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 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)
Australia
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 (Vice President)
Canada
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)
Spain
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.
Liu Luobing
China
Liu Luobing is a Chairman at SISECC, a subsidiary company of Shanghai Investment Consulting Group Co. Ltd. (SICC). As one of the earlier professionals who engaged in project management under FIDIC Conditions of Contract in China, he has 30 years of experience in the infrastructure sector. His experience covers very wide infrastructure areas including water resources, power generation, urban development etc. During his career, he is a leader for consulting firms, also, he is a very active participant and leader at national and international engineering consulting organizations, such as Co-founder of CYPF at CNAEC, Member of FIDIC YPFSC (2007-2009), Member of FIDIC IMC (2009-2017), Member of FIDIC ASPAC Executive Committee (2011-2018), Chairman at FIDIC ASPAC (2015-2018), FIDIC Board Member (2017-2019), FIDIC Vice president and Board Member (2019-2021), FIDIC certified trainer, Friendly reviewer for FIDIC DB Rules(2016), Friendly reviewer for FIDIC 2017 Red book and Silver book. As a FIDIC Contract promoter, he actively promoted the application of FIDIC Contract to the stakeholders via conferences, forums and seminars, especially in the Asia Pacific region.
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.
Mark Pehlig
Sarwono Hardjomuljadi
Indonesia
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
Kenya
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
France
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 Committee and was also awarded FIDIC’s Future Leaders Management Certificate in 2020.
Martina Hess
Zambia
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.
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.