KEYNOTE SPEAKER HE Eric Chevallier, Ambassador of France to the State of Qatar
"The Paris Agreement and its implementation"
Eric Chevallier, Knight of the National Order of the Legion of Honour, is the French Ambassador to the State of Qatar following the presentation of his credentials to His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, Emir of Qatar, on September 8, 2014.
Prior to his posting in Qatar, Ambassador Chevallier was French Ambassador to Syria and then “Ambassador for Syria” after the closure of the French Embassy in Damascus.
Ambassador Chevallier has committed his life to public service, for the French Government, the UN and non-governmental organizations. For example, Ambassador Chevallier has served as Special adviser for crisis and conflicts to the French Minister of Foreign Affairs, Spokeperson and Director of Communication and Information at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and he was Head of the International Crisis Monitoring Department at the Secretariat-General for National Defence, attached to the Prime Minister’s office. Ambassador Chevallier was Special adviser of the Minister of Health, and Special adviser to the Head of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK). He was also member of the team who established the joint UN program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and served as Director of International Missions at “Doctors of the World”.
Ambassador Chevallier holds a Medical Degree from Université Paris Descartes and graduated (Master Political Science) from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Science-Po Paris). He was Associate Lecturer at Sciences-Po Paris, at the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA) and at University Paris 1-Panthéon Sorbonne.
Alan is a Sustainability Partner in Cundall and heads up their specialist environmental building physics group. He is a chartered Building Services Engineer who has specialised in passive building design and low carbon systems. He has led the environmental initiatives in a number of master planning projects, defining the carbon and water strategies for the developments. He is a on a government working group for the development of the Building Energy Regulations and has participated since 2002 in the adoption of the methodologies around it. He was part of the team that developed the Education Funding Authorities Baseline Design for new schools and is a member of the review committee for the revised Building Bulletin 101- Guidance on ventilation, thermal comfort and indoor air quality in schools
He leads the implementation of the WELL Building Standard for Cundall’s London office fit out, which shortly is expected to be the first certified WELL project in Europe. He is also working on a zero carbon visitors centre which is expected to be the first WELL certified new build in Europe. Within Cundall he established a research group to test ideas such as the integration of plants in buildings, their Biophilic benefits including their ability to improve air quality to yield carbon reduction. To facilitate this, air quality monitors were developed which are now used to constantly monitor the environment in Cundall’s offices.
Prof. Ali A. Alraouf, PhD
Prof. of Architecture and Urbanism,
Head of Development, CB and Research at QNMP,
Green Urbanism and Planning Group Leader, QGBC
Prof. Alraouf is an architect and urban planner interested in research and practice related to architectural, urban, sustainable design and holistic planning. He was a Visiting Scholar at UC, Berkeley-USA. Alraouf has held permanent and visiting teaching and research positions at regional and international universities. He published more than 90 journal refereed papers, critical reviews, essays, in addition to books and book chapters. Alraouf’s current research interests are: Knowledge-based Urban Development, Post-Carbon Contemporary Gulf Cities, Knowledge and Creative cities. He serves in editorial boards and acts as a reviewer for international journals and conferences. He delivered lectures and presentations in over 25 countries. He is the recipient of number of awards and was selected as member of 2012 Excel campaign at Qatar University. He is currently acts as Head of capacity building, training, research and development unit at Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME). He is also the leader of Green Urbanism and Planning Group at Qatar Green Building Council.
Architect – USGBC ® LEED& WELL Faculty™
Amira is authorized as an experienced educator with strong background in both LEED and professional education, she is working as an architectural engineer at Dar al-handasah Company, her passion is related to making a positive impact in people’s lives, and sustainable architecture was her perfect career path for doing that, She traveled to Germany in a Green Construction training, and perused credentials in rating systems, she is a LEED® AP BD+C, a WELL AP, a Green Globes Professional and a Green Classroom Professional.
Amira is volunteering with the International Living Future Institute™ as an Ambassador Presenter, & became a Collaborative Facilitator and launched Egypt’s Collaborative, which is the 1st of its kind for the Institute in Africa and the Middle East.
Amira believes that through education and awareness comes the change. A restorative difference to our planet, for better chances to the future generations and her kids, is the dream she is living for.
Andrew. R. Ford, FCIOB, CEnv, CGP
Operations Manager, Gulf Contracting Company
Andrew Ford has been the Operations Manager for Gulf Contracting Company since 2005, and an Associate Director of UK based, Interserve Projects Services since 2008. Educated in the UK to the level of Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building since 1993 and a Chartered Environmentalist since 2009. He has been an employee of Interserve for the past 37 years, progressing from a Project Engineering background. He is currently responsible for all operations within GCC with an annual turnover of approximately QR. 1.5 Billion and 8500 employees.
He has been instrumental in the promotion and implementation of many examples of good Environmental practices within his organization e.g. Bionest wastewater recycling technology, carbon action group, Earthship etc.
He is the companies named delegate for the Qatar Green Building Council, Founder member of the Water Interest Group, QGBC partnership Liaison officer, CIOB Qatar representative for “Green Issues”, CIOB Time Zone representative for the Middle East and the Indian sub-continent, CIOB Chair for Qatar and Regional Vice Chair of the Middle East region and a QSAS Certified Green Professional. He was instrumental in establishing the alliance MOU between the QGBC and the CIOB in 2012.
Andrew has extensive experience in Construction, both in the UK and for the last 17 years in Qatar. He demonstrates a high level of enthusiasm in everything he undertakes and is driven by results.
He has a desire and passion to meet the challenges that we all face in construction and environmental issues of today.
Dr. Anna Khan
Assistant Professor, University of Dammam
Certified NLP Practitioner & Green Marketing Expert
Dr. Anna Khan is a PhD in Business Administration, with specialization in Environmental Marketing and Consumer Behavior. She has been working in the area of Environmental marketing since 2009, which makes her one of the pioneers in her area in India.
She is currently working with University of Dammam as an Assistant Professor, where apart from educating students, she shoulders additional important responsibilities. She is serves as the Director for the college Business Club, appointed Faculty Mentor in the area of Community Service, Member of the Academic Council and Scientific Committee. She is also a part of the team responsible for College Annual Report and the Quality Team responsible for implementing the NCAAA guidelines. Her current underway project, in collaboration with University of Dammam is regarding "Awareness building and promotion of Recycling and Environmental Protection" in the local schools in Dammam and neighboring areas.
Apart from this, she has held faculty workshops and lectures in University of Dammam and International Schools in Saudi Arabia. She has also published her research in several refereed journals and presented in conferences in Turkey, Dubai and India.
She has also worked as a project manager with an NGO "Green Earth", where she was responsible for promoting Environmental and Sustainability issues in collaboration with MNCs. She has worked to promote female education and vocation training along with the emphasis on health and sanitation in marginalized areas in India.
Dr. Aspa Chatziefthimiou PhD in Ecology and Evolution, Rutgers University, USA
Scientific Advisor at QGBC
Dr. Chatziefthimiou received her PhD in Ecology and Evolution from Rutgers University, USA. She held a Postdoctorate Fellowship at Weill Cornell Medicine investigating how toxins impact air and water quality, and human health. She is currently an ecological consultant at Richer Environments contributing to Environmental Impact Assessment reports and a Research Scientist at Exxon Mobil using microbes to treat waste water. Dr. Chatziefthimiou is very active in the field of sustainable development. She is a Scientific Advisor at QGBC and a PI for MetaSUB devising mitigation strategies to protect air and water quality minimizing human exposure to toxins and pathogens in the built environment.
