FIDIC has a highly professional staff team, with many years of experience working in the international federation sector, based at its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. The FIDIC offices are located conveniently right next to Geneva Airport at the World Trade Center II.

Nelson Ogunshakin OBE

Chief Executive Officer



Dr Nelson Ogunshakin OBE has been FIDIC chief executive since July 2018. Nelson has more than 30 years’ experience in planning, finance, delivery and management of major property and infrastructure investment projects. He has overall responsibility for FIDIC’s global operations. He is also a board member of Transport for London (£10.5bn annual turnover), is a TfL nominee board member of Crossrail Limited, a £14.8bn rail development in London, was appointed to the Board of Connected Places Catapult and has been elected as a Fellow by the Royal Academy of Engineering. Nelson was previously CEO of the UK Association for Consultancy, a post he held 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.

Members of the staff team are listed below.

Italo is FIDIC’s Federation Operations Director. Italo has more than 18 years’ work experience in various functions. He works with the FIDIC Board and CEO in the delivery of federation governance and membership business-related activities. He also plans, manages and provides operational support to FIDIC working committees, regional groups, the Directors and Secretaries Council, and Future Leaders groups. 

Italo Goyzueta

Federation Operations Director

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Barbara is responsible for managing FIDIC’s growing events and conference programme - including the flagship annual international infrastructure conference and awards - and shaping the federation’s future events strategy in a fast-moving and developing industry landscape. She also oversees FIDIC’s contract users’ conferences, the federation’s programme of regional conferences and committees and FIDIC’s board and corporate governance-related events.

Barbara Chabloz

Head of Conference and Events

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Maria is responsible for FIDIC’s day-to-day accounts and for ensuring that supplier invoices are paid on time. Maria manages all accounts payable and receivable and ensures that the FIDIC finances run smoothly, minimising any issues that may arise. She also oversees FIDIC’s human resources and payroll.

Maria-Blanca Trabazos

Accountant and HR

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As FIDIC’s head of economic and strategic policy, Graham oversees three core areas of FIDIC’s work - namely economic research, corporate policy and the thought leadership programme. He is an economist with more than ten years’ experience and is skilled in market research and policy formulation.

Graham Pontin

Head of Economic and Strategic Policy

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Oro is FIDIC’s Assistant, Federation Services, and is responsible for all federation-related activities and federation standing committees. Oro also oversees federation regional groups, stakeholders, FIDIC partners, governments, international organisations, sponsors and multilateral funding agencies. She has an international background with experience in administration support at NGOs and the UN.

Oro Cohen

Assistant, Federation Services

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Office manager and administrative assistant, Ulrike, has been working at FIDIC since April 2018. Her more than 20-year experience covers working in the private sector for leading international companies, international organisations, embassies and NGOs. She has been based in Europe, Africa and south east Asia and has gained first-hand experience within multicultural environments.

Ulrike Schiefer

Office Manager

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Christophe is in charge of graphic production at FIDIC. He provides graphics and images for different publications and for the FIDIC website. He also deals with the layout of the various FIDIC contracts and agreements produced and oversees the electronic and hardcopies of the FIDIC library.

Christophe Sisto

Design and Publications Manager

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Ieva Liaugaude is an International Client Manager at FIDIC with more than a decade of experience working in an international setting. Currently, Ieva assists FIDIC clients from different corners of the world with their licensing and publications inquiries. Ieva also works closely with the FIDIC contracts committee in the contract development process, assists member associations with their translation inquiries and liaises with Multi-Development Banks to fulfil their licensing requirements.


Ieva Liaugaude

International Client Manager

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Estelle is FIDIC’s accounting assistant and is responsible for verification payment and entering bank payments. Estelle has worked temporarily for FIDIC since 2012 and has worked part-time since 2018. She works closely with FIDIC’s accountant and assists on various tasks, including management of accounts payable and receivable, registration of payments, bank reconciliations, tracking and posting expense reports, issue of invoices and dealing with queries from customers.

Estelle Trabazos

Accountant Assistant

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Daduna is FIDIC’s head of legal and compliance. She advises on the delivery of corporate governance and compliance requirements for the organisation and its global operations. The role includes the protection of FIDIC’s intellectual property and strategic advice and contribution to drafting development to FIDIC’s contracts. She is a qualified lawyer with significant experience in the global construction consultancy and engineering sector.

Daduna Kokhreidze

General Counsel for Legal & Contracts

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Nadia is FIDIC’s digital marketing and communications executive. Nadia has experience in digital communications, marketing and corporate sustainability. She is responsible for implementing and overseeing the overall digital marketing strategy as well as ensuring the operational management of FIDIC’s digital marketing platforms, corporate website and all social media platforms.

Nadia Van Der Waltova

Digital Marketing and Communications Executive

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Folake works on corporate development at FIDIC. Folake has over a decade of experience in international diplomacy and communications. Prior to joining the team, she worked for various NGOs and covered issues relating to human rights and social development. She deals with FIDIC’s credentialing services, business development projects and corporate governance-related issues.

Folake Idowu

Corporate Development Executive

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Silvia is FIDIC’s training manager and oversees more than 100 training events per year across the globe, offering support to FIDIC members and other stakeholders. With a PhD in computer science, IT consultant and IT project manager she has worked at FIDIC since 2005. She has played a key role in developing FIDIC’s training activity since its inception.

Silvia Fossati

Training Manager

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