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 activities.

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 Geneva from 5-6 December 2019, in Tokyo from 6-7 February 2020, in Washington DC from 30 April-1 May 2020 and in Geneva from 10-11 September 2020.

William Howard (President)
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. Bill began his two-year term as FIDIC president in September 2019.
William Howard
Anthony Barry (President Elect)
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.
Anthony Barry
Liu Luobing (Vice President)
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.
Liu Luobing
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.
Gavin English
Mark Pehlig
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.
Mark Pehlig
Luis Villarroya
Luis Villarroya has 40 years of experience in the international construction sector, working in countries such as the United States, Chile, Brazil, Holland and Spain. After 30 years at Eptisa he became president and CEO and was responsible for the international expansion of the firm, converting it into a multinational company with a presence in 55 countries and 85% of turnover outside Spain. He has been involved with the FIDIC member association in Spain, Tecniberia, for more than 15 years. He is currently president of the organisation and is also the Spanish representative at FEPAC. An expert in PPP and concessions, he has represented Spain in many international seminars and conferences and as a member of the advisory committee of the Spanish Ministry of Commerce, he has participated in the strategic plan for the internationalisation of the spanish economy on behalf of the engineering sector. Luis also holds a master of science degree in Civil Engineering from Polytechnic University of Madrid.
Luis Villarroya
Sarwono Hardjomuljadi
Sarwono Hardjomuljadi provides consultancy to the Government of Indonesia in the preparation of the Law No. 2/2017 for construction services and several ministerial decrees such as simplified regulation of international consultant, procurement services, and the national consultancy billing rates. He is also a chartered arbitrator and a member of the dispute board for international contracts using FIDIC contracts and works for PT Mott MacDonald Indonesia advising on FIDIC contracts. Since 2012 he has been a FIDIC affiliate member, an international accredited trainer, a member of the Dispute Resolution Board Foundation Region 2 (Europe, Asia and Africa) and country representative of DRBF for Indonesia. He has spoken at numerous industry conferences, including the FIDIC Asia Pacific contract users’ conference and the FIDIC annual international infrastructure conference.
Sarwono Hardjomuljadi
Nelson Ogunshakin
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.
Nelson Ogunshakin
Catherine Karakatsanis
Catherine Karakatsanis is the chief operating officer at Morrison Hershfield Group, a leading North American diversified consulting engineering and management firm. She also serves on the firm’s board of directors. After joining Morrison Hershfield as a structural engineer, she has had a progressive career successfully moving through a series of technical and management positions. Based in Toronto, Canada, Catherine is responsible for more than 900 professionals in 25 offices across Canada and the United States, and one in India. Catherine has also had professional public leadership roles having been elected the president and chair of three engineering organisations - Engineers Canada, Professional Engineers Ontario and Ontario Society of Professional Engineers. She has also served on other boards including Engineers Without Borders Canada for close to a decade. Catherine has been recognised for her contributions including receiving the prestigious Gold Medal from Engineers Canada and being inducted into Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women Hall of Fame. Catherine was elected at the 2020 FIDIC GAM and her term on the board is due to last for four years.
James Mwangi
James Mwangi from Kenya is the Chief Executive Officer at Nairobi-headquartered energy solutions consultancy firm, Kurrent Technologies Ltd. James is a consulting mechanical engineer with 35 years’ experience predominantly in the oil, gas, power generation and renewable energy sectors. James is also a former chairman of FIDIC-Africa(African group of member associations). He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers of Kenya (IEK). His firm, Kurrent Technologies Ltd, is currently undertaking large energy projects, ranging from large petroleum facilities including LPG facilities, petroleum pipelines, exploration and production of oil, power generation plants including liquefied natural gas plants, wind and solar projects, electrical transmission lines and regional feasibility studies, among others. James has dedicated a lot of time and effort in advocacy in the Engineering Profession, Energy and Oil & Gas sectors, business, Integrity and infrastructure issues/matters in both Kenya and Africa. James was elected at the 2020 FIDIC GAM and his term on the board is due to last for four years.