, Dr. Awad holds the position of Senior Vice President, Head of the Middle East, India & Africa Region. Dr. Awad oversees compliance and overall coordination and development of company activities in the region, working closely with the various Business Units and Country Managers.

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Frank Kehlenbach
Director of European International Contractors (EIC)

Frank Kehlenbach is the Director of European International Contractors (EIC), a European federation representing the international interests of the European construction industry vis-à-vis European policy makers and international financial institutions. The international turnover carried out by the European international contractors associated with EIC amounts to more than 160 billion € annually. With an international market share of around 50% European international contractors, as a group, are still the leaders in today’s international construction business.

As a federation, EIC has endorsed the Construction Sector Transparency Initiative (CoST), which aims at bringing more transparency into the delivery of public infrastructure projects, and has published its own Statement on “Corruption Prevention in the Construction Industry”. An EIC representative also participates in the ISO drafting work on a standardised Anti-Bribery Management System.”

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Javier Baldor
Executive Vice President and a principle owner of BST Global

Javier Baldor is the Executive Vice President and a principle owner of BST Global for the last 23 years, providing strategic and tactical guidance for the international expansion of BST Global; the leading global provider of business software solutions specifically designed for Architects, Engineers & Environmental Consultants. Javier developed and led the international BST IT FORUM, the industry's largest global symposium on information technology issues and solutions for Design, Engineering, Environmental Consulting and Construction organizations. Javier also spearheaded a strategic project in partnership with the Construction Industry Round Table (CIRT) to create the industry's most comprehensive Information Technology Research Survey. CIRT is an esteemed organization consisting of one hundred CEOs in the Architecture, Engineering, Design/Build and Construction Industry.

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Ahmad Bukhash
Director of "Urban Planning" of Dubai Creative Clusters Authority

Ahmed Bukhash is an emirate national from Dubai. He first received his Bachelor of Architecture from the Wentworth Institute of Technology from Boston in 2002. Following the completion of his studies, he then received the prestigious Monbukagakusho scholarship from the Japanese Government in collaboration with the UAE ministry of higher education to continue his Architectural Master Studies in Japan at the Kyoto Institute of Technology which he completed in 2006. During his masters Ahmed Bukhash published a thesis based on the methodology of Japanese architects in embodying the regional symbolism of Japan within their architecture works and how the same can be adapted to the Arab Gulf States. Bukhash also worked as an intern with the Osaka Branch of Nikken Sekkei Ltd.; the leading architecture firm in Japan. Following his graduation Bukhash returned to the UAE and was employed by Dubai Properties Group from 2007 until 2014 as the Director of Urban Planning and Design. During his work career; Bukhash identified the need for developments to reflect the identity of their own culture and embody the spirit of place through modern abstractions and reinterpretations of traditional archetypes. This instigated him to establish his own architectural design practice in 2009 named ARCHIDENTITY. The main purpose behind the firm's establishment was to define a unique architectural identity suited to the present age while is simultaneously in line with our traditions and customs. Bukhash was awarded the Sheikh Rashid Award for Academic Excellence in 2010 and also remains heavily engaged in the field of Architectural Education as a Council Board Member in the UAE Society of Engineers and a Member of the Dubai Advisory Committee for the Architectural Program Development at the American University of Dubai as well as teaching as an Adjunct Professor in the American University of Dubai in the field of Professional Practice and Ethics. Additionally he has recently joined the Dubai Creative Clusters Authority as a Director of Urban Planning to review and regulate future iconic master plans such as the Dubai Design District.

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Asma Aljassmi
Section Head of Plan, Implementation & Monitoring, Department of Transport – Abu Dhabi - UAE

Asma Aljassmi is an Emirati Engineer who got her Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering and her Masters in Urban Planning – Transportation Planning from the American University of Sharjah – UAE, is currently working in the Department of Transport – Abu Dhabi – UAE.

With 9 years’ experience, she is currently the section head of plan, implementation and monitoring section within the department of transport in Abu Dhabi. Her role involves managing and conducting transportation planning, multimodal studies and feasibility studies such as the AD cost sharing and transportation impact fee study, the AD North island transportation master plan, The Mina Zayed tunnel and transportation master plan and the AD Mobility Management study. She is also responsible for reviewing and approving transportation impact studies and master plans in the emirate of Abu Dhabi.

Asma Aljassmi has published many papers such as the recent papers on Solving Parking issues – a case of Abu Dhabi City-2015, Review of On-Street Parking Fees - 2015 and Quantifying the benefits of peak spreading as a sustainable solution to addressing traffic congestion within Al Ain private school zone in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – 2015.