Dr. Balint Alfoldy
Research Assistant Professor, Environmental Sciences Center, Qatar University
Dr. Balint Alfoldy is a research assistant professor at the Environmental Sciences Center of Qatar University. He is an experimental physicist with multidisciplinary research background and more than 17 years of academic experience on the fields of atmospheric and aerosol sciences, analytical chemistry, air pollution monitoring and the related health and environmental impact assessment. Since his PhD he was working as a senior researcher at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission and several universities worldwide (Argentina, Belgium, UK). Main fields of his research interest: 1) chemical/physical characterization of aerosol particles, 2) secondary aerosol formation and air pollution dynamics, 3) air-sea interactions and exchanges, 4) health effects of airborne particulate matter. He is author/co-author of more than 40 research papers.
Dr. Balint has joined to Qatar University in March, 2014 and established the atmospheric and air quality research in the Environmental Science Center. His research focuses mainly on the airborne particulate matter since this component represents one of the major environmental risks worldwide, especially in the Middle East. His current research is covering the analysis of particle’s size distribution and chemical composition, source apportionment estimation of the air pollution, study the gas-to-particle conversation events and the secondary pollution such as ozone and secondary aerosol particles.
Dr. Balint is committed to continuously developing and enlarging the Laboratory’s research potential and looking for new horizons to extend his research with climate change and human health related aspects.
Carolin graduated as a chemical engineer in 1993 and specialised in environmental technologies and management in 1994. In 1995, she started her carrier as a scientist and researcher at the Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO) in the expertise centre of Integral Environmental Studies. Nowadays Carolin is one of the project managers within a project team dealing with sustainability asssessments within the built environment. Over the years Carolin has built up a comprehensive knowledge in the field of sustainable chain management in the built environment. She has been involved in the performance of different life cycle assessment (LCA) projects for building material producers, architects, building contractors and policy makers, in which widely differing product types have been analysed, with both government and industry as target groups. In this framework she also communicates the LCA-philosophy and the results of LCA case studies by means of presentations and training courses. Besides these activities Carolin represents Belgium in the European Roundtable on Sustainable Consumption and Production (ERSCP) as a board member. Furthermore Carolin is a member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment. Complementary to these research tasks Carolin plays an active role in several arenas promoting the transition to a sustainable built environment and several working groups within CEN TC 350 (Sustainability of construction works), responsible for the development of voluntary horizontal standardised methods for the assessment of the sustainability aspects of new and existing construction works and for standards for the environmental product declaration of construction products. Carolin is actively involved in the PEF pilots (Product Environmental Footprint) of the European Commission, more specifically in the pilot on hot and cold water piping systems used in buildings, the pilot on metal sheets used for building applications and the pilot on thermal insulation materials. In addition Carolin is project manager of important projects for the European Commission to support them in the development of main core indicators for sustainable buildings.
CASSANDRA J. FRANCIS
FRICS, CRE, MICArb, AICP, LEED® AP BD+C
Cassandra is the chair of the RICS Qatar board and has over twenty years of diverse real estate, construction and urban planning experience concentrated at the nexus of the public and private sectors. Currently, Cassandra leads an international real estate, construction and planning advisory services practice and conducts civil commercial mediations specializing in real estate and construction disputes. Cassandra has extensive expertise in public and private sector real estate development, design/construction oversight, public policy, finance, fund raising, economic development, and community/government relations. Cassandra has served in executive positions in the corporate, non-profit, and quasi-governmental sectors as well as on boards of directors of a publicly-traded financial institution and numerous non-profit international professional, cultural and cause-based organizations, including serving in fund raising, asset management, advocacy, board governance and public relations capacities.
Dr. Christos Argyropoulos
Postdoctoral Research Associate,Texas A&M University and Mary Kay O’ Connor Process Safety Center, Qatar
Christos Argyropoulos is currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M University and Mary Kay O’ Connor Process Safety Center at Qatar. He holds a 5-year Diploma (Dipl. Eng.) in Chemical Engineering from National Technical University of Athens (N.T.U.A) in 2006. He also received two Master’s Degrees (MSc.) in “Computational Mechanics” and “Mathematical Modelling in Modern Technologies and Finance” from the same university in 2008 and 2010, respectively. He earned his D.I.C. and Ph.D. in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) from the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London in 2015.
His research interests, in general, deal with the development of numerical methods and models for the investigation of complex phenomena in the field of fluid mechanics, indoor air quality, risk assessment, and pollutants dispersion. He is a member and chartered engineer of Technical Chamber of Greece, starting in 2008. He has also published a number of original scientific papers in international journals and conferences.
Dr. Christos Fountoukis
Senior Scientist, QEERI (Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute)
Christos Fountoukis’ main research focus is on the field of Atmospheric Chemistry. His work emphasizes on the modeling of gas/particle partitioning of multi-component aerosols, their formation, transport and chemical transformation, the application of regional 3-D Air Quality / Photochemical dispersion models, and the development of parameterizations for a better representation of aerosol – cloud – climate interactions in Global Climate Models.
Christos received his Ph.D. from the School of Chemical Engineering of the Georgia Institute of Technology, in the USA. He has been a Marie Curie Post-doctoral Fellow from 2008-2012 and a Project Scientist from 2012-2015 with the University of Patras and the FORTH research institute in Greece. Since 2013 he was also adjunct Assistant Professor at the Cyprus Institute. Over the last 13 years he has participated in 14 large-scale integrated projects of the EU and the USA. He has 37 journal publications, h-index=20 and 1579 citations.
Since December 2015 Christos is a Senior Scientist at QEERI (Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute) where he leads the Air Quality and Climate team within the Environmental and Chemical Sciences group. His research focuses on the application of regional air quality and climate models in the greater region of the Middle East with a special focus on the State of Qatar. He is also interested in atmospheric dust and its effect on PV systems and solar power generation potential. Working closely with measurement groups, the goal is to better understand the local and regional atmospheric conditions in order to identify efficient mitigation strategies to improve air quality while limiting their impact on climate change.
Dr. Cynthia Skelhorn
BSc Environmental Engineering, MSc Geographic Information Science, PhD Physical Geography
Research Specialist at QGBC
Cynthia Skelhorn has recently completed her PhD through University of Manchester, UK, investigating the changes in building energy consumption that may result from urban greening initiatives. Overall research interests include GIS analysis and modelling of urban areas, developing methods to incorporate urban greenspace into building energy models, and fine scale analysis of the microclimate interactions between greenspace and the built environment.
Her recent work with QGBC includes the QNRF-funded project “Developing a Standard for High Performance Buildings in Qatar,” supporting research associated with the Qatar Passivhaus, and assisting in teaching for Hamad bin Khalifa University’s new MSc/PhD programmes in Sustainable Energy and Sustainable Environment.
