Dr Will Cavendish joined Arup in February 2018. He is both Arup's Global Head of Digital Services, and Leader of Arup’s global network of Advanced Digital Engineering Groups. In these roles he is responsible for leading Arup’s work to support clients to take advantage of the major transformation in their world that is being brought about by digital and other advanced technologies. While at Arup, he has worked at senior level with clients around the world, and in sectors as varied as property, cities, aviation, rail, highways, energy, and technology.
Previously he was Applied Strategy Lead at DeepMind, responsible for understanding the groundbreaking developments taking place in Artificial Intelligence, and working with key partners to apply them for public good in areas such as health and energy. Before that he was a senior civil servant, including roles as Director General for Innovation, Growth and Technology at the Department of Health; Director General, International Energy and Climate Change at DECC, and head of the Prime Minister’s Implementation Unit, working directly to then-PM David Cameron.
As a result, he has wide-ranging experience of achieving change in areas such as digital, health, education, energy and climate change, cybersecurity, growth and innovation. When in government, he also led the creation of the world's first network of What Works Centres, set up to provide proper evidence on effective uses of public money, and pioneered the use of transparency and crowdsourcing in policy making. Will has also served as a World Bank economist; has lectured at Oxford University and Imperial College; has a doctorate in economics; and was made a Companion of the Order of the Bath by the Queen in 2015.
Head of Operations Support
KAFD Development & Management Company
Nahim has over a decade of practical experience working across the real estate sector in senior positions within the Middle East and UK. Through his craft he has acquired unique insights and experiences, ultimately skilled in leading digital twin and engineering initiatives across major projects in design, construction, and operations. He is currently responsible for managing multi-disciplinary teams across Digital Engineering (BIM/GIS), Computer Aided Facilities Management (CAFM), Information Management, Reporting and the Customer Contact Centre functions. Some of his previous appointments include senior leadership at BIM Academy, Head of BIM/GIS Expo 2020 Dubai and BIM Lead Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup. He is a trusted client adviser in the area of technology and innovation workstreams with in-depth understanding of information systems, integration capabilities and general industry technology trends.
International Director and Head of Interdisciplinary Design & Innovation
Drees & Sommer
Abdulmajid Karanouh with a background in Architecture (BSc), Computation (MSc), Engineering (MSc) and Design Communication (PhD), he has developed over the past 20 years from a passionate specialist in complex architecture into an inter-disciplinary design lead in the built environment. His journey includes working on some of the largest masterplans in the world and on many record-breaking and award-winning projects involving high-profile organisations in Europe, the Middle East, and South East Asia. He is especially focused developing context-considerate integrated urban solutions and innovative buildings systems using BIM-augmented algorithmic thinking and computation. Abdulmajid Karanouh currently heads the Interdisciplinary Design & Innovation group at Drees & Sommer.
Mohamed S. Hemdan
Kabbani Construction Group
Mohamed Samir is a VDC Head at Kabbani Construction Group in Cairo, Egypt.
He began working in the AEC industry in 2011. He received his bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Tanta University in 2011.
During the past decade his work has focused upon developing construction projects by utilizing of latest VDC technologies with successful record of development across mega projects as well as leading implementation of dynamic processes to leverage power of collaboration between project stockholders.
His work over the past 3 years can be summarized as covering the following subjects:
Organizational Digital Transformation
Virtual Design and Construction - VDC
Research and Development
Samer F. Abu-Hijleh
Group Chief Projects Execution Officer
Dr. Samer has more than 31 years of experience in planning, developing, and delivering real estate projects around the world. He has overseen the delivery of numerous large scale infrastructure and building projects in the Kingdom and beyond.
Badr has 25-years of industry experiences and holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from King Fahad University of Petroleum and Minerals in Saudi Arabia.
Badr holds the position as President of the Project Management Institute, Saudi Arabia, the largest chapter at MENA region and the third largest in the world. Badr also works for Saudi Aramco Project Management, holding the position of Director for the Marjan & Zuluf Program, managing a Multi-Billion US dollar operation, the largest ongoing program for Saudi Aramco consisting of Onshore and massive Offshore facilities.