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Senior Industry Strategist, Civil Infrastructure, Autodesk

Terry Bennett is the senior industry program manager and lead strategist for civil infrastructure at Autodesk where he is responsible for setting the company’s future vision and strategy for the infrastructure industries, as well sustaining the firm’s relationships with strategic industry leaders and associations. Over the last 27 years, he has been a global author and lecturer on the impact of technology to the infrastructure and urban planning, engineering, and construction industries focusing on sustainable approaches to urban infrastructure redevelopment.

He currently serves as a Board Member of Harvard’s Graduate School of Design’s Sustainable Infrastructure Advisory Board, was a founding editorial board member of Rebuilding America’s Infrastructure Magazine, a charter member of the Institute of Sustainable Infrastructure and member of its economics committee and a council member on the Urban Land Institute’s Public Development and Infrastructure Council.

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Executive Vice President of ASSYSTEM

An engineering graduate of the Lyon INSA (National Institute for the Applied Sciences) holding an MBA from the ESCP-EAP (European School of Management in Paris), Stéphane AUBARBIER started his career in the Assystem group where, after some time in operational positions, he took over the development of the Automotive sector.

Subsequently, Stéphane turned his talents to marketing the service offers within the ABB group. He successively occupied the positions of Director of the maintenance contracts division for France, then for South Europe, finally taking over ABB Service's Marketing and Business Development Management for South Europe.

In June 2002, Stéphane joined Assystem's Executive Committee to steer the Process Business Unit in the development of the engineering activities. Since January 2005, Stéphane is Executive Vice-President of the Assystem group.

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Robin Crouch
FIDIC-EFCA's Sustainable Development Committee

Robin Crouch has been involved with FIDIC’s activities since 1987. He is a former Chair of the FIDIC Conference Committee and has been a FIDIC YPMTP mentor since 2011. He currently works with FIDIC on training in the field of sustainable development and is a member of FIDIC-EFCA’s Sustainable Development Committee. He contributed to the revision and updating of FIDIC’s Guide to Practice reissued in 2015.

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Paul Oortwijn
Former Managing Director of NLingenieurs, the Association of Consulting Engineers

Paul Oortwijn was, after a successful career as a consultant, the Managing Director of NLingenieurs, the Association of Consulting Engineers in The Netherlands for a period of 10 years. He was a member of the Board and vice-president of EFCA, and the corresponding member of the FIDIC Integrity Management Committee. He is a civil engineer specialised in Transport and Infrastructure. In 2004 he initiated Best Value Procurement as a form of QBS in The Netherlands, trying to find an answer to the negative experiences from selection just on prize. Recently he is appointed as President of Best-Value-Netherlands. Since his retirement earlier this year, he operates as an independent consultant and mediator in the area of Best Value Processes.

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Francis Kofi Yankey

Ing. Francis Kofi Yankey is an Engineer by Profession and a Corporate Member of the Ghana Institution of Surveyors and the Ghana Institution of Engineers. He is presently a Senior Engineer employed at ABP Consult Limited, a Consulting Engineering firm in Ghana. He has been involved in engineering projects and contributed to making key decisions at the planning, design, construction, monitoring, evaluation and management levels.

He is currently the Chair of FIDIC-GAMA (Group of African Member Associations) Young Professionals Forum Steering Committee (YPFSC) and also a member of the FIDIC YPFSC. He has previously occupied the position of FIDIC-GAMA YPFSC, Vice Chair, for the period, 2013-2015. He attended the FIDIC Young Professional Management Training Program (FIDIC YPMTP) in Barcelona, Spain in 2013.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geodetic Engineering and a Master of Science degree in Road and Transportation Engineering from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana.

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Andrew Reed
Director at Pedersen Read Limited

Andrew is a Director at Pedersen Read Limited, a consulting electrical engineering firm in Christchurch, New Zealand. He is a former Board member and past President of the Association of Consulting Engineers New Zealand (ACENZ), has served on the ACENZ Awards of Excellence judging panel, and is a former member of the New Zealand Chartered Professional Engineers (CPEng) Council. Andrew is currently President of the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ) has previously chaired the IPENZ Engineering Practice Advisory Committee, and is the current chair of the Performance and Remuneration Committee. Andrew is Chair of the Business Practice Committee for the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC).

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Steve Jenkins CPEng FIPENZ FIMechE
Technical Director, Aurecon

Steve Jenkins graduated in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Canterbury in 1971 and completed a Masters degree at the Tepper Graduate School of Industrial Administration (GSIA) at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh USA, a leading business school and the home of quantitative management techniques.

His professional qualifications include Eur. Ing., C Eng (UK), and C P Eng(NZ). He is included on the International Professional Engineering register.

His current work includes technical due diligence for large transactions and assistance with the resolution of insurance claims.

He has specialised in failure analysis and risk, and was the first person to be elected to the National Academy of Forensic Engineering of the USA as an International Affiliate. He is a Fellow of both the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in the UK, and the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand.