Originally from Florida, her prior work experience includes project management for R.W. Beck, Inc. (Orlando, Florida), with a focus on local, state, and national-level economic analysis for recycling and waste management projects, and engineering for City of Los Angeles, documenting the City’s compliance with stormwater management regulations. She has been resident in Doha for the past five years, and working with QGBC for over 2 years.
Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Vodafone Qatar
Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Dana Haidan has been with Vodafone Qatar in the role for the past 5 years. She is responsible for developing and executing the company’s CSR strategy, managing its sustainability reporting process and its social investments committee. Her personal passion in the CSR space is to see companies excel in using their core business to do good, starting with their the inside out, ensuring ethical and responsible operations internally, then taking their expertise in their respective field outside to help the community. In 2015, Dana was named one of “100 most talented CSR leaders” by the World CSR Congress, and earned Vodafone Qatar the Golden CSR Award by the Arab Association for Corporate Responsibility, and the Best CSR Initiative Award for its Sustainability Reporting by the Qatar CSR Conference 2015. Prior to Vodafone Qatar, Dana worked in Qatargas Operating Company Limited for 3 years, developing their first CSR function and sustainability report.
David McKenna Principal Sustainability Consultant, Hilson Moran's Qatar
David is providing expert advice in sustainable design strategies for green building certification systems (LEED, GSAS, Estidama). With over 17 years' experience he has knowledge in environmental design, energy modelling, energy & water conservation, waste management, environmental management and compliance (EIA, SEA, CEMP). He has been living and working continuously in the Middle East since 2006, working closely with architects, engineers, contractors and clients for the successful delivery of sustainability targets and objectives and compliance with building regulations and codes. He is a Chartered Environmentalist, Chartered Engineer and Fellow of Engineers Ireland. As a qualified professional under GSAS, LEED and Estidama, he has extensive technical knowledge and experience in design and construction practices.
Project Engineer, ECG firm
For over Eight years, she worked as an Architect and BIM Coordinator at ECG firm. In 2014 she got her master’s degree from Ain Shams University in “BIM Implementation in Lean Architecture”. Autodesk Revit Architecture Certified Professional. Worked on several BIM projects and started implementing the Lean practice in ECG and has been assigned as a Lean Specialist at ECG firm in Egypt in 2014. She was a Speaker in QGBC Conference and in Future BIM Implementation event in 2015 in Doha, Qatar. She also worked in 2014 as a teaching Assistant in the American University in Cairo (AUC), Department of Construction & Architectural Engineering.
Eman Abdel Sabour Researcher & PHD candidate, Architecture and Urban Planning Department, Qatar University
Eman is following the Ph.D. double degree program between Politecnico Di Milan and Qatar Univesity in urban planning. Her Ph.D. title is A Sustainable Neighbourhood Code for Doha; the main research aim is to develop a set recommendation to improve urban sustainability for existing neighbourhood. The Ph.D. research is made possible by GSRA grant 1‐1‐1119‐13006 from the Qatar national research. In 2004 she completed studies in post-graduate courses at the Cairo University Faculty of Engineering, in Urban Planning and Design and Landscape and Urban Planning. In 2009 Eman achieved a Masters with Honours in Landscape and Urban Planning, at the Scuola Superiore di Catania, Catania, Italy. For the Masters course she completed a dissertation entitled, 'Liveable Urban Spaces- Environmental and social considerations to enhance liveability of abandoned city spaces'.
Evangeline Panuelos Project Management Professional She is a practicing Project Management Professional for the last 30 years. She has completed numerous construction projects across the GCC Countries, Asia , US and Europe.
She held various posts from Commercial Management to Project Management and has been involved in various Infrastructures, High Rise Buildings, Hotels, Hospitals, and Highways.
Born and raised in Manila, Philippines. She completed her BS Civil Engineering degree and Master’s Degree in Business and Arts and moved straight to UAE to work at age 22.
The concept of structures being ‘Green’ and the implementation of ‘Sustainability’ in the construction process has been introduced to Eva late 90s and she has been actively involved in developing its monitoring system for the last decade.
Dr. Fodil Fadli
Acting Head of the Department of Architecture & Urban Planning, Qatar University
Dr. Fodil Fadli is the current Acting Head of the Department of Architecture & Urban Planning at Qatar University. He is an Architect and an Assistant Professor of Architecture & Urban Design. He graduated as an Architect from the Polytechnic School of Architecture & Urbanism-EPAU, Algiers and then successfully completed a PhD thesis in Sustainable Architecture at the School of Architecture & Design Technology- University of Huddersfield (UK). Fodil worked in both Academia and Practice.
His research interests span sustainable architecture, sustainability assessment and modelling, building performance evaluation, environmental impact assessment (EIA), Building Information Modeling (BIM), historic building restoration/conservation, digitizing heritage and design in motion (dynamic environment).
He has published and presented his work in highly esteemed and reputed journals and conferences worldwide. He is an expert reviewer for several well-established journals, publishers and conferences, and also an external examiner for EU/UK universities and funding bodies. During the last five years he managed to secure over US$ 2.2 Million in R&DI grants in collaborative research projects investigating emergency decision systems and platforms in critical buildings, optimizing topologies for sustainable high rise buildings and the adaptation of biofacades in buildings.
Senior ESD Consultant, Cundall, Qatar
Hala has a broad experience across design, building services, facilities management, and government policy. In this role she supports Cundall’s goal to be the leading engineering consultancy while incorporating health and wellbeing focus into environmental sustainable design.
With 10 years Middle East and Australasia experience, delivering sustainability and environmental engineered solutions.
Hala is a strong advocator of sustainable design and education. Hala is a GSAS, LEED, and GreenStar Certified Professional; and is a member of Engineers Australia and ASHRAE.
Hala is the chairman for the Qatar Green Building Council Education Group.
Harry Sealy (MIEMA, CEnv.)
Principal Consultant - Qatar Team Lead, Environment & Nuclear, MENAI Region, CH2M
A resident of Qatar since 2012, Harry Sealy has 19 years’ experience in environmental management across multiple sectors from offshore renewables/cables to roads/mixed use developments. Since his arrival in Qatar in 2012 he has worked with key Clients of CH2M to advance environmental /sustainability management. This has included the integration of CEEQUAL as a contractual requirement on the IDRIS programme, the provision of detailed environmental guidance for national design manuals, and construction environmental management planning and longer-term sustainability strategies for major development etc. Founding Chairperson of IEMA in the Middle East, he is an advocate of the need for closer networking between professionals in all relevant sectors to share knowledge and lessons learned.
H. Ladin Camci
Sustainability and Development Scheme Manager, CARES
H. Ladin Camci BSc, MSc is Sustainability and Development Scheme Manager of CARES, an international product certification body that focuses on the production, processing, supply and installation of steel products used in the construction industry. Ladin has studied engineering and proceed to work as a research assistant on steelmaking, thermodynamics and kinetics. Passionate about the steel, the move to private sector was natural fit. With encouragement from colleagues, Ladin has worked for steelmakers and joined CARES in 2009. Ladin has contributed for the development of sustainability scheme and responsible sourcing in the construction sector to compliment his considerable experience.
Life Safety and Sustainability Expert
Between working in life safety and sustainability, Hend managed to focus on gaps between them and start looking for sustainability from fire and life safety aspect.
