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MEED Project Awards 2024

Awarding Excellence: Celebrating the best in MENA’s Project Landscape

20 November 2024
  • Dubai
  • Free

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The 14th Annual MEED Projects Awards 2024 in association with Mashreq is where visionaries meet concrete achievements.

The awards ceremony pays tribute to the best and brightest projects and professionals in the sector, with a focus on innovation, sustainability, and overall impact on society. Our goal is to recognize the best-in-class construction, infrastructure, and utility projects across the MENA region.

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2024 Judges

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Abdullatif Albitawi
Secretary General, Middle East Branch, Energy Institute.

Abdullatif is the director of Emirates Green Building Council.

Abdullatif is a Chemical Engineer and has an MSC in Energy Studies and has 22+ years of experience in Jordan, UAE and KSA.

Abdullatif also serves as the honorary vice chair and secretary general of the Energy Institute Middle East Branch and judges in number of international and national awards in sustainability, energy, risk and health and safety. Abdullatif is a member in the Industrial Advisory Board of the Engineering and Physics School of Heriot Watt University – Dubai.

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Adrian Cole
Independent Arbitrator and Mediator, Adrian Cole FZ LLE

Adrian Cole is an Independent Arbitrator, Mediator and Dispute Board member. He is a construction dispute specialist with expertise in energy, real estate and infrastructure development and formerly led King & Spalding's highly rated Middle East Dispute Resolution Practice.

Mr Cole is listed by Who’s Who Legal as one of the top 25 construction dispute resolution lawyers in the World and ranked tier one by Chambers Global and Legal 500. Part of the “Global Elite” in thought leadership, "He's the kind of guy you want with you rather than against you." and is ranked for “his knowledge in arbitration” (Chambers Global). He "stands out as a strong expert in construction-related dispute resolution" (Legal 500).

As arbitrator, Mr Cole has decided over 90 significant and complex construction cases sitting with some of the world’s leading construction arbitrators and is listed by Chambers Global as one of the most in demand arbitrators.

Mr Cole is a member of the Commission on Arbitration and ADR at the ICC and is a task force leader on a project to widen awareness and use of ADR.

Mr Cole has recently been appointed as a Judge in the Court of Cassation, in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

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Cathal Kenny
Director – CBRE MENA

Cathal is an Director within the Valuation team of CBRE MENA. He specializes in the areas of real estate appraisal and development advisory services where advises Banks, Investment Institutions, Property Development Companies as well as Corporate and Government Entities. Cathal’s remit primarily covers the UAE but he does cover the wider GCC region when required. Since relocating to the UAE he has been involved in a number of significant valuation mandates across the region. The purpose of valuations range from Capital Raising, Securitization, Acquisition, Disposal, Financial Reporting and Expropriation .He also advises clients on how to maximize value and minimize risk within their real estate portfolios.

Prior to moving to the middle east Cathal previously worked in both Dublin and New York. He possesses a number of years professional valuation experience along with several years of financial investment experience gained within State Street Bank. He is a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS) since 2017 and is also a member of the Institute of Bankers.

Education
MEconSc in International Finance, National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG)
BSc (Hons) in Property Studies, Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT)
Diploma in Financial Advice, University College Dublin (UCD)

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Dr. Bhakti More
Chairperson & Associate Professor, School of Design & Architecture, Manipal Academy of Higher Education Dubai Campus

Dr Bhakti More is a Chairperson & Associate Professor at the School of Design & Architecture, Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) Dubai Campus with over 25 years of experience in academia and the design industry. She has pursued her doctoral studies at the School of Built Environment, University of Salford, Manchester, UK and worked as Project Architect in design consultancies. She is currently the coordinator for Manipal Environment and Conservation Students Club which has received consecutive awards for Best Sustainable Green Campus Audit and Best Sustainability Action Project from Environment Agency Abu Dhabi. In her role, she is guiding the MAHE Dubai team for Climate Action Plan for MAHE Dubai for UNFCC, Race to Zero and has led ‘Team Tawazun’ for Solar Decathlon Middle East 2021 for designing net zero homes. The Environment Agency Abu Dhabi awarded Dr Bhakti ‘Best Coordinator’ for commitment in 2015. Dr Bhakti is an ambassador for 'Woman in Construction' Big 5, Dubai, mentor for the Link program for Women Mentorship, Advisory Group for Women in Built Environment (WiBE) and is passionate about encouraging the role of youth towards building a sustainable future. She is currently part of the Advancing Net Zero Volunteering team for Communities and Infrastructure.

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Dr. Christopher Abraham
CEO & Head of Campus - Dubai SP Jain School of Management

Dr. Christopher Abraham is a PhD in Business Administration (Design Thinking & Innovation) and has three Post Graduate qualifications in HRM, Business Administration (Marketing), Labor & Administrative Law.

He is a Certified Design Thinker from IDEO/Stanford and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (FCIM), UK. He has thirty-five years’ experience in management consulting, marketing, and management education in India, Singapore and the UAE.

Currently he is the CEO & Head - Dubai campus and Sr. Vice President (Institutional Development)at the S P Jain School of Global Management, a Forbes Top 10, Economist & FT Top 100 ranked Business School, with campuses in Dubai, Singapore, Mumbai and Sydney
Dr. Abraham has been a visiting Professor at many leading universities in Australia, USA, Canada, Singapore and UK. Earlier in Dubai, he headed the Executive MBA Program of XLRI, Jamshedpur, one of Asia’s top business schools.

His areas of competence are Innovation, Design Thinking, Behavioural Design,Neuroscience of Decision Making, Future of Education, Science of Happiness, Leadership, Human Potential, Entrepreneurship, Marketing & Strategy.

A much sought after 3 x TEDx and international keynote speaker, he has successfully presented in numerous global forums and has also conducted many consulting and executive development assignments for global organizations, including The World Bank, The Executive Council (Govt. of Dubai), Emirates Airlines, SEWA (Government of Sharjah), Aramex, DHL, P & G, LG, Reckitt & Benkiser, AW Rostamani (Nissan Auto) etc.

Awards & Recognitions

Twice Awarded “Best CEO in the World” in 2018 & 2019, by Indo – UAE Business & Social Forum

Twice winner of the Education Leadership Award – World Leadership Congress 2015 & 2017

Regularly Interviewed in leading TV & Media Channels like CNBC, Dubai Eye, Dubai TV etc.

Regular News Columns and quotes in leading newspapers like Gulf News, Khaleej Times, The National, Times of India, Economic Times, The Hindu, Mumbai Mirror etc.

Positions & Memberships

Honorary Fellow – Leaders Excellence at Harvard Square, US

Advisor – RTA Innovation Lab, Government of Dubai

Global Advisory Board Member - World CMO Council, US

Member of the Board – The Abrahamic Business Circle

Advisory Board Member – CEO Clubs Worldwide

Senior Advisory Board Member –WASME World Association of SMEs (An UNESCO Initiative)

Senior Advisory Board Member – World Sustainable Business Forum, UK

Director – S P Jain Centre of Excellence for the Science of Happiness

Member of the Governing Board – Gulf Marketing Association

Executive Board Member – CIVITAS DEI Institute of History and Archaeology of Jerusalem, Israel

Member of the Board of Directors – Talents of Endearment

Member of the Board – Joblio, An AI enabled ethical recruitment solutions company, US

Member of the Academic Board – World Masters Academy, Italy

Member of the Advisory Board – Economic Times HR World (ETHRWorld)

Member of the CII-Elite Group (SCM) – Confederation of Indian Industry

Conferred as the Knight of Parte Guelfa, Italy representing India for Ecology & Environment

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Dr. Maher Khalil
Head of Riyadh Office and Vice President, Riyadh-KSA

“Dr. Maher is a highly accomplished professional and visionary leader with over two decades of dedicated experience in the fields of engineering, academics, management, and sustainability.

Currently serving as the Vice President and Head of Khatib & Alami's Riyadh office, Dr. Maher oversees the operations of Khatib & Alami in Riyadh-KSA, managing a team of around 2,000 employees. In addition, Dr. Maher is the General Manager and Executive Board Member of Khatib & Alami Regional Headquarters in Riyadh. His leadership has been instrumental in successfully delivering several prestigious projects’ awards, establishing Khatib & Alami as a trusted partner for esteemed Clients.

In addition to his professional accomplishments, Dr. Maher holds a Ph.D. in Environmental & Water Resources, exemplifying his dedication to advancing knowledge in his field. He serves as a lecturer at Beirut Arab University and the Lebanese University, and also holds a position in the advisory board of the Civil Engineering Department at Beirut Arab University. His expertise spans a unique combination of managerial acumen, technical prowess, and academic distinction, evident through his numerous research contributions and publications in respected international journals.

Dr. Maher has several publications and is actively engaged in seminars and conferences, where he generously shares valuable insights on engineering and sustainability.”

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Dr. Sameh El-Sayegh
Professor of Civil Engineering at the American University of Sharjah (AUS), UAE.

Dr. Sameh Monir El-Sayegh is a Professor of Civil Engineering at the American University of Sharjah (AUS), UAE. He is the Head of the Department of Civil Engineering and the Academic Program Coordinator of the Master of Science in Construction Management (MSCM) program at AUS. Prior to his academic career, he worked as a Project Controls Manager with Consolidated Contractors International Company (CCIC) and the Morganti Group.

Dr. El-Sayegh holds a PhD in Civil Engineering (Construction Engineering and Project Management) and MS in Construction Management degrees from Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, USA, and a BS degree in Construction Engineering from the American University in Cairo, Egypt. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) from the Project Management Institute (PMI). His research and industrial interests are in Construction and Project Management, Project Delivery, Scheduling and Risk Management.

Dr. El-Sayegh received a number of prestigious awards including the Fulbright Scholarship Award and the AUS Excellence in Teaching Award. He has 75+ research publications in top international reputed project and construction management journals and conferences. He delivered project/construction management training courses to several entities in the UAE.

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Elan Habib
Regional Director, Middle East, ICIS

Elan Habib is the Middle East Regional Director for ICIS, a commodities intelligence firm for the global energy and petrochemical industries.

Prior to ICIS, Elan was the Head of Thought Leadership & Strategic Research at the Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA), the industry body that represents the downstream hydrocarbon industry in the GCC. In this capacity, Elan led and defined the strategic direction of GPCA’s thought leadership platform, influencing regional agendas. Elan worked closely with CEOs in the chemical industry and senior government officials on several initiatives, including bilateral trade relations for key chemical exports, the development of the downstream industry, as well as increasing chemical industry competitiveness in the Middle East.

Prior to GPCA, Elan led the Middle East business intelligence for Royal Vopak, a Dutch oil, gas, and chemical terminal company, with headquarters in the Netherlands.

Elan has spent more than a decade working with senior government and industry leaders in the region. Elan worked as a senior strategy consultant at Monitor Group (later Monitor Deloitte), where she advised government leaders in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, Jordan, and the UAE. Her work focused on defining and implementing national strategic plans, and on issues related to economic development and competitiveness.

Elan is also an author with a track record of publishing articles in leading industry trade press. She is a sought-after expert for media interviews and has been featured on platforms such as Al Arabiya TV, Bloomberg, Oil & Gas Middle East, and MEED Business Review. Her discussions revolve around critical topics such as decarbonization, the energy transition, hydrogen, and downstream petrochemical integration. Her insights and analyses contribute to shaping industry discourse and strategies in these vital areas.

Elan is a Canadian national. She graduated from The University of Western Ontario with a B.A. in Political Science.

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Manosh De
Urban Planning Expert - Dubai Municipality

Manosh is a creative designer and urban futurist. He has an in-depth understanding of the intersection between wellbeing and technology in the cities of tomorrow.

He has worked across the Middle East and North Africa, Asia, Europe and the Caribbean on a range of city changing design projects involving large multi-disciplinary teams that have included designers, economists, engineers, sustainability consultants, and smart city specialists.

He is currently helping implement Dubai’s 2040 spatial plan.

Manosh is a frequent contributor to magazines, radio shows and conferences in the region.

He is an alumnus of the US Department of State International Visitors programme, a UK Chevening scholar and a member of Beta Gamma Sigma.

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Maryam Alfalasi
Member, Society of Engineers UAE, Senior Specialist, Distribution Power, DEWA UAE
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Paul Pring
Executive Director, Infrastructure, Diriyah Company

Paul Pring is Executive Director, Infrastructure at the Diriyah Company, leading the organization’s infrastructure delivery team for its Phase One masterplan development.

Paul has 42 years’ experience managing major international business changes across transportation, power, civil engineering, and construction sectors and successfully delivering major strategic programmes to tight timescales. His work has led him to Africa, Australasia, Canada, East Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Russia, and the US.

