Smart Skyscrapers Summit 2018

23-24 April 2018
Roda Al Bustan
Dubai, UAE

Confirmed Speakers

Brian Kleiver |
Brian Kleiver

AIA, NCARB Associate Architect SOM

Eric Tomich
Eric Tomich

Architect Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

Frans van Vuure
Frans van Vuure

Associate Director UNStudio

Yahya Jan |
Yahya Jan

President and Design Director NORR

Chris Jones |
Chris Jones

Partner 10 design

Phillip Jones |
Phillip Jones

Principal / Managing Director MENA B+H Architects

Stephan Frantzen |
Stephan Frantzen

Architect & Partner P&T Group

Pierre Martin Dufresne |
Pierre Martin Dufresne

Design Principal and Partner U+A Architect

DJ Armin |
DJ Armin

Managing Partner ZAS Architects

Rasna Grewal
Rasna Grewal

Technical Director Perkins+Will

Joerg Mueller
Joerg Mueller

Global High-Rise Product Manager thyssenkrupp Elevator

Maria Malo |
Maria Malo

Regional Business Development Manager - Middle East and Africa AkzoNobel

Boris van Thiel |
Boris van Thiel

CEO Union Iron & Steel Company

Joe Tabet |
Joe Tabet

Managing Director JT+Partners

Martin Baerschmidt |
Martin Baerschmidt

Founding Partner / Managing Director EDGE

Dean McGrail |
Dean McGrail

Director of Property and Buildings WSP

Bart Leclercq |
Bart Leclercq

Client Director - Property, Middle East Aurecon

Jay Robson French |
Jay Robson French

Chief Executive Officer Matthews South West

Benjamin Beer |
Benjamin Beer

Technical Director Meinhardt Façade Technology Dubai

Dr. Issam Ezzeddine |
Dr. Issam Ezzeddine

Architectural Design Director National Engineering Bureau

Lee Morris |
Lee Morris

Head of Architecture Atkins

Paul Mullett |
Paul Mullett

Director - Head of Engineering and Technology (MENA) Robert Bird Group

Nigel Craddock |
Nigel Craddock

Design Director Imkan Properties

Paul Drayton |
Paul Drayton

Head of Structures AECOM

Jonathan Huang |
Jonathan Huang

Technical Director - Structures ATKINS

Pradeep Singh |
Pradeep Singh

Business Development & Technical Manager Etihad ESCO

Peter Van Gorp |
Peter Van Gorp

Director Fire and Life Safety AESG

Peter Stephenson |
Peter Stephenson

Associate Director - Fire Engineering BuroHappold Consulting Engineers

Susan Lamont |
Susan Lamont

Associate Director - Fire Group Middle East Arup

Hassan Younes |
Hassan Younes

Director Griffin Consultants

Mark Davies |
Mark Davies

Technical Director - Built Environment Aurecon

Robert Davies |
Robert Davies

Head of Fire & Life Safety - Middle East WSP

Faimeen Shah |
Faimeen Shah

Managing Director Vortex Fire Safety Consultancy

Nigel Eckersall |
Nigel Eckersall

Director of Design and Development VE Experts

Sougata Nandi |
Sougata Nandi

Founder and CEO 3e Advisory and 3e Apps

Holley Chant |
Holley Chant

Executive Director, Corporate Sustainability KEO

Wasim Al Azeh |
Wasim Al Azeh

Head of Global Sustainability & Built Environment Sector Khatib & Alami

Jeevan J D'Mello |
Jeevan J D'Mello

President Community Associations Institute - Middle East

Abdulmajid Karanouh |
Abdulmajid Karanouh

Director ALGORITHMY

Ben Piper |
Ben Piper

Partner and Design Principal Killa Architectural Design

Brian Kleiver

Brian Kleiver

AIA, NCARB Associate Architect, SOM

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

Eric Tomich

Architect, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

Eric Tomich is a senior Architect with over 34 years of experience, now leading Architectural Technical Design at Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture. In 2018 he was elevated to Fellowship in the American Institute of Architects for his notable contributions to the advancement of the profession of 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 as Project Director 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 EXPO 2020 exhibition.