Since she was graduated year 2008 from architecture department, Helwan University, Hend started working at ECG (Engineering Consultant Group) Cairo Office, by the time she moved to ECG Doha office year 2012 , she was specialized in life safety responsible to prepare life safety strategies, plans and manage to get QCD (Qatar Civil Defense) approvals.
Hend has a very good knowledge with building life safety codes and standards (NFPA & IBC), she has an educational achievement certificate from NFPA year 2013.
During this, her passion for sustainability was not forgotten, Hend is a GSAS CGP certified and she is part of ECG sustainability team where she had the chance to get GSAS certificate for many projects.
Senior Sustainability Manager, Sustainability Unit Services, KEO International Consultants
Dr Ioannis Spanos is a Chartered Engineer with 16 years professional experience in low energy buildings and in developing sustainable building solutions. Following a PhD in the physics of energy in urban environments, his experience includes energy master-planning and projects within commercial, education, mixed use, regeneration, stadiums and residential sectors. Spanos has explored the integration of energy concepts into the built environment under academic research and professional implementation. He has project managed and led design teams that have developed successfully low energy buildings and urban planning solutions, by exploring the integration of low energy and sustainability concepts into the urban environment under academic research and professional implementation. His work has been both wide ranging, from theory to laboratory and then to design and reverse engineering assessment of working solutions and has been presented previously in many international conferences.
Dr. Islam M. Obeidat
Chairman of Design Department at Yarmouk University, Jordan
Dr. Islam M. Obeidat is a Professor Assistant of environmental and interior design and is currently the chairperson of the Department of Design Yarmouk University, Irbid-Jordan. Dr. Obeidat earned a PhD in environmental and interior design with a specialization in interior design from Texas Tech University (2013), USA. He also earned a master degree in environmental design from Texas Tech University (2013), USA, a master degree in Islamic architecture from Yarmouk University, Jordan (1998), and Bachelor’s degree in interior design from Yarmouk University, Jordan (1995). Dr. Obeidat is dedicated to an interdisciplinary approach to teaching and research so his teaching and research are structured with this in mind. Research interests have revolved around environmental, interior and sustainable design. His doctoral dissertation was around learning and applying sustainability principles to interior design projects.
Manager Business Development, Siemens, Qatar
Jan Schoenig is the Siemens General Manager for Special Projects since December 2012 in Qatar. In this role, Jan is responsible for the strategy, partner relations, program management and business development for the event and sports & entertainment venues related infrastructure and solution business along the upcoming Major Events in Qatar.
Jan began his career with Siemens in 1997 and has gained a broad knowledge base on a wealth of experiences both operational and strategic over the past 18 years in a variety of national and international assignments, projects and management responsibilities. From the company’s Munich headquarter he supported during eight years Siemens program managers worldwide for Major Events such as Olympic Games and candidates, World Cup, Pan American Games, Soccer European Championships,
University Games and a number of iconic sports & entertainment venues incl. Formula One. Key former responsibilities include Unit manager of the Siemens IT Solution Unit for two years in France.
Jan Schoenig holds a master degree in business administration.
Jan-Willem Smits Area Manager Technology, Wavin T&I
Studied mechanical and plastic engineering, Jan-Willem Smits has been working with Wavin since 1995 and had positions in several Wavin divisions.
Till 2007 as Maintenance Manager responsible for the Wavin Netherlands PVC operation. Since 2007 Jan-Willem has been working for Wavin Overseas division as Area Manager Technology. As per 01-10-2016 working for the central Mexichem-Wavin R&D division Wavin T&I in Netherlands.
In this position responsible for technology licensing activities in Europe, Middle East and North Africa region but also very close to the product sales activities of the Wavin Group. He ensures that licensees benefit from the Wavin innovative capacity by absorbing new plastic pipe and fitting systems and processes like Multi-Layer PVC.
Johnson J. Puthanangady
Regional R & D Manager, Hempel Paints, Middle East
Johnson J. Puthanangady is the Regional R & D Manager for Hempel Paints in the Middle East region. He holds a Post Graduate degree in Chemistry from the University of Mumbai and Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management. He has been in the Paint Industry for 28 years and has spent around 24 years in the Middle East. He has been part of the Hempel team responsible for the launch of Pure Earth concept, a range of environment friendly coatings. These coatings under the brand names of Topaz Zero is focused on providing solutions for sustainable lifestyles and has application in public places, schools, hospitals and other areas. Environment friendly coatings have been used in many projects across the Middle East region and the notable among them have been Qatar the Al Hammad Hospital, Al Hammad Medical Corporation, National Museum Qatar.
The Pure Earth range of products also has coating focused on energy conservation and reducing Carbon Footprint.
Asst.HSE Manager, Gulf Contracting.Co.W.L.L
Jose is a HSE professional, holding a science degree in Safety Management, Master degree in Business Management, NEBOSH qualification in Environment and Occupational Health and Safety and a GSAS CGP.
He began his career with Gulf Contracting Co. in 2004 and has gained a broad knowledge base in HSE and SustainAbilities with a wealth of experience in both operational and strategic decision making over the past 12 years.
In his role, Jose is focused on promoting Environmental initiatives and Business SustainAbilities within the company and externally with Gulf Contracting Co. associates. He contributes to the delivery of sustainable initiatives, developing case studies, monitoring the implementation of the Business Plan SustainAbilities Goals/Targets and its data collection and document control.
Design Engineer - 2, Buildings Design Management Department, Public Works Authority
Kareem Mansour has received his Masters of Architecture degree from University of North Carolina in Charlotte, USA. His Masters was in “Sustainable Architecture: Cultural Responsive Architecture”. Kareem has worked on the following courses and researched the following materials (as a Research Assistant and as a Masters Student) Building Systems Integration, Parametrics, and Sustainability, Double Skin Façade Analysis (Research Paper), Daylighting (A Case Study), Building Information Modeling (BIM), Prefabricated Affordable Housing, Preservation Green Lab
Kareem has worked and is aware with some energy tools like (Ecotect, Design Builder, Sun Path, WeatherTool, Ecotect Vasari, Solar Thermal Tool, and Radiance). Besides his current role as an Architect and Design Engineer, Kareem is also the Sustainability Design Manager at ASHGHAL where he is carrying the following roles:
1. Advice and guidance on what GSAS items to undertake at different stages of a project.
2. Advice on what qualifications the GSAS Consultant requires to undertake a GSAS Assessment.
3. Undertaking regular liaison meetings with GORD to discuss GSAS related issues.
4. Attending GSAS project workshops (usually at the GORD Offices) to advance assessments, resolve toolkit / calculator queries, etc.
Dr Khaled Hassan
TRL Country Director, UK Transport Research Laboratory
Khaled is the TRL Country Director (UK Transport Research Laboratory). He has 25 years experience in academia and industry combining both innovative research and practical applications. His technical background is in concrete performance, pavement, standards and specifications, and use of recycled materials in construction.
Khaled led the development of new designs and materials of concrete pavements, which were implemented into the UK Design Manual for Roads and Bridges (DMRB). He acted as the Secretary of European Long Life Pavement Group between 2004/07. Currently, he is the Secretary of the Qatar Construction specifications – Concrete Group, and Chairman of SWiG at QGBC.