Prior to joining Diriyah Company in 2020, Paul was Managing Director of Bittaford Consulting in the UK and Canada, where he led on change and innovation on multiple high profile infrastructure projects. Before that, Paul was Director of Infrastructure, Rail at Babcock International where he was responsible for delivering engineering and telecommunications electrification across railway lines in the UK, including the Southern Region New Trains Program, where construction was completed in 15 months on a live operating railway. He also held various roles over 15 years at Mott McDonald Group, spearheading business growth throughout a variety of sectors.

Paul holds a BSc in Quantity Surveying from Thames Polytechnic and an MA in Building Rehabilitation from the University of Greenwich. He is additionally a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, a Fellow of the Association for Project Management and was one of the first 500 individuals globally to be an accredited Chartered Project Professional.

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Prof. Abdul Rahim Sabouni
CEO, Span Management Consulting

Dr. Sabouni is the CEO of Span Management Consulting, a Structural Engineering Professor and Professional Civil Engineer with more than 35 years of academic and professional experience. He holds a PhD degree from Cornell University and a Master’s degree from the George Washington University in Civil engineering. Solution-oriented, with exceptional communication, and organizational development skills and academic leadership roles including twice past university president. On the professional engineering side, Dr. Sabouni is a seasoned certified Professional Engineer with diverse management background and proven achievements encompassing all facets of engineering project management, design, construction, contracts, claims, and quality assurance. He had assumed the posts of the Building Design Expert, and Technical and Projects Adviser in Abu Dhabi Municipality. Dr. Sabouni is a registered Professional Engineer in Ontario, Fellow of the American Concrete Institute and the founding president of the ACI-UAE Chapter, Fellow and Life Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and ex-President of the ASCE-UAE Section, and Fellow and chartered construction manager of CIOB, UK. He is the first recipient of the George Winter Award from Cornell University, and the and the 2023 ASCE Region 10 Distinguished Service Medal award.

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Prof. Carlos Montaña
Founding Associate Professor & Chair of Research, Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation DIDI

Prof. Carlos Montaña PhD is the first foundation faculty in the Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation DIDI (in collaboration with MIT and Parsons), and a full professor (adjunct) at Queensland University of Technology QUT. He is an academic, design and innovation strategist, advisor for government and industry, jury of international design awards, speaker, and an entrepreneur currently based in the Middle East. An award-winning design and academic leader, he has 30+ years’ experience in Colombia, Italy, Japan, Singapore, Australia, and the United Arab Emirates. His transdisciplinary research in design, innovation and entrepreneurship focuses on sustainable development, with expertise in biomimicry and design for health. He was program director of Industrial Design in the University of Canberra, Assistant Professor of Industrial Design in the National University of Singapore, and Adjunct Assistant Professor in Product Design Engineering in EAFIT University in Colombia. Many of his projects, as well as projects by his students, received international design awards, including Braun Prize, Dupont Imagineering and Red Dot, among others.

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Shikha Garg
Director - PwC

Infrastructure and Project Finance. Developing Public Private Partnership Strategy. Leading multicultural and multi-disciplinary teams.

PPP, PSP Transaction Advisory. Structuring complex infrastructure and PPP Deals. Working with PwC in the Middle East, JPMorgan and HSBC in India and KPMG in Ireland. Advised on project finance deals and projects worth more than USD 10bn across power, transport, industrials and advised clients on Project Finance, PPPs, Mergers and Acquisitions, Acquisition financing.

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Slava Kiryushin
Highly recognised construction dispute specialist in the MENA region

Slava Kiryushin is a highly recognised construction dispute specialist in the MENA region having represented clients in multi-billion disputes related to energy, construction and infrastructure projects. His clients include national and international oil & gas companies, refining and petrochemical companies, EPC contractors, and oil & gas service companies.

More about Slava

Slava advises on all complex aspects of construction and oil & gas projects from inception through to completion and on all aspects of dispute avoidance and resolution. He is a solicitor-advocate and frequently advocates on behalf of clients in international arbitration. His recent work includes oil and gas processing facilities, drilling contracts (onshore and offshore), power plants, LNG facilities, refineries, water desalination plants and major railroads.

He has Part II appearance rights (restricted) to appear before the DIFC courts, is a member of most international arbitration bodies, is a founding member of the DMCC Energy Club and is regularly invited to speak at international conferences. Slava is also a certified PRINCE2 and PRINCE2 Agile project manager.

What the market says about Slava

Slava is widely recognised by the industry, as reflected in rankings and awards received:

  • Up and Coming Partner in Construction Dispute Resolution (Chambers Global UAE 2024)
  • Leading Individual in Oil, Gas & Natural Resources (Legal 500 EMEA UAE 2024).
  • Next Generation Partner in Construction (Legal 500 EMEA UAE 2024).
  • Expert in both Oil & Gas and Power/Electricity (Who's Who Legal).
  • Winner of the "Client Choice 2021" award in Energy and Natural Resources (UAE).
  • Asian Legal Business MENA Super 50 lawyer (2022).
  • Thomson Reuters Global "Standout Lawyer" (2022).

He is held in high esteem by the industry, as is reflected in client testimonials from recent Legal 500 and Chambers rankings:
"Slava Kiryushin is one of perhaps 3-4 people in the entire Middle East that understands the industry. He has been in the industry for quite some time and speaks the same language." Legal 500 EMEA UAE 2024

"In my 20 years of experience, I’ve not come across a better lawyer than Slava. If there is a technical, commercial issue or dispute in the O&G sector, Slava is the right person. Best person in the industry that we have worked with." Legal 500 EMEA UAE 2024

"Slava Kiryushin is excellent with clients and very knowledgeable of construction projects and disputes throughout MENA, especially in the energy sector. He is very personable." Legal 500 EMEA UAE 2024

"Slava Kiryushin is commercial and pragmatic, he breaks down complex issues into simple decisions." Legal 500 EMEA UAE 2024

"Slava is an outstanding energy lawyer. He has an outstanding commercial awareness of the energy industry and of the motivators driving both sides in complex disputes." Chambers Global UAE 2024

"We enjoy working with Slava. He works in a collaborative manner to bring together inputs from a variety of experts to address complex issues on large-scale infrastructure projects." Chambers Global UAE 2024

"Slava is hands-down the best lawyer we have worked with. Extremely intelligent and user-friendly, with a perfect balance of technical advice and commercial expertise." Chambers Global UAE 2024

"Slava Kiryushin is not just a legal expert, but a true oil and gas powerhouse. He is involved in the most technical aspects of operations and can dissect the drilling reports with ease, as well as understanding the workflow of the most complex production facilities in the oil and gas process." Legal 500

"Slava Kiryushin is the person to go to if you have a complex oil and gas issue. When dealing with drilling programmes, complex EPCs or any form of commercial arrangements, we have not met anyone better suited than him." Legal 500

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Suzannah Newboult
Partner, DLA Piper Middle East

Suzannah Newboult is a Partner and Board member of one of the world's largest global law firms, DLA Piper. As a Partner she focuses on resolving international construction and engineering disputes through negotiation, mediation, adjudication and arbitration. She has been based in the Middle East for more than 10 years, working across the GCC. Her disputes span hard infrastructure, construction in the oil and gas sector, social infrastructure and complex engineering world first- type developments.

Suzannah is well known as a thought leader and industry commentator for the construction industry. She is appointed to the Market Advisory Panel Board of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and contributes to the UAE Construction Think Tank. Suzannah is ranked in Chambers & Partners directory, mentioned in Legal 500 and listed in Who's Who Construction and Expert Guides Women in Business Law (Construction).

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David Leckie
Partner, Clyde & Co llp

David is a partner at Clyde & Co and is based in Dubai. He heads the firm’s Energy and Marine practice in the Middle East and Africa and sits on the Clyde & Co Global Board.

David is a dispute resolution specialist in the energy, renewables, marine and construction sectors. He has over 30 years’ of international experience, representing a wide range of clients in these sectors in international arbitration, litigation and mediation. He has practised as an in-house counsel in the energy sector and as a Barrister in London.

David also has extensive experience of regulatory law, including fraud, bribery and corruption, health, safety, and environmental law. He has conducted internal investigations, appeared at Inquests and defended companies and individuals in a wide range of criminal prosecutions, many involving an international element.

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Dr. Bandar Alkahlan
General Director, Advanced Manufacturing Technologies Institute, King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST)

Bandar is the General Manager (GM) and a Researcher at the Advanced Manufacturing Technologies Institute (AMTI) at the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST). KACST is both the Saudi Arabian national science agency and its national laboratories. Before being named GM in December 2022, Bandar was the director and a researcher at the National Center for Advanced Materials Technologies (NCAMT) and at the National Center for Building and Construction Technology (NCBCT), contributing leadership skills in the scientific and technical elements of major projects.

Bandar earned a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Building Technology from King Saud University (KSU) in Riyadh and a Master of Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) in Los Angeles. His master’s thesis project “New Flexibility and the Architecture of Time” researched the possibility of designing adaptable buildings that evolve over time in response to their users’ needs and requirements. Bandar received his Ph.D. from Virginia Tech in which his research focus and interest is in the area of Automation in Construction.

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Dr. Jauad El Kharraz
Executive Director, Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE)

Dr. Jauad El Kharraz is the Executive Director of the Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE), an intergovernmental organization with diplomatic status based in Cairo with 17 Arab countries onboard. Dr. El Kharraz took his office on October 2021 bringing over 20 years of experience in various sustainable energy fields including energy policies, wind and solar technologies, and green hydrogen in addition to water management, desalination, water-energy-food-climate nexus, climate change, and environment.

As the Executive Director, Dr. El Kharraz undertakes the strategic management of RCREEE. He leads RCREEE Secretariat in implementing its strategy aiming to enable and increase the adoption of renewable energies and energy efficiency practices in RCREEE 17 member states. With the region’s great potential, rapid sustainable energy market changes, Dr. El Kharraz is entrusted with tailoring innovative initiatives to deepen Arab-Arab cooperation in sustainable energy fields & to boost our member states’ efforts towards energy transition.

Prior to joining RCREEE, Dr. El Kharraz held the position of Director of Research at the Middle East Desalination Research Center in Oman (2015-2020). Previously, he served as a senior expert, advisor, and evaluator for several international institutions (e.g., European Commission, UN-ESCWA, PRIMA Foundation, EU-GCC Clean Energy Technology Network, KAS-REMENA, Ocean Oasis, COMSTECH Scientific Advisory Council, ENSUS/UM6P University, EMME-CCI Task Force/Cyprus Institute, “French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation”) and member of board of the European Desalination Society, AgreeMed and WEFE4Med Nexus projects and Jovesolides Association (Spain). He is also member of the International Desalination Association, the Mediterranean Water Institute, and Oman Energy Majlis.

He brings over 20 years of experience in various sustainability fields including energy and water policies, desalination, water-energy-food nexus, green hydrogen, climate change. Dr. El Kharraz sustainability career officially started in 1998 as a researcher at the Global Change Unit -University of Valencia. Through his journey, he coordinated, prepared, and contributed to an important portfolio of international programs/projects of millions of euros such as FP5-FP7, H2020, ENPI CBC Med, INCO MED, INCO NGOs, SMAP, LIFE, PRIMA. He carried out projects for national and international donors such as GIZ, SIDA, IsDB, TRC/Oman and USAID apart from private sector companies.

Dr. El Kharraz is a founding member of Nice hub (France) – Global Shapers Community (World Economic Forum), aiming to push young talents from Nice city to develop projects of development for their local community.

He chaired and contributed to the development of an important number of scientific papers, policy briefs, policies, training & mentorship activities, lectures, awards ceremonies, and events (e.g., World Economic Forum, World Water Forum, World Science Forum, World Urban Forum, Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, MENA Europe Future Energy Dialogue, World Hydrogen Summit, Planetary Security Initiative, Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue Conference, International Higher Education Conference, COP26, COP27, etc.) in more than 55 countries.

Dr. El Kharraz is a national of Morocco and France, and a graduate of the University of Abdelmalek Essaadi. Dr. El Kharraz obtained his MSc and PhD degrees in Physics from the Department of Earth Physics and Thermodynamics, University of Valencia, Spain, and a diploma in enterprises management and strategies from SKEMA Business School, France. He is a fluent French, Arabic, Spanish and English speaker.

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Dr. Peiman Kianmehr
Professor and Chair of the Department of Civil Engineering, & Director of M.Sc. Program in Construction Management at American University in Dubai

Dr. Peiman Kianmehr is the Chair of the Department of Civil Engineering and Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at American University in Dubai (AUD). He accomplished his PhD program at University of Waterloo-Canada in water resources group. His expertise is in environmental engineering and sustainable built environment. Prior to joining AUD, he worked with Environment Canada and he also worked as the director of several dam construction and water transmission projects. During his work at AUD, he has published about 40 journal and conference papers in prestigious journals and conference proceedings. He received several awards including School of Engineering Excellence in Teaching Award and best paper awards from international conferences held in Montreal, Dubai, Zurich and Ottawa.