Frans van Vuure

Frans van Vuure

Associate Director, UNStudio

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

Yahya Jan

President and Design Director, NORR

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

Chris Jones

Partner, 10 design

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

Phillip Jones

Principal / Managing Director MENA, B+H Architects

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 Frantzen

Stephan Frantzen

Architect & Partner, P&T Group

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.

Pierre Martin Dufresne

Pierre Martin Dufresne

Design Principal and Partner, U+A Architect

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 Armin

DJ Armin

Managing Partner, ZAS Architects

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 Grewal

Rasna Grewal

Technical Director, Perkins+Will

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

Joerg Mueller

Global High-Rise Product Manager, thyssenkrupp Elevator

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.

Maria Malo

Maria Malo

Regional Business Development Manager - Middle East and Africa, AkzoNobel

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

Boris van Thiel

Boris van Thiel

CEO, Union Iron & Steel Company

Boris van Thiel is a highly driven CEO  with more than 13 years of experience working with international and local companies in the MENA region.

Coming from the construction sector, he changed his focus to the industrial sector by joining ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions as VP in 2014.

In 2015 he was promoted to CEO of the MENA cluster, being in charge of more than 1000 employees with an annual turnover of above US$ 1 bn.

Since November 2017 Boris van Thiel is the CEO of Union Iron & Steel Company in Abu Dhabi. His target is to develop the local company to become a first-class manufacturer of steel rebars and to achieve strong regional and international recognition.

Joe Tabet

Joe Tabet

Managing Director, JT+Partners

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.

Martin Baerschmidt

Martin Baerschmidt

Founding Partner / Managing Director, EDGE

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 McGrail

Dean McGrail

Director of Property and Buildings, WSP

Dean is currently a Director at global consultancy WSP, having spent thirteen years with the business in the Middle East and 3 years in Asia (Hong Kong & Shanghai). Before joining WSP 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 in the Middle East, overseeing +600 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, environment and sustainability and integrated project delivery.

Globally Dean represents the Middle East & India on the WSP’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. He also Chairs WSP’s Global SMART network.

The WSP 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 77 story twin tower Address Residences Jumeirah Resort + Spa located at Jumeirah Beach Residence, 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

Bart Leclercq

Client Director - Property, Middle East, Aurecon

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.

Jay Robson French

Jay Robson French

Chief Executive Officer, Matthews South West

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 Beer

Benjamin Beer

Technical Director, Meinhardt Façade Technology Dubai

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.

Dr. Issam Ezzeddine

Dr. Issam Ezzeddine

Architectural Design Director, National Engineering Bureau

Issam has more than 35 years of diverse experience in the GCC region (Kuwait, UAE, Qatar). Issam has been actively design leader for many land mark towers in Dubai. Currently he is the Project Director / Principal Design Architect for M/s National Engineering Bureau (NEB) in Dubai, holding rich portfolio in designing prestigious projects. His varied experience gives a broad project control and leadership. He has many architectural touches / themes for many projects designed by him.

Issam has been ranked no. 40 in the “Power 100 most influential Architects in the Middle East”. With a keen focus on design and design management, Issam has a proven track record of developing high efficiency and cost effective design in architecture and urban planning, his work ranges from residential, commercial, mixed use and hospitality projects all of which possess the qualities that make any type of project successful. Issam is regularly involved in many conferences and roundtable discussion associated with Smartcities, Open Spaces and Sustainability.

Issam has just completed his PhD dissertation in “Developing Urban Public Square in the UAE City”.

Lee Morris

Lee Morris

Head of Architecture, Atkins

Lee Morris leads the architectural team at Atkins, spearheading projects in the Middle East and Africa region. He is passionate about consistently delivering high-quality designs for clients that need design solutions that work and provide the returns they need. Qualified for over 20 years Lee has led concept designs through to on site construction and is currently focussed on delivering a variety of mixed use projects within the UAE and KSA developing buildings from our master planning projects in places like King Abdulla Aziz road in Mecca.

