FIDIC Board

Members of the board, who are elected by Member Associations at the annual FIDIC General Assembly Meeting, have a number of key responsibilities which include the following:

  • Carry out the resolutions of the General Assembly;
  • Preparing an annual report, formulating and modifying by-laws and endorsing audited annual accounts for ratification by the General Assembly;
  • Appointing members of FIDIC standing committees and task forces, approving their terms of reference and monitoring their activitiess.

The board also conducts strategic planning for FIDIC including the continuous assessment of developments affecting the consulting industry, the planning of actions to reposition FIDIC when required and the reviewing and updating of the current strategic plan. The board also periodically reviews and updates, or prepares, new policies where required. Members of the board represent FIDIC and play an important role in maintaining and enhancing the organisation’s image on the global stage. The board also liaises with appropriate levels and officials of international organisations relevant to FIDIC’s interests and conducts regular visits to Member Associations.

The FIDIC board meets at least three times per year, once coinciding with the FIDIC International Infrastructure Conference. In 2019 the board will meet in Johannesburg from 21-22 February, in Beijing from 16-17 May and in Mexico City from 5-6 September.

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Alain Bentéjac (President)
France
Alain Bentéjac is co-chairman of ARTELIA, a firm that specialises in the area of engineering and project management in the fields of construction, water, environment, urban development, and public transport systems. Alain, who was previously president of Syntec-Ingénierie, the French engineering association, from 2005 to 2012, began his two-year term as FIDIC president in October 2017.
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William Howard (President Elect)
United States of America
William Howard is an executive vice president of CDM Smith, a global consulting, and construction company headquartered in Boston Massachusetts with over 100 offices around the world. He has served the firm in various positions including Chief Technical Officer, Chief Quality Management Officer and President of some of the firm’s largest units including the Asia-Pacific-Middle East – Africa Group. He served on the firm’s board of directors for 20 years. He currently serves as strategic advisor to the firm’s Chief Executive Officer and President. Bill has had a long association with FIDIC starting as USA Member Association ACEC’s liaison to FIDIC in 2000, then serving on numerous committees and delivering presentations since. Bill is former Chair of ACEC, a fellow of ACEC and ASCE, and a Board Certified Environmental Engineer with the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists. He has a wealth of global experience in executive leadership, quality management, training and risk management.
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Anthony Barry, (Vice President)
Australia
Anthony Barry is a Senior Consultant with the Aurecon Group having been Managing Director Asia and previously Chief Business Development Officer and Chief Executive Asia Pacific. He was director of the Aurecon companies 1999 – 2017. Tony has over 38 years of experience in infrastructure engineering and was national president of the Association of Consulting Engineers of Australia from late 2004 to 2006 and remained a director until November 2008. In 2006, he was awarded the Engineers Australia - Sydney Division's Professional Engineer of the Year Award and was listed three times by Engineers Australia among the 100 most influential engineers in the country.
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Reyes Juárez del Angel
Mexico
Reyes Juárez del Angel is chairman and CEO of FOA Consulting, a leading Mexican infrastructure company. Dr Juárez was president of CNEC Mexico from 2007 to 2010, and currently is president of the Pan-American federation of consultants, FEPAC. He has 36 years of project experience in Mexico and Latin America, working with clients in the public and private sector, governmental agencies and multilateral banks. He is a strong advocate of quality-based selection and the need to encourage a structured process to plan projects with regard for sustainability and social responsiveness. Dr Juárez has been involved with FIDIC for 17 years, representing FEPAC since 2007 at FIDIC forums and events.
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Aisha Nadar
Sweden
Aisha Nadar has over 30 years’ experience in all phases of the negotiation and implementation of large-scale cross-border infrastructure and defence programs. She brings extensive consulting engineering experience which includes holding senior level positions in the public and private sectors in the United States, the Middle East and Europe. Today, her professional activities focus on procurement and contract management. She regularly advises clients on strategic procurement planning, contract drafting, contract management and dispute resolution. She acts as an arbitrator, mediator and dispute board member, and this includes experience of proceedings under ICC, LCIA, SCC, DIAC, AAA, CRCICA, UNCITRAL and FIDIC rules. Aisha has carried out assignments related to procurement reform for organisations such as the World Bank, USAID and US DoD and is a regularly invited speaker at universities and specialised conferences on construction contracts and dispute resolution. Aisha is a member of the FIDIC Board, with a primary responsibility for the FIDIC Contracts Committee, and is listed on the FIDIC President’s List of Accredited Adjudicators. She holds a BS in Electrical Engineering (University of Nebraska), an MBA (University of Texas-Austin), an LL.M. in International Commercial Dispute Resolution (Queen Mary, UoL) and has completed the CIArb Diploma Course in International Commercial Arbitration, Oxford.
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Gavin English
United Kingdom
