Brian is an Associate with SOM for 13 plus years starting in NYC office and relocating to the Dubai office the last 5 years. With over ten years’ experience working in the Middle East region as a technical design architect he works with various SOM offices through the design/documentation and construction of hotel/residential towers, cultural projects and hospitals with a focus on construction administration.
Eric Tomich is a Senior Architect with over 34 years of experience, leading the technical design at Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture.
His attitude to project work adopts a highly collaborative, multidisciplinary approach coupled with the expectation of yielding the best possible result in working as part of a design collective that assimilates the diverse inputs of technology, manufacturing, specialist expertise and craft. His career has included a strong focus on built projects and the quality of the final result.
His experience encompasses a range of project types and scales, including supertall, mixed use, commercial, civic, hospitality and health care projects. He has completed projects in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, and his global diversity of international project experience yields a very broad perspective that has informed his work worldwide.
One of the most significant projects in his portfolio is the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, now the tallest building the world, where he functioned as the Dubai‐based Project Director, guiding all aspects of the project technical design and coordination from commencement to completion of the project. Eric was previously an Associate Director at Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill (SOM).
Due to his history of on‐site experience in the Middle East and other large‐scale, highly complex projects, he is currently leading the Dubai based AS + GG team on the Al Wasl Plaza Project, which will form the centerpiece of the EXPO 2020 Dubai, and function as the performance and central public space for the entire exhibition.
Bachelor of Arts in Architecture
University of California
Berkeley, California, USA
Registrations and Affiliations
American Institute of Architects (FAIA)
National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB)
California State Architecture License, USA
New York State Architecture License, USA
Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)
United Kingdom Architects’ Registration Board (ARB) UK
Urban Land Institute (ULI)
Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH)
Frans van Vuure received his Master of Architecture from the Architecture Academy in Amsterdam in 2000. He joined UNStudio in 2008, bringing a wealth of experience translating design concepts into technical and feasible construction processes. Apart from his knowledge of complex geometries, interiors and detailing, he is an equipped communicator of what the intrinsic quality of an architectural design means. Since Frans joined the studio, he has coordinated a variety of projects, of which the project management process has required special attention as the qualitative aspects of these projects had to be established very early in the design phase. He worked as Senior Architect on the successful project PPP/DBFMO, the head office for the Education Executive Agency in Groningen, in addition to the Kutaisi International Airport, a fast-paced project in which planes were landing just nine months after construction began. Currently Frans is responsible for some of UNStudio’s vital Middle East projects and acts as lead consultant for the design and construction of Wasl Tower, a more than 300 meter-tall high-rise project in downtown Dubai in which Mandarin Oriental will open an exclusive luxury hotel and operate residential apartments, planned to open in 2020.
With his interest in the broader fields of architecture, urban design and construction, Frans contributes significantly to UNStudio’s Knowledge Platforms. He is also a key member of the UNStudio Sustainability Platform which researches and shares knowledge of implementing active and passive sustainable features in architectural and urban projects.
Yahya Jan is President & Design Director at NORR. With over 30 years of global experience, Yahya leads the design efforts of the group’s operations in the Middle East and Asia.
Yahya undertook his undergraduate and graduate studies in the US, earning a Bachelor of Science in Architecture & Engineering and a Master of Architecture, both at Princeton University. A licensed architect in New York, Yahya worked for 10 years in New York and Boston, before moving to the UAE in 1996. He joined NORR’s Dubai office as the Senior Designer on the Jumeirah Emirates Towers.
Since then, Yahya has played a lead design role at NORR, bringing to life visionary projects throughout the region, including signature office developments, residential and hotel towers, retail malls, and multi-use developments.
A prolific architect, Yahya believes in the ability of integrated design to transform the built environment. Central to his design philosophy is a multi-disciplinary approach that includes owners, architects, structural & environmental engineers, and others, working collaboratively to unlock hidden potential. An advocate for research and design collaboration, Yahya believes that a key challenge in the continuing evolution of our cities is the need to question conventional wisdom. A winner of numerous international awards, Yahya’s design and research is featured at conferences and in leading publications worldwide.
Chris Jones is Partner of IO. He has over 18 years of international experience on major projects throughout the Middle East, Asia, the UK, and the US. He has lived and worked in New York, London, Istanbul, Edinburgh, and is currently based in Dubai.