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Glenn Bull
Senior Associate, Head of the Real Estatet, Dubai.

Glenn specialises in construction, property and real estate development law. He is a member of the Construction, Engineering and Projects team and head of the Real Estate team in the Dubai office.

Glenn is an Australian lawyer and has been with CRS in the Gulf region since 2014.

His broad experience includes acting for clients in both contentious and non-contentious construction matters.

Over his career, Glenn has been advising employers, developers, contractors, subcontractors and consultants on various projects throughout the GCC, northern Africa, London, Malta and Australia.

Glenn’s practical knowledge of the real estate and construction industry, along with regional experience and expertise in the law, gives him the unique ability to focus on finding practical outcomes and commercial solutions for his clients.

Experience

  • Glenn has advised on various construction projects in the Gulf, including large-scale infrastructure projects, rail projects, residential, commercial and mixed-use developments.
  • Glenn has been involved in very substantial real estate development transactions, including multiple PPP agreements, drafting and negotiating various development management agreements, acting on the purchase and sale of sports grounds and facilities, advising on various hotel management agreements and large commercial leasing matters – particularly with a development focus.
  • Glenn has also advised on community structuring aspects in relation to several large master-planned developments in the region.
  • Glenn has in-house experience having worked for a rail operator in Australia and has been on secondment with a Qatari State entity that is undertaking several large developments in the region.
  • Glenn’s expertise in construction law includes having undertaken various construction management subjects at a Master’s level, including Project Management, Project Evaluation, Time Scope & Cost and Risk Evaluation & Assessment as well obtaining substantial ‘hands-on’ experience through various senior level secondment appointments.

Memberships

Admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Victoria and High Court of Australia.

DIFC Part 1 Practitioner.

Registered with the Dubai Legal Affairs Department.

Background & education

Bachelor of Laws (Hons), Victoria University, 2006
Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, College of Law, 2007
Qualified 2006, joined the firm 2014

Leisure

Travelling and cycling

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Paula Boast
Partner - Charles Russell Speechlys

Paula is Head of Construction Engineering & Projects for the Middle East Region. Based in Bahrain since 2006, she specialises in construction projects throughout the region, in particular Bahrain, Oman, and Qatar
Her extensive experience includes real estate and development, regeneration, infrastructure and utilities, hotels, leisure and tourism, residential, industrial and commercial, education and healthcare, both in the private and public sectors. Paula acts on behalf of government and regulatory clients including Ministry of Works, project employers and developers, lenders and investors, contractors, subcontractors and consultants.

Projects Paula has worked on include Shangri-La Oman, Bahrain National Assembly, Durrat Al Bahrain, Doha Convention Center, Bahrain Bay to include Four Seasons Hotel, Riffa Views, Diyar Al Muharraq, Bahrain Airport, King Abdullah Medical City, Education City Doha, Lusail Doha, Investment Gateway Bahrain and Reef Island. Paula also assisted the Bahrain Ministry of Works in the drafting and publication to market of its first ever Standard Suite of Construction Contracts (2009 Edition) based on FIDIC forms.

Paula is admitted to practise in England and Wales.

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Peter Haywood
Senior Manager - TECOM Group Dubai

Peter is a Chartered Surveyor (MRICS) with over 10 years’ experience across the Middle East, Africa, UK and Eastern European real estate markets.

Currently, he is a Senior Manager at TECOM Group Dubai

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Salam Awawdeh
Partner, Deloitte & Touche

Client Network
Tier I clients across MENA and APAC Clients include SAUDI ARAMCO, SABIC, S OIL, MOTIVA, SINOPEC, PETRONAS, JXTG Nippon Oil Energy, PERTAMINA, CNPC, Chevron Canada, BASF, DuPont, DEWA, ENOC, Dubai Supreme Council of Energy.

Background
He is the leader of the Firm’s OG&C practice and the Global Lead Partner for Saudi Aramco His extensive international experience includes advising most of the leading NOCs and Supermajors on large scale transformation, PMI and Business Turnaround for energy and infrastructure clients across EMEA, Canada and APAC He serves as an advisory partner to the World Green Economy Organization ( and sits, as advising expert on the World Bank’s Benchmarking Group A citizen of Canada and holder of Golden Visa in UAE.

Previous Career
Consulting Partner, CEO, Board Advisor and Senior Executive with a number of multinational companies including Altus origin, PwC, Harris Telecom, Bank of Jordan Group of Companies, Halliburton, Larsen Toubro, Sapura, SAIC and Citigroup spearheading strategy transformation and growth.

Functional Expertise
His 20 years of functional experience in strategy and business operations, digital transformatio n JV operating models and separation structuring, corporate and performance transformation programs He is recognized for his expertise in designing and delivering multi year cost reduction, capital efficiency and operational excellence programs for IOCS and NOCs in Downstream segments Successfully led four of the largest M&A and IPO readiness support programs, and recently, led an industry game changer Petchem acquisition in MENA.

Recent Project Highlights
Supporting a Major Transformation through Downstream carve out: Helping a major OG&C client company through a comprehensive global carve out of their Downstream business ( global asset base, commercial separation, contract redesign between Upstream and Downstream, IT, etc Transformation spread over a period of 2 years, resulting in a major tax savings ( and performance improvement of more than 340 million.

Refining Capacity revamp OG Downstream: Worked with both JV partners to increase asset refining capacity through multi lot contracting strategy focused on integrating their trading platform and expanded sourcing improving production continuity and competitiveness The project delivered 115 M in savings from procurement initiatives and over 425 million of spending base and 78 M capex savings on a related facilities project.

Developing Business Strategy and SBU Operating Models: Led the comprehensive strategy design and rollout for building a major lubricant business, covering benchmarking against peer group, production configuration and supply chain integration, sales and marketing restructuring Generated a client impact of over 132 M between synergy of integrated adjacent operations and direct margin enhancement.

Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) strategy Upstream O&G: Designed reliability centered asset management approach, asset life cycle, and led the integrated asset management strategy roll out aiming at minimal equipment idling, breakdowns and recycling Operational efficiency for the first year alone surpassed 76% from 52% the year before.

Target Operating Model Transformation for a petrochemical company: Led integrated program management over large scale, multi site, phased delivery implementations, integration, outsourcing under onshore, near shore and offshore delivery models for 37 MM budget, transitions of 900 staff and 13 cross functional teams.

Corporate Transformation for an Integrated Oil Gas Company: Spearheaded four corporate renewal, growth, value enhancement and turnaround strategy development and execution engagements across all phases of the project life cycle (i e Conception through Inception Implementation Operations, to Steady Sate for the 5 SBU client The clients have gained better cash management and ROIC, Cash conversion cycle and “nil dry out”.

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Simon Green
International Partner (England & Wales), Charles Russell Speechlys

Simon is an International Partner and leads our focus in Asia from our Hong Kong office. Simon is also the Head of Real Estate and Hotels & Hospitality across Asia and the Middle East.

Simon's main areas of expertise are large scale mixed-use development and redevelopment projects, real estate investment (both commercial and residential property) as well as real estate management and finance (conventional and Islamic). Simon also has a significant hotels & hospitality practice.

Having spent nearly 15 years in the Middle East, Simon has lived and worked in all three jurisdictions where we have offices; Bahrain, Qatar and Dubai. Simon is now based in Hong Kong but continues to be involved in our Middle East practice.

Simon specialises in real estate. His main areas of expertise are master planned development projects as well as city centre redevelopment, real estate investment, management and finance. Simon is also recognised as an expert in relation to Hotel & Hospitality work – particularly in relation to development, investment and management of hotels – having advised on nearly 50 transactions in the last decade.
In addition, Simon regularly advises our Asia and Middle East clients with their outbound investments into the UK in relation to both commercial as well as residential property.

Simon acts for a variety of developers, financial institutions, government and quasi-government entities, sovereign wealth funds and private clients (including Royal Family members) across Asia and the Middle East.

Simon is admitted to practise in England and Wales. Simon is also a Registered Foreign Lawyer with the Hong Kong Law Society and is licensed to practice in Dubai with the Legal Affairs Directorate.

Experience

  • Advising Bahrain Marina Development Company, the master developer of a 300,000 sqm mixed-use master planned development known as the Bahrain Marina Development (Project) with a GDV of circa USD 1 billion and comprising retail, residential and hospitality components. We have advised on all real estate and construction related aspects in relation to the Project including the appointment of the Shangri-La as the hotel operator for the iconic anchor hotel component. Our work on the Project was recognized by the Middle East Legal Awards where we were awarded Real Estate Team Of The Year 2019.
  • Advising Gulf Hotels Group (a hotel owner and operator listed on the Bahrain stock exchange) with all legal aspects their acquisition of a 270 key hotel in Business Bay, Dubai. This was a key acquisition for Gulf Hotels Group given the size of the property and the fact that this was their first hotel in the UAE.
  • Advising a multitude of internationally based private clients in relation to UK property investment. Work has included acting on the sale of two commercial properties in London (2 Lucan Place and 154 Bayswater) as well as UK residential transactions with an estimated cumulative value of over GBP 75m.

Background & education

University of Keele degree in Economics and Politics 1997, College of Law Guildford, England 1998.

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Simon Townsend
Managing Director, CEG-Invest

Mr. Simon Townsend is a Chartered Surveyor with over 30 years of experience of which 22 years within the GCC and is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (“RICS”). Mr. Townsend brings experience in the implementation of regulation and transparency in real estate activities across the region and has been active in leading and advising multi-sector real estate acquisition and disposals Internationally with transactions of more than US$2bn and advisory assignments across the region on many of the most prominent developments and masterplans.

Through his experience in both advisory and client side, Mr. Townsend has been involved in establishing businesses in new geographies, growing and diversifying existing businesses while managing and leading cross border multi-sector and multi-region teams.

Mr. Townsend notably held directorship and senior leadership positions including as Chief Executive Officer of Ellington Capital (DIFC) Ltd and as a Senior Director at CBRE Middle East within the region. He is currently the Managing Director for a confidential regulated private equity business with a focus on structuring and managing real estate private equity projects globally.

Mr. Townsend holds a bachelors degree in Urban Land Economics from Sheffied Hallam University, UK.

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Stephan Degenhart
Managing Director, Drees & Sommer

Stephan Degenhart is an experienced Managing Director at Drees & Sommer, an international real estate consulting firm that specializes in sustainability and digitalization within the built environment globally, Stephan leads the initiatives in the Middle East and Asia Pacific regions.

He has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the field and has been involved in some of the most innovative projects in the industry, such as the first-ever smart building in Berlin, Germany, and the sustainable Cradle project. Stephan is a highly sought-after professional speaker who has delivered captivating and impactful talks at prestigious events, educating and inspiring industry professionals and the general public alike. He applies the principles of sustainability, innovation, and digitalization with unwavering enthusiasm and expert skill in his practice.

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Andy Boutle
Head of Digital Construction, ALEC Engineering and Contracting L.L.C.

With over twenty years industry experience, Andy has worked in various engineering and management roles for both consultants and contractors with a more recent specialization in Building Information Modeling (BIM). Known as a vocal proponent for digital transformation across the construction industry, Andy's latest role as Head of Digital Construction has meant a broader focus on ALEC's digitization with an emphasis on increasing workflow communication and vertical efficiencies.

As the former Head of BIM - Construction Division, Kier Group, Andy's experience enabled him to take a leading role in driving positive industry change, while co-authoring several strategies including "Digital by Default", the Kier Group's Digital Vision and Strategy and Kier's Information Management Function Assignment Matrix, Exchange Information Requirements (EIR) Template and Master Information Delivery Plan (MIDP).

During the same period, Andy also served as the Programme Lead for Kier's ISO 19650 migration as well as being responsible for scoping and maintaining a consistent reporting mechanism for BIM implementation and performance across all construction business units. Under his supervision, Kier Group achieved its Kitemark certification in July 2019, covering construction, infrastructure, highways and design + business services.

Running in parallel to his duties with Kier Group, Andy also served as the Engagement Co-Lead and Executive Team - UK BIM Alliance, where he helped to provide independent leadership and support to the UK's built environment for the adoption of BIM across the industry. As part of his role he engages with professional institutions and trade associations across the UK as part of its Affiliate Programme, which aims to promote the use of BIM as industry standard.

Outside of work, Andy is a keen athlete who enjoys running, strength training, networking and socializing.

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Dr. Stephen Wilkinson
Director Research, Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences, University of Wollongong in Dubai

Dr Stephen Wilkinson is the Director of Research at the University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD. Dr Wilkinson holds a PhD from Imperial College London based on his research on the analysis of the microstructure of complex nanomaterials (UK mudrocks). He has a broad research interests in the fields of sustainability and environmental awareness in practice. He is focused on using research to support industry sustainability objectives.

