Barcelona Keynote Speakers

   Bob Geldof, Humanitarian, pop star, broadcaster and businessman. Bob Geldof is not just well informed about African famines and aid organizations, but also about London and Washington politics, global communications and business. His presentations are highly provocative, uplifting and inspiring. He motivates audiences through his own personal experiences and the lessons learned from Live Aid.

   David Coulthard is a former Formula One racing driver.  He won 13 Grands Prix in a career spanning 15 seasons. By the time he retired from Formula 1, in 2008, he had notched up 535 points, making him the highest scoring British driver of all time. David is now a BBC TV Formula One commentator while also being a team consultant for Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Toro Rosso.

   Mark Gallagher has worked in Formula One for almost 30 years and has spent the last 15 working as senior executive within the management of Jordan Grand Prix, Red Bull Racing and Cosworth. While operating at the centre of this fascinating sports business, Mark has worked directly with the world’s top drivers and team owners, giving him a privileged understanding of what it takes to be a world class competitor.

  Randal Pinkett has established himself as an entrepreneur, speaker, writer, scholar and community servant. He is the Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO of BCT Partners, a multimillion-dollar management, technology and policy-consulting firm based in Newark, NJ. A sought after public speaker and advocate for numerous corporate, youth and community groups.

   Bernard Salt is the national Partner responsible for KPMG’s Demographics group and has over 20 years experience in demographic analysis and commentary.  He is a recognised expert in local, national and global demographic trends.

   Mike Harcourt is former Mayor of Vancouver (1980-1986) and Premier of British Columbia (1991-1996). Mike Harcourt helped British Columbia earn its reputation as one of the most livable, accessible and inclusive places in the world.  His focus on conservation and sustainable development - and his resolve to contribute to the transformation of cities and communities around the world - has played a significant role in promoting quality of life for those in Canada and abroad.

    Suzanne Stevens is  an international speaker, entrepreneur and philanthropist, who founded the internationally acclaimed influential communications training and development firm Ignite Excellence Inc. Suzanne’ has trained organizations on five continents and specializes in providing communication skills to win and maintain business to varies industries including the engineering community.

   Lofti El-Ghandouri, is the founder of Creative Society, a consultancy firm specialized in the development of creative reflections and actions for socially responsible organizations and communities. Dividing his time between Montreal and Madrid, Lotfi’s lifelong interest in sustainable development led him to co-found The Hub Madrid, a creative space dedicated to inspiring, connecting and empowering social innovators. A true believer in the power of harnessing individual talent to transform the world, Lotfi is the author of two books exploring the importance of engagement and audacity.

  Bernard Amadei is Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder.  Dr. Amadei holds the Mortenson Endowed Chair in Global Engineering and served as Faculty Director of the Mortenson Center in Engineering for Developing Communities from 2009-2012. He is also the Founding President of Engineers Without Borders - USA and the co-founder of the Engineers Without Borders-International network. Among other distinctions, Dr. Amadei is the 2007 co-recipient of the Heinz Award for the Environment; the recipient of the 2008 ENR Award of Excellence; an elected member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering; and an elected Senior Knight-Ashoka Fellow. He holds four honorary doctoral degrees. Dr. Amadei was recently appointed as a 2012 Science Envoy by the U.S. Department of State.

  Wang Zhengming, Board Chairman and President of China Railway First Survey and Design Institute Group Co., Ltd. He is also an executive member of the council of China National Association of Engineering Consultants (CNAEC). As the winner of Special Government Allowance granted by the State Council of the People’s Republic of China and the most prestigious Special Prize of National Science and Technology Progress Award, and accredited as one of the few Chinese National Engineering Survey and Design Masters, Professor Wang Zhengming has made remarkable contribution to the development of China’s national transportation industry and the consulting engineering industry as a registered consulting engineer during the past 30 years.

   Eric Montminy, President, Normandin Beaudry Consulting Actuaries, Canada. Nearly 25 years in the field of actuarial consulting and experience with organizations in the public and private sectors ranging from 100 to 40,000 employees, allowed Éric to support multiple clients in the repositioning of a total compensation offer focused on issues of attraction, retention and performance of talents. From 2006 to 2008, he served as President of the Canadian Pension & Benefits Institute (CPBI). Eric is currently a YPO member.

  Snowy Joyce Khoza, CEO at Bigen Africa has more than 30 years senior management experience and has been a development activist since 1976.Dr Khoza chairs the Trans Caledon Tunnel Authority (TCTA) Board as the first black woman to chair this multi-billion rand organisation. She is also the founding chair of the continental Knowledge Management Africa (KMA).

