Featured Speakers

Ahmed Al Jolo - Chairman, Qatar Society of Engineers

Ahmed Al Jolo is the chairman of the Qatar Society of Engineers. He is a founding member of Qatar Green Building Council and a member of the professional engineers committee. Al Jolo also serves as a member of the advisory board for Qatar University and the Texas A&M University campus in Qatar. He is a member of the supreme committee for a Unified Gulf Buildings Code. Al Jolo has more than 28 years of experience in the construction industry and has presented many technical papers locally and overseas. He holds a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Seattle University.

John Joseph Drummie - Senior Project Engineer, Drainage Projects Department – Infrastructure Affairs, PWA Ashghal

John Drummie is a Chartered Civil Engineer and Chartered Water and Environmental Manager, with over 25 years of experience in the planning, design and procurement of large municipal water and wastewater collection, treatment and distribution infrastructure projects. He has worked for both public and private sector organisations in the UK Water Industry, including eight years at Scottish Water, and for the past five years has been working in Qatar for the Public Works Authority (Ashghal). His current role is Programme Coordinator for the Inner Doha Resewerage Implementation Strategy (IDRIS) Programme.

Terry Krause - Programme Manager, CH2MHill Intl. BV

Krause is a Vice President/Program Manager and Wastewater Treatment Technologist in CH2M HILL’s Global Water Group. He has over 40 years of experience in all aspects of water and wastewater systems and is a registered Professional Engineer and Board Certified Environment Engineer. He has a BS degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Wisconsin and a MS degree in Civil Engineering from Northwestern University. Recent experience includes serving as Deputy Program Manager/Engineering Manager on the Abu Dhabi Strategic Tunnel Enhancement Program and as Program Manager for Ashghal’s Inner Doha Resewerage Strategy Implementation program (IDRIS).

Elaine McKenna - Project Manager - Healthcare, Ashghal PMC

Elaine McKenna is an award-winning senior project manager within the program management team at EC Harris in Qatar and is currently working within a joint venture programme between Mace and EC Harris for Ashghal Public Works Authority. With more than 15 years of experience in project management, she is highly knowledgeable in the delivery of large scale projects and programs specifically pertaining to the education and healthcare sector. Prior to Qatar, she worked at Davis Langdon in London for 8 years. Elaine holds a Masters of Business Administration in Construction and Real Estate from the University of Reading and a Bachelors of Science in Construction Management from Coventry University. She was named Project Manager of the Year in 2014 by Construction Week Qatar Awards and is also a finalist for the Construction Week Middle East awards.

Regard Yakou - Vice President, Hill International

Yakou is an American national with a PhD in civil engineering, alongside 28 years of experience in local, national, and international project development and project management. He has a vast range of project experience, including multi-storey, multi-use developments, residential, resort, entertainment and healthcare facilities, oil & gas exploration and production plants, as well as infrastructure, dredging and land reclamation projects. He has expertise in estimating and scheduling, purchasing and procurement, cost controls, business management, government relations, technology transfer and new product development. Mr. Yakou has a proven ability to lead, train and direct professionals in various disciplines and is an expert in planning, supervising and reviewing the work of contractors. He is fluent in English and Arabic, with a working knowledge of Spanish and German.

Nigel Eckersall - Senior Design Manager, Shapoorji Pallonji

Eckersall has been a visionary leader in the development of mixed use sustainable projects across the region for the past 12 years. Eckersall was recently placed in the Power Top 50 in the Qatar Power 100 and was also elected to the top 50 Architects in the GCC. His work has been recently published in China and his research into sustainable vernacular architecture has helped shape many future large scale projects. More recently, Eckersall has designed one of the first Qatar Foundation Migrant Workers Villages where his designs create communities, and through his community planning creates safe and secure environments. This past year Eckersall’s Qatar FIFA sustainable Stadium was awarded the Sustainable Project of Year Award at the recent Architect Awards.

Alf Ziegler - Environmental & Sustainability Manager, Lusail Real Estate Development Company

Alf Ziegler is an Environmental Engineer holding a German Master Degree in Environmental Sciences (Dipl. Ing.- TU) from the Technical University , Munich He is an accredited Environmental Auditor (ISO 14001) and GSAS Associate Presently and since 2010 he is the Environmental & Sustainability Manager of Lusail City, Qatar. Alf has over 20 years of work experience in international Environmental and Sustainability Management. In addition to Environmental Management he has been involved in the technical-financial development of ground breaking Public – Private Partnership Infrastructure Projects working with funding Institutions like the World Bank, EBRD and IDB. Alf has worked in several European countries, in the Caribbean, West Africa and the MENA region.