Badr's responsibilities include management of project innovation, implementation of new technologies in construction and the ongoing development of new project management initiatives.
He is identified and respected throughout the Oil and Gas industry as a leader capable to manage and oversee complex Oil and Gas programs.
Senior Digital Delivery Director
The Red Sea Development Company
David Glennon is the Digital Delivery Director for The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC) , a closed joint stock company wholly owned by the Public Investment Fund (PIF), Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund. He oversees the development and implementation of new and innovative digital delivery techniques for a new international luxury tourism destination set along the Red Sea as part of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.
Bringing more than 25 years’ experience in the construction industry, he oversees the use of pioneering technology to improve the design and construction process, introducing automation and data driven insights to deliver fast-track construction, design for manufacture and assembly, and enabling the Smart Destination strategy through a ‘Digital Twin’ to enhance customer experience.
Previous positions include Managing Director of DoubleD.io, a digital accelerator for the built environment, and Head of Digital for Arcadis in the UK, leading their digital programme and the delivery of platforms, innovation, data and analytics and ecosystem thinking. As Director of Digital Project Delivery at AECOM, he was responsible for creating and implementing digital strategy across Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa. Prior to this, David held senior positions at Mott MacDonald and Lend Lease.
David was also an on the Executive Board of the UK BIM Alliance, an organization with a mandate to make Level 2 BIM “Business as Usual” for the UK construction industry and chair of the buildingSMART UK & Ireland chapter.
David holds a BSc Construction Management from the University of Salford, UK.
VP, Cloud Operations & Engineering
ORACLE Construction & Engineering Global Business Unit
Ed has been known to disrupt the status quo and think outside the boxthat improves engineering, operations and security. He is a veteran in cyber security, risk and infrastructure with a proven track record of building and maintaining lean efficient teams. Mostrecently, he developed and implemented an ISO 27001 Risk Management program, and SOC2 Type II and PCI compliancerequirementsfor a software integration company that increased sales opportunities by 30% with fortune 500 companies.
As a CISO and Risk Executive, he specializes in corporate and enterprise security, development of cyber defense programs for cloud-based companies, and business operations protecting company and customer’s sensitive and critical resources. Ed has worked extensively in different industry sectors and his diverse career spans more than 30 years in the military, health care, banking & financial, and software companies. Some of his roles have included:
VP Engineering & Ops, CISO, Cloud Elements
Director, Third Party Risk Assessments, CyberGRX
Executive Director, Technology Risk Management, Kaiser Permanente
SVP, Security and Risk, Home Loans, Bank of America
CISO, Raytheon Polar Services, for National Science Foundation
His interest includingstudying theology topics, road cycling, golf, and hunting
Chief of Project Delivery
David is a Builder, Civil Engineer, Project Management and Development professional who has worked in real estate for more than 30 years. In his career, he has been fortunate to work in a variety of organisations across a range of countries and economies.
Currently, he is the Chief of Project Delivery of the SAR 60b Amaala project in Saudi Arabia, responsible for leading a team of 1000+ construction professionals to execute the Amaala vision.
Amaala is set to become an uber-luxury destination on the northwestern coast of Saudi Arabia and is part of the Kingdom's 2030 vision to support the expansion of Saudi Arabia’s leisure and tourism industry.
Prior to joining Amaala in 2019, David was the Chief Development Officer at VinaCapital, managing the development of their portfolio of hotels and resorts, residential communities and commercial developments throughout Vietnam. Also in Vietnam, he was the Chief Executive Officer of REFICO, a Vietnam-focused Real Estate developer.
David is also a McKinsey & Company Alumni, where he was the Infrastructure Vice President in the Asia Pacific. He joined Mckinsey from Mace Group where he spent more than 10 years in a variety of roles including the Regional Director of Asia Pacific. From 1997 to 2005, David worked for Multiplex Constructions completing several iconic projects in Australia, South East Asia, and the UK.