Chris has extensive experience of the design, delivery, and management of projects across all stages. These include mixed-use developments, master planning, residential, retail, commercial, education, and civic projects. He has worked with a wide variety of clients including international developers, private clients, government bodies, and universities and college trusts.
His current role is principal client liaison across all projects in the Middle East. He works closely with design leadership teams to establish project direction and interfaces with clients and other consultants to ensure that project proceeds in accordance with clients’ goals.
Presently in the region, he has been managing the design and delivery of landmark mixed use projects with Al Barari, Emaar, Meraas, Mirage, Saleh Al Hamad Al Mana, and TECOM to name a few.
Phillip Jones joined B+H in 2011 and has more than 27 years of experience managing international, complex and large-scale projects. He has worked extensively in the Middle East and North Africa for over 25 years, where he honed his ability to successfully partner with global clients on challenging projects and drive business development. Prior to joining B+H, Phillip practiced with other major firms and worked on such notable projects as the Doha City Centre Expansion, as well as the Dubai Marina Community Master Plan and Flagship Six Tower Mixed Use Development (Dubai, United Arab Emirates) and King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (Jeddah Kingdom, Saudi Arabia).
Phillip’s success with large mixed-use projects is based in the design resolution of the public realm and led to his recognition with the Architecture and Global Urban Design Award in 2005 for his work on Dubai Marina while with another firm. He was also one of the authors of the City of Toronto’s initial Tall Building Design Guidelines. Phillip complements the B+H senior team and contributes to the expansion of its client base in the Middle East and Canada.
Stephan Frantzén joined P&T in Hong Kong and became a Director in 1999. He joined the P&T Dubai office as Design Principal in 2008 operating projects throughout the Middle East, Africa and beyond thanks to Dubai’s strategic location.
Stephan Frantzén has an extensive international experience and is involved in diverse projects both in type and scale. He identifies the unique vision for each project based on social and economical context and explores solutions that optimize these opportunities functionally, qualitatively and in a beautiful way.
Stephan Frantzén has, as Design Director, designed a wide range of projects from concept to detail design including large scale master planning, urban skyline, mixed-use of various scales, hospitality, high end luxury and low cost residential projects.
Martin graduated from the acclaimed Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism in Canada in the mid 90s before relocating to South East Asia where he attained his design knowledge on large-scale projects with HOK Asia Pacific in Hong Kong. Martin also worked in Singapore for 3 years as Senior Design Architect with award winning Kerry Hill Architects. After moving to Dubai in 2005 his work has since matured on multi-disciplined design on a variety of buildings types.
Throughout his career Martin’s design has been instrumental in attracting highly regarded clients expecting only the finest quality development with an international elegance. He has worked closely and directly with prestigious clients such as Hines US, IBM PRC, China Telecom PRC, Centrair Japan, Aman Resorts Singapore, GHM Hotels, Beaufort Group HK and Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Company UAE to name a few.
DJ is a senior principal and Managing Partner of ZAS Group of Companies, with over 35 years of experience in managing and designing tall buildings, large scale and complex developments. His creative approach to developments has earned him a reputation of being one of the most credible people in the industry.
Over the last 35 years, he has been associated with several high-profile projects in UAE, Canada, Caribbean Islands, France, Ivory Coast, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Libya, Sudan, Oman, Kurdistan, Iran, Morocco, India and Angola.
Dr. Armin has a PhD. in Architecture and a Masters degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Sorbonne University in Paris.
Rasna has nearly 30 years of international professional experience in the U.K., Kenya, Zimbabwe and has spent the last 12 years in Dubai. She has worked for practices including SOM, Hopkins Architects & NORR, on a wide range of project types and scales. Her portfolio includes key projects such as Credit Suisse First Boston in Canary Wharf – London, 10 Exchange Square in Broadgate - London, Central Park 08 Towers in DIFC, and Emaar’s Address Residences Sky View in Downtown Dubai. She has specifically developed her interests and skills in the technical aspects of the project, including construction documentation and following through construction of projects on site.
Joerg Mueller studied electrical engineering at University of Applied Science Esslingen (Germany).
He has been working since 25 years in the elevator industry. Joerg worked at test and qualification for thyssenkrupp Elevator, later for international sales of elevator components and was running the modernization department with responsibility for engineering and sales in the thyssenkrupp Elevator factory in Germany.