He is a past president of the Association of Consulting Engineers New Zealand and has been a member of the governance board of the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand. He chairs the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC) standing committee on liability and risk, and is chairman of the Competency Assessment Board of the Registration Authority for CPEng in New Zealand.

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Ben Novak
Senior Consultant / Certified FIDIC trainer

Ben Novak is a Senior Consultant and a certified FIDIC trainer who specializes in corporate services and corporate management training. Ben shares over 30 years’ experience in the consulting field as a senior executive.

He worked in Montreal and in Edmonton, Canada, where he was with Stantec being named Senior Vice-President. He participated in, and led a number of acquisition and joint venture initiatives. He was elected to serve on the first Board of Directors when Stantec became a public company. There he developed the initial training programs when the firm started to grow and open many new offices. Ben has also acquired experience serving on several affiliate boards, and evaluates and assists in operations, acquisitions and integrations of consulting engineering firms.

He is a graduate of McGill University, Montreal, in Civil Engineering, has a Diploma in Business Administration from the same university and holds a master’s degree in City Planning from the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada.

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Manoochehr Azizi, ISCE
FIDIC YPF Steering Committee Chairman

Manoochehr got his master degree in Architecture in 2002. He is a Principal Architect and Partner at ATEC Consulting Company (member of ISCE). He also is the Representative of Managing Director in Implementing FIDIC Integrity Management System in ATEC.

Manoochehr was a member of committee establishing the YP Group in ISCE, and was the Chairman of ISCE YPFSC from 2005-2009. He also was member of Architectural Council and Strategy Committee of ISCE from 2009-2013. While Manoochehr is a member of FIDIC YPF since 2010, he was a member of FDIC QBS Marketing Task-Force in 2012-2013, and is a member of FIDIC Integrity Management System Committee (IMC) since 2012.

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Dr. Michele Kruger
Associate Director at CSVwater

Dr. Michele Kruger completed her Bachelors, Master’s and Doctorate Degrees in Civil engineering at the University of Johannesburg in South Africa. Both her Master and Doctorate degrees focused on aspects of municipal water treatment.

In 2007 she won the title of “Young Engineer of the Year” awarded by Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) and in the same year she was recognized by the Women in Civil Engineering Award at the “Building Women Gala Dinner & Awards” held at Emperors Palace on the 1st of November 2007, sponsored by Building Women Magazine, ABSA and the Department of Public Works.

After her post graduate studies Michele worked at various companies where her exposure ranged from sewer master planning, hydrology and mining. She now specializes in Water and Waste Water Treatment. She is currently an Associate Director at CSVwater where she is in charge of various water and waste water treatment projects.

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Chris Newcomb
FIDIC Executive Committee Member

Chris Newcomb is Chairman of the Board of McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd. and a former Chair of ACEC Canada. Chris has 39 years professional experience in the consulting engineering sector in Canada and 5 years in construction engineering in Africa and South America.Chris is an advocate of Qualifications Based Selection. He believes that one of FIDIC’s most important functions is to help the next generation of industry leaders to understand and shape policy. In terms of sustainability, Chris believes in the potential of the engineer to develop the solutions needed to arrest climate change and mitigate its effects. Chris has participated in FIDIC conferences since Singapore 2007 and has supported the participation of his employees in the FIDIC YP Management Training Program. - See more at:

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FIDIC Executive Committee Member

KajMöller is currently Head of Export for Sweco Group. Sweco, being a multi-disciplinary architect and engineering consultant firm with some 9 000 employees and with its base in the Nordic countries, serves international clients in some 80 countries every year.

Möller´s professional background spans from Science Attaché , Construction and Transport in Tokyo for the Swedish Embassy during the early 1990’s, via the world’s largest underground storage projects for liquid hydro-carbons in Saudi Arabia in early 2000 to the current employment with Sweco where he has been assigned for the last 18 years.

As of September 2011 Mr. Möller is a member of the FIDIC Executive Committee and being especially involved in FIDIC´s contract documents as the Executive Committee´s liaison with FIDIC Contracts Committee.

Mr. Möller holds two top university degrees with a M. Sc. C. E. from The Swedish Royal Institute of Technology, 1991 as well as an M. B. A. from The Stockholm School of Economics, 2002.

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Richard Stump
Vice President, Stanley Consultants, Inc.

Richard Stump is a Vice President of Stanley Consultants, Inc., a global architectural, engineering and construction management company headquartered in Muscatine, Iowa, USA. He is currently based in the US territory of Guam and is the Asia-Pacific Regional Director for all business development, project execution and operational activities in the Pacific, as well as management of the company’s Guam and Micronesia offices. His recent regional works include projects in Guam, Hawai’i, Micronesia, Japan, and Korea, as well as managing legacy client works in Southwest Asia, Italy and the Horn of Africa.