Paul Mullett

Paul Mullett

Director - Head of Engineering and Technology (MENA), Robert Bird Group

Paul is an accomplished professional consultant with over 22 years' experience in a variety of technical and managerial roles in both the UK and Middle East. Before joining Robert Bird Group in 2010 Paul was the manager of the Advanced Engineering Group at the UK Consultant Gifford (now Ramboll). Since joining Robert Bird Group in Dubai, Paul has focused on providing sound, considered advice to clients based on a practical, technically grounded approach to engineering with a commitment to quality and risk management.

As a Chartered Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and registered as a Professional Simulation Engineer with NAFEMS, Paul possess a unique set of qualifications that demonstrates a commitment to provide a range of services including high-level engineering consultancy, specialist engineering, forensic engineering studies, expert advice and claims support.
 
Paul’s core purpose at Robert Bird Group is to drive forward and sustain the relentless pursuit of engineering excellence through the strategic application of transformative technologies, the identification and adoption of value-adding innovation and the development of staff skills necessary for the future of engineering.

Nigel Craddock

Nigel Craddock

Design Director, Imkan Properties

Nigel is currently Director for Design at IMKAN Properties. He has over 18 years of experience in both Lead Consultant and client side Design Management roles, gained from working with leading organizations in the UK and MENA region.


Nigel holds a BA(Hons) with Diploma in Architecture and graduated as a chartered ARB RIBA Architect with a Certificate of Architectural Professional Practice from Plymouth University in the UK.
His experience both regionally and internationally covers a wide variety of both small and large-scale project types spanning multiple sectors.

IMKAN is a real estate developer based in Abu Dhabi, UAE. At the core of IMKAN’s operations is a Research and Development platform that supports the creation of innovative urban environments – soulful places that enrich people’s lives. The research team consists of architects, artists, financial and tech experts. IMKAN has global ambitions and is in the process of developing a growing portfolio of real estate developments diversified across asset classes, sectors, and geographies. IMKAN is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi Capital Group, LLC, a private institutional investment house based in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Paul Drayton

Paul Drayton

Head of Structures, AECOM

Jonathan Huang

Jonathan Huang

Technical Director - Structures, ATKINS

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.

Pradeep Singh

Pradeep Singh

Business Development & Technical Manager, Etihad ESCO

Pradeep Singh, Manager – BD & Technical Etihad Energy Services and holder of Mechanical engineering degree with CEM, CEA, CMVP, PMP, and LEED Certification, has 9+ years of experience in leading roles in Energy Efficiency and ESCO projects.

Pradeep is the oldest employee of Etihad ESCO and played a key role in the successful startup of the newly established company. Pradeep conducted the first ESCO project feasibility studies and helped in developing the first ESCO Contract based on the guaranteed energy saving and performance.

Presently Pradeep is leading the Technical & Business Development department of Etihad - The Super ESCO in the Emirates of Dubai, which will help Dubai to make one of the most sustainable cities and a leading example of energy efficiency for the region and the world.

One of Pradeep’s major achievements was the development of the Dubai Airport & JAFZA Retrofit ESCO project, which evolved into the largest energy retrofit project in the Middle East.

Prior to Etihad ESCO, Pradeep was the energy manager for IBM and was responsible for the meeting energy conservation target of IBM. Prior to IBM, he was with Schneider Electric and was handling the energy management department.

Peter Van Gorp

Peter Van Gorp

Director Fire and Life Safety, AESG

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 Stephenson

Peter Stephenson

Associate Director - Fire Engineering, BuroHappold Consulting Engineers

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.

Susan Lamont

Susan Lamont

Associate Director - Fire Group Middle East, Arup

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 Younes

Hassan Younes

Director, Griffin Consultants

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.

Mark Davies

Mark Davies

Technical Director - Built Environment, Aurecon

Robert Davies

Robert Davies

Head of Fire & Life Safety - Middle East, WSP

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.

