First FIDIC Ambassadors appointed

31 May 2022

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The first phase of the new FIDIC Ambassadors programme has been launched with the appointment of a number of key individuals from around the world who have been confirmed as FIDIC Ambassadors.

The FIDIC Ambassadors programme has been created to expand FIDIC’s footprint across the globe and to achieve the organisation’s objectives more efficiently. The programme will provide FIDIC member associations with a list of dedicated professionals working within the engineering, construction and infrastructure industry who will advocate for FIDIC principles and objectives and facilitate the development of additional high added-value services to members.

In consultation with the FIDIC president and CEO, the Ambassadors will specifically seek to influence decision-makers in governments, the construction industry, multilateral development banks and contracting authorities with the aim of highlighting, promoting and adopting FIDIC best business practices.

Commenting on the announcement of the first Ambassadors, FIDIC CEO Dr Nelson Ogunshakin said: “I am delighted that we have launched the first stage of the FIDIC Ambassador programme, which is an important initiative for the organisation and will help FIDIC to raise its profile further across the global industry. The key FIDIC volunteers we have appointed as Ambassadors have many years of experience and knowledge of our industry and they are very well positioned for this important role. I look forward to the initiative helping to enhance FIDIC’s global profile, helping us attract new members as well as promoting FIDIC training programmes and other initiatives across the globe.”

Other FIDIC Ambassadors may be appointed in the future as FIDIC expands its activities and influence. The programme will be supported by FIDIC’s staff and the FIDIC president and CEO will hold regular briefings with Ambassadors to keep them updated on FIDIC’s strategic direction and activities.
The list of new FIDIC Ambassadors appointed for the period 2022-2024 are listed below.

Kiran Kapila, India

Kiran Kapila is a civil engineer and a fellow of the Institution of Engineers of India as well as a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers. After a stint of 13 years with the Airports Authority of India, he went on to set up Intercontinental Consultants and Technocrats Private Limited (ICT). His leadership vision, entrepreneurial acumen, professional excellence and experience have helped ICT to grow into a leading global consultancy firm in the infrastructure sector. Kiran is also the chairman of the business policy committee of the Consulting Engineers Association of India and under his chairmanship has taken up various issues with the Indian government for the benefit of the consulting engineering industry as well as for society at large.

Kaj Möller, Sweden

Kaj Möller is the head of export for the Sweco Group and president for Sweco´s export subsidiary Sweco International AB. He has been working in the international engineering consulting industry for the last 20 years, involved in assignments worldwide and has been working at Sweco Group since 1998. Kaj holds two top university diplomas with a MSc CE from the Swedish Royal Institute of Technology as well as an Executive MBA from the Stockholm School of Economics. He is based at the Sweco head office in Stockholm.

Moncef Ziani, Morocco

Moncef Ziani is an international independent consultant in project development and international procurement with 40 years’ experience in the engineering sector. He is a member of the Moroccan Economic, Social and Environmental Council, the National Public Procurement Committee of Morocco and vice-president of FCIC, the Federation of Consultants from Islamic Countries. Moncef is also a past vice-president of FIDIC and former member of its board, past member of FIDIC Africa executive committee and past president of the Moroccan Federation of Consulting and Engineering. He is also the former CEO of CID, a multidisciplinary engineering firm operating in civil engineering, buildings, transportation and hydraulic projects. Based in Morocco, CID is the largest Moroccan consulting company with a staff of 400 engineers and technicians, operating in Africa and the Middle East.

Reyes Juárez, Mexico

Reyes Juárez is currently president and CEO of FOA Consulting, a socially responsible company founded in 1973, the first consulting firm worldwide certified in business integrity and the first Mexican company certified in the ISO 37001 Anti-Bribery standard. FOA received in 2020 and 2021 the Annual Award for Ethics and Values in the Industry and Corporate Social Responsibility granted by the CONCAMIN. Also chairman of the board of directors of FOA Engineering and Services, Reyes has more than 40 years of professional experience in the structuring of public-private partnerships in the development of infrastructure megaprojects and participates as a consultant in international organisations such as the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the North America Development Bank and BANOBRAS, among others. He is a former president of FIDIC’s Mexican member association, CNEC, (2007-2010), president of the Infrastructure Commission of Confederation of Industrial Chambers of Mexico, CONCAMIN (2011-2012), president of FEPAC (2012-2016) and a member of the executive committee of FIDIC (2016-2020).

Bernd Kordes, Germany

Bernd Kordes is principal of Kordes Consulting, a boutique merger and acquisition advisory firm for the German consulting engineering market. A former board member and treasurer of FIDIC (2015-2019) and director of the European consultancy federation EFCA (2007-2010), from 1992 to 2002 he was a member of FIDIC’s standing committee on sustainable development and from 2006-2014 he chaired the standing committee on foreign affairs of FIDIC’s German member association, VBI. With 35 years of experience in the consulting engineering industry, Bernd has held C-level positions in GKW Group, Mannheim, Germany, former Pöyry, Helsinki, Finland and Lahmeyer Group, Frankfurt, Germany. His regional work experience covers more than 50 countries throughout Europe, Africa, Asia and Southern America. As CEO he experienced twice the sale of his company (Bilfinger Berger sold GKW Group in 2005 to Pöyry and the private equity company Capiton sold Lahmeyer Group in 2014 to Tractebel, a group company of Engie). His experience, combined with several successful add-on acquisitions of engineering firms, formed the basis for the 2016 establishment of his M&A practice. In the last five years he has advised clients on the buy or sell side in more than 15 completed transactions.