Head of Sustainability Department, Architecture & Planning Group, Qatar
Lamya Salem is a Sustainability Engineer who is specialized in green buildings and community sustainability. With an architectural background, she has a profound education and experience in sustainability of eight years, and overall experience of thirteen years. She is currently occupying the Head of Sustainability department in APG (Architecture and Planning Group), Qatar. She received a B.S. degree in architecture from FEDA, Ain Shams University in Cairo, and obtained her credentials in multiple sustainability rating systems, including LEED and GSAS, in addition to a professional Sustainability Certificate from Harvard University.
Qatar Environment & Energy Research Institute (QEERI)
Luis Ackermann has more than 7 years of experience in air quality research. Specialized in the monitoring and analysis of O3, CO, NO, NO2, SO2, VOC (both online and offline), HONO, HCHO, PAN, H2O2, photolysis rates and micrometeorological flux systems. In addition, he has developed advanced data analysis and visualization software. His research interests lies in photochemical formation, emission and transport of air pollutants for improving and validating chemical schemes in atmospheric models. Customization and design of air monitoring instrumentation and data analysis algorithms, in order to obtain a more accurate and reliable understanding of chemical processes in the atmosphere.
Dr. Madhavi Indraganti PhD, Researcher in Qatar University
A Fulbright Scholar, Madhavi Indraganti, PhD, is a researcher in Qatar University. A Japan Society for Promotion of Science Fellow, Madhavi researched thermal comfort and clothing insulation in Qatar, India, Japan, and Saudi Arabia and USA, with The University of Tokyo and University of California, Berkeley. She is published and cited extensively.
A licensed architect and pedagogy expert, she has 24 years of teaching, research and professional experience. Occupant comfort in offices is her current research. She was invited by many international conferences: ASHRAE, SHASE in Japan, and KACST of Saudi Arabia. She teaches construction management and sustainable design studios
Mahdy Abdulkareem International Partnerships Officer
Mahdy currently serves as International Partnerships Officer at Qatar Charity, a leading Qatar based International NGO. Over the past decade, he has held International Development focused positions with the United Nations, major International NGOs as well as academic and research institutions (Teaching and Research) . In addition, he has provided consultancy in areas of nonprofit strategy, impact and sustainability. Mahdy holds a Masters degree in Sustainable International Development (USA), a Masters of Business Administration focusing on Non-profit Management (USA) in addition to a graduate Dipl. in Public Policy.
Dr. Marianne Stranger
MSc Chemistry, PhD in Science – Environmental Chemistry
Project Manager Indoor Air Quality – VITO NV
Marianne Stranger was awarded a PhD in Science from the University of Antwerp (Belgium) in 2005 in the field of environmental chemistry, where she investigated the relationship between indoor and outdoor air quality in various indoor settings. She was a research coordinator/professor at the University of Antwerp’s faculty of Design Sciences from 2005 until 2008 where she widened her insinght into science, research and multidisciplinarity.
Since 2008 she is working as a Project Manager in the Environmental Risk and Health Unit at the Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO) in Belgium, where she is Team Leader of the Indoor Air Quality center. In her research, she coordinates small- and large scale indoor air quality assessment and laboratory studies in Flanders, Belgium, Europe and beyond. Significant attention is put to the indoor environment of sustainable, energy-efficient, renovated or refurbished buildings, with a considerable emphasis on source identification, quantification, evaluation and mitigation measures. Besides the built environment (residences, schools, day-care centers, offices, sport facilities, public buildings etc.), she is active in studies of vehicular environments (car air quality, public transport, aircraft air quality) and personal exposure assessments.
She contributes to and coordinates several regional, national and European studies in this research area, is author/co-author of more than 50 research papers and was co-organizer of the 14th International Conference of Indoor Air and Climate (3-8 July 2016, Ghent Belgium). Her recent work in Qatar includes the QNRF-funded project ‘Enhancing Air Quality in Qatari Indoor Environments’ (NPRP 8-202-3-043), in which the indoor air quality in Qatari schools and residences is studied.
Michael Tornabene is currently the Sustainability Officer and Design Manager for Msheireb Properties. Functioning as the project administrator for over 98 individual LEED projects, Michael has been heavily involved in all aspects of a sustainable mega project from the initial master planning to the design and delivery of a finished product. Prior to joining Msheireb Properties, Michael bridged the fields of sustainability and real estate development in varying roles within the Clinton Foundation (Clinton Climate Initiative), Turnwell Development, Page & Turnbull, and the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS). Michael has also received a professional degree in Architecture, and a Master’s Degree in Real Estate Development. Michael is a LEED accredited professional with experience in architecture, construction administration, real estate finance, and financial modeling.
Michelle M Farrell, LEED, DGNB, M.ASHRAE, Head of the Middle East Division and BIM Expert, IES
Michelle, as a sustainability-focused architect, has worked directly with some of the top engineering and architecture firms, property developers, and governmental and voluntary regulatory agencies worldwide to develop innovative and green solutions that become part of their design processes, and improve the comfort, usability, energy consumption, and resulting designs of their buildings and sites for occupants on behalf of IES.
She is also highly experienced in BIM project planning when it comes to energy simulation. Michelle is an expert in helping designers use get their use their 3D models for building performance simulation, how to interact with the project engineers earlier in the design process for the most sustainable design solutions. Also in how architects and engineers can manage the difficulties and challenges of using the architectural model for an engineering simulation. She speaks on all topics around building performance simulation, including daylighting, energy and carbon, post occupancy, closing performance gap, lifecycle, BIM, Smart Cities, and much more.
- Working at IES for over 8 years in USA, Europe, Russia/CIS, and now Middle East
- Developing training and instruction manuals for BIM import management for IES
- Board member of Architectural Engineering Industry Advisory Panel (AE-IAP) at Heriot-Watt University
- Speaking at conferences and events in USA and Europe (some events from previous years below)
o Singapore Green Growth Business Forum (on behalf of UK Trade + Investment) – Singapore 2016
o HKBIM - BIM Conference – Hong Kong 2015
o Greenbuild Euromed - Verona 2015
o RTC Europe – (Revit Technology Conference) – Budapest 2015
o Building Green – Copenhagen 2015
- Named to 40 under 40 list for Consulting/Specifying Engineer
Mohamed Atta PhD candidate Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar
Mohamed Atta comes from Sudan and did his bachelors Honors in Mechatronics engineering at the University of Nottingham and his MSc in energy technology from the National University of Malaysia. His current PhD research is on solar-powered desalination. Besides his academic work, he is also involved in a small business project back home in solar products for rural communities such as solar lights. He is highly interested in ways to increase deployment of solar energy in developing countries.
Dr. Mohamed Evren Tok Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator of Public Policy in Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar
Dr. Mohamed Evren Tok has received his MA and PhD from Carleton University, Ottawa, ON. Canada. His MA was in Political Economy and PhD was a collaborative degree in Public Policy and Political Economy. Dr. Tok is currently assistant professor and program coordinator of Public Policy in Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Doha/Qatar. He has been acting as the Lead Project Investigator in the Qatar National Priority grant # NPRP 6 - 1272 - 5 – 160 and Project Investigator in NPRP 6 - 459 - 5 – 050 and his grants look into various corporate social responsibility practices globally and study entrepreneurship, ethics and values nexus. More recently, Dr. Tok has received an a funding to organize an event, entitled Public Policy, Entrepreneurship and Education Nexus to be organized in February 2017 is expected to produce preliminary findings for this research grant applications in the same topic. Dr. Tok’s most recent publication in collaboration with Prof. Leslie Pal and Lolwah Al Khater is an edited volume published by Palgrave Macmillan in August 2016, entitled Policy Making in a Transformative State: The Case of Qatar. Dr. Tok also teaches at Georgetown University in Qatar as a community class sessional.