Prior to 1997, he worked for several public agencies in Australia in the infrastructure and building sectors, while studying for his degree part-time.
Managing Director for EMEA
Mike Paul is the Managing Director of the Europe, Middle East and Africa(EMEA)business operations at InEight, leading marketing and sales efforts while defining and driving the growth of digital solutions that fuel customer success. Directly preceding his current role, Mike was Vice President of Industry Solutions, acting as the liaison between clients in the industry and InEight’s sales and development team in over 20 countries on five continents. Mike has also served as Vice President of Solution Engineering, Director of Industry Solutions, Director of Global Channel, Sales Engineer and Sales Executive, all at InEight. Previous to his time at InEight, Mike held multiple leadership positions throughout the construction industry including managing all the infrastructure work on one of the nation’s first BRAC development projects at Fort Carson Army Base, negotiating large low-income housing projects in Africa, developing global supply chains for U.S. government contract needs and running his own construction company. Mike holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Arizona, and an MBA from Averett University in Virginia.
At one time a serial entrepreneur, with an in-depth craving to learn everything, Wassim Haroun has for the last 20 years focused his attention on the civil engineering field and achieved partnership status with CONSER, and then reinvented it into an innovation hub.
Seen by many as an avantgarde thinker with the ability to see the whole picture and quickly zoom in on the smaller issues that are needed to build the whole.
Very pragmatic and always ready to learn things from anyone as he sees value in anyone’s experience.
Wassim Haroun has proved many times his ability to freestyle-brain storm on any matter.
Wassim Haroun has recently committed the CONSER group into the founding of CICCON, which is the new platform that has been created to invest and enable the success of innovations for the engineering and construction industries.
Specialties: Expertise in forging alliances, and an amazing presenter and an unapologetic sales person.
Always respects and enjoys all cultures, and he takes the time to relate to everyone.
Spearheading the expansion of the CONSER group into The African continent, with a number of successful projects in hand.
Robotics, Data and AI Skill Center Manager
After more than 10 years of experience in Robotics and AI, first focused on solving problems for Space Robotics, now focused on solving problems for humans, Carlos Crespo is the responsible of the Robotics, Data & AI group of Acciona. A group that was created four years ago and uses robotics & AI to improve the company processes from within. Acciona is a world leading global group that develops and manages sustainable infrastructure solutions, especially renewable energy.
Carlos Crespo is a Telecommunication Engineer by the Polytechnic University of Madrid.
Founder & Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Jon Purizhansky is a New York lawyer with years of international business experience. Jon is dedicated to upholding human rights around the world as the CEO of Joblio, a global technology platform rendering corruption and worker abuse obsolete. With a special focus on helping refugees and migrant labourers, Jon is dismantling unethical hiring practices across the world while setting the global standard for human rights protection.
The winner of the Abrahamic Business Circle’s “Excellence Innovation Award in Human Rights Protection,” Jon has spent years raising awareness about the plight of migrant workers around the world. He recently represented Joblio at the 2021 Investment in Sustainable Development Conference hosted by the CC Forum in the Cote d’Azur.
Before founding Joblio as an innovative tech platform, Jon practiced immigration law in the state of New York and gained deep insights into the lives of vulnerable populations on the move. In addition to law and business, Jon is renowned for his public speaking on the topics of humanitarianism and ethical recruitment. At a time when global migration continues to surge, Jon is proud to stand with the migrants supercharging our modern economy.
Director of Industry Strategy and Innovation
Oracle Construction and Engineering
Sherief is a Director of Industry Strategy & Innovation at Oracle Construction and Engineering Global Business Unit (CEGBU). Sherief is a civil engineer coming from a construction project management background, with 16 years of experience in Enterprise Project Management systems for asset intensive industries across the project lifecycle from ideation, prioritization & selection, capital planning and budgeting, project planning, scheduling & controls, and down to facilities management. During his career, Sherief has program managed EPPM system implementations and integration projects for large enterprises in AEC, Public Sector, and Transportation organizations within the Middle East. In his spare time, he is always spotted on mountains; either climbing or running trails.
