FIDIC has a highly professional staff team, with many years of experience working in the international federation sector, based at its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. The FIDIC offices are located conveniently right next to Geneva Airport at the World Trade Center II.

Nelson Ogunshakin OBE

Chief Executive Officer

Dr Nelson Ogunshakin OBE has been FIDIC chief executive since July 2018. Nelson has more than 30 years’ experience in planning, finance, delivery and management of major property and infrastructure investment projects. He has overall responsibility for FIDIC’s global operations. He is also a board member of Transport for London (£10.5bn annual turnover) and is a TfL nominee board member of Crossrail Limited, a £14.8bn rail development in London. Nelson was previously CEO of the UK Association for Consultancy, a post he held 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.

Members of the staff team are listed below.

Italo Goyzueta is FIDIC's Federation Operations Director and Deputy Director since 2011. He is an association management and governance specialist with more than 18 years's experience in business development, membership & partnerships, office management, finance, customer service, conference management, and marketing and communications. 

Italo Goyzueta

Federation Operations Director

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Silvia is FIDIC’s training manager and oversees more than 100 training events per year across the globe, offering support to FIDIC members and other stakeholders. With a PhD in computer science, IT consultant and IT project manager Silvia has worked at FIDIC since 2005. She has played a key role in developing FIDIC’s training activity since its inception.

Silvia Fossati

Training Manager

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Maria is responsible for FIDIC’s day-to-day accounts and for ensuring that supplier invoices are paid on time. She manages all accounts payable and receivable and ensures that the FIDIC finances run smoothly, minimising any issues that may arise. She also oversees FIDIC’s human resources and payroll.

Maria-Blanca Trabazos

Accountant and HR

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As FIDIC’s head of economic and strategic policy, Graham oversees three core areas of FIDIC’s work - namely economic research, corporate policy and the thought leadership programme. Graham is an economist with more than ten years’ experience and is skilled in market research and policy formulation.

Graham Pontin

Head of Economic and Strategic Policy

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Barbara is responsible for managing FIDIC’s growing events and conference programme - including the flagship annual international infrastructure conference and awards - and shaping the federation’s future events strategy in a fast-moving and developing industry landscape. She also oversees FIDIC’s contract users’ conferences, the federation’s programme of regional conferences and committees and FIDIC’s board and corporate governance-related events.

Barbara Gaeremynck

Head of Conference and Events

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Office manager and administrative assistant, Ulrike, has been working at FIDIC since April 2018. Her more than 20-year experience covers working in the private sector for leading international companies, international organisations, embassies and NGOs. She has been based in Europe, Africa and south east Asia and has gained first-hand experience within multicultural environments.

Ulrike Schiefer

Office Manager

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Christophe is in charge of graphic production at FIDIC. He provides graphics and images for different publications and for the FIDIC website. He also deals with the layout of the various FIDIC contracts and agreements produced and oversees the electronic and hardcopies of the FIDIC library.

Christophe Sisto

Design and Publications Manager

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Ieva is an international client manager at FIDIC and has more than a decade of successful experience working internationally. After receiving MA in an international relations field at Roehampton University in the UK, she started working for a prominent NGO in London. Ieva has then continued her career with a United Nations agency in Vilnius, Lithuania.

Ieva Liaugaude

International Client Manager

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Estelle is FIDIC’s accounting assistant and is responsible for verification payment and entering bank payments. She has worked temporarily for FIDIC since 2012 and has worked part-time since 2018. Estelle works closely with FIDIC’s accountant and assists on various tasks, including management of accounts payable and receivable, registration of payments, bank reconciliations, tracking and posting expense reports, issue of invoices and dealing with queries from customers.

Estelle Trabazos

Accountant Assistant

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