Mohamed M. Kotb
Mohamed M. Kotb is an experimental physicist, started his scientific research career in 1995 in Alexandria University, Egypt by operation of continuous ambient air quality monitoring stations. Through the years cumulated experience was developed for different air analyzing techniques and accredited methods following US EPA standards. Obtained his Master degree in Physical Environmental Studies in year 2000 from Alexandria University, continued in professional consulting career for international companies. Managed operational and data validation of mega capital investments of international projects in air quality monitoring in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar. Lead several studies in indoor air quality, industrial emissions tests, RATA studies, road and traffic emissions, and industrial compliance. Current researches are focusing on experimental airborne aerosols studies, particle size distribution, source apportionment, ambient Criteria Air Contaminants (CACs) monitoring and indoor air quality studies.
Mohamed Mohsen Abdelhamid
BIM Management Department Manager at Engineering Consultants Group (ECG), Doha, Qatar
Adjunct faculty / BIM Instructor at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCUQ)
Q-BIM Full member, QGBC member.
Mohamed worked as BIM Instructor and Teaching Assistant at the American University in Cairo (AUC- SCE). He is an autodesk Revit Certified, and had Pre-Master’s Degree in Environmental design.
Dr. Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar PhD in literature
Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar has a PhD in literature. Her research interests include writing pedagogy, race, gender and postcolonial literature. She has taught a variety of literature and writing courses at American branch campuses in Qatar. Among these include Modern South Asian Literature and Gender and Popular Arab Fiction among others. Dr. Rajakumar has published articles in a variety of academic journals including Teaching American Literature: A Journal of Theory and Practice, The South Asian Review and The Annals of Urdu Studies. She is also an award winning novelist. You can read more about her work on her website: www.mohadoha.com
Mruduta Vaish Architect, Makower Architects, Member of Architects' Hub Qatar
Mruduta is a multi-faceted adroit individual, adept at creating environments which not only provide visual stimulus, but also encompass a multi-sensory dimension. She has been involved on a variety of projects including, healthcare, retail, master planning and refurbishments. Academically, she has undertaken extensive research and independently authored three research papers. She also developed expertise in parametric design through the use of complex modelling and scripting. Though passionate about formal explorations, Mruduta’s roots are in a pragmatic, sustainable architecture and her postgraduate studies developed her expertise in performance based design and parametric architecture.
Muneera Al-Qahtani PhD candidate in Sustainable Energy, Hamad bin Khalifa University, Qatar Muneera Al-Qahtani has a Bachelor of Science in Computer and Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University in Qatar, and an Executive Master in Energy and Resources from Hamad Bin Khalifa University. Currently, she is pursuing her PhD in Sustainable Energy from Hamad bin Khalifa University. She has interest in Solar Technologies and Smart Grid application.
Neeshad V. Shafi
Middle East Manager, CliMates
Co-Founder & National Coordinator, Arab Youth Climate Movement Qatar
Program Manager, African Youth Advocacy Platform
Focal Point Qatar, Climate Action Network Arab World
Neeshad holds a master’s degree in Environmental Engineering and resides in Doha, Qatar. He has been an educator, speaker and activist since university days on environmental education and human rights as well as working on numerous grassroots campaigns for various social justice issues that he cares about deeply.
He is a youth environmental activist and outspoken climate change advocate, who campaigns extensively on social platforms to raise the awareness about Climate change and Sustainable Development Goals.
He is also an active member with numerous social & volunteer organizations in the Middle East Region and have written numerous article on various online and offline platforms.
Research Associate at The Research Institute for a Sustainable Environment (RISE), AUC
Nermin Graduated with Honors from the School of Architecture at Misr International University. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Science in Sustainable Development with focus on urban policy at The American University of Cairo. She also works as a Research Associate at The Research Institute for a Sustainable Environment (RISE) at AUC. Her research focus with RISE is the culture of sustainability in planned communities, which is a research project in partnership with the university of California Davis under the SRTP program.
Dr. Paul Bourdoukan Deputy Director of SORANE SA, Switzerland
Dr. Paul Bourdoukan is a mechanical engineer, holds a MSc in building physics and a PhD in solar energy and building energy efficiency. He is an expert in building energy simulations. His main field is the design of zero energy buildings.
Through advanced simulations and integrated design, he supports architects and MEP choices, to ensure comfort and low energy targets. He also lead different research project concerning solar cooling and zero energy buildings.
He is the energy design leader for Swiss International school Dubai (Minergie), 5th extension of EU court of Justice (high rise building, BREEAM excellent), Geneva airport East aile (Zero Energy building), Audemars Piguet (Minergie ECO).
Radwa Maher Amin Mechanical and LEED Specialist, Hill International, North Africa
Radwa Maher Amin has twelve years of experience in mechanical, BMS and Sustainable solutions. She managed to build a solid design and construction management experiences while working in a several reputable design offices and Hill. She is very keen about energy auditing versus optimum building operation.
Radwa is a graduate of Ain Shams University, Mechanical Power Department, with a LEED AP BD+C, and PMP.
She had a vital role in the success of LEED certification acquisition for Credit Agricole Headquarter in Egypt, the first Platinum certified building in Egypt.
Rashed Al Nasa’a
LEED AP BD+C, LEED Faculty, GSAS CGP, PQP
Senior Sustainability Consultant, Arab Engineering Bureau (AEB)
Rashed Al Nasa'a graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the University of Jordan, after which he joined the team at Consolidated Consultants (CC), a leading Architecture and Engineering consultancy firm in Jordan. Following his work on various local and regional projects, he pursued his Master’s degree in Environmental Design and Engineering at the Bartlett School of Graduate Studies, University College London. Since then, he has been involved in the design and coordination of various Green Building projects in Jordan and the region.
Rashed joined AEB in November 2012 where he is overseeing the growth of its sustainability team, meeting the needs and sustainability goals of projects and overseeing the training and development of individuals within the group to enhance its performance. A LEED Accredited Professional and GSAS Certified Green Professional, Rashed has participated as a speaker in a number of regional events and conferences related to sustainability and the built environment. Rashed served as a former Board Member at the Jordan Green Building Council, where he was also the Deputy Head of the Technical Development Committee. He is currently the Co-chair for the Green Education Interest Group at the Qatar Green Building Council.
Dr. Renee Richer
Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin, Marinette
Principal Ecology Consultant, RicherEnvironments
Dr. Renee Richer joined University of Wisconsin Marinette in August 2014 from Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar where she taught general biology as associate professor for 8 years. Dr. Richer received her BA in biology from the University of Chicago and her PhD in biology from Harvard University in 2004. Dr. Richer’s conservation work has been recognized by the Whitley Award, the UK’s largest conservation award. Her current work focuses on the intersection of biological processes, sustainable development and human health.