From 2005 he has been working as Senior Engineer and Head of Major Project Consulting. He supported major projects for new installation and modernization for thyssenkrupp Elevator worldwide and developed together with his team new efficient traffic concepts for vertical transportation in high-rise applications.
Since 2017 he is Product Manager for high-rise globally at thyssenkrupp Elevator.
Mrs. Maria Malo is Chemical Engineer, with MSc in Organic Chemistry and MBA in Marketing. In 2008 she joined AkzoNobel Powder Coatings and since then she is holding several regional roles in Sales, Marketing, Specification and Business Development, being currently member of Global Architectural team of AkzoNobel, involved in strategic planning and implementation for Middle East, Africa and South Asia region. For the last 3 years she is Regional Business Development Manager Middle East and Africa, based in Dubai, introducing and specifying AkzoNobel in major projects in the GCC region. Prior to joining AkzoNobel she has been working for Shell. She has more than has 12 years of experience in the field of powder coatings
Joe Tabet is an exceptional and multi-award-winning architect with over 20 years of extensive experience in world-wide architectural and construction industry as well as in master planning and urban design.
Named Principal of the Year by the Middle East Architect Awards 2017, he was described as “revolutionary”, breaking out of the traditional mould of architectural design and proceeded to create “structures and communities that would transcend design and encompass societal and environmental issues”.
He was selected as one of 40 most influential architects in the Middle East by Middle East Architect Power List 2017. His strong belief in “to get... you need to sweat...” sculpted his personality and character, creating an urge within him to seek the right professional opportunities with determination to succeed through commitment, hard work and self-development.
Early 2015, he founded JT & Partners, with offices in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Lebanon. Under his leadership, JT & Partners became an “overnight success”, quickly gaining recognition as a world-renown consultant and delivering iconic, environmental and socially sustainable projects located in international destinations, from Morocco to Seychelles, Lebanon, India, Sri Lanka, Angola, Cameroon, North and Central Africa, KSA and the UAE, spanning residential, hospitality, commercial, mixed-use and masterplan developments.
EDGE Founding Partner and Managing Director, brings 25 years of worldwide experience from Australia, South-East Asia and the GCC to the practice. He has worked with some of the most prestigious firms in leading positions, and the knowledge gathered from these years of delivering high-end projects is integral to the way EDGE does business.
Dean is currently a Director at global consultancy WSP l Parsons Brinckerhoff, having spent ten years with the business in the Middle East and 3 years in Asia (Hong Kong & Shanghai). Before joining WSP l Parsons Brinckerhoff Dean worked for Ove Arup & Partners in the UK and Hong Kong. In his current role as Director – Property & Buildings he leads the property and buildings business unit for WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff in the Middle East, overseeing +550 people in a wide range of disciplines including building services, building structures, architect of record, façade engineering, façade access, IT/comms, audio visual, security consulting, vertical transportation, fire & life safety and integrated project delivery.
Globally Dean represents the Middle East & India on the WSP l Parsons Brinckerhoff’s Global Building Leadership Team, a global network of tall building and high rise experts dedicated to pushing the boundaries in tall building design using imaginative thinking, innovative engineering and common sense.
The WSP l Parsons Brinckerhoff’s global tall building portfolio includes over 100 buildings exceeding 300m and 15 exceeding 500m. Locally the team are working on the A4 / B4 towers in Downtown Dubai, a twin tower project consisting of the 77 storey / 330m A4 and the 72 storey / 305m B4 towers, the 114 storey / 518 m Entisar tower located on Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai as well as a number of other confidential tall buildings in the region. Previously Dean worked on the Abu Dhabi Financial Centre, Abu Dhabi; Kingdom Tower Concept Design, Saudi Arabia; Tameer Towers, Abu Dhabi and Ocean Heights, Dubai. In addition to projects Dean also represents the Council of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) in Dubai, a post that he has held since 2012, has published a number of papers, presented at international conferences and lectured at Universities in Dubai and Hong Kong.
Bart Leclercq is a chartered engineer and is currently a Client Director at Aurecon in the Middle East, where he is responsible for forming strategic alliances with key and local partners, harnessing synergies between organisations to deliver exciting projects around the world. A major part of his time is dedicated to the Middle East, home of many spectacular, one-of-a-kind projects. To ensure success for clients, Bart takes a co-creative and unconventional approach that helps them bring their breath-taking ideas to life.
