High-profile speakers lined up for FIDIC's annual Global Infrastructure Conference

22 Feb 2022

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As the world starts to slowly emerge from the Covid pandemic and with thoughts turning to global recovery and rebuilding economies, this year’s FIDIC annual Global Infrastructure Conference taking place from 12-13 September in Geneva, Switzerland, has a decidedly forward-looking theme. The event, Building a better tomorrow, by investing today: Sustainable infrastructure development to improve community wellbeing, will focus on how the industry and society engineers a sustainable future in a way that benefits communities worldwide.

FIDIC has assembled a high-profile line up of leading speakers from a range of influential organisations including the World Economic Forum, Greater London Assembly, World Trade Organisation, African Development Bank, AfDB, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, Geneva Airport, with many more due to be confirmed over the coming weeks.

The conference will bring together the world’s premier engineers and other stakeholders from the global construction and infrastructure sector. Leading global speakers will address the key issues the industry faces and offer their insights to an international audience. The expert speaker line-up includes the following industry and business leaders listed below, with more to follow.

• Børge Brende, President, World Economic Forum.
• Sir Danny Alexander, Vice President, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.
• Anne Kerr, Managing Director, Mott MacDonald Hong Kong.
• Anthony, Bouchard, President and COO, CDM Smith.
• Denise Bower, Executive Director, Mott MacDonald UK.
• Mark Enzer, Chief Technical Officer, Mott MacDonald UK.
• Mike Haigh, Executive Chair, Mott MacDonald UK.
• Rob Morson, Partner – Construction and Project Solutions, Pinsent Masons LLP.
• Charles Blamire-Brown, Partner, Pinsent Masons LLP.
• Gordon Kenwright, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, AECOM.
• Nandita Parshad, Managing Director, Sustainable Infrastructure Group, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
• Tim Shaw, Partner and Global Head of Infrastructure, Savannah Group.
• Tracey Ryan, Managing Director, Aurecon New Zealand.
• Chituwa Sinkala Chulu, Chief Executive Officer, Association of Consulting Engineers of Zambia.
• André Schneider, CEO, Geneva Airport.
• Tony Scott, CEO, NeuralRays AI.
• Mark Naysmith, CEO, WSP UK.

The exact delivery format of the conference is still to be decided - either online or in-person - but whatever route is chosen, the expectation is that this 2022 event will be one of the most important international gatherings for the industry held this year. The conference is expected to attract hundreds of infrastructure, engineering and construction investment professionals from around the world to discuss some of the key issues and drivers for the industry.

Some of the key issues to be discussed at the conference include: -

  • The investment angle and the key role of investors and financiers.
  • What do we really mean by ‘sustainable solutions’ and how do we implement them?
  • The role of consulting engineers in delivering sustainable solutions and the net zero agenda.
  • How does the industry meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals and define common measurement criteria?
  • Social and community value – reviewing the current landscape, including procurement trends and the government and client drivers for value.
  • Why investing in a sustainable future starts now?
  • Working together to build sustainable communities in a post-Covid world.
  • How can we truly procure for value?
  • Project risk and reward and getting the balance right.
  • How to ‘de-risk’ investment and delivery.
  • The key trends and mega-issues facing society and what these mean for the industry.
  • The role of the MDBs and international financial institutions.
  • The role of state actors in a post-Covid world.
  • The future of cities and the key role they play.
  • Engineering in the ‘new normal’.
  • How do we inspire the next generation, develop skills and nurture talent?
  • What are the key sectors that will drive future development?
  • Developing a global community focus – ensuring no one is left behind.
  • Gaining industry recognition for our people and projects.

Attendees at the FIDIC Global Infrastructure Conference 2022 will have the opportunity of networking with decision makers from consulting engineering firms, contractors, governments, civic society, international organisations and financial institutions. It really is the world’s stand-out international event for the infrastructure and built environment industry and FIDIC is looking to welcoming the global industry to Geneva in September 2022.

The full conference programme will be available in March. To ensure that you receive details as soon as they are confirmed please register via the link below to express your interest in the event.

Click here to register your interest in the FIDIC Global Infrastructure Conference 2022.

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