Aisha Nadar, Sweden

Aisha Nadar is a senior consultant specialised in infrastructure procurement and dispute management at Advokatfirman Runeland AB, Stockholm, Sweden. For over 30 years, Aisha has been actively involved in all phases of the negotiation and implementation of large-scale cross-border infrastructure and defence programmes. Her procurement and international contract management experience includes holding senior level positions in the US, the Middle East and Europe. Aisha has carried out assignments related to dispute resolution for organisations such as the World Bank, USAID and the US DOD and is a regularly invited speaker at universities and specialised conferences on construction contracts and dispute resolution. Aisha is a former member of FIDIC’s executive committee and former chair of FIDIC’s procurement policy sub-committee and is listed on FIDIC President’s List of Accredited Adjudicators. She is an officer of the international construction projects committee of the International Bar Association and has previously served as a member of the standing committee of the ICC International Centre for ADR.

Exaud Mushi, Tanzania

Exaud Mushi is a civil engineer with over 35 years of experience in infrastructure projects in Tanzania and neighboring countries such as Rwanda, Uganda, Malawi and Zambia. His experience ranges from design of various infrastructure projects, procurement, project management, contract administration, construction management, consulting office management and corporate governance. He was managing director of NORPLAN Tanzania Limited for over 15 years up to December 2021 and has been retained as a director and senior project manager mainly working on specific projects and mentoring upcoming project managers. He is a past president of FIDIC’s Tanzania member association ACET (2004-2006), president of FIDIC Africa (2007-2009), FIDIC board member (2012-2016) and FIDIC vice president (2015-2016). In Tanzania he sat on the Engineers Registration Board for two semesters (2007-2012) and also holds fellowships in various engineering societies in the region and beyond. Currently he is the UK Institution of Civil Engineers’ country representative, a tenure of three years since 2021.

Fatma Colasan, Turkey

Fatma Colasan is the owner and managing director of mechanical engineering design and consultancy firm GEN-TES Engineering in Ankara, Turkey. She also personally acts as a dispute adjudicator between the ministries of Turkey and contractors on construction works conducted under FIDIC contracts and also gives seminars on FIDIC contracts on behalf of the FIDIC’s Turkish member association, ATCEA. She was president of ATCEA, the Association of Turkish Consulting Engineers and Architects (1996-2000), a FIDIC board member (1996-2000), president of the National Assembly of Technical Consultants, TOBB - Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (1997-2022) and was a founder member of TTMD, the Association of HVAC and Sanitary Engineers of Turkey (1993-2022). Fatma is a member of the Association of Female Engineers and Architects, Turkey (2018-present) and a current member of the FIDIC business practice committee and a member of the FIDIC diversity and inclusivity committee.

Bayo Adeola, Nigeria

A consulting engineer for 46 years, Bayo Adeola is the founder and chairman of Comprehensive Project Management Services, a Lagos-based consulting engineering firm. He is also the vice chair FIDIC Credentialing Limited, the technical secretary of the Nigerian Academy of Engineering, a council member of the Association for Consulting Engineering in Nigeria (ACEN) and the chairman of the board of trustees of the ACEN Foundation. Bayo is also a past president of ACEN, a former member of the FIDIC executive committee (2003-07), a past chair of the FIDIC capacity building committee and a past facilitator of the FIDIC Young Professionals Training Programme. Bayo is a fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Engineering, a fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers and a fellow of the Nigerian Institution of Structural Engineers.

Andrew Read, New Zealand

Andrew Read is a director of Pedersen Read, a consulting electrical engineering firm based in Christchurch, New Zealand. He is also chair of FIDIC’s business practice committee and a board member of CEAS, a risk and liability advisor to the consulting engineering sector. Andrew is also a past board member, past president, and an honorary life member of the Association of Consulting and Engineering New Zealand (ACE NZ)), an ACE NZ awards judge and past convenor of judges, past member and past deputy chair of the Chartered Professional Engineers’ Council of New Zealand and past board member and past president of Engineering New Zealand. Andrew is also a fellow and chartered member of Engineering New Zealand, a New Zealand chartered professional engineer and has been a consulting engineer for 35 years.

Zoltan Zahonyi, Hungary

Zoltan Zahonyi is a civil engineer who also has a postgraduate degree in law. He has international experience in various civil engineering fields in a number of European countries (Austria, Germany, Iceland and Great Britain) and is has since the early 1990s he has played an important role in promoting and widening the use and practice of the FIDIC Conditions of Contract in Hungary. He was a member of the FIDIC translation teams responsible for the translation of the FIDIC 1999 Red, Green, Yellow and 1995 Orange Books as well as the White Book into the Hungarian language. Apart from providing consultancy services for Engineers, Employers and Contractors for major infrastructure projects, he has been involved in a number of FIDIC task groups and is a former chair of the FIDIC contracts committee, as well as being a listed dispute adjudicator in Hungary and an accredited international FIDIC trainer.

 

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