Key Achievements

  • Expertise in Fire Engineering Solutions, Fire Safety Strategies, Liaison with Local Authorities, Fire Risk Assessments, Fire Safety Management, Fire Testing
  • Extensive experience working as a fire consultant on large mixed use / high rise developments and industrial projects
  • 10+ years of experience of living & working in various countries within the Middle East region and liaising with local authorities
  • Chartered Fire Engineer with the Engineering Council UK
  • Certified Fire Protection Specialist by NFPA

Faimeen Shah

Faimeen Shah

Managing Director, Vortex Fire Safety Consultancy

A Chartered Professional Engineer (Fire Safety Engineering) and Fellow with The Institution of Engineers Australia. Faimeen has been in the fire safety industry for around 20 years, offering expertise in fire safety consultancy, complex fire engineering analysis and project execution. As the Managing Director and founder of Vortex Fire, Faimeen brings significant experience in prescriptive code consultancy and performance-based design. Known as a problem solver with a strong customer focus and passion for fire safety, Faimeen leads a team of high-performing fire engineers servicing the Middle East, North Africa and Asia regions.

Nigel Eckersall

Nigel Eckersall

Director of Design and Development, VE Experts

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

Sougata Nandi

Founder and CEO, 3e Advisory and 3e Apps

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

Holley Chant

Executive Director, Corporate Sustainability, KEO

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 Al Azeh

Wasim Al Azeh

Head of Global Sustainability & Built Environment Sector, Khatib & Alami

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:

  • Sustainability Engineering & design of low intensity to Carbon Neutral developments

  • Critical Analysis of Environmental Systems, including economic & financial appraisals

  • Developing & Implementing Comprehensive Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plans

  • Environmental Management
  • 
Mainstreaming Corporate Sustainability within Organizations
  • 
Life Cycle & Supply Chain Sustainability Assessment

  • Sustainable Business and Technology Innovation & entrepreneurship

  • Industrial Ecology with hands-on and in-depth understanding of systems analytical methods

  • Global Climate Change Science, Social Impact & Diplomacy

  • International Development of Sustainable Economies, Sustainable Supply
Chain Management, Sustainable Production & Sustainability Financing
  • 
Environmental Management of International Tourism Development

Jeevan J D'Mello

Jeevan J D'Mello

President, Community Associations Institute - Middle East

Jeevan is an award-winning professional community association manager, architect, renowned speaker and writer. He has had a wide ranging international career in Architectural Design, Customer Experience, Community Management and International Relations spanning India, the Far East and the Middle East.
 
He spent 15 years looking after the Middle East's biggest developer Emaar Properties' customers, setting up the company’s customer-facing divisions subsequently handing over the first freehold property in Dubai and setting up its first freehold property handover division that oversaw the handing over of over 22,000 freehold units. He then setup the award-winning Emaar Community Management LLC and managed 5 master planned communities with a portfolio of over 35,000 units including Burj Khalifa.
 
He is widely recognised as the Pioneer of the Community Management industry in the Middle East. In 2008 he became the first Certified Manager of Community Associations (CMCA) in the region and later the first Association Management Specialist (AMS) certified by the US-based Community Association 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.
 
Jeevan recently completed serving a 6-year term on the US-based Community Managers International Certification Board but continues to sit on many committees. He now serves as the President of the Community Associations Institute - Middle East.

Abdulmajid Karanouh

Abdulmajid Karanouh

Director, ALGORITHMY

Ben Piper

Ben Piper

Partner and Design Principal, Killa Architectural Design

Ben Piper is a Design Director with 17 years of professional experience in architecture (based in Dubai for last 10 years). He has worked with a variety of global practices including Gensler, Halcrow, Atkins & Perkins + Will in designing hotel, residential and mixed-use developments in the Middle East, India, China, US and the UK. 


Ben established the Perkins + Will Architectural Design Studio for the Middle East and North Africa and has since moved on to help establish Killa Design, a new Architectural Studio in Dubai. Significant wins in the hospitality and residential sector have included the Diplomatic Quarter Hotel and serviced apartment project in Riyadh (Marriot), The BLVD Heights Project; a 45 story residential twin tower for Emaar located in the Burj district. While at his previous firm (Atkins) Ben was the lead architect for ‘The BLVD Address Hotel’ (5 star hotel and serviced apartment building for Emaar (under construction in Dubai), lead architect for the Namaste ‘W Hotel’ (300 key hotel for Starwood Group, under construction in Mumbai) and lead architect for the ITC Office Headquarters (LEED platinum project for 10,000 IT workers under construction in Bangalore). 


Ben holds several technology patents from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology based on his research into the field of computational design tools

 

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