Based on these interests he has worked on a wide range of projects encompassing contaminated land, micro-biology, tunneling, foundation design, gas flow in porous media, particle analysis and electron microscope analysis.

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Dr. Zaid Alyami
Advisor, Ministry of Transportation and Logistics Services, KSA

Dr. Zaid Alyami has extensive industry experience with key focus on business transformation, operations management, asset management and strategy development and execution. Dr. Alyami has progressive experience in public and private agencies in Saudi Arabia and Canada. Dr. Alyami currently is an Advisor at the Ministry of Transportation and Logistics Services, Saudi Arabia where he holds several leadership roles under road affairs key strategic programs including Asset Management transformation program, Operation and Maintenance Excellence & Transformation Programs, and Public Private Partnerships initiatives.

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Pierluigi Bonomo
Senior researcher and head of BIPV Research team at SUPSI

Education: M.Sc.Eng. in Building Engineering/Architecture (University of L’Aquila); Ph.D. in Building Engineering/Architecture (University of Pavia).

Pierluigi is part of the Swiss BIPV Research team of SUPSI since ~ 10 years, where is currently senior researcher and responsible for the BIPV Advanced Building Skin Team. He is active in R&D projects, industry developments, pilot constructions and sensitization activities on solar architecture at swiss and international scale. He’s a construction & energy specialist, passionate about the relation between technological innovation, energy and architectural quality. He developed and implemented innovation actions in several multidisciplinary projects focused on BIPV (Building Integrated Photovoltaics) in collaboration with international consortia and partnerships. Prior to that, as architect, project manager and site supervisor he conducted real projects such as "Energy Box", a nearly-zero energy building awarded in the post-earthquake reconstruction in L'Aquila. Pierluigi is member of the expert group of Task 15 IEA-PVPS at the International Energy Agency, and of other scientific and technical committees such as review expert for EUPVSEC and team member of IEC TC82.

Pierluigi is senior researcher and head of BIPV Research team at SUPSI. He’s active in R&D projects, industry developments, pilot constructions and working groups at swiss and international scale. Pierluigi main mission is to enable market implementation, competitiveness and quality of solar architecture, using photovoltaics as a building material. He’s also member of the Task 15 at international Energy Agency.

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Prof. Ali Alraouf
Professor, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Senior Advisor, Ministry of Municipality Qatar

Prof. Alraouf is an architect, urban designer and planner focusing on research within the domain of theory, criticism and creativity in architecture and urbanism. Alraouf has held permanent and visiting teaching and research positions at regional and international universities. He provides consultancy in numerous projects regionally and internationally and acts as a consultant for international organizations including UN-Habitat, UNESCO, ESCOWA, ICOMOS among others. He published more than 150 journal refereed papers, critical reviews, essays, in addition to books and book chapters. Alraouf serves in editorial boards and acts as a reviewer for international journals and conferences. He has been invited to present his research work at international institutions in over 30 countries. Alraouf is the recipient of several research and teaching awards. In addition to teaching at HBK University in Qatar, Alraouf currently acts as senior advisor for research and development at the Ministry of Municipality in Qatar. He is a board member of the international society for city planners (ISOCARP) and director of Awards and Publication program.

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Sandeep Sinha
Head of Healthcare and Life Sciences Consulting - MEA JLL

Sandeep has over 24 years of experience in the healthcare industry with rich experience in strategic business consulting, hospital projects, operations & management, and HCIT solutions.

He has managed over 700+ research and consulting projects across MEA and South Asia region in the areas of ; healthcare delivery, medical technology, healthcare IT, biotech & pharma, diagnostics, wellness, extended care, business & financial Sector (Private Equity & IBs)

Sandeep ‘s core strength lies in growth strategies, market entry strategies, geographical expansion, new product launch, detailed business plan & feasibility studies, , business facilitation and partner search, competitive benchmarking, technical , commercial & operational due diligence & M&A support, healthcare IPOs. Sandeep has worked with most of the leading healthcare clients in the region:

Sandeep is responsible for growing the JLL’s healthcare and life science practice , clients relationship management, business development and overseeing the delivery of client assignments across healthcare and life science space.

In his previous assignments Sandeep has worked with Frost & Sullivan, Dubai as Head and Associate Partner of Healthcare practice for MEA and SA region, Televital India, Narayanan Health Bangalore, NU Hospitals Bangalore

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Tatiana Antonelli Abella
Founder & Managing Director - GOUMBOOK

Tatiana Antonelli Abella is the Founder and Managing Director of Goumbook, a Social Enterprise established in 2009 dedicated to accelerating Sustainability and Climate Action in the UAE and beyond.

Today Goumbook manages different projects such as Trees Matter, regional and global tree planting programs, to encourage reforestation and rehabilitation of ecosystems; Drop It - Rethink Plastic, to help businesses and individuals reduce single use plastics; Eat It or Save it, to drive awareness about food waste in partnership with UAE Food Bank, and Take a Breath, highlighting the need to monitor and improve indoor air quality, proposing solutions focused on human health, circular economy thinking and nature based approaches.

Most recently Goumbook was proud to conceptualise and project manage Dubai Can, a campaign by HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai.

In November 2023, at COP28, Goumbook launched the MENA Oceans Network in partnership with the UN to accelerate collaboration, partnerships and action for the oceans in the Middle East and North Africa region.

Tatiana sits on the Engage Committee, under Dubai Chamber of Commerce’s umbrella and has been nominated Environmental Ambassador for the Middle East Youth Expo. She also acts as an advisor to events such as Art Dubai or the Emirates Literature Festival to help them be more sustainable. Since 2012 she has been proud to be a judge of the Gulf Capital SME Awards for the ‘Most Sustainable Business of the Year’. In 2020 Tatiana also joined the Advisory Board of the Gulf Sustainability Awards.

In April 2019 Tatiana started Forward Talks, a weekly podcast highlighting leaders and professionals who, through their work, entrepreneurship and commitment promote positive impact and sustainability in the UAE and beyond.

During her 18 years in the UAE, Tatiana has garnered a strong reputation: in 2021 she was nominated by LinkedIn as a UAE Top Voice in Sustainability. Considered one of UAE's top environmental influencers, she contributes regularly to media and at conferences in her role as a green business leader in the country. In 2022 she was awarded the Mother Teresa Award for Environmental Stewardship and Excellence.

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Abdallah Massarweh
Project Manager - Ports, Customs and Free Zones Corporation

Abdallah is a qualified project management professional that hold over 6 years of in-depth industry experience in iconic project developments such as Bee’ah Headquarters designed by Zaha Hadid. He is responsible for a diverse and flexible set of roles that include management, planning, productivity, supervision, and commercial aspects of projects.

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Prof. Abdul Rahim Sabouni
CEO, Span Management Consulting

Dr. Sabouni is the CEO of Span Management Consulting, a Structural Engineering Professor and Professional Civil Engineer with more than 35 years of academic and professional experience. He holds a PhD degree from Cornell University and a Master’s degree from the George Washington University in Civil engineering. Solution-oriented, with exceptional communication, and organizational development skills and academic leadership roles including twice past university president. On the professional engineering side, Dr. Sabouni is a seasoned certified Professional Engineer with diverse management background and proven achievements encompassing all facets of engineering project management, design, construction, contracts, claims, and quality assurance. He had assumed the posts of the Building Design Expert, and Technical and Projects Adviser in Abu Dhabi Municipality. Dr. Sabouni is a registered Professional Engineer in Ontario, Fellow of the American Concrete Institute and the founding president of the ACI-UAE Chapter, Fellow and Life Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and ex-President of the ASCE-UAE Section, and Fellow and chartered construction manager of CIOB, UK. He is the first recipient of the George Winter Award from Cornell University, and the and the 2023 ASCE Region 10 Distinguished Service Medal award.

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Adrian Cole
Independent Arbitrator and Mediator, Adrian Cole FZ LLE

Adrian Cole is an Independent Arbitrator, Mediator and Dispute Board member. He is a construction dispute specialist with expertise in energy, real estate and infrastructure development and formerly led King & Spalding's highly rated Middle East Dispute Resolution Practice.

Mr Cole is listed by Who’s Who Legal as one of the top 25 construction dispute resolution lawyers in the World and ranked tier one by Chambers Global and Legal 500. Part of the “Global Elite” in thought leadership, "He's the kind of guy you want with you rather than against you." and is ranked for “his knowledge in arbitration” (Chambers Global). He "stands out as a strong expert in construction-related dispute resolution" (Legal 500).

As arbitrator, Mr Cole has decided over 90 significant and complex construction cases sitting with some of the world’s leading construction arbitrators and is listed by Chambers Global as one of the most in demand arbitrators.

Mr Cole is a member of the Commission on Arbitration and ADR at the ICC and is a task force leader on a project to widen awareness and use of ADR.

Mr Cole has recently been appointed as a Judge in the Court of Cassation, in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

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Dr. Bandar Alkahlan
General Director, Advanced Manufacturing Technologies Institute, King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST)

Bandar is the General Manager (GM) and a Researcher at the Advanced Manufacturing Technologies Institute (AMTI) at the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST). KACST is both the Saudi Arabian national science agency and its national laboratories. Before being named GM in December 2022, Bandar was the director and a researcher at the National Center for Advanced Materials Technologies (NCAMT) and at the National Center for Building and Construction Technology (NCBCT), contributing leadership skills in the scientific and technical elements of major projects.

Bandar earned a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Building Technology from King Saud University (KSU) in Riyadh and a Master of Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) in Los Angeles. His master’s thesis project “New Flexibility and the Architecture of Time” researched the possibility of designing adaptable buildings that evolve over time in response to their users’ needs and requirements. Bandar received his Ph.D. from Virginia Tech in which his research focus and interest is in the area of Automation in Construction.

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Prof. Carlos Montaña
Founding Associate Professor & Chair of Research, Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation DIDI

Prof. Carlos Montaña PhD is the first foundation faculty in the Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation DIDI (in collaboration with MIT and Parsons), and a full professor (adjunct) at Queensland University of Technology QUT. He is an academic, design and innovation strategist, advisor for government and industry, jury of international design awards, speaker, and an entrepreneur currently based in the Middle East. An award-winning design and academic leader, he has 30+ years’ experience in Colombia, Italy, Japan, Singapore, Australia, and the United Arab Emirates. His transdisciplinary research in design, innovation and entrepreneurship focuses on sustainable development, with expertise in biomimicry and design for health. He was program director of Industrial Design in the University of Canberra, Assistant Professor of Industrial Design in the National University of Singapore, and Adjunct Assistant Professor in Product Design Engineering in EAFIT University in Colombia. Many of his projects, as well as projects by his students, received international design awards, including Braun Prize, Dupont Imagineering and Red Dot, among others.

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Cathal Kenny
Director – CBRE MENA

Cathal is an Director within the Valuation team of CBRE MENA. He specializes in the areas of real estate appraisal and development advisory services where advises Banks, Investment Institutions, Property Development Companies as well as Corporate and Government Entities. Cathal’s remit primarily covers the UAE but he does cover the wider GCC region when required. Since relocating to the UAE he has been involved in a number of significant valuation mandates across the region. The purpose of valuations range from Capital Raising, Securitization, Acquisition, Disposal, Financial Reporting and Expropriation .He also advises clients on how to maximize value and minimize risk within their real estate portfolios.

Prior to moving to the middle east Cathal previously worked in both Dublin and New York. He possesses a number of years professional valuation experience along with several years of financial investment experience gained within State Street Bank. He is a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS) since 2017 and is also a member of the Institute of Bankers.

Education
MEconSc in International Finance, National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG)
BSc (Hons) in Property Studies, Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT)
Diploma in Financial Advice, University College Dublin (UCD)

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Dr. Christopher Abraham
CEO & Head of Campus - Dubai SP Jain School of Management

Dr. Christopher Abraham is a PhD in Business Administration (Design Thinking & Innovation) and has three Post Graduate qualifications in HRM, Business Administration (Marketing), Labor & Administrative Law.

He is a Certified Design Thinker from IDEO/Stanford and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (FCIM), UK. He has thirty-five years’ experience in management consulting, marketing, and management education in India, Singapore and the UAE.

Currently he is the CEO & Head - Dubai campus and Sr. Vice President (Institutional Development)at the S P Jain School of Global Management, a Forbes Top 10, Economist & FT Top 100 ranked Business School, with campuses in Dubai, Singapore, Mumbai and Sydney
Dr. Abraham has been a visiting Professor at many leading universities in Australia, USA, Canada, Singapore and UK. Earlier in Dubai, he headed the Executive MBA Program of XLRI, Jamshedpur, one of Asia’s top business schools.

His areas of competence are Innovation, Design Thinking, Behavioural Design,Neuroscience of Decision Making, Future of Education, Science of Happiness, Leadership, Human Potential, Entrepreneurship, Marketing & Strategy.