Mohammad Ali Shalan
Head of Technology
Aqarat Real Estate Development
Mohammad Shalan is the editor of a book titled “Innovative and Agile Contracting for Digital Transformation and Industry 4.0” that was published by IGI Global in 2021. He is an author, guest speaker and researcher with published books, chapters, articles, and presentations.
Mohammad is a multidiscipline motivated business-technology interpreter. Enthusiastic about Digital Transformation Governance, Industry 4.0 Ecosystems, Innovative Contracting and Smart Resilient Cities.
Since 1995, he has worked out major operational assignments, portfolios, programs, and projects spanning in more than 50 countries with distributed activities, multiple vendors, numerous dependencies, heavy correspondences, and multi-discipline contractors.
Currently Mohammad Shalan is working as the Head of Technology at Aqarat Real Estate Development Company is Saudi Arabia and Volunteering as the Digital Transformation Director for the Saudi Chapter of Project Management Institute (PMI).
Operations Manager EMEA Region
Adnaan Khokhar is the Operations Manager for the EMEA Region for Scenario. He holds a Masters Degree in Construction Project Management and is a Certified Cost Engineer.
He brings a wealth of experience in the Construction and Engineering Industry, having been involved in Mega/ Major Projects over the last 20 years in the Middle East and Asia Pacific Region.
Spearheading Scenario’s operations in the region, he has seen a major uptake in enterprise wide digital transformation.
Currently Scenario is managing numerous multi billion dollar portfolios and projects across various industry sectors worldwide.
“Being part of the team involved in implementing Scenario solutions and seeing the transformation of clients and their benefits realised, provides me with great satisfaction knowing that you have had a positive impact on the delivery of the project.”
Middle East Director
SoftwareONE | MTWO Construction Cloud
James is Middle East Director for the SoftwareONE | MTWO Construction Cloud practice.
Previously, he led the ‘ComplyPro’ digital assurance business for Bentley Systems in MEA and APAC. He has extensive experience in high-value transport infrastructure projects such as the Doha and Riyadh Metro, Oman Airports, and Etihad Rail programme.
James's early career was in technical software implementation and training, and over the past 20 years he has leveraged this skillset to success in several consultative sales leadership, presales and project management roles for organisations including Bentley, Capita, Comply Serve, and Expolink.
Middle East Director
SoftwareONE | MTWO Construction Cloud
Mazen Maguid is Middle East Business Developer for the SoftwareONE | MTWO Construction Cloud practice.
reviously, he led the ‘BIM SERVICES’ implementation program for HILTI in MEA. He has extensive experience in high-value Segmental Precast Bridges Construction Projects like Jahra Road Bridges & Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmed Al Sabah Causeway in Kuwait, Rod El-Farag Bridge in Egypt.
Mazen's early career was in Business development and training, and over the past 10 years he has leveraged this skillset to success in several consultative sales leadership, presales and project management roles for organisations including HILTI, Arab Contractors .
Regional Environmental Manager
KEO International Consultants
Eoin leads the Environmental and Waste Team for KEO. He is a Chartered Waste Management Specialist with fifteen years of international experience in environment, waste management and resource efficiency experience in the private and public sectors. Eoin started his career in the public sector, working under EU legislation to support and enforce better environmental practices. Since then, Eoin has had the opportunity to work at the forefront of designing innovative environmental and waste management design solutions, focusing on developing cost-efficient strategies to reduce client costs and streamline environmental operations.
To date, Eoin has worked on 200+ projects across the GCC region and internationally predominantly focusing on improving environmental efficiencies and reducing environmental degradation. From this, he has gained an understanding of the inefficiencies of environmental reporting, and how the cumbersome nature of the process can lead to poor reporting, and subsequently poor environmental site management. This education through experience has supported Eoin and the KEO team in the development of Green Port, an environmental reporting platform to streamline site environmental management on large-scale projects, over multiple languages, in a timely and efficient manner.
