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.

Anthony Barry (President)
Tony was a Director of the Aurecon Group and its predecessor Connell Wagner since 2000 and is currently the President of the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC) and a non-executive director of the Viridian Financial Group Limited. He was elected to the Board of FIDIC, based in Geneva in 2015. He served as National President of the Association of Consulting Engineers of Australia from late 2004 to 2006, and remained a director until November 2008, and chaired the Cooperative Research Centre Taskforce which produced the “Guide to Leading Practice for Dispute Avoidance and Resolution” 2009. Tony is a civil engineer with 35 years’ experience in design, project management and construction of infrastructure. He is a Chartered Professional Engineer, Australia, an APEC Engineer, a Fellow Australian Institute of Company Directors FAICD, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Sciences and Engineering, FTSE and a Fellow Institution of Engineers Australia, FIEAust.
Catherine Karakatsanis (President Elect)
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.
Luis Villarroya (Vice President)
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.
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.
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.
Chantal Dagnaud
Chantal Dagnaud is the president and co-founder of Institutions and Strategies / D.A. Partners and has 20 years of local and international experience in engineering consulting, particularly in the procurement and funding of projects, project management, feasibility studies, executive leadership, industrial development, compliance into business intelligence, training, legal and regulatory management. Chantal is also a mediator judge at the International Court of Mediation and Arbitration and has represented the global industry at many international seminars and conferences. Chantal also holds membership of the following boards, ECCO (European Association of International Industrial Cooperation), Plamfe - Plateforme Mondiale des Femmes Entreprenantes (France), CCEF - French Foreign Trade Advisor. Chantal is also a member of FIDIC's Diversity and Inclusion Council and was also awarded FIDIC’s Future Leaders Management Certificate in 2020.
Martina Hess
Martina Hess is director of CES Consulting Engineers Salzgitter GmbH, Zambia and has 25 years of experience in project management/team leading during design and construction supervision of IFI water/sanitation infrastructure projects in Africa (16+ years) and Asia (seven-plus years). Martina is a civil engineer who holds an MSc TU Darmstadt, Germany. She has longstanding experience in procurement and implementation of works, supplies and services for water supply and sanitation projects and programmes under FIDIC conditions of contract, including preparing tender dossiers and evaluating bids. Martina also has broad experience as a FIDIC contract/claim management expert, including in dispute avoidance, preparation of expert opinions, using FIDIC guidelines in arbitration avoidance, contractual EoT entitlement, financial analysis and contractual entitlement of additional payment.
Manish Kothari
United States America
Manish Kothari is President and CEO of Sheladia Associates, Inc., an international consulting firm headquartered in USA. Mr. Kothari has 30+ years of varied engineering experience on infrastructure projects in the USA and internationally. Prior to Sheladia, he worked with Bechtel Corporation, USA and with D2 Consult GmbH, Austria. Mr. Kothari has a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering and M.Sc. in Civil Engineering from University of Michigan. Manish is actively engaged globally: Inaugural Chair FIDIC’s International Financial Institutions Committee (IFIC); member FIDIC–RLQC Committee, The National Academy of Construction (NAC) – 2020, Member- ITAC-10 with U.S. Department of Commerce and USTR. Commissioner for State of Maryland. Board Director-PICMC at Montgomery College. At American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) he has held numerous positions: Chair-Emeritus (2019–2020); National Chair 2018-2019; Vice Chair (2013-2015); and Chair International Committee (2009-2013). He is a recipient of many awards including WTCI’s Business Leadership Award -2015.
Alfredo Ingletti
Alfredo Ingletti is co-founder, Chairman and Technical Director of 3TI PROGETTI since 1997. A civil engineer with over 30 years of experience in architectural/infrastructural design and project management, in those years he has shaped and built his firm as an independent fully employee owned engineering company and has also been instrumental in encouraging the company to work internationally. He is visible in the industry and leads the company from the front, looking after his employees, and has been awarded “CEO of the year Medium Firm” by ACE (the leading Association for Consultancy and Engineering) at the European CEO Awards 2017. From 2013 to 2017 Alfredo also served as Vice President Deputy for the International Business Development of OICE, and by today is a member of the Board of the association. Alfredo personally devotes his time to the promotion and organization of training activities, as guest or speaker at meetings involving the main professional Institution of Engineers and Architects etc.
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. In 2021, Nelson was appointed to the Board of Connected Places Catapult and has been elected as a Fellow by the Royal Academy of Engineering.