     Ross Vincent, is one year into his 3 year term as President of the International Federation of Municipal Engineering (IFME), and is Chief Executive of the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia, New Zealand Division, following a 30 year career in public infrastructure engineering, mainly in New Zealand.

   Jose Luis Irigoyen is the Director for the Transport, Water, Information and Communications Technologies, and Infrastructure Finance Department in the Sustainable Development Network (SDN) of the World Bank.  He is the Chair of the World Bank’s Transport and Water Sector Boards, which operate with corporate responsibilities for sector strategy, human resources and knowledge management, and oversee the transport and water portfolios (which combined comprise 418 projects in 133 developing countries with about $65 billion in commitments).  He oversees the implementation of the World Bank Group “ICT for Greater Development Impact” sector strategy and a portfolio worth $1.2 billion in lending and technical assistance covering investments in connectivity, ICT-based services and development of ICT industry. 

   Rafael Catalá Polo, Secretary of State for Infrastructure, Transport and Housing, Spain. Previously, Mr Catalá held the positions of Secretary of State for Justice, Ministry of Justice, Deputy Secretary of the Ministry of the Treasury (2000-2002) and of Director General for Civil Service, Ministry of Public Administrations (1996-1999).  

   Gayle Roberts, President and Chief Executive Officer of Stanley Consultants, a worldwide provider of engineering, environmental and construction services. With more than 30 years of experience in the engineering and construction industry, Ms. Roberts’ career path in consulting engineering has included positions as Business Leader, Project Manager and Business Development Manager.  In 2007, she was elected the fifth president in the company’s history.

   Peter Guthrie, Cambridge University. Professor of Engineering for Sustainable Development at the University of Cambridge. A civil engineer with geotechnical specialisation by background, Peter has worked as a practising engineer before coming to Cambridge in 2000, and has worked extensively in Africa and Asia. His research is focused on sustainable development in infrastructure projects internationally. Peter is founder, in 1980, and now a Vice-President of RedR Engineers for Disaster Relief. He is a Non Executive Director of Buro Happold.

   Prajapati Trivedi, is Secretary to the Government of India with the responsibility for Performance Management. Based in the Cabinet Secretariat, he reviews and reports on the performance of all government departments to the Cabinet Secretary/Prime Minister.  In addition, he is Chairman of the National Authority for Chemical Weapons Convention.  Prior to joining the Government of India, Dr. Trivedi worked for the past fourteen years (1994-2009) as a Senior Economist for the World Bank in Washington, DC. This is his second stint in the Government. Dr. Trivedi was Economic Adviser to Government of India from 1992-94.

  Huguette Labelle is Chair of the Board of Transparency International, member of the Board of the UN Global Compact, member of the Group of External Advisors on the World Bank Governance and Anti-corruption Strategy, member of the Advisory Group to the Asian Development Bank on Climate Change and Sustainable Development, member of the Executive Board of the Africa Capacity Building Foundation, member of the Board of the Global Centre for Pluralism, member of the Advisory Council of the Order of Ontario and Vice Chair of the Senior Advisory Board of the International Anti-Corruption Academy.

   Badr Al-Olama, a Senior Vice President for Mubadala Aerospace since 2005, is the Chief Executive at Strata Manufacturing PJSC – a wholly-owned advanced composite aerostructures manufacturing facility. Strata currently has over $2 billion worth of contracts in place to produce aircraft parts for both Airbus and Boeing, and is the first facility of its kind in the Middle East.

  Ana Palacio, former Foreign Affairs Minister and member of the Council of State, is a lawyer by training, specializing in international and European law, arbitration, and mediation. She was member of the Executive Committee and Senior Vice-President for International Affairs of Areva (2008-2009). She served as Senior Vice-president and General Counsel of the World Bank Group and Secretary General of the International Center for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) (2006-2008). She also served as Foreign Minister of Spain (2002-2004). She was a Member of the European Parliament (1994-2002). She holds degrees in Law, Political Science and Sociology.

   Keith Howells, Chairman, Mott McDonald Group.Keith was appointed Chairman of Mott MacDonald at the beginning of 2011, having spent the previous 6 years as Group Managing Director. Keith graduated in civil engineering in 1974 and spent 10 years working on infrastructure design and project management. He completed an MBA at Cranfield School of Management in 1985/6, following which he led infrastructure projects in the UK, China, Hong Kong, India, Egypt and Southern Africa.