A much sought after 3 x TEDx and international keynote speaker, he has successfully presented in numerous global forums and has also conducted many consulting and executive development assignments for global organizations, including The World Bank, The Executive Council (Govt. of Dubai), Emirates Airlines, SEWA (Government of Sharjah), Aramex, DHL, P & G, LG, Reckitt & Benkiser, AW Rostamani (Nissan Auto) etc.

Awards & Recognitions

Twice Awarded “Best CEO in the World” in 2018 & 2019, by Indo – UAE Business & Social Forum

Twice winner of the Education Leadership Award – World Leadership Congress 2015 & 2017

Regularly Interviewed in leading TV & Media Channels like CNBC, Dubai Eye, Dubai TV etc.

Regular News Columns and quotes in leading newspapers like Gulf News, Khaleej Times, The National, Times of India, Economic Times, The Hindu, Mumbai Mirror etc.

Positions & Memberships

Honorary Fellow – Leaders Excellence at Harvard Square, US

Advisor – RTA Innovation Lab, Government of Dubai

Global Advisory Board Member - World CMO Council, US

Member of the Board – The Abrahamic Business Circle

Advisory Board Member – CEO Clubs Worldwide

Senior Advisory Board Member –WASME World Association of SMEs (An UNESCO Initiative)

Senior Advisory Board Member – World Sustainable Business Forum, UK

Director – S P Jain Centre of Excellence for the Science of Happiness

Member of the Governing Board – Gulf Marketing Association

Executive Board Member – CIVITAS DEI Institute of History and Archaeology of Jerusalem, Israel

Member of the Board of Directors – Talents of Endearment

Member of the Board – Joblio, An AI enabled ethical recruitment solutions company, US

Member of the Academic Board – World Masters Academy, Italy

Member of the Advisory Board – Economic Times HR World (ETHRWorld)

Member of the CII-Elite Group (SCM) – Confederation of Indian Industry

Conferred as the Knight of Parte Guelfa, Italy representing India for Ecology & Environment

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Cristopher Sagar
Chief Engineer, Atkins

Following graduation with a Master of Engineering (MEng) in Chemical Engineering, I began my career with Atkins' Nuclear and Power business, providing technical advisory services and managing a wide variety of projects, including new build thermal power generation front end development studies, technical due diligence and nuclear and oil and gas safety cases.

In 2011, I pursued my interest in bioenergy with another consultancy, where I soon led the company's bioenergy team, with responsibility for project delivery, business development and P&L. Projects included feasibility and conceptual design studies for biomass boiler and combined heat and power developments.

In 2013, I returned to Atkins with increased responsibilities, including delivering and managing larger, more complex projects and bids.

In 2018, I joined Atkins' Nuclear and Power business in the Middle East to deliver power and water projects and grow our presence in the region. I am responsible for technical delivery, project management, business management and business development.

I am a chartered chemical engineer and a member of the Institution of Chemical Engineers. I am also a qualified Energy Saving Opportunities Scheme lead assessor.

Atkins' Nuclear and Power business in the Middle East provides high value technical advisory services in relation to nuclear, hydrogen, waste to energy, renewables and conventional power projects, to a wide range of clients, including public sector clients such as Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA), Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar), Emirates Water and Electricity Company (EWEC), Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC), Kuwait Authority for Partnership Projects (KAPP), Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP), as well as private developers such as ACWA Power, Marubeni, Engie and others.

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David Leckie
Partner, Clyde & Co llp

David is a partner at Clyde & Co and is based in Dubai. He heads the firm’s Energy and Marine practice in the Middle East and Africa and sits on the Clyde & Co Global Board.

David is a dispute resolution specialist in the energy, renewables, marine and construction sectors. He has over 30 years’ of international experience, representing a wide range of clients in these sectors in international arbitration, litigation and mediation. He has practised as an in-house counsel in the energy sector and as a Barrister in London.

David also has extensive experience of regulatory law, including fraud, bribery and corruption, health, safety, and environmental law. He has conducted internal investigations, appeared at Inquests and defended companies and individuals in a wide range of criminal prosecutions, many involving an international element.

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Dr Fadi Aloul
Dean of Engineering - American University of Sharjah

Dr. Fadi Aloul is the Dean of the College of Engineering and a Professor of Computer Science & Engineering at the American University of Sharjah (AUS), UAE. He leads a college consisting of an outstanding 85 faculty, 25 lab instructors, 15 administrators, and 2400+ students. The college has seven undergraduate programs, nine master’s programs, and one doctoral program. He previously served as the Computer Science & Engineering Department Head from 2016-2021.

Dr. Aloul holds a PhD and MS degrees in Computer Science & Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA, respectively, and a BS degree in Electrical Engineering summa cum laude from Lawrence Technological University, Michigan, USA. His research and industrial interests are in Cyber Security, Mobile Applications, Teaching Innovation, and Design Optimization. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and a Certified Reviewer for the UAE Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA).

Dr. Aloul received a number of prestigious awards including the Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC) Airbus Engineering Diversity Award, the H.H. Sheikh Khalifa, UAE’s President, Award for Higher Education, the Sheikh Rashid's Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement, the Abdul Hameed Shoman Award for Young Arab Researchers, and the AUS Excellence in Teaching Award. He has 145+ publications and 1 US patent. He is a regular invited speaker and panelist across a number of international conferences related to Cyber Security, AI, Technology, Innovation and Education.

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Dr. Jauad El Kharraz
Executive Director, Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE)

Dr. Jauad El Kharraz is the Executive Director of the Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE), an intergovernmental organization with diplomatic status based in Cairo with 17 Arab countries onboard. Dr. El Kharraz took his office on October 2021 bringing over 20 years of experience in various sustainable energy fields including energy policies, wind and solar technologies, and green hydrogen in addition to water management, desalination, water-energy-food-climate nexus, climate change, and environment.

As the Executive Director, Dr. El Kharraz undertakes the strategic management of RCREEE. He leads RCREEE Secretariat in implementing its strategy aiming to enable and increase the adoption of renewable energies and energy efficiency practices in RCREEE 17 member states. With the region’s great potential, rapid sustainable energy market changes, Dr. El Kharraz is entrusted with tailoring innovative initiatives to deepen Arab-Arab cooperation in sustainable energy fields & to boost our member states’ efforts towards energy transition.

Prior to joining RCREEE, Dr. El Kharraz held the position of Director of Research at the Middle East Desalination Research Center in Oman (2015-2020). Previously, he served as a senior expert, advisor, and evaluator for several international institutions (e.g., European Commission, UN-ESCWA, PRIMA Foundation, EU-GCC Clean Energy Technology Network, KAS-REMENA, Ocean Oasis, COMSTECH Scientific Advisory Council, ENSUS/UM6P University, EMME-CCI Task Force/Cyprus Institute, “French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation”) and member of board of the European Desalination Society, AgreeMed and WEFE4Med Nexus projects and Jovesolides Association (Spain). He is also member of the International Desalination Association, the Mediterranean Water Institute, and Oman Energy Majlis.

He brings over 20 years of experience in various sustainability fields including energy and water policies, desalination, water-energy-food nexus, green hydrogen, climate change. Dr. El Kharraz sustainability career officially started in 1998 as a researcher at the Global Change Unit -University of Valencia. Through his journey, he coordinated, prepared, and contributed to an important portfolio of international programs/projects of millions of euros such as FP5-FP7, H2020, ENPI CBC Med, INCO MED, INCO NGOs, SMAP, LIFE, PRIMA. He carried out projects for national and international donors such as GIZ, SIDA, IsDB, TRC/Oman and USAID apart from private sector companies.

Dr. El Kharraz is a founding member of Nice hub (France) – Global Shapers Community (World Economic Forum), aiming to push young talents from Nice city to develop projects of development for their local community.

He chaired and contributed to the development of an important number of scientific papers, policy briefs, policies, training & mentorship activities, lectures, awards ceremonies, and events (e.g., World Economic Forum, World Water Forum, World Science Forum, World Urban Forum, Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, MENA Europe Future Energy Dialogue, World Hydrogen Summit, Planetary Security Initiative, Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue Conference, International Higher Education Conference, COP26, COP27, etc.) in more than 55 countries.

Dr. El Kharraz is a national of Morocco and France, and a graduate of the University of Abdelmalek Essaadi. Dr. El Kharraz obtained his MSc and PhD degrees in Physics from the Department of Earth Physics and Thermodynamics, University of Valencia, Spain, and a diploma in enterprises management and strategies from SKEMA Business School, France. He is a fluent French, Arabic, Spanish and English speaker.

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Manosh De
Urban Planning Expert - Dubai Municipality

Manosh is a creative designer and urban futurist. He has an in-depth understanding of the intersection between wellbeing and technology in the cities of tomorrow.

He has worked across the Middle East and North Africa, Asia, Europe and the Caribbean on a range of city changing design projects involving large multi-disciplinary teams that have included designers, economists, engineers, sustainability consultants, and smart city specialists.

He is currently helping implement Dubai’s 2040 spatial plan.

Manosh is a frequent contributor to magazines, radio shows and conferences in the region.

He is an alumnus of the US Department of State International Visitors programme, a UK Chevening scholar and a member of Beta Gamma Sigma.

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Mazin Al Mardhi
Partner, Charles Russell Speechlys

Mazin’s primary area of practice is construction, covering both contentious and non-contentious work for clients based in the GCC.

Mazin is a Partner in the firm’s Dubai offices where he is a member of the Construction, Engineering and Projects team. Mazin acts for a range of clients primarily based in the GCC in relation to various business sectors including amongst others construction and engineering, industrial manufacturing, general trading, insurance and hospitality. Such clients range from multinational construction companies, manufacturing and technology companies, hotel operators to reputable family business owners as well as high net worth individuals.

Since 2015, Mazin has focused his practice in construction disputes under arbitration. Mazin has acted for clients in high value disputes conducted by the ICC, LCIA, DIFC-LCIA, DIAC and ADCCAC providing all-inclusive legal services. Mazin also works closely with local advocates and litigators on contentious matters before the national courts of the UAE and Bahrain.

Mazin is qualified to appear before Bahrain Courts and is fluent in both English and Arabic.

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Paula Boast
Partner - Charles Russell Speechlys

Paula is Head of Construction Engineering & Projects for the Middle East Region. Based in Bahrain since 2006, she specialises in construction projects throughout the region, in particular Bahrain, Oman, and Qatar
Her extensive experience includes real estate and development, regeneration, infrastructure and utilities, hotels, leisure and tourism, residential, industrial and commercial, education and healthcare, both in the private and public sectors. Paula acts on behalf of government and regulatory clients including Ministry of Works, project employers and developers, lenders and investors, contractors, subcontractors and consultants.

Projects Paula has worked on include Shangri-La Oman, Bahrain National Assembly, Durrat Al Bahrain, Doha Convention Center, Bahrain Bay to include Four Seasons Hotel, Riffa Views, Diyar Al Muharraq, Bahrain Airport, King Abdullah Medical City, Education City Doha, Lusail Doha, Investment Gateway Bahrain and Reef Island. Paula also assisted the Bahrain Ministry of Works in the drafting and publication to market of its first ever Standard Suite of Construction Contracts (2009 Edition) based on FIDIC forms.

Paula is admitted to practise in England and Wales.

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Peiman Kianmer
Chair of the Department of Civil Engineering and Associate Professor of Civil Engineering, American University in Dubai

Dr. Peiman Kianmehr is the Chair of the Department of Civil Engineering and Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at American University in Dubai (AUD). He accomplished his PhD program at University of Waterloo-Canada in water resources group. His expertise is in environmental engineering and sustainable built environment. Prior to joining AUD, he worked with Environment Canada and he also worked as the director of several dam construction and water transmission projects. During his work at AUD, he has published about 40 journal and conference papers in prestigious journals and conference proceedings. He received several awards including School of Engineering Excellence in Teaching Award and best paper awards from international conferences held in Montreal, Dubai, Zurich and Ottawa.

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Dr. Salah El Haggar
President, Egypt GBS, Professor, Energy & Sustainable Development, The American University in Cairo

Dr. Haggar’s 30 years’ experience in Energy and sustainable development Consulting and University teaching. Dr Haggar has been a visiting professor at Washington State University and at University of Idaho, U.S.A. He is presently the professor of Energy and Sustainable Development - Mechanical Engineering Department at the American University in Cairo, Dr. El-Haggar is the president of Egypt Green Building Council since 2012. Egypt GBC is an NGO under the umbrella of Ministry of social solidarity and a member of the world Green Building Council.

Dr. Haggar’s has 28 Academic Honors, grants and awards. Dr. El-Haggar received the outstanding teaching award from AUC in 1995 as well as an Excellence in research and creative endeavours awards in 2009. In 2012, Dr. El-Haggar received Provost Award in recognition of the innovations in Environmental science and engineering as well as distinguished service award of 25 years of services at AUC. In addition, Dr. El-Haggar has 230 Scientific Publications in Environmental, Sustainable Development and Energy Fields, 53 invited presentations, 57 technical report, 17 books, 15 Book chapter.