Adrian Palmer - Senior Technical Director, WSP Middle East

Adrian Palmer is Senior Technical Director at WSP with responsibility for leading WSP’s Transportation and Infrastructure business in Qatar. Prior to joining WSP in 2013, Adrian was Managing Director of Ramboll Middle East based in Dubai, a move that followed the acquisition in April 2011 by Ramboll of Gifford LLP formerly one of the UK’s leading independent consultancies. In 35 years with Gifford he became a Director and Partner holding various roles including leadership of the Highway Infrastructure business and latterly responsibility for overseas businesses in UAE, India and Gibraltar. Adrian completed his tertiary level training at Southampton Solent University and has been a Chartered Engineer and a Member of both the Institution of Civil Engineers and Institution of Structural Engineers since 1987.

Padraig Nagle - Managing Director, ACTION International Services

Nagle is the Managing Director and Co-Founder of Action International Services, the region’s leading specialist pumping solutions provider. Having graduated in Ireland with a B-Mech Eng, Nagle first travelled to the UAE in 1996 and since then has acquired 20 years’ experience establishing himself as a leader in the pumping and ground water control industry. Headquartered in Dubai, with offices in Abu Dhabi, Qatar, KSA and Bahrain, Action is known as for its technical competence, creative problem solving and operational excellence. Over the past two decades the company has grown to be the established leader in its field, providing services on some of the region’s most complex and challenging projects.

Clive de Villiers - Vice President, Contract and Quantity Surveying Services, KEO International Consultants

De Villiers is the Vice President of KEO CQS, a member of RICS with more than thirty five years’ experience in the construction industries. He has worked as a Quantity Surveyor, Cost Estimator, and Contracts’ Administrator in a wide range of capacities for design consultancies, private QS practices, construction and project management companies as well as for contractors. He has been involved with contracts not only in the Gulf region but also in a wider international context including Bulgaria, Uzbekistan, Sudan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Egypt, Morocco, Libya Iran Malaysia and London. De Villiers’ comprehensive experience covers infrastructure networks for all services required for town-planning; marine (marinas and ports) airport runways, waste water treatment plants; and building works covering FIFA sports stadium, hotels and hospitality, residential units, offices and mixed use projects, and resort developments. Services include the implementation of BIM on major projects in the Gulf Region. Of the thirty five years he has spent in the Gulf, twenty four of these have been with KEO, where he has been involved with our most prestigious and technically challenging contracts.

Edd Brookes - General Manager, DTZ Qatar

Edd Brookes BCs (Hons) MRICS is General Manager for DTZ Qatar and a Senior Director with DTZ Middle East. DTZ has had a continuous presence in the Middle East since 1974 and Edd has been based in Qatar for the past 10 years. DTZ is one of the top 3 global Real Estate Consultancies, offering a range of service lines including Valuation, Residential and Commercial Agency, Property and Facilities Management as well as global investment advice. DTZ have been engaged by a number of both Government and Private offices to provide studies on both future residential supply and demand.

Ivar Krasinski - Design Director, L+B Design Group

Ivar Krasinski AIA, APA has been a partner and design leader with major firms including HOK, Burt Hill, Stantec and now L+B | EDGE. He specialises in design process optimization and multidisciplinary integration at all scales from large master plans to interior strategies. He has 20 years of professional experience, 11 of which has been spent realising optimised solutions for the GCC.

Peter Murphy - Projects Director, CEG International

Peter Murphy is a UK Chartered Civil Engineer whose career spans more than 30 years working for major UK and international contractors and consultants in design and site engineering roles. In the UK he thrived on constructability/ value engineering for bid proposals and project implementation, often in new build and refurbishment sites in London and challenging in engineering and construction methods. He moved on to contractor-lead multi-consultant design management for UK DBFO infrastructure and light rail projects. His international experience began 10 years ago in cross-party design management for reconstruction programmes in Iraq before moving on to Al Raha Beach, Abu Dhabi and then as Engineer for rehabilitation of the historic centre of Bucharest, Romania. During nearly six years based in Egypt he was Engineering Manager for Cairo Festival City and travelled as regional technical expert for an NGO on schools projects in South Sudan. He returned to Egypt as client’s Project Manager for a new school project at Cairo American College. Peter joined CEG International in Doha in 2010 as Projects Director and takes a leading role in client liaison and business development as well as working across departments in front-end concept and design as well as having a strong emphasis on Projects Management. His current leading role with CEG International, builds on their reputation, established in Qatar since 1975, in high-end high-value projects for Governmental, public, commercial and Private/VIP clients.