Bart has over 18 years of experience working on residential, commercial, hospitality and retail buildings and structures. During this time he has worked on a variety of project scales, from individual buildings to large-scale mixed-use developments.
As project director, Bart brings a vast amount of managerial and client liaison experience to help clients bring their ideas to life. He has worked on several major projects within the Middle East, including the City of Arabia and the Dubai World Trade Centre where he was lead structural engineer. He also acted as structural advisor on projects including Aquaventure at Atlantis and One&Only The Palm on Palm Jumeriah.
With his experience and knowledge of the Middle East, Bart provides strategic, design and technical leadership to Aurecon’s teams working on major projects around the region. His dedication to developing others will be channelled into educating, inspiring and motivating junior colleagues to achieve high standards of design quality, client service and project delivery.
Prior to joining Aurecon, Bart held positions working for WSP, Jacobs Engineering and Arup. During his career, Bart has worked internationally on projects in the Netherlands, UK, Ireland and the Middle East, where he has gained experience of working on a variety of different building typologies and construction industry practices.
Bart studied at the Technical University of Delft in the Netherlands, and is a specialist in the design of mega building projects. He presents extensively across the Middle East, on a range of topics related to the design of large-scale developments.
With over 18 years of International Corporate Finance and Real Estate Investment and Development experience, Jay began his professional career with the Olympia & York Executives who are renowned for bringing major successful landmark developments to the market such as Canary Wharf in London, First Canadian Place in Toronto and Battery Park in New York City.
Jay joined former key Olympia & York Executives at Commercial Property Investments (later merging with Matthews Southwest) in London in 1997 as an Associate assisting in international property and finance projects throughout the entire development and investment life cycles. Deal highlights and clients included the Norwich & Ipswich Railway Station Regenerations with Network Rail UK, Canadian National Railways European Headquarters in Trafalgar Square, London and acquisition advisory work for Brookfield Properties. During this time Jay was involved in large scale projects and major transactions totaling over 1 Million square feet in complex financing (securitization), “on time on budget” construction delivery and ongoing asset management/disposal programs for Tier 1 clientele.
Promoted to Director at Matthews Southwest (“MSW”) in both Canada and the United Kingdom after only 3 years, Jay was an integral part of MSW's Core North American Executive Team (5 members) that delivered over 4 million square feet of AAA Landmark Blue Chip commercial, hospitality, residential, industrial and retail space in Toronto, Dallas and Calgary valued at over USD 3 billion. Clients and partners included Bell Mobility, Government of Ontario, H&R Real Estate Investment Trust (TSX:HRT), Trans Canada Pipelines (NYSE:TRP), Ritz Carleton, Merrill Lynch, Maritz Canada, Foster & Partners, DTZ, RBC Capital Markets and EnCana (NYSE:ECA) the last of which is Canada’s largest, single tenanted corporate office tower (The Bow) sold to HR REIT after tender for circa USD 1.5 billion in 2007.
During 2007, Jay was recruited to support the creation of Arady Properties P.S.C. in Abu Dhabi, UAE establishing the company in the emerging Middle East Private Equity Real Estate industry. With Qatar Investment Authority and H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan as its prime shareholders and an original capital of USD 50 million, Arady's balance sheet grew to USD 500 million by September 2008.
In 2009, Jay Co-Founded Wyndham Capital Partners (UK) with Mr. Michael Head (ex-CFO of Qatari Diar) and was its Chief Investment Officer. The company’s activities are grounded in real estate transactions with proven capability to develop, finance, acquire, dispose and manage real estate assets. The company generated fees of USD 1 million in its first year and originated transactions of more than USD 7 billion with Pramerica and High Net Worth Private Family Offices as its key clients.
As of 2012, Jay accepted an offer to join, structure and grow AECOMs MENA Development and Investment Team working with AECOM Capital, the new private equity investment and development arm of AECOM (NYSE:ACM) a USD 8 billion revenue, Fortune 500, 45,000 professional real estate services company focused on generating new advisory and project revenue from its global list of institutional and sovereign wealth clientele. Jay reports to the Investment Committee in New York as well as covering the EMEA region as its Director sourcing and implementing advisory mandates, co-investments/developments and the creation of joint venture investment platforms with regional Soverign Wealth Funds’s.
ay holds an Economics and Political Science Degree from Simon Fraser University, Canada (Full Scholarship) and a Masters Degree in Property Development and Finance from London University (South Bank), United Kingdom. In addition, Jay successfully passed the license course for Commercial Real Estate Agents in Alberta, Canada as well as being an official Member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors in London, England (MRICS).