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Salam Awawdeh
Partner, Deloitte & Touche

Client Network
Tier I clients across MENA and APAC Clients include SAUDI ARAMCO, SABIC, S OIL, MOTIVA, SINOPEC, PETRONAS, JXTG Nippon Oil Energy, PERTAMINA, CNPC, Chevron Canada, BASF, DuPont, DEWA, ENOC, Dubai Supreme Council of Energy.

Background
He is the leader of the Firm’s OG&C practice and the Global Lead Partner for Saudi Aramco His extensive international experience includes advising most of the leading NOCs and Supermajors on large scale transformation, PMI and Business Turnaround for energy and infrastructure clients across EMEA, Canada and APAC He serves as an advisory partner to the World Green Economy Organization ( and sits, as advising expert on the World Bank’s Benchmarking Group A citizen of Canada and holder of Golden Visa in UAE.

Previous Career
Consulting Partner, CEO, Board Advisor and Senior Executive with a number of multinational companies including Altus origin, PwC, Harris Telecom, Bank of Jordan Group of Companies, Halliburton, Larsen Toubro, Sapura, SAIC and Citigroup spearheading strategy transformation and growth.

Functional Expertise
His 20 years of functional experience in strategy and business operations, digital transformatio n JV operating models and separation structuring, corporate and performance transformation programs He is recognized for his expertise in designing and delivering multi year cost reduction, capital efficiency and operational excellence programs for IOCS and NOCs in Downstream segments Successfully led four of the largest M&A and IPO readiness support programs, and recently, led an industry game changer Petchem acquisition in MENA.

Recent Project Highlights
Supporting a Major Transformation through Downstream carve out: Helping a major OG&C client company through a comprehensive global carve out of their Downstream business ( global asset base, commercial separation, contract redesign between Upstream and Downstream, IT, etc Transformation spread over a period of 2 years, resulting in a major tax savings ( and performance improvement of more than 340 million.

Refining Capacity revamp OG Downstream: Worked with both JV partners to increase asset refining capacity through multi lot contracting strategy focused on integrating their trading platform and expanded sourcing improving production continuity and competitiveness The project delivered 115 M in savings from procurement initiatives and over 425 million of spending base and 78 M capex savings on a related facilities project.

Developing Business Strategy and SBU Operating Models: Led the comprehensive strategy design and rollout for building a major lubricant business, covering benchmarking against peer group, production configuration and supply chain integration, sales and marketing restructuring Generated a client impact of over 132 M between synergy of integrated adjacent operations and direct margin enhancement.

Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) strategy Upstream O&G: Designed reliability centered asset management approach, asset life cycle, and led the integrated asset management strategy roll out aiming at minimal equipment idling, breakdowns and recycling Operational efficiency for the first year alone surpassed 76% from 52% the year before.

Target Operating Model Transformation for a petrochemical company: Led integrated program management over large scale, multi site, phased delivery implementations, integration, outsourcing under onshore, near shore and offshore delivery models for 37 MM budget, transitions of 900 staff and 13 cross functional teams.

Corporate Transformation for an Integrated Oil Gas Company: Spearheaded four corporate renewal, growth, value enhancement and turnaround strategy development and execution engagements across all phases of the project life cycle (i e Conception through Inception Implementation Operations, to Steady Sate for the 5 SBU client The clients have gained better cash management and ROIC, Cash conversion cycle and “nil dry out”.

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Shikha Garg
Director - PwC

Infrastructure and Project Finance. Developing Public Private Partnership Strategy. Leading multicultural and multi-disciplinary teams.

PPP, PSP Transaction Advisory. Structuring complex infrastructure and PPP Deals. Working with PwC in the Middle East, JPMorgan and HSBC in India and KPMG in Ireland. Advised on project finance deals and projects worth more than USD 10bn across power, transport, industrials and advised clients on Project Finance, PPPs, Mergers and Acquisitions, Acquisition financing.

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Simon Green
International Partner (England & Wales), Charles Russell Speechlys

Simon is an International Partner and leads our focus in Asia from our Hong Kong office. Simon is also the Head of Real Estate and Hotels & Hospitality across Asia and the Middle East.

Simon's main areas of expertise are large scale mixed-use development and redevelopment projects, real estate investment (both commercial and residential property) as well as real estate management and finance (conventional and Islamic). Simon also has a significant hotels & hospitality practice.

Having spent nearly 15 years in the Middle East, Simon has lived and worked in all three jurisdictions where we have offices; Bahrain, Qatar and Dubai. Simon is now based in Hong Kong but continues to be involved in our Middle East practice.

Simon specialises in real estate. His main areas of expertise are master planned development projects as well as city centre redevelopment, real estate investment, management and finance. Simon is also recognised as an expert in relation to Hotel & Hospitality work – particularly in relation to development, investment and management of hotels – having advised on nearly 50 transactions in the last decade.
In addition, Simon regularly advises our Asia and Middle East clients with their outbound investments into the UK in relation to both commercial as well as residential property.

Simon acts for a variety of developers, financial institutions, government and quasi-government entities, sovereign wealth funds and private clients (including Royal Family members) across Asia and the Middle East.

Simon is admitted to practise in England and Wales. Simon is also a Registered Foreign Lawyer with the Hong Kong Law Society and is licensed to practice in Dubai with the Legal Affairs Directorate.

Experience

  • Advising Bahrain Marina Development Company, the master developer of a 300,000 sqm mixed-use master planned development known as the Bahrain Marina Development (Project) with a GDV of circa USD 1 billion and comprising retail, residential and hospitality components. We have advised on all real estate and construction related aspects in relation to the Project including the appointment of the Shangri-La as the hotel operator for the iconic anchor hotel component. Our work on the Project was recognized by the Middle East Legal Awards where we were awarded Real Estate Team Of The Year 2019.
  • Advising Gulf Hotels Group (a hotel owner and operator listed on the Bahrain stock exchange) with all legal aspects their acquisition of a 270 key hotel in Business Bay, Dubai. This was a key acquisition for Gulf Hotels Group given the size of the property and the fact that this was their first hotel in the UAE.
  • Advising a multitude of internationally based private clients in relation to UK property investment. Work has included acting on the sale of two commercial properties in London (2 Lucan Place and 154 Bayswater) as well as UK residential transactions with an estimated cumulative value of over GBP 75m.

Background & education

University of Keele degree in Economics and Politics 1997, College of Law Guildford, England 1998.

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Suzannah Newboult
Partner, DLA Piper Middle East

Suzannah Newboult is a Partner and Board member of one of the world's largest global law firms, DLA Piper. As a Partner she focuses on resolving international construction and engineering disputes through negotiation, mediation, adjudication and arbitration. She has been based in the Middle East for more than 10 years, working across the GCC. Her disputes span hard infrastructure, construction in the oil and gas sector, social infrastructure and complex engineering world first- type developments.

Suzannah is well known as a thought leader and industry commentator for the construction industry. She is appointed to the Market Advisory Panel Board of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and contributes to the UAE Construction Think Tank. Suzannah is ranked in Chambers & Partners directory, mentioned in Legal 500 and listed in Who's Who Construction and Expert Guides Women in Business Law (Construction).

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Dr. Bhakti More
Chairperson & Associate Professor, School of Design & Architecture, Manipal Academy of Higher Education Dubai Campus

Dr Bhakti More is a Chairperson & Associate Professor at the School of Design & Architecture, Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) Dubai Campus with over 25 years of experience in academia and the design industry. She has pursued her doctoral studies at the School of Built Environment, University of Salford, Manchester, UK and worked as Project Architect in design consultancies. She is currently the coordinator for Manipal Environment and Conservation Students Club which has received consecutive awards for Best Sustainable Green Campus Audit and Best Sustainability Action Project from Environment Agency Abu Dhabi. In her role, she is guiding the MAHE Dubai team for Climate Action Plan for MAHE Dubai for UNFCC, Race to Zero and has led ‘Team Tawazun’ for Solar Decathlon Middle East 2021 for designing net zero homes. The Environment Agency Abu Dhabi awarded Dr Bhakti ‘Best Coordinator’ for commitment in 2015. Dr Bhakti is an ambassador for 'Woman in Construction' Big 5, Dubai, mentor for the Link program for Women Mentorship, Advisory Group for Women in Built Environment (WiBE) and is passionate about encouraging the role of youth towards building a sustainable future. She is currently part of the Advancing Net Zero Volunteering team for Communities and Infrastructure.

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Dr. Stephen Wilkinson
Director Research, Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences, University of Wollongong in Dubai

Dr Stephen Wilkinson is the Director of Research at the University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD. Dr Wilkinson holds a PhD from Imperial College London based on his research on the analysis of the microstructure of complex nanomaterials (UK mudrocks). He has a broad research interests in the fields of sustainability and environmental awareness in practice. He is focused on using research to support industry sustainability objectives.

Based on these interests he has worked on a wide range of projects encompassing contaminated land, micro-biology, tunneling, foundation design, gas flow in porous media, particle analysis and electron microscope analysis.

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Ayman Ramadan Ayad
Water and Utilities Sector Manager, European Union Delegation to Egypt

Ayman Ayad is an experienced Water and Utilities Sector Manager at the European Union Delegation to Egypt, with 17 years of experience in business planning and international development. Thanks to his expertise, the EU Portfolio of Cooperation in Water and Utilities has secured funds from European Financial Institutions worth almost EUR 3.0 Billion under his management. With a PhD in Engineering and degrees in Civil Engineering, Transboundary water resources Management, and strategic planning, Ayman has worked with prestigious institutions, including the European Union Delegation to Egypt, the Egyptian Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation, Holding Company for Water and Wastewater, and Mott Macdonald. In addition, his strong relationships with donor agencies make him an invaluable asset in his field.

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Dr. Waleed Alnuaimi
Chief Executive Officer- Al Etihad Energy Services Co.

Professional Summary:
With a career spanning over 2 decades, Dr. Waleed Al Nuaimi is an accomplished multi-industry senior management executive with expertise ranging across strategic planning, project development, management consultation, collaborations and strategic partnerships.

Dr. Waleed is someone who takes a vision and makes it reality through sound strategy development and translate ideas into profitable businesses. His strong presence and adept problem-solving abilities always leave an impact.

Currently, as CEO at Etihad Energy Services, Dubai’s Super ESCO, being a key advocate of green economy and sustainability, he oversees entire company’s operations and plays a pivotal role in organizational development. Accustomed to driving operational efficiency, under his leadership, Etihad has witnessed significant growth and emerged as the market leader in sustainability and energy efficiency industry in the MENA region.

Previously, Dr. Waleed held senior management positions with both public and private sectors and served prestigious entities such as Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Emirates Airlines and ADNOC Distribution. During his time at Ministry of Foreign Affairs, leveraging his strong background in Project Management and Commercial Negotiations, he was instrumental in strategic development and close-out of several landmark deals with various foreign governments.

Dr. Waleed holds a PhD in Project Management from British University in Dubai which goes hand-in-hand with his MBA from Higher College of Technology. Amongst others, he also received certification from PSB Academy Singapore on Productivity Management for Government Officials.

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Elie Matar
Head of Electricity, Regulatory and Supervisory Bureau

Elie is the Head of Electricity at the Regulatory and Supervisory Bureau, the regulator of Dubai’s electricity, water, and district cooling sectors. He has been with the RSB for 10 years supporting the development and implementation of policies, legislation, strategies, regulations, and programmes.

Elie holds a master’s degree in business administration and a bachelor’s in electrical engineering. He has over 22 years of experience in the energy and utilities sector, predominantly through regulatory and consulting work. He has been involved in transformational projects in the region, mainly dealing with independent power producers, renewables, sustainability, demand side management, energy services and energy efficiency, power sector restructuring, and utility digital transformation.

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Dr. Ali Ismail
BIM & Digital Construction expert in Dubai Municipality

Dr. Ali Ismail works since 2019 as a BIM & Digital Construction expert in Dubai Municipality. He is currently helping implement Dubai BIM Roadmap, developing Dubai BIM standard and managing UAE buildingSMART chapter. He holds a PhD degree in civil engineering from TU Dresden-Germany (TUD). His expertise is in Open BIM and advanced construction project planning using simulation. During his work in TUD- Institute of Construction Informatics (2009-2019), he published about twenty scientific papers in prestigious journals and conference proceedings and received several awards . He joined the judging panels of many regional and international awards in the field of BIM and digital construction.

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Maryam Alfalasi
Member, Society of Engineers UAE, Senior Specialist, Distribution Power, DEWA UAE
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Peter Haywood
Senior Manager - TECOM Group Dubai

Peter is a Chartered Surveyor (MRICS) with over 10 years’ experience across the Middle East, Africa, UK and Eastern European real estate markets.