Richard Lombard is a materials consultant working with both industry and education. From 2010 to 2016, he was the Curator of the Materials Library at Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar, as well as an Associate Professor (well, for a couple of weeks) in the MFA.DESIGN program. Prior to that, he was the COO of Material ConneXion in New York, where he developed the company’s educational platform, as well as established and maintained their international locations. Richard has also coordinated and organized design conferences in both NYC and Doha, most recently co-chairing the 2015 Tasmeem Doha Design Festival, “3ajeeb!” at VCUQ.
Sara Abdul Majid Research Specialist, Weill Cornell Medical Qatar, Ecological Consultant at Richer Environments
Sara Abdul Majid is an environmental scientist with experience in ecological surveys, lab analysis and environmental impacts assessments. She currently works at Weill Cornell Medicine - Qatar on a National Research Fund project exploring the ecology and microbiome of Qatar’s Barchan sand dunes. Born and raised in Qatar, Sara is passionate about conserving the Qatari natural environment and heritage, through her ecological consultancy Richer Environments. Sara is co-author of “An Illustrated Checklist of the Flora of Qatar” (2009).
Dr. Shady Attia Founder of Sustainable Buildings Design in Liege University, Belgium
Prof. Dr. Attia is an architectural and building engineer specialized in decision support for sustainable high performance buildings. Dr. Attia is the author of the book Redefining Sustainable Architecture and the co-author of the book, Modeling, Design, and Optimization of Net-Zero Energy Buildings. He established the Sustainable Buildings Design in Liege University in Belgium with on buildings’ energy efficiency, thermal comfort, indoor environmental quality, energy simulation, rating systems, performance auditing and liability. SBD lab focuses on integrating performance-based design approaches and monitoring techniques as an early decision support methodology for high quality sustainable design.
Dr. Shady Khalil
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, Texas A&M University at Qatar
Dr. Shady Khalil is a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Texas A&M University at Qatar, a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), a member of The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), he has worked with industry for over fifteen years as electrical design engineer. He has published over thirty journal and conference papers. His research interests include electrical machines, power system, smart grid, energy management system, reliability of power grid and electric machinery, and development of fault tolerant systems. he has successfully realized many potential research projects.
Dr Shahrad Taheri, BSc MSc MB BS PhD FRCP
Director of Clinical Research Core and the Assistant Dean for Clinical Investigations, Weill Cornell Medicine - Qatar
Dr. Shahrad Taheri is Professor of Medicine, the Director of Clinical Research Core and the Assistant Dean for Clinical Investigations in Weill Cornell Medicine - Qatar. Dr Taheri is also Visiting Professor of Medicine at King’s College London. He graduated in Medicine from the Medical College of St. Bartholomew’s Hospital, London University and obtained his PhD in neuroendocrinology from Imperial College London. He has trained in clinical medicine and research in London and Bristol (UK) and Stanford (USA). At Stanford, Dr Taheri was a Howard Hughes research associate.
Dr. Taheri has extensive experience of leading the multiprofessional care of patients with obesity and diabetes within the UK National Health Service. He has also led large multidisciplinary research teams aiming to develop, implement, and evaluate clinical services for patients with diabetes and obesity.
Dr. Taheri’s research experience extends from basic laboratory to human intervention, and population studies. His research interests are increasingly focused on the development, conduct, and implementation of a range of clinical trials into diabetes and obesity, and linking these trials to investigation of disease mechanisms through laboratory studies.
Dr. Taheri is senior consultant physician in endocrinology and diabetes at Hamad Medical Corporation and works in a multidisciplinary team to care for patients with diabetes and extreme and complex obesity.!
Sherif Hosny CEO and Co-founder of Schaduf for Agriculture and Trade
Sherif Hosny is currently responsible for establishing key partnerships and sales accounts in Schaduf. Schaduf is the leading company in rooftop farming in the Middle East and also pioneering the introduction of Vertical Wall Gardens and green roofs in Egypt.
Previously Sherif was the Managing Director of Rio Tinto Alcan International Network in the MENA and has traveled extensively for business in the Middle East and North Africa. During his time at Rio Tinto he has been involved in several lean six sigma continuous improvement projects as well as Carbon footprint reduction projects. He has over 13 years of experience in product management and business development with local and multinational companies in the food industry.
Sherif completed his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering with honors from the American University in Cairo and holds an MBA from the same university.
Since the inception of Schaduf Sherif has been a regular speaker at environmental, educational and entrepreneurial events. Some of the venues/events include the Egyptian Ministry of Environment’s Environment Day, The American University in Cairo, The German University in Cairo, Arabia CSR in Dubai, Rise-Up Egypt, Disrupt Design, El Sawy Cultural Wheel, Intelligent Cities, Cairo Climate Talks, World Bank Water Summit Beirut, Expand, Eco Tourism by GIZ and others.
Sherif is a Synergos fellow and part of the Arab World Social Innovators Network, he was chosen as one of the pioneers for the Pioneers of Egypt program (Mobaderoon Masr) and has been awarded by the World Leadership Congress in the UAE for strategic leadership. He also sits on the selection panel for the Yousreya Loza- Sawiris Scholarship fund. In 2016 Sherif was awarded the 100 Global Sustainable Leaders (CEO) Award.
Simona Azzali Ph.D. candidate in Urban Planning and Design, Qatar University
Simona Azzali holds a MSc. with honors in Design from “Politecnico di Milano”, Italy and she is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Urban Planning and Design at Qatar University. Since 2002, Simona had the opportunity to be involved in several research and training projects in the field of education, design, and architecture, both at the national and international level. Thanks to these experiences, she participated as a speaker in several national and international conferences.
Her academic interests are primarily related to mega-events and their impact on built environment; urban transformations and regeneration; sustainable architecture; sustainable development; the Gulf region.
After acquiring her BSC in architecture from Cairo University, Somaya involved in the academic career which she reinforced with practical experience by working at a consultant office. She finished her master’s degree from the American University in Cairo with a distinction GPA. Her research interest is in energy saving for buildings, which was her master’s thesis subject as well as the research on which she won the first prize at the AUC research day in Cairo. She believes in community service and that’s why she’s been a volunteer in many NGOs since high school.
Shk. Soud Al Thani Sustainability Manager at ASTAD Project Management, LEED AP, GSAS CGP
PhD candidate in Energy Efficient & Sustainable Buildings Sheikh Soud joined ASTAD in 2011 as senior engineer in the sustainability unit and has since progressed to sustainability manager. Sustainability is one of ASTAD’s top priorities and Sheikh Soud through his expertise ensures that the projects adhere to the highest global standards.
In 2008 Sheikh Soud obtained a Master’s Degree from Oxford in Energy Efficient and Sustainable Building.
Today, he is one of ASTAD’s leading sustainability professionals contributing to the delivery of sustainable projects as well as business development by promoting the client’s projects to various international exhibitions and awards. He oversees all of ASTAD’s projects and manages the sustainability team, sets the standards and follows through the delivery.