Jay is married with a daughter, holds UK and Canadian Passports and speaks English and French fluently.
Benjamin has been working as a façade professional for more than 12 years with projects around the world and long-term positions in London, New York, Dubai and Stuttgart. After working for whitybird/Ramboll for five years, he headed his own facade engineering team and built up the Dubai office of Werner Sobek in the position of Executive Vice President.
He joined Meinhardt Façade Technology in 2012 and became Technical Director in 2013. Benjamin published numerous articles/papers and is a regular speaker at international glass and facade conferences.
Jonathan is a professional structural engineer with over 17 years of experience in Australia, the Middle East and South East Asia. Jonathan’s main passion is in the design of super high-rise structures with challenging composite steel/concrete structure. Having been involved in the design of a vast numbers of super high-rise buildings throughout his career, he is also very passionate in Wind Engineering.
Jonathan has almost 12 years (3 years whilst living in Sydney and more than 9 years living in Dubai, UAE) highly specialised project experience in the Middle East, and has also led various design teams simultaneously between Australia, Middle East and Asia.
Jonathan was selected as one of the youngest senior key-member of staff for the Burj Khalifa project from 2004 to 2008. In 2008, he received a high achievement award from Hyder Consulting ME Ltd on behalf of Ivor Catto, Chief Executive Hyder Consulting Ltd. Jonathan has also been selected as one of the key members of the Hyder PEG (Professional Excellence Group) and HIPO (High Performance Operations) group from 2007 to 2010.
Amongst his professional achievements, he has also been nominated for the 2006 Young Engineer of the Year Award by the Institute of Engineers, Australia (IEAust), and shortlisted for the 2006 Future Leaders Award by the Association of Consulting Engineers Australia (ACEA). Jonathan is also a member of the Council of Tall Building and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) which is based in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
He Currently holds the position of Execution Manager within Etihad ESCO, overlooking all projects under Etihad. Previous positions include Maintenance Manager in Roads and Transport Authority overlooking all the Road lighting and Traffic Systems projects within RTA. Also, he has held various project management and business development positions with Schlumberger Oilfield Services in the Middle East region for over 10 years.
He holds a degree from California State University in Electrical and Electronics Engineering.
Peter Van Gorp is the Director of the Fire and Life Safety Division at AESG with responsibility of running and developing the division.
Prior to joining AESG, Peter worked in the fire consultancy and engineering at several companies, including Tebodin and Ramboll.
Peter has been working as a Fire Engineer for more than twenty-three years of which 13 years in the Middle East in the building construction market as well as the oil and gas market.
He handled building fire and life safety projects ranging from schools, hotels, hospitals to large shopping malls to multi occupancy high rise and industrial developments, from initial concept to assistance during construction.
Peter has also been involved in the fire safety system design and engineering fire safety system construction supervision and site management and in assistance and witnessing of testing and commissioning of fire and life safety systems.
He has extensive experience in fire risk assessments ranging from qualitative fire risk assessments of refinery and chemical processes to quantitative fire risk assessments of installations. In his role, he has conducted numerous risk assessments involving gas installations and involving the storage and handling of hazardous materials as well as fire safety audits of chemical plants, refineries, oil and gas terminals and paint factories. Peter has chaired What-if analysis and value engineering sessions.
Peter is a Fire Safety Engineer with over 30 years’ experience in the Sector. As an Associate Director at BuroHappold, Peter co-ordinates the Asia, India and Middle East consultancy activities in addition to developing fire strategies and fire systems analysis for projects. His career started in the UK in an operational role with the Royal Berkshire Fire & Rescue Service. Following a serious injury at a high-rise fire he moved into specialising in Fire Safety Engineering. Peter is actively involved with promoting international best practice within the industry and has been instrumental in setting up a branch of the Institution of Fire Engineers in the Middle East (GCC UAE Branch) where he is currently the Branch President.
Dr Lamont has worked in the fire protection industry for 15+ years in the UK, US and Middle East. She is a chartered engineer and professional member of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE). Her Doctorate research looked at the response of steel frame structures in real fires.