Currently, he is a Senior Manager at TECOM Group Dubai

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Prof. Ali Alraouf
Professor, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Senior Advisor, Ministry of Municipality Qatar

Prof. Alraouf is an architect, urban designer and planner focusing on research within the domain of theory, criticism and creativity in architecture and urbanism. Alraouf has held permanent and visiting teaching and research positions at regional and international universities. He provides consultancy in numerous projects regionally and internationally and acts as a consultant for international organizations including UN-Habitat, UNESCO, ESCOWA, ICOMOS among others. He published more than 150 journal refereed papers, critical reviews, essays, in addition to books and book chapters. Alraouf serves in editorial boards and acts as a reviewer for international journals and conferences. He has been invited to present his research work at international institutions in over 30 countries. Alraouf is the recipient of several research and teaching awards. In addition to teaching at HBK University in Qatar, Alraouf currently acts as senior advisor for research and development at the Ministry of Municipality in Qatar. He is a board member of the international society for city planners (ISOCARP) and director of Awards and Publication program.

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Sandeep Sinha
Head of Healthcare and Life Sciences Consulting - MEA JLL

Sandeep has over 24 years of experience in the healthcare industry with rich experience in strategic business consulting, hospital projects, operations & management, and HCIT solutions.

He has managed over 700+ research and consulting projects across MEA and South Asia region in the areas of ; healthcare delivery, medical technology, healthcare IT, biotech & pharma, diagnostics, wellness, extended care, business & financial Sector (Private Equity & IBs)

Sandeep ‘s core strength lies in growth strategies, market entry strategies, geographical expansion, new product launch, detailed business plan & feasibility studies, , business facilitation and partner search, competitive benchmarking, technical , commercial & operational due diligence & M&A support, healthcare IPOs. Sandeep has worked with most of the leading healthcare clients in the region:

Sandeep is responsible for growing the JLL’s healthcare and life science practice , clients relationship management, business development and overseeing the delivery of client assignments across healthcare and life science space.

In his previous assignments Sandeep has worked with Frost & Sullivan, Dubai as Head and Associate Partner of Healthcare practice for MEA and SA region, Televital India, Narayanan Health Bangalore, NU Hospitals Bangalore

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Simon Townsend
Managing Director, CEG-Invest

Mr. Simon Townsend is a Chartered Surveyor with over 30 years of experience of which 22 years within the GCC and is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (“RICS”). Mr. Townsend brings experience in the implementation of regulation and transparency in real estate activities across the region and has been active in leading and advising multi-sector real estate acquisition and disposals Internationally with transactions of more than US$2bn and advisory assignments across the region on many of the most prominent developments and masterplans.

Through his experience in both advisory and client side, Mr. Townsend has been involved in establishing businesses in new geographies, growing and diversifying existing businesses while managing and leading cross border multi-sector and multi-region teams.

Mr. Townsend notably held directorship and senior leadership positions including as Chief Executive Officer of Ellington Capital (DIFC) Ltd and as a Senior Director at CBRE Middle East within the region. He is currently the Managing Director for a confidential regulated private equity business with a focus on structuring and managing real estate private equity projects globally.

Mr. Townsend holds a bachelors degree in Urban Land Economics from Sheffied Hallam University, UK.

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Sirine Tajer
Managing Director, MENA Energy Partners, Financial Advisor LNG Growth, ADNOC

MENA Energy Partners – that she founded in 2011 - specialises in strategic advisory and M&A focused on the energy sector. She is based in the Middle East since 17 years.
Prior to establishing MENA Energy Partners, Ms. Tajer worked in Europe and in the GCC for selected international financial institutions (including Société Générale, ABN AMRO Bank and HSBC), advising and supporting leading companies – notably National Oil Companies (NOCs) and Sovereign Wealth Funds (SWFs) - in their acquisitions, equity and financing transactions in the energy sector.
As Head of Energy and Resources at ABN AMRO Dubai, she was part of the ABN team involved in the innovative US$2bn asset securitization for DEWA (Dubai Electricity and Water Authority), which received the Emerging Market Deal of the Year 2007 Award from International Securitization Review (ISR).
Previously, as Vice President covering the GCC Energy Sector at Société Générale, she worked on various landmark corporate and project financing transactions including the Qatari petrochemicals projects Qatofin and Q-Chem II; Qatari LNG Trains RasGas II/III; the Dolphin project in Abu Dhabi, UAE and the Ijarah facility for the ENOC refinery upgrade in the UAE.
Ms. Tajer holds a double Masters of Science (MS) in Petroleum Economics and Management from the Colorado School of Mines and the French Institute of Petroleum. She also has MS degrees in both International Projects Management from the leading Paris business school ESCP and in Economics and Finance from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques, Paris. Ms Tajer also benefited from Harvard Business School Leadership Program as part of ABN AMRO Middle East senior management.
MENA Energy Partners was awarded the “Best Energy Sector Consultancy Firm” by MEA Markets UAE Business Awards 2021 and “Best Sustainable Energy Advisory 2020 – MENA” by Acquisition International. Ms. Tajer was recognised as the "Most Inspiring Female Leader in Oil & Gas - MENA" in 2017 and the "Most Influential Businesswoman: Oil & Gas - Middle East" in 2016 by Acquisition International.
She is a member of selected organisations such as the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN), the Dubai Energies Club and the Dubai Business Women Group (DBWG) of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce. She was a Board Member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) for UAE, Northern Emirates, from 2015 to 2017. Ms. Tajer participates as a Speaker or Chairperson in several international conferences such as the Gulf Intelligence 2019 ADIPEC, 2016 UAE Energy Forum, the Tunisian Oil & Gas Summits (2019, 2018, 2017 and 2016) and the LNG Global Congress Asia Pacific in Singapore (2013). She also contributes to publications such as the Arabian Oil & Gas Magazine and MEED (Middle East Economic Digest). Ms. Tajer has been acting as Judge for the MEED Project Awards since 2020.

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Stephan Degenhart
Managing Director, Drees & Sommer

Stephan Degenhart is an experienced Managing Director at Drees & Sommer, an international real estate consulting firm that specializes in sustainability and digitalization within the built environment globally, Stephan leads the initiatives in the Middle East and Asia Pacific regions.

He has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the field and has been involved in some of the most innovative projects in the industry, such as the first-ever smart building in Berlin, Germany, and the sustainable Cradle project. Stephan is a highly sought-after professional speaker who has delivered captivating and impactful talks at prestigious events, educating and inspiring industry professionals and the general public alike. He applies the principles of sustainability, innovation, and digitalization with unwavering enthusiasm and expert skill in his practice.

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Tatiana Antonelli Abella
Founder & Managing Director - GOUMBOOK

Tatiana Antonelli Abella is the Founder and Managing Director of Goumbook, a Social Enterprise established in 2009 dedicated to accelerating Sustainability and Climate Action in the UAE and beyond.

Today Goumbook manages different projects such as Trees Matter, regional and global tree planting programs, to encourage reforestation and rehabilitation of ecosystems; Drop It - Rethink Plastic, to help businesses and individuals reduce single use plastics; Eat It or Save it, to drive awareness about food waste in partnership with UAE Food Bank, and Take a Breath, highlighting the need to monitor and improve indoor air quality, proposing solutions focused on human health, circular economy thinking and nature based approaches.

Most recently Goumbook was proud to conceptualise and project manage Dubai Can, a campaign by HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai.

In November 2023, at COP28, Goumbook launched the MENA Oceans Network in partnership with the UN to accelerate collaboration, partnerships and action for the oceans in the Middle East and North Africa region.

Tatiana sits on the Engage Committee, under Dubai Chamber of Commerce’s umbrella and has been nominated Environmental Ambassador for the Middle East Youth Expo. She also acts as an advisor to events such as Art Dubai or the Emirates Literature Festival to help them be more sustainable. Since 2012 she has been proud to be a judge of the Gulf Capital SME Awards for the ‘Most Sustainable Business of the Year’. In 2020 Tatiana also joined the Advisory Board of the Gulf Sustainability Awards.

In April 2019 Tatiana started Forward Talks, a weekly podcast highlighting leaders and professionals who, through their work, entrepreneurship and commitment promote positive impact and sustainability in the UAE and beyond.

During her 18 years in the UAE, Tatiana has garnered a strong reputation: in 2021 she was nominated by LinkedIn as a UAE Top Voice in Sustainability. Considered one of UAE's top environmental influencers, she contributes regularly to media and at conferences in her role as a green business leader in the country. In 2022 she was awarded the Mother Teresa Award for Environmental Stewardship and Excellence.

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Abdullatif Albitawi
Secretary General, Middle East Branch, Energy Institute.

Abdullatif is the director of Emirates Green Building Council.

Abdullatif is a Chemical Engineer and has an MSC in Energy Studies and has 22+ years of experience in Jordan, UAE and KSA.

Abdullatif also serves as the honorary vice chair and secretary general of the Energy Institute Middle East Branch and judges in number of international and national awards in sustainability, energy, risk and health and safety. Abdullatif is a member in the Industrial Advisory Board of the Engineering and Physics School of Heriot Watt University – Dubai.

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Dr. Reem Sabouni
Associate Professor, Abu Dhabi University, President, American Society of Civil Engineers, UAE Section

Dr. Reem Sabouni is a highly accomplished civil engineer with over 20 years of experience, currently serving as an Associate Professor at Abu Dhabi University (ADU). She has authored several publications in the areas of geotechnical and structural engineering. Additionally, Dr. Sabouni played a pivotal role in establishing the Abu Dhabi University College of Engineering 3D Concrete Printing Research Lab. Dr. Sabouni's influence extends beyond the academic realm, as she actively engages with the professional engineering community. She serves as the President of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) UAE Section and is a founding member and Chair of Women Engineers for the International Federation of Structural Concrete (fib) UAE Chapter. Moreover, she has organized and chaired the highly successful Women in Engineering Forum, now in its fifth round.

Dr. Reem earned her doctorate and master's degree in civil engineering from Western University in Canada. She was the first researcher in North America to conduct extensive testing on circular concrete shafts in a controlled laboratory environment. These tests were conducted at Western University's Large Scale Geotechnical Testing Facility, collaborating with the Ontario Concrete Pipe Association. Dr. Reem is the recipient of several Canadian awards and research scholarships, including the Industrial NSERC Scholarship, the Ontario Graduate Scholarship, the University President Scholarship, and the prestigious Milos Novak Memorial. She also received the Excellence Award from H.H. Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak for first place in the Class of 2002 at the United Arab Emirates University.

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Dr. Shetha Al-Zubaidi
CEO and Partner, Brookson Project Management

Dr. Shetha Al-Zubaidi is the CEO and partner of one of Alfahim Avenue Investment Group companies called Brookson Project Management. She has international experience in UK and the Middle East for full range of development management extending over twenty-nine years. Leading and managing a team that coordinating all issues relating to the design, development & construction activities of major projects.

Dr Shetha successfully delivered several mega structure projects on an international scale, totalling to the value of USD $184bn. Dr. Shetha worked for leading consultancies in UK participating in different projects such as Capita Business Centre in Blackburn. Dr. Shetha worked for UAE leading real estate master developer, Nakheel, participating in different mega structure project such as Palm Jumeirah, Arabian Canal and Palm Deira. Also, she worked with Al-Rajhi Group in two real estate companies in UAE, Tatweer UAQ & Tameer Holding Investment.
Dr. Shetha is a visiting Professor in many international and national institutes. Also, she is a Chief Ambassadors for Women in Construction Forum and Awards. She is holding BSc (Hons) in Civil Engineering, MSc in Environmental Geo-technology and PhD in Civil Engineering from UK.

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Dr. Zaid Alyami
Advisor, Ministry of Transportation and Logistics Services, KSA

Dr. Zaid Alyami has extensive industry experience with key focus on business transformation, operations management, asset management and strategy development and execution. Dr. Alyami has progressive experience in public and private agencies in Saudi Arabia and Canada. Dr. Alyami currently is an Advisor at the Ministry of Transportation and Logistics Services, Saudi Arabia where he holds several leadership roles under road affairs key strategic programs including Asset Management transformation program, Operation and Maintenance Excellence & Transformation Programs, and Public Private Partnerships initiatives.

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Huda Shaka
Director, Gehl

Huda is an experienced urban planning and sustainability professional and is a thought-leader on the topic of sustainable development in Arab cities. Her multidisciplinary academic background and consulting and public sector experience, combining urban planning, environmental science, public health, sustainability and city resilience, and her first-hand experience living and working in the fast-developing cities of the Arab world help her to bring a unique perspective to projects in the region.

Huda holds Bachelor of Science (High Distinction) in Chemistry and Public Health from the American University of Beirut, a Masters of Science in Chemistry from the University of California, Irvine, and a Masters of Science in International Planning from the Bartlett, University College London. She is a Chartered Town Planner, a Chartered Environmentalist and a member of the International Society for City and Regional Planners (ISoCaRP).