   Duccio Astaldi, President of the Management Board of Italian maritime works and tunnel specialist Condotte D’Acqua, was elected EIC President in 2012 at the EIC General Assembly held in Istanbul. Mr. Astaldi has been on the EIC Board since 2008. From 1989 to 2000, he worked as Project Manager for Astaldi S.p.A. and was responsible for international road and dam projects in Africa, Central America and Asia. In 1998, Mr. Astaldi became Deputy General Manager of the Foreign Operations Division before moving in 2000 to Condotte d’Acqua where he started as Director of the Foreign Operations Department. Subsequently, he assumed several executive positions and, in July 2008, he became President of the Management Board.

   Wang Bin, Senior Civil Engineer, Vice President of Power Construction Corporation of China (POWERCHINA), President of HydroChina Corporation, Director of several state-level commissions and research centers such as National research center of Hydropower and Wind Power, Ecosystem Study Commission for International Rivers etc. Wang has rich experience in corporate running and local government service. He puts focus on the studies of enterprise strategic management, hydropower planning and engineering design on large and medium-size rivers, and the policies on environmental protection and resettlement.

     José Luis Arévalo is the Deputy International Managing Director of TYPSA, the leading civil engineering consulting firm in Spain. Jose Luis holds a Master Degree on Tunnelling, and as a Tunnel Expert he has been involved in some of the most important underground projects developed in Spain, such as the M-30 Madrid ring road, Madrid subway extensions or the third Guadarrama tunnel. With international experience in Europe, Asia, North and South America, he also works as tunnel advisor for the World Bank and other multilateral entities in countries as diverse as China, Georgia, Serbia and Venezuela. Since 2011 he has had a key role in the coordination of the international operations of TYPSA Group.

     María Teresa Estevan Bolea, Dean, Chamber of Industrial Engineers, has over thirty years of experience in energy and environmental sectors and currently is Dean of Colegio Oficial de Ingenieros Industriales de Madrid and General Director of Sitesa Ingenieros. She has worked in companies of Engineering and Construction and Assembly of Cement Factories, Chemical Plants, Oil Refineries, Thermal Power Stations, Oil and Gas Pipelines. She has worked in Power Planning of Thermal Power Plants, Renewables  and Nuclear Energy.


   Albert Dubler, President, UIA, France. Albert Dubler has been in private practice in Strasbourg since 1988. From the beginning he has been a strong advocate of sustainable development in France and Europe, and this commitment grew into the defense of responsible architectural design on the global level. He has upheld these ideals as a member of the  Council of the French Order of Architects (CNOA), and as Vice-President of the UIA French section, the International Council of French Architects (CIAF). He has participated in the work of the UIA Professional Practice Commission since 2005, and became a UIA Vice-President in 2008.

   Ivan Marten, Senior Partner and Managing Director at The Boston Consulting Group. Since 2008 he has been Global Leader of its Energy practice, for which he was previously Europe, Middle East and Africa Leader from 2004 to 2007.  He has more than 25 years of experience in the energy and environment industry. He has helped leading companies in the power, gas, oil and green energy sectors to develop their strategic visions and the organizations to implement them. Dr. Martén has advised governments and regulators across the world on issues related to energy regulation and sustainable development, as well as engineering, oil field services and infrastructure companies with projects in the energy sector. He has been active in helping CEOs to transform their companies by defining and executing their change agenda.

   Flemming Bligaard Pedersen is at present counsellor for the new executive board at Ramboll and active as chairman or board member at several companies in Denmark and in Russia with focus on international business development. He has been member of the FIDIC Executive Committee 2004-2008 and is President elect for EFCA 2014-2015.

   Kiran Kapila, President, International Road Federation. Kiran Kapila is a Civil Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers of India, a Chartered Civil Engineer, a Member of American Society of Civil Engineers and a Fellow of New York Academy of Sciences.  During his 40 year career Mr Kapila has served the Municipal Corporation of Delhi, the Airport Authority of India and thereafter set up the Intercontinental Consultants and Technocrats Pvt. Ltd (ICT). Kiran has profound knowledge of FIDIC Conditions of Contract and has guided a number of projects as Engineer.  He is a member of FIDIC QBS Committee. Mr Kapila was President of Consulting Engineers Association of India (CEAI) between 2007-2010 and organized the FIDIC Conference 2010.

   Naren Bhojaram, Rivers, Deltas & Coast Director of Royal HaskoningDHV

Sangeeta Wij,President of WISE, a society for Women Engineers and Scientists in India and on the Board of Directors in INWES. Ms Wij is the Managing Director of Prime SD Engg Consultants Ltd, based at Gurgaon, handling Multi-disciplinary Engineering and Architectural Projects, most of which are IGBC Certified and Sustainable. She is a Fellow of Institution of Engineers and a Chartered Engineer, Fellow of IA StructE, and a member of Consulting Engineers Association of India, where she has completed three successful terms as a Honorary Secretary. She is a member of “Women in Engineering” Committee of WFEO and is also on FIDIC’s “Sustainable development Committee”.