Since joining Arup she has worked on a diverse range of projects from large assembly buildings, hospitals, schools, shopping malls and offices to masterplans and transport hubs. Her role on many projects is to guide the developer/owner through fie safety design, testing and commissioning to occupation and wherever possible to fire safety management of the completed building. She is currently the technical skills leader of the fire engineering team for Arup in the Middle East. She works closely with her clients and the local authorities in the Gulf to maintain a high level of fire safety in new and existing buildings.
Current and past projects in the UAE include Abu Dhabi International Airport Midfield Terminal Building, the Guggenheim Museum, ALDAR HQ and the Dubai Mall.
Hassan was named as the recipient of the Young Energy Professional of the Year 2015 for the Middle East Region by the Association of Energy Engineers. With extensive experience in engineering systems design, analysis, and consulting and a passionate objective of raising the industry and sustainability standards in the region, Younes entered a partnership to establish Griffin Consultants where, as Technical Director, he is responsible for all technical and developmental aspects of the firm. He is a highly certified professional with extensive experience in the fields of Design, Sustainability, Energy Efficiency and Project Management. He led and completed multiple energy audits with private and governmental entities and identified savings of more than $12 million in 3 year programs. Throughout his career, he was involved in the design of multiple high-end developments including retail, residential, commercial, and hospitality projects some of which are iconic in the Emirate of Dubai like The Beach (JBR) and City Walk. Hassan holds all six professional certifications by ASHRAE covering high-performance buildings design, buildings energy assessment and modelling, and buildings commissioning and operations. He is also a Certified Energy Manager, a Certified Measurement and Verification Professional, a LEED Accredited Professional, and an Estidama Pearl Qualified Professional. He is a certified CEM trainer and lectures occasionally at the British University in Dubai. Hassan is on the Board of Governors of the ASHRAE Region-at-Large and the local Board of Directors of CIBSE as Vice Chairman. In those capacities, Hassan works to promote the advancement and improvement of the regional construction industry by collaborating with industry professionals, academia, and governmental entities. He currently is the Chair of the Industry Advisory Panel of the Herriot Watt Architectural and Engineering Program. He was awarded the Middle East Young Engineer of the Year 2010 and is part of the Griffin Consultant’s team awarded the Middle East Boutique Consultancy of the Year 2014.
Robert has over 16 years' experience in the field of fire safety engineering, 10 of which have been in the Middle East. Since graduating from the Fire Safety Degree course at the University of Central Lancashire he has undertaken a variety of roles within the Fire Safety Industry. He started his career with AkerKvaener, Portsmouth carrying out fire protection system designs for Petro-Chemical and Pharmaceutical facilities before moving to International Fire Consultants Limited (IFC), High Wycombe. Whilst working for IFC he gained extensive experience in managing and witnessing Fire Resistance Tests, undertaking Fire Risk Assessments and preparing Fire Safety Strategies and Fire Engineering Solutions for a variety of building types. During this period in his career he completed the Master’s Degree course in Fire Safety Engineering at the University of Ulster.
In 2007 Robert joined Buro Happold, Dubai to establish their Fire Engineering team in the Middle East. During his time with Buro Happold he worked on multiple, large mixed use / high rise developments. In 2009 he was awarded Chartered Engineer status with the Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) and qualified as a Certified Fire Protection Specialists (CFPS) through the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).
At the end of 2009 Robert moved to Riyadh and joined the Arriyadh Development Authority as their fire safety advisor. Robert was responsible for developing fire safety management policies and procedures for their historical building stock.
In 2010 Robert returned to the UAE and joined WSP. In this role, as well as undertaking design work and leading projects as a Project Director, Robert has been instrumental in growing and developing the team from 4 to 30 Fire engineers and creating a Global team of 450 Fire engineers. His role includes the day to day management of the team, financial reporting and business development.
Nigel has been a visionary leader in the development of mixed use sustainable residential and masterplans projects across the region for the past 12 years. Nigel has in the past been placed in the Top 50 GCC Architects and previously in the top “Power 100 in Construction GCC” and his sustainable initiatives have been greatly published.
Nigel has been developing master plans for some of the region’s largest developers at VX and he look into approaches of how to create mixed use master plans work within the unique constraints of the Region where we have a greater dependency on the Car. His works look into how to make more passive walkable communities and how architecture and planning uses can create the true “Live, Work, Play” concept a reality in the region.