Vice President, Global Innovation & Digital Engineering
An Innovation & Digital Evangelist with over 15 years of experience in digital engineering covering Ecosystems Management leadership, 4.0 Digital Transformation strategies & Project delivery, Business Intelligence, advanced technologies and operational efficiencies. He has extensive experience in leading all phases of large-scale projects, including complex business re-engineering initiatives, industry transforming technology solutions and systems integration projects with multiple clients and technology partners.
Wassim is a global consultant in renovating businesses through innovative solutions, information technology and digital programs to accelerate growth, reduce operating costs and exploit competitive advantages with leading-edge applications, advanced analytics, AI technologies and big data solutions.
Wassim is well experienced in Energy innovative solutions, Digital command Centers, PMO, Operating Assets Production and Maintenance systems, Digital Twin, EPC4.0, business Processes automation, digital solutions, disruptive technologies and ecosystems which covers Engineering, Construction, Operation, ERP & Training Services. He has developed the concepts of Digital Maturity levels and 8D digital twin adopted by key industrial players.
Smart City Director
Royal Commission for AlUla
Andrew Rippon is the Smart City Director at the Royal Commission for AlUla in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. His role is to drive integrated strategies and technologies in support of AlUla’s ambitious cultural tourism, sustainability and economic diversification agenda.
Previously Andrew consulted the European Commission as Governance and Design Authority on the European Blockchain Services Infrastructure and for three years he was principal Consultant on Smart Cities in Dubai. There he wrote important sections of the Smart City strategies of the governments of Dubai and Saudi Arabia, including the Smart City Technology Blueprints in both countries and the Smart District Guidelines in Dubai.
Andrew’s background has always been in digital transformation initiatives since starting work on internet projects in the early 1990s. Later working with internet services for telecoms Vodafone Global, STC, Zain and Etisalat, including collaborating on the early Smart City strategy at the latter in 2014.
Chief Growth Officer
Rob joined Asite in June 2021 as Chief Growth Officer, driving our aggressive sales and growth activities with a major focus on UK, Europe, MEA & APAC regions whilst leading strategic corporate development activities globally.
Rob has sat on the senior leadership and executive teams of several multinational businesses and had non-executive director roles covering a diverse range of sectors. He has led major growth initiatives and helped businesses transform under PLC, private, and PE ownership environments. Previously he led RICS’ activities in the AEMEA region and has an intimate grasp of the end-to-end challenges that the built environment sector faces and is therefore passionate about how Asite can help be the solution to many of these challenges.
He lives in Dubai, UAE, is a graduate of Oxford University, still considers himself a competitive sportsman (in mind if not in body!!) and loves drawing parallels between sporting team performance and business team performance.
Business Development Manager
Consolidated Contractors Company
Saji Khoury is Business Development Manager at Consolidated Contractors Company based in Athens, Greece. He focuses on EPC and PPP projects. He also co-leads the innovation, start-ups, and disruptive technologies initiatives throughout the company.
Saji holds an undergraduate and Master's degree in Civil Engineering. He is currently enrolled in the Executive MBA Global, a joint program between London Business School and Columbia Business School. He also is an Atlantic Council Millennium Leadership Fellow and a member of the World Economic Forum.
Dr. Mani Golparvar
CTO and co-founder
Dr. Mani Golparvar is the CTO and co-founder of Reconstruct. Dr. Golparvar is also Associate Professor of Civil Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology Entrepreneurship at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research on computer vision and construction management has led to Reconstruct, a Software-as-a-Service company that creates reality models from photos and 360 videos and integrates them with building information modeling (BIM) and project scheduling to visually track progress, analyze productivity, and proactively detect potential delays using predictive analytics. Utilized on 1000s of projects on 5 continents, Reconstruct empowers construction companies to deliver their projects on schedule and on budget.