     Jorge Unda, Managing Director, SENER, Spain. Dr. Jorge Unda started working at the company in 1986 as Project Engineer and Project Manager, carrying out these activities mainly in the aerospace business area. In 1997 he was appointed Deputy Managing Director and, in 1998, he became SENER’s Managing Director.

     Nicklas Garemo, Senior Partner and Director at Mckinsey & Company based in Abu Dhabi. Since joining the Firm in Stockholm in 1996, Nick has served a broad range of players in the Infrastructure and Construction space. These include several Engineering & Construction firms, real estate developers, transport agencies and government infrastructure planners across multiple countries. Nick leads Mckinsey's Infrastructure practice in Europe, Middle East, and Africa, as well as McKinsey's Capital Productivity practice in the Middle East. Nick co-authored McKinsey Global Institute's recently published report "Infrastructure productivity: How to save $1 trillion a year".

Torsten Kleiss

   Torsten Kleiss, acts for Siemens AG as Co-Chair in the Urban Infrastructure Initiative of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. He works as senior strategy manager at Siemens Building Technologies, where he enjoys a strong focus on urban development topics. Prior to that, he worked in the construction material industry and in real estate development. His main professional fields of interest are in sustainable urban development, strategic innovation for livable and energy efficient cities, and the role of the private sector in infrastructure delivery. Torsten Kleiss holds a PhD in Construction Economics and MSc in Civil Engineering.

     Ramón Tamames, Academic of the Royal Academy of Moral and Political Sciences and Holder of the Jean Monet Chair, Spain. Dr Tamames is Ph Dr in Law and also Economics at the University of Madrid. During 1977/81 he was MP at the Congreso de los Diputados and he is one of the signatories of the present Spanish Constitution of 1978. He is Forester (1998) and Agronomist (2009) ad honorem by the Polytechnic University of Madrid. In June 2012, Prof. Tamames was elected full member of the Royal Academy of Moral and Political Sciences, an institution established in 1857 by the queen Elisabeth II, whose motto is verum, pulcrum, justum.

   Cristóbal Martínez Álvaro , Director of Concessionary Services (Technical, QA&QC, EIA, ITS) and member of Board of Directors in Cintra Infastructuras S.A., Spain. He holds a MSc in Civil Engineering (1988) from the Universidad Politécnica of Madrid (Spain) and a PhD in Management (2004) from the IESE Business School (University of Navarra; Spain). He has over 20 years experience in construction and transportation engineering focused on toll highway design and operation.

   Gonzala de Diego is Transportation Regional Managing Director in Continental Europe at AECOM, a worldwide provider of engineering, environmental and construction services.

   Juan García Aparicio is Hydraulic Engineering Director for AQUALOGY. He is a Civil Engineer by the Polytechnic University of Madrid. He has developed his carrier through areas like water resources, water quality, hydraulic engineering and consultancy, water treatment engineering, river engineering, flood management and dams consultancy.

   Jose Manuel Loureda López, SACYR´S Managing Director International Development, Spain. Jose Manuel Loureda is a MSc Civil Engineer, Structural Specialization, by the E.T.S.I.C.C.P. Polytechnic University of Madrid has an Advanced Executive Management PADE Program from the University of Andes (Santiago de Chile).  He is also Director of numerous SACYR subsidiaries and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Consortium GUPC (Contractor of Third Set of Locks of Panama Canal Expansion).  Mr Loureda has worked both in the construction field and highway concessions, being CEO of several concesions. Between 2004 and 2012 Mr Loureda was General Director of the International Division of SACYR CONSTRUCTION.

   Javier Baldor is the Executive Vice President and a principle owner of BST Global for the last 23 years, providing strategic and tactical guidance for the international expansion of BST Global; the leading global provider of business software solutions specifically designed for Architects, Engineers & Environmental Consultants. Javier developed and led the international BST IT FORUM, the industry's largest global symposium on information technology issues and solutions for Design, Engineering, Environmental Consulting and Construction organizations. Javier also spearheaded a strategic project in partnership with the Construction Industry Round Table (CIRT) to create the industry's most comprehensive Information Technology Research Survey. CIRT is an esteemed organization consisting of one hundred CEOs in the Architecture, Engineering, Design/Build and Construction Industry.