Richard served as Chairperson of FIDIC’s Young Professionals Forum Steering Committee (YPFSC) from 2006-2008. During that time, Mr. Stump worked with FIDIC’s Executive Committee and Young Professionals around the world to develop opportunities for younger members of the FIDIC community to actively participate within FIDIC. Currently he serves FIDIC through membership on the Integrity Management Committee, where he has collaborated with former FIDIC President Jorge Diaz Padilla and other IMC members to develop and rollout FIMS, the FIDIC Integrity Management System.

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Jorge Diaz Padilla
Past President of FIDIC

Dr. Jorge Díaz Padilla was President of FIDIC during 2005-2007 and the first Latin American to lead this organisation since its foundation in 1913. Currently Dr. Díaz Padilla chairs the FIDIC Integrity Management Committee and is responsible in the development and monitoring of anti-corruption initiatives for the consulting/construction industries.

His professional experience has been in engineering and management consulting, specializing in project and contracts management, FIDIC contracts, construction, engineering systems, project evaluation, market and feasibility studies, finance, business management and information systems. He is the CEO of SYSTEC®, a consulting firm based in Mexico and the USA.

Born in Mexico City, Dr. Díaz Padilla has worked in the consulting industry for more than 35 years. He received Engineering and Masters Degrees from the National University of Mexico and a Ph.D. in engineering systems at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

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Ahmed Stifi

FIDIC Young Professionals Forum Steering Committee and member of FIDIC Integrity Management Committee

Ahmed Stifi has received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from University of Aleppo in Syria in 2001 and his Master of Science in Construction Management from Technical University of Darmstadt in Germany in 2007. After 5 years of international work experience for CDM Smith at large-scale construction projects like “Metro Duesseldorf in Germany”, “The World Island & Palm Deira in UAE” and “5000 Unit Housing and Infrastructure Project in Libya” he attended the research team of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in 2012 and currently he is working as a senior researcher and lecturer at Institute of Technology and Management in Construction where he is pursuing his Ph.D. His area of interest is Lean Construction. Ahmed has attended a lot of international seminars, conferences and training programs apart from his research activities and as a member of FIDIC Young Professionals Forum Steering Committee and member of FIDIC Integrity Management Committee.

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Jean Felix
Chairman of the FIDIC/EFCA Joint Sustainable Development Committee

Jean Felix started working in 1968 in the engineering consultancy group SERETE – known today as Jacobs France – where he assumed various responsibilities in France and abroad, notably in Tunisia and Brazil, respectively as engineer, project manager and financial manager of the company.

At the creation in 1985 of the professional association "Syntec-Ingénierie" (engineering consulting firms) he held the position of Managing Director until 2010. Former board member of Syntec-Ingénierie , which he continues to assist since 2010 as Adviser to the President.Presently representing SYNTEC in AFNOR/CCPN, CORFISEM as President and CNESER.

Jean Felix was Chair of the EFCA (European Federation of engineering Consultancy Associations) public procurement committee up to 2012. He is currently EFCA vice president and Chair of CEN TC 395, Chair of the EFCA-FIDIC Sustainable Development Committee, UNEP- GIREC as a member of the steering committee, ISO TC 268 on sustainable cities and communities as liaison officer and Chair of CEN, Coordination group on smart and sustainable cities and communities (GC SSCC)

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Arash Emambakhsh
Project Manager, Kahanroba Co.

A metallurgy engineer engaged in several industrial projects as a part of a consulting engineer body or an EPC contractor since June 2000;A project manager in Kahanroba, an Iranian know how developer in mineral processing, since 2009;Familiar with FIDIC forms of Contract since 2004, when acting as the deputy of the project director of a large scale EPC project in mineral processing followed by several FIDIC contract training courses.

Trained in FIDIC YPMTP (2010-2011), made him more familiar with FIDIC, resulted in membership in the steering committee of FIDIC YPF since 2013. Leading a team for establishment of YPF in FIDIC ASPAC region in 2013 and chairing the steering committee. Co-trainer of FIDIC International Training Courses held in Iranian Society of Consulting Engineer (ISCE) since 2014; Member of Task Group 12 of FIDIC Contract Committee since 2014.Member of several committees of ISCE since 2011, Member of Iran Project Management Association, Iran Metallurgy Engineers Society and Iran Corrosion Association;

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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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Official Destination Partner

  • bst

Official Airline Partner

  • Emirates

Conference secretariat

FIDIC 2015 Conference Secretariat
C/O: MCI Middle East LLC
Address: P.O. Box 124752
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Phone: + 971 (0)4 311 6300
Fax: + 971 (0)4 311 6301

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