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Nawal Alhanaee
Director of Future Energy Department, Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure, UAE

Eng. Nawal Alhanaee is currently working as Director of Future energy dept. in Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure - Dubai. She is the deputy head of the happiness and wellbeing team and member innovation team in the ministry.

She was involved in the Municipality affairs and projects since 2003, and she was as the Head of building section in 2006. In addition, she was as the head of building section and building material laboratory in 2008. After that, she was as the Director of project dept. in 2011 and she worked as Director of Engineering & Land dept. & head of building section from 2012 until 2017 and her work experience is 15 years in FM.

She is certified ICF coach and she holds a Public Sector Innovation Diploma from Mohammed Bin Rashid Centre for Government Innovation. In addition to that I’m Certified Innovation Strategist (CInS) from GINI and I hold training course for Future Foresight from the Saïd Business School (Oxford Saïd).

She is a PhD candidate in British University of Dubai in the Architecture and Sustainable Built Environment (ASBE) program. She holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from the UAE University and she holds a master’s degree of urban planning from American University of Sharjah. Her area of specialty is Transportation, and she has experience and contributions in making strategic plans and studies for the improvement of public and customer services, managing big projects and environmental protection, as she is one of the core team in Fujairah 2040 master plan.

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Paul Pring
Executive Director, Infrastructure, Diriyah Company

Paul Pring is Executive Director, Infrastructure at the Diriyah Company, leading the organization’s infrastructure delivery team for its Phase One masterplan development.

Paul has 42 years’ experience managing major international business changes across transportation, power, civil engineering, and construction sectors and successfully delivering major strategic programmes to tight timescales. His work has led him to Africa, Australasia, Canada, East Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Russia, and the US.

Prior to joining Diriyah Company in 2020, Paul was Managing Director of Bittaford Consulting in the UK and Canada, where he led on change and innovation on multiple high profile infrastructure projects. Before that, Paul was Director of Infrastructure, Rail at Babcock International where he was responsible for delivering engineering and telecommunications electrification across railway lines in the UK, including the Southern Region New Trains Program, where construction was completed in 15 months on a live operating railway. He also held various roles over 15 years at Mott McDonald Group, spearheading business growth throughout a variety of sectors.

Paul holds a BSc in Quantity Surveying from Thames Polytechnic and an MA in Building Rehabilitation from the University of Greenwich. He is additionally a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, a Fellow of the Association for Project Management and was one of the first 500 individuals globally to be an accredited Chartered Project Professional.

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Rusty Russell
Senior Director of Mobility, The Red Sea Global

Rusty Russell is the Senior Director of Mobility for The Red Sea Global, the developer behind the world’s most ambitious regenerative tourism projects, THE RED SEA and AMAALA, both of which aim to offer emission-free electric and hydrogen transport across the entire destinations.

He is an experienced professional with a diverse background in transportation and mobility
event and project management, including almost 25 years of experience in major international mega-event design, planning, multi-million-dollar budget management and full operations delivery.

As an international events leader in transportation and mobility, who has managed challenging environments including three Olympic Games, two World Cups, two Club World Cups, two Special Olympic World Games, the Asian Games, the Asian Cup, multiple Formula One races and numerous other high profile international megaevents, Rusty has successfully trained and managed multicultural teams to ensure superior performance and successful delivery of operations.

After obtaining his degree in Sports Management, Rusty immediately began working in the field of international mega events. Over the course of his career Rusty has traveled to many locations across the globe to strategically plan, lead, consult and operate transportation and mobility for events of various scopes and scales. He was previously the Head of Transport, Traffic and Parking for Expo 2020
Dubai.

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2024 Awards

The MEED Projects Awards 2024 is now accepting entries. Recognising the best engineering industries throughout the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, this prestigious awards ceremony honors the best and brightest projects and professionals in the sector, with a focus on innovation, sustainability, and overall impact on society. With a history of highlighting ground-breaking projects and individuals since 2007, the MEED Projects Awards continues to be the gold standard in recognizing excellence in the MENA region. Join us for an evening of recognition, celebration, and networking with industry leaders from across the region.

2024 Awards

  • Categories​
    • Building Project of the Year
    • Culture Project of the Year
    • Desalination Project of the Year
    • Development Project of the Year
    • Education Project of the Year
    • Energy Project of the Year
    • Energy Transition Project of the Year
    • Healthcare Project of the Year
    • Hotel Project of the Year
    • Industrial Project of the Year
    • Leisure Project of the Year
    • Power Generation Project of the Year
    • Power Transmission Project of the Year
    • Refit Project of the Year
    • Road Project of the Year
    • Small Project of the Year
    • Transport Project of the Year
    • Water Transmission Project of the Year
    • Water Treatment Project of the Year
  • Timelines​
    • Entry Deadline – 28 June 2024
    • Judging – 1 September  2024 – 3 October 2024​
    • Awards Reception – 20 November 2024, Dubai
  • Why Participate?

    Increase your customer retention and loyalty.​

    Winning business awards shows your business is at the top of the game to your customers, ingraining their trust in your brand.​

    Leverage valuable exposure.​

    Seize the opportunity to reach MEED’s influential audience to increase your brand equity with existing and potential clients and partners. ​

    Influence decision-making.​

    All key project stakeholders are more likely to choose the best of the best in the sector..

  • Entry Guidelines

    We designed the awards for project teams who deserve recognition for the high standard of work, adherence to budget and client satisfaction in a healthy and safe working environment. The categories celebrate the best MENA project delivery, and the entries should reflect that.

     

    Projects completed between 01 July 2023 until 30 June 2024 will only be considered for the judging process.

     

    The judging will consist of a detailed analysis of the project based on the submission and against our criteria below:

    • Engineering & Design
    • Technological innovation
    • Project Management & Delivery
    • Project Impact & Sustainability
    • Project images are mandatory. Please ensure to include both completed project and construction phase images.
    • Entry must explicitly address the award category, not generic links such as websites and corporate marketing.
    • Submissions should highlight the project’s key differentiator and competitive nature or implementation and you substantiate your answers with facts, figures, data points and relevant industry metrics. Judges can only evaluate entries on the information presented.

     

    Important Information

    • The entrant, judges and the publication will treat all information in strict confidence, and any quotes or information to go into the public domain will be pre-cleared by the entrant.
    • We will not accept any entries submitted after the publicised cut-off date, irrespective of their relative merits.
    • The Editor and Judges reserve the right to move a submission to a more appropriate category at their discretion.
    • The Editor and Judge’s decision is final.

MENA Winners

  • 2023 MENA Winners
    • Highly Commended
    • Winners
  • 2022 MENA Winners

    MEED Projects Awards 2022 in association with Mashreq Highlights

    • Winners
    • Highly Commended
    • Engineer of the Year

National Winners

  • 2023 National Winners
    • Qatar
    • Kuwait
    • Egypt
    • Oman
    • Bahrain
    • UAE
    • Saudi Arabia
    • Jordan
  • 2022 National Winners
    • KSA
    • UAE
    • Egypt
    • Bahrain
    • Jordan
    • Kuwait
    • Oman
    • Engineer of the Year
    • Iraq
    • Qatar
    • Morocco

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Wees Abraham
VP-Operations & Board Member - Shade Corporation Limited

“We are honored and proud of this award as it’s our first MENA Winner even though we have won many National Awards over the last 10 years with MEED. As EPC Contractors this is truly inspirational and motivational to be recognized as Leaders in Quality and not just in delivery.

We live by our moto of “We Deliver” but our core values extend from our CEO and Founder Mr. Hassan Ibrahim who always says “You are leaving behind your footprint for generations to come and we don’t want anyone to speak poorly of our work so do it right or don’t do it at all”

Looking forward to continue doing what we do best and thank you so much MEED for taking the initiative with such awards.”

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Roberto Mangano
Managing Director - ILF Consulting Engineers

“This award is a great recognition of the efforts that entire ILF desalination team has undertaken.

We are honored to be awarded for the MEED Mega Project of the year 2022.

This is an inspiration for keep doing our job at best and serve our clients with the same high standards.”

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Seung Hyeun
Team Head of Project & Construction Management - Samsung Engineering MENA Office

"We're honored winning the 2022 MEED Projects Awards as MENA and National winner in Oil & Gas Project of the Year category and additional winning National Winner in the Mega Project of the Year category. The pride and excitement should be shared with all project stakeholders and partners who are involved in our project's success. Samsung Engineering will keep priortising in providing innovative and quality solutions to our clients, that will benefit them as well as their countries, in order to cherish their local developments."

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Jay Stoughtenger
Senior Architect / Project Manager - Gulf Consult

"We are delighted at Gulf Consult (Kuwait), to have received the New Mercedes-Benz 2S Customer Services Facility; Small Project of the Year National award and for the Social Infrastructure Project of the Year; National and Regional (GCC) awards for the College of Science. MEED in association with Mashreq is a unique platform for firms like ours which have a regional scope, providing solutions to urban requirements and environmental constraints in the Middle East. Our collaborative based practice involves clients, stakeholders, and experts from a wide range of fields from early on in the creative process. The results have been exemplary. The outspoken MEED award winning projects enable the region to strive towards a better future."

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Paul Mullett
Group Engineering and Technology Director - Robert Bird Group Pty Ltd

“I was delighted to receive the MEED 2022 Project Award for Engineer of the Year. It is a wonderful recognition of the ambition, commitment and effort put in by all those in Robert Bird Group who have contributed to our digital transformation journey over the last few years. It was great to see that the judges recognised the broader role of engineers in encouraging change in the industry; in particular working with clients to find innovative and value-adding solutions using appropriate new technologies, investing in internal processes and training, and communicating to stakeholders and the wider industry about the challenges and opportunities.

The award bolsters my belief that a true engineer does much more than design, and should be a champion for wider professional, societal and moral issues, be a promotor and catalyst for change, an investor in technology, and a believer in people. Thank you MEED Project Awards!”

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Ruben Urcola Pelaez
Senior Associate at Aedas

We are happy to be the national and regional winners of “Hotel Project of the Year” at MEED Projects Award. Masterplanning Habitas Alula Resort (a hidden canyon in-between the mountains), was an exciting project to work on alongside Habitas & AECOM. This award highlights our dedication and showcases the creative solutions we offer. We’re happy to see this project come to life. Looking forward to continue doing what we do best, thank you MEED Projects Awards!

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Mr. Cengiz Guzel & Mr. Hiral Poshiya
Director & Manager - INCO

“ We are working with MEED with almost 6 years now and would like to say that The Level of Precise Project information that you get from MEED researcher that hardly any platform offer. MEED is working on Ground intelligence that generate realistic data while we make analysis. We wish Good Luck MEED team to be with future Generation of Data Analysist”

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Sami Al Harbi
ACWA Power, Chairman of The Board – Rabigh 3 Company.

"We are proud and honored to have our project " Rabigh 3 IWP been selected as the overall MENA Winner in the Mega Projects category of this year’s 2022 MEED Projects Awards, in association with Mashreq. It is a great recognition, and we will continue our best effort to operate the project sustainably and deliver more new projects serving the humanity within and outside the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia."

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Max Clark
SVP - Sector Manager & Delivery Services Lead, Parsons Corporation

Parsons is honored to be recognized as the MENA Winner for the Development Project of the Year recognizing our contributions in delivering the Seef Lusail Project in Qatar.

We would like to express our thanks to MEED for acknowledging our team's commitment to excellence and innovation in design, as well as our dedication to sustainable and forward-thinking urban development.

This achievement is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our exceptional team who continue to push boundaries, set new standards, and make a positive impact on critical infrastructure in the region.

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Mr. Ahmed Al Mazrui
Divisional General manager – Oman

We are honoured to have received the 2023 MEED Projects Awards as National and MENA region winners under the ‘Water Transmission Project of the Year’ category for the Sohar to Al Dhahirah Water Transmission project for the Sultanate of Oman.

Winning the prestigious awards is a huge achievement for the entire team. It has been an opportunity to celebrate the value of teamwork and to recognise the benefits delivered to the community by this project.  

The success of the project is also testimony to the unwavering efforts of the project stakeholders and partners. Congratulations to NAMA Water Services Oman and well done to the whole team.

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Mr. Nasim Alahmad
Archirodon

“We are glad to be the National and MENA winners of the Road Project of the year for “Shura Bridge & Causeways”. This accomplishment signifies not just success but a testament to our unwavering dedication, expertise, and collaborative spirit. Becoming a winner in this prestigious competition is a validation of our commitment to excellence and innovation, marking a milestone that amplifies our reputation in the construction field. It’s a source of pride and motivation, fueling our passion for delivering exceptional projects and setting new standards in engineering and construction. Congratulations to the Archirodon team for this well-deserved recognition.”

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