Ph.D. candidate, Department of Architecture and Urban Planning, Qatar University
Soujanya Mogra is currently a Ph.D. student at Qatar University in the department of Architecture and Urban Planning. Prior to relocating to Qatar, she was a lecturer at Acharya’s NRV School of Architecture, Bangalore, India. She completed her Bachelor degree in Architecture at University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering, Bangalore. Before she went on to pursue her Master’s degree from BMS College of Engineering, Bangalore, she worked in the private sector as a Jr. Architect and Urban planner. Her Master’s thesis was focused on urban open space development in high density settlement. Her current research interest includes green space classification and valuation and social sustainability of urban public spaces.
Founder, Plateau Group
After 30 years of experienced working for global cost consultancy / engineering companies in various locations around Asia and the Middle East, Steven established his own on line based research and consultancy entity, www.plateaugroup.org. This entity provides practical training guides and research on a range of topics related to the global construction industry with particular emphasis on commercial management and sustainability. Steven is a chartered quantity surveyor but has extensive experience in “Green Buildings” in both Qatar and elsewhere, with particular interest in ensuring that proposed developments establish realistic goals. Recent research has focused on the validity of 3D printing and related technologies as emerging industry changers to establish whether the sustainable and economic credentials claimed by many are genuine.
Sudipa Bose Senior Research Executives, EEG
Program Analyst, Arabia CSR Network
Sudipa has been working in the field of environment and sustainability for a decade and a half. She brings with her a deep understanding and knowledge of environmental and sustainability issues in the Region as it applies to various sectors including business. She has been involved with CSR and Sustainability for over a decade now. In her different assignments, Sudipa has handled the design and delivery of a range of research and publication projects including best practice compilations, and developed presentation and information content on environment, corporate social responsibility, and sustainability. Upon completion of her Masters in History from Presidency College, India, Sudipa worked as Editor for Development Consultants Limited (DCL), a leading engineering-architectural consultancy organization based in India and the US. She joined the Emirates Environmental Group in 1999 and headed its publication department. Currently she is a senior research executive in the EEG. Among other responsibilities, Sudipa coordinated EEG’s engagement with various UN entities including UN Global Compact and UNEP. Sudipa was the Contact Person of the UN Global Compact Gulf States Network, and is Program Analyst in the Arabia CSR Network.
Sudipa is a Trainer for the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) certified sustainability reporting trainings undertaken by the Arabia CSR Network, a certified Training Partner of GRI. She has undertaken a Training of Trainers (ToT) delivered by GRI as well as the GRI G4 Exam. She is also a trainer of the certified training programmes conducted by the Arabia CSR Network, in which she was a member of the team that helped to develop the courses. She is in charge of research and publication functions within the Arabia CSR Network and has written numerous case studies for the annual research publication brought out by the Network. Sudipa has participated in numerous local and international conferences on environment, sustainable development and corporate responsibility.
Suhail Zakhour Architect and Environmental Designer
Suhail Zakhour has several years of experience in both academia and construction industry. He holds master's degree in the Environmental Design of Buildings from Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University (UK). He has practiced architecture and gained professional work experience within leading consulting firms. Currently, he is working as Teaching Assistant at the Architecture and Urban Planning Department at Qatar University. He has written some articles and papers for various printed and online magazines and journals. His fields of interest include, building performance analysis, energy-efficient buildings, daylight simulation and analysis, sustainable urban design, thermal comfort and urban microclimate.
Dr. Tamer ElGindi Assistant Professor of Policy, Planning, and Development, Department of International Affairs, Qatar University
Dr.Tamer ElGindi holds a Ph.D. degree in Planning, Policy, and Design from the University of California, Irvine, an M.A. and a B.A. in Economics from the American University in Cairo. He recently published an article addressing the interaction between natural resource dependency and income inequality in a set of developing countries featured in Current Sociology. Earlier this year, he also published an article about the future of oil and gas in GCC countries in the online journal Academic Foresights. Tamer’s current research interests broadly lie within the realms of economic inequality, natural resources, climate change, and sustainability.
BIM and GIS Manager at HOCHTIEF ViCon
After graduating in civil engineering informatics Thomas worked as a research associate at Bauhaus University Weimar. He developed modular dynamic BIM tools to support cooperative-integrative decision-making in the building life cycle. He also gave lectures on Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and acted as the administrative head of the GIS department of the university.
HOCHTIEF ViCon is a leading service provider and consultant for virtual construction and BIM with offices in Germany, Qatar, UK and India.
In 2013 Thomas joined HOCHTIEF ViCon Qatar as part of the BIM imple-mentation and execution team for the Lusail City project. As ViCon’s senior specialist for GIS he has been mainly involved in the GIS development, de-fining GIS data structures and the programming of mobile 3D viewers which are used to facilitate the cooperation, communication and data collection on-site in real time.
Tom O Rourke
M.Eng Engineering Design and Manufacturing, B.Eng Mechanical Engineering
Programme Manager Bahrain Polytechnic
Tom O Rourke is a Project Management professional with over eighteen years of experience in varied multicultural environments in several global locations. He has specific expertise in facilities management, green energy, manufacturing, and operational contract management within infrastructural environments. He is currently lecturing in Bahrain Polytechnic in Mechanical Engineering, holding the position of programme manager. Integrating his expertise into research presents a focus on sustainable procurement and its impact on sustainable built environments. Qatar is the subject of the research, with a view of understanding existing practices and their inter-relationship with sustainable buildings with a view towards proposing next steps to improve overall sustainability in line with the Qatar 2030 vision.
Operations Manager at Perfect CFS Company in Doha, Qatar
Tomasz graduated from Academy of Humanities and Economics in Lodz, Poland and started a 10 year carrier in marketing and sales of innovative technologies, first in FMCG sector, where he worked for Nestle Group and Hero Group from Switzerland. In 2007, with his own company he was the first to introduce invisible anti-slip technology for the floors in Poland and nanotechnology coatings for floors and building facades. Over past 5 years his field of expertise was focused on innovative, sustainable solutions and nanotechnology in building and construction industry. Participation in numerous trainings and conferences in United States, Germany and Poland was a drive for Tomasz to introduce newest products and services in both Poland and Qatar. In 2015 Tomasz and his team from roofing industry has introduced a highly reflective cooling waterproofing coating that reduces temperature inside the building and minimizes heat gains from the roof.
Wakeel Ahmed Khalid
Research & Sustainability Department Manager, Qatar Steel
After graduating from College of Engineering Pune, India in Metallurgical Engineering in 1998, Mr. Wakeel worked for Mahindra Ugine Steel Company Limited in India. He joined Quality Assurance Department of Qatar Steel Company as an Engineer in 2000. With his innovative and leadership skills, he has worked in many process improvement and cost reduction activities of Qatar Steel such as Implementation of ERP, replacement of expensive ferroalloys in steel making, new product development, worked on acquisition of international product certifications such as CARES, DCL, SASO, to name a few.
He became Manager of Research & Sustainability Department in 2012. Under his leadership, Qatar Steel has initiated and implemented many Recycling and Sustainability initiatives such as commissioning of biggest By-Products Briquetting Plant in GCC, Synergy with Q-Companies to recycle their waste at QS as sustainable solution, Recycling of EAF dust for cement production etc. He presented many papers in international seminars & conferences such as Metal Bulletin, SEAISI etc.