Gavin English has 35 years’ worldwide experience in planning, engineering and management with local authorities, large consultancies and SMEs. He has been a board director for over 18 years and the managing director of IMC Worldwide since 2001. He led the management buy-out of this business from WSP Group plc in June 2011 and the purchase of the shareholding of the private equity partner via a secondary buy-out in 2015 to create a totally independent business. A chartered civil engineer and chartered manager, Gavin has been a board director of the UK Association for Consultancy and Engineering since 2009, is a past chairman (2016) of ACE and also a past chairman of ACE’s international business group (2009 to 2015) where he advised on the issues and challenges facing the engineering industry working in international markets. He also represents IMC Worldwide on the UK Anti-Corruption Forum and has sat on a number of their working groups. In November 2015, Gavin was awarded the European CEO Sterling Award in the ACE European CEO Awards and in 2013 he was awarded the Chartered Manager of the Year for outstanding leadership.
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Liu Luobing
China
Liu Luobing is Vice Chief Engineer at SICC, a large Chinese engineering consulting firm with business covering most fields of the national economy and social development. Mr. Liu has 28 years of domestic and international experience in consulting engineering and was one of the first professionals to engage in project management under FIDIC Conditions of Contract in China. He started his career in consulting services on World Bank financed projects for 10 years. Since 2003, he has expanded his experience to urban planning and development, based on extensive involvement in large, complex and multidisciplinary urban development projects. During that time, he held multiple senior positions in a Sino-British joint venture company and led international teams from diverse backgrounds in establishing businesses in China. Mr. Liu actively participates in provincial, national, and international engineering consulting organisations. He co-initiated the China Young Professionals Forum, participated in the first FIDIC YP round table discussion at the 2000 FIDIC Hawaii Conference, and has helped develop CYPF under CNAEC. He joined FIDIC’s YPFSC in 2007 for 2 years, served as a member of FIDIC’s Integrity Management Committee from 2009 to 2017, and as a member of FIDIC ASPAC Executive Committee from 2011 to 2018. He was also elected as the chairman of FIDIC ASPAC in 2015 and served a three-year term, during which he empowered significant progress in the business development of FIDIC ASPAC. In addition to helping develop and promote the FIDIC Body of Knowledge, as a member of IMC, Mr. Lui has contributed to the publication of a series of FIMS documents. As an expert, he was invited to review the FIDIC DB Rules (2016), the FIDIC 2017 Red Book and the Silver Book. As a FIDIC accredited trainer for FIDIC’s Certified Consulting Engineers Program, he delivered a wealth of training and contributed to the success of the program. As a practitioner of FIDIC Contracts, Mr. Liu has promoted FIDIC Contracts to stakeholders through various fora.
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Bernd Kordes
Germany
Civil engineer Dr Bernd Kordes began his career in consulting engineering started with GKW Group in Germany from 1986 to 1989 then moving to WCI Umwelttechnik GmbH, Germany, subsidiary of Woodward Clyde (today URS) from 1989 to 1993 as managing director. After rejoining GKW Group in 1993, he became managing director and CEO in 1996. In 2005, GKW group was acquired by Pöyry, Finland. After successful integration of GKW into Pöyry, Dr Kordes became responsible for the firm’s global water and environment division. He joined Lahmeyer International in August 2010 and in October 2010 became president and CEO. With a global staff of 1,400, Lahmeyer works around the world in energy, water and hydropower and project management services. Dr Kordes has been very active in professional associations including membership of the FIDIC sustainability task force from 1991-2000, a member of the EFCA board of directors (2007-2010) and in Germany since 1996 he has been a member of the international committee of VBI, which he chaired from 2006 to 2014.
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Mark Pehlig
Netherlands
Mark Pehlig holds a number of senior positions within Fugro NV, which has 11.000 employees in 50 countries, providing geo-intelligence for assets and sites. He was managing director of the Dutch entity, regional director Europe and Caspian and is currently a member of the global management team as global director for strategic accounts. In this role, he is responsible for strategic executive cooperation with large firms that have a global footprint. In the first decade of his career, Mark specialised in geotechnical engineering and consultancy and has over 30 years of experience in different sectors including infrastructure, energy, water and building, and during his career he developed management skills. Mark is active in different professional societies, and he was a board member of the ISMMGE in the Netherlands. He is currently vice-president of Royal NLingenieurs, the Dutch Member Association of FIDIC.
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Nelson Ogunshakin
FIDIC CEO
Dr Nelson Ogunshakin OBE was appointed as the new FIDIC chief executive officer in July 2018 with overall responsibility for FIDIC’s global operations. He is also a board member of Transport for London (£10.5bn annual turnover), is vice-chair of its programmes and investment committee and serves on its audit and assurance committee and its customer service and operational performance panel. He is also a TfL nominee board member of Crossrail Limited, a £14.8bn rail development in London. Nelson was the immediate past president and CEO of the UK Association for Consultancy and Engineering for 14 years, during which time he was responsible for the transformation and repositioning of ACE, an association representing the interests of over 450 consultancy and engineering companies employing over 90,000 professionals, with annual turnover close to £90bn. He co-chaired the National Infrastructure Plan Strategic Engagement Forum (NIPSEF) and was appointed by the GLA as a member of the London Infrastructure Delivery Board. He chairs the Investment Committee of ARM-Harith Infrastructure Investment Funds (PE) and has over 30 years' experience in planning, finance, delivery and management of major property and infrastructure investment projects. Nelson has a BSc in Civil Engineering from Aston, MSc in Construction and Programme Management from Birmingham and a MBA in Strategic Management and Corporate Finance from Aston, where he is also Royal Academy of Engineering visiting professor on infrastructure investment. Nelson is also a CEDR accredited mediator and a member of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and Chartered Institute of Marketing.
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