Hyde is the Chief Contracts Officer and Acting Chief Cost and Planning Officer at ASTAD Project Management. He has been with ASTAD for five years, prior to which he was the Chief Contracts Advisor to the CEO at Qatar Petroleum. Hyde has considerable experience in developing commercial contract risk management and procurement strategies to deliver best value and provide robust commercial management. His expertise in claims management include preparation, evaluation and assessment of major claims, preparation for arbitration and court proceedings, appointment of expert witness and developing negotiation strategies to achieve settlement. In the past, Hyde has also held directorial positions at AECOM and Sorouh Real Estate. Hyde holds an MBA in Finance from Macquarie University and is currently pursuing an MSc in Construction Law and Arbitration from Robert Gordon University.


Blackmore is a Partner based in the Pinsent Masons’ Doha office where he heads up the construction and engineering team. Blackmore has more than 25 years’ experience working as a lawyer in the construction industry, including leading the firm’s London team. During this time he has acted on a broad range of projects across the infrastructure and energy sectors: from commercial real estate through urban regeneration, PPP, process engineering and EfW. And during his career he has acted for government bodies, funding institutions, developers, main and specialist contractors and consultants.


Burnside is a Partner at Godwin Austen Johnson (GAJ) and one of the firm’s leading design architects. The Irish architect is also a qualified engineer and brings to the practice significant technical expertise. Burnside’s career began in Edinburgh, Scotland, working in the architecture department of a local government organisation. It was here that the young engineer fostered a passion for design and he returned to university to become a qualifiedarchitect. Burnside moved to Dubai in 2001 to join GAJ and has designed and delivered some of GAJ’s highest profile collaborations including Gate Village at DIFC. He currently works on a range of hotel, retail and commercial projects in the Middle East and North Africa.


Azmi is the Head of the Infrastructure Department at AEB with more than 16 years of experience in regional transportation planning, including macro and micro scale traffic and operational analyses, macro/micro transportation modelling, and ITS applications. Azmi’s work experience in urban transportation projects in Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Oman and Sudan helped him recognise the governing principles of the transportation system in GCC countries. He has developed traffic management plans and other traffic engineering designs for large public works projects. He has conducted several traffic impact studies (TIS) and transportation master plans for new cities (Capital District, Abu Dhabi and Transportation masterplan for Abu Sidra City at Doha), large commercial developments (Barwa/QP Financial District, Doha) and government institutions.

Steven Humphrey - Director- Project, Cost, Consultancy, AECOM

Steven Humphrey is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor and has over twenty five years industry experience gained in United Kingdom, Qatar, Bahrain and Hong Kong and is currently a Director of Program Cost Consultancy within AECOM’s Doha office, where he has been for over 7 years. Steven has worked on a broad range of projects for both public and private sector clients in Asia, the Middle East and the United Kingdom. Steven has also been involved in a wide range of specialist projects covering research, value and risk management, life cycle costing and sustainability studies. He has also lectured and presented widely on a range of topics related to the construction and real estate markets.


Dr. Nazier is a licensed Professional Engineer in the USA and Middle East with diversified experience in business strategy, change management, design and project management, business development and communications. Currently, he is the Stakeholder Interface and Communications Manager for the Ashghal Local Roads and Drainage Program at Parsons Brinckerhoff and responsible for interface, communications and stablishing processes and procedures for interface with key internal and external stakeholders within the programme. He is also is responsible for managing the General Engineering Consultants stakeholder managers to deliver the programme ambitious portfolio of projects. Previously, Nazier was a Civil and Structure Team Leader for the PB Kuwait.


Coghlan is a construction law specialist with more than 25 years’ experience of working within the projects and construction sector. He has lived and worked in Qatar for approximately three years and advises on all phases of international infrastructure and energy projects. He has advised government entities, project owners, main contractors and consultants, in relation to both contentious and non-contentious matters. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Coghlan was a sub-contractor, in the construction industry in UK and has first hand experience of the practical issues stake holders encounter on a project including contract administration and managing claims. His combined practical and legal experience within the projects and construction sector allows him to adopt a pragmatic and commercial approach to procurement, project support and dispute resolution.


Mohammad has 12 years of experience with several companies in India, New Zealand and Qatar. His key skills include the ability to independently manage a large work force and liaison with clients. In addition he has brilliant exposure in design and project management, which gives him a solid grasp in understanding the requirements of a work-place and accordingly implement building information modelling strategy. After gaining expertise in BIM and tertiary qualification in construction management, he became the first ever specialist lecturer of BIM in New Zealand. Later on, he also worked as a Project Manager, thus giving him a wide spectrum of experience from different sectors in construction industry.