FIDIC relaunches Business Practice Committee with new membership

28 Jul 2020

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FIDIC has relaunched its Business Practice Committee as part of a significant strengthening and upgrading of its committee structure and international external affairs and stakeholder relations capability.

The revamped committee will help to monitor and identify changes in consulting engineering business practices and innovations on a global basis and also identify those areas where FIDIC can contribute original work or coordinate with existing global knowledge in order to develop FIDIC’s value proposition for business practice in the consulting engineering industry.

Commenting on the relaunch of the committee, FIDIC chief executive Dr Nelson Ogunshakin said: “The relaunch of our Business Practice Committee is part of a detailed and thorough review of FIDIC’s public engagement work where we have sought to ensure that our committees and other representative bodies better reflect geographic diversification and have the right skills set to be more effective in a changing marketplace. Competition was stiff to sit on these revamped committees, with over 350 industry experts from around the world applying to be members.

“The newly relaunched Business Practice Committee, in common with a number of other revamped committees we are announcing, will enable FIDIC to be more external facing and help us to make a positive impact on and influence in the global infrastructure industry. Going forward, this relaunched committee will enable FIDIC to be more vocal and more visible to meet the challenges our industry faces as it moves out of the Covid crisis and beyond.”

The chair of the FIDIC Business Practice Committee is Andrew Read, director of Pedersen Read in New Zealand, a specialist consulting engineering company providing electrical, communications and security. As past president of FIDIC member association ACE NZ, past president of Engineering New Zealand (the engineering professional body for New Zealand) and as a board member of CEAS (risk and insurance provider for many consulting engineering companies in NZ), Read brings a wealth of experience on industry and business issues.

Commenting on his role, he said: “I am delighted to be chairing this vital industry committee for FIDIC and looking forward to it playing a leading role in advocating for and guiding best business practice across the consulting engineering industry. The strength of FIDIC’s committees lies in their global and professional diversity and I am very pleased that that we have assembled such a group of talented and knowledgeable industry professionals from around the world to sit on our Business Practice Committee. I am really looking forward to working with them in the months and years ahead.

“The practices that we use in our businesses are core to our role as leaders in the world’s building and infrastructure sector. Building on the learnings from the past whilst leveraging on the opportunities that new practices and technology bring will be core to ensuring FIDIC leads the world in best business practice.”

The full membership of the Business Practice Committee is listed below: -

Andrew Read (chair)
Director, Pedersen Read (New Zealand)
Fatma Colasan (vice chair)
Managing Director, GEN-TES Engineering (Turkey)
Chris Newcomb (vice chair)
Senior Consultant, McElhanney Ltd (Canada)
Sonya Zhang
Managing Director, Shenzhen Hualun Consulting Co (China)
Serdar Hakkacirmaz
Director for Turkey and Central Asia, EPTISA (Turkey)
Kaoru Kariya
President, Tokyo Engineering Consultants Co (Japan)
Dave DeLizza
President and CEO, Pennoni (USA)
Mark Steiner
Principal Consulting Advisor, American Council of Engineering Companies (USA)
Nicusor Posoiu
Contracts and Procurement Analyst (Finland)
KyungSoo Jeon
Managing Director, Korea Expressway Corporation, (South Korea)

The 10-strong committee, which will meet quarterly, will also advise the FIDIC board on all aspects of business practice across the consulting engineering industry and publish guidance and other best practice documents addressing the latest trends in business management in the consulting engineering sector.

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