Nigel is currently developing new master planning guidelines based on intelligent facades and the needs of the future city to consider future energy generation systems.
Nigel and VX are currently working on some of the leading Master Plan developments in the region for leading clients.
Sougata Nandi is the Founder of 3e Advisory, a firm that specializes in setting Cleantech start-ups on a sustainable business model, as well as helps Developers/ Organizations establish a result oriented Sustainable Development Policy. Sougata was the second LEED AP from the UAE in 2005, led the Green Building movement in UAE by delivering 6 of the first 12 LEED certified projects and also led the Emirates Energy Star program between 2011 and 2013. Sougata has implemented Energy & Water Conservation Projects, as well as Solar PV projects across 200 facilities in the UAE. Additionally, Sougata Chairs Conferences and Awards, related to Sustainable Development in the UAE.
Holley Chant, LEED AP, GSAS CGP is the Executive Director of Corporate Sustainability and Commissioning at KEO International Consultants, a 2,500-person organization ranked in ENR’s Top 20 International Project Management Firms and BD World’s Top 100 Architecture firms. She has built the firm’s sustainability business from the ground up, driving projects that meet LEED, Estidama, CEEQUAL and GSAS sustainability standards for both public and private sector clients across the GCC.
Prior to KEO, as Estidama Planning Manager at the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council, Holley played an instrumental role in launching the GCC’s 1st mandatory sustainability compliance initiative. She created numerous educational series on the integrative design process for property developers, government authorities, and other high profile individuals in the fundamentals of sustainable building design.
Under her leadership, KEO Sustainability won the “QGBC Green Service Provider, Building Consultant” Award 2016 in Qatar. Holley is a recipient of the Middle East Consultant Leader of the Year Award in 2016 and the Middle East Architecture Awards Principal of the Year Award (2012). She has served as the sustainability judge in the Dubai Cityscape Global Awards (2014-2016), The Middle East Hotel Awards (2015) as well as the Middle East Architecture Awards (2016 and 2014). She has spoken at numerous professional conferences internationally and lectured at educational institutions including Harvard University and the Masdar Institute for Science and Technology.
Wasim AI Azzeh has more than sixteen years of practical experience in the fields of design, construction and the built environment. He is the head of Global Sustainability & Built Environment Sector for Khatib & Alami, overseeing implementation of sustainability practices for projects design execution as well as for K&A business operations. Wasim completed his Master degree in Sustainability & Environmental Management from Harvard University with distinction. Also, he has a bachelor's degree in Architecture Engineering with (Honors) from Jordan University of Science & Technology. He is an accredited professional in the Leadership in Environmental & Energy Design (LEED) certification system, and holding accreditation in several sustainability and environmental rating programs, such as (Estidama & QSAS).
Mr. AI Azzeh has been involved in the sustainability engineering and management for many projects over the broad sector of design & construction segments. Also he is a member of Emirates Green Building Council Technical Committee & representing K&A in the council's board meetings and sustainability industry events. Mr. Wasim AL AZEH is also K&A’ Representative of the Private Sector in the Executive Committee of Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE).
Wasim core professional competencies span over:
Professionally trained as an Architect, Jeevan has extensive international experience in Architecture, Project Management, Customer Service and Community Management.
Jeevan joined Emaar Properties in 2002 to set up the company’s customer-facing divisions, and subsequently handed over the first freehold property in Dubai. He was instrumental in setting up Emaar’s first freehold property handover division as well as the award-winning Community Management division.
A RERA-authorised lecturer at the Dubai Real Estate Institute, Jeevan is recognised as the pioneer of the community management industry in Dubai. He is the first Certified Manager of Community Associations (CMCA) in the region and the first Association Management Specialist (AMS) certified by the US-based Community Associations Institute for the region.
In 2012, he became one of the first international Professional Community Association Managers (PCAM) and the first international Large Scale Manager (LSM). In 2011, he received the Institute’s ‘Rising Star Award’ and in 2014 the prestigious ‘President’s Award’ in the USA.
Currently, Jeevan serves his second 3-year term on the US-based Community Managers International Certification Board. He is the inaugural President of the Community Association Institute – Middle East Chapter, licensed by Dubai Chamber.
As Chief Customer & Community Officer, Jeevan looks after all of Emaar’s valued customers and manages its entire portfolio of master planned communities in Dubai.
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