Ex­perts from the con­tract­ing con­sult­ing ad­vi­sory, and pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment sec­tors make up the power-pocked jury for Con­struc­tion Week Awards 2018

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Aaron Che­hab is chief com­mer­cial of­fi­cer at KB W In­vest­ments. Che ha b’ s ap­point­ment was re­vealed in Oc­to­ber 2017 by KB W, a Dubai-head­quar­tered out­fit led by founder and chair­man HR H Prince K haled bin Al wale ed bin T al al. KB W’ s port­fo­lio in­cludes nu­mer­ous com­pa­nies in the con­struc­tion and re­lated sec­tors, such as K lamp fer Mid­dle East, K lamp fer Elec­tro Me­chan­i­cal Con­tract­ing, Ar­ca­dia Engi­neer­ing, N GP Lim­ited, and Sh arja h-fo­cused real es­tate de­vel­oper, Arada.


Karim He­lal makes his de­but as a judge for Con­struc­tion Week Awards 2018. He­lal, founder and chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of con­struc­tion in­tel­li­gence plat­form Pro Ten­ders, is known re­gion ally as a tech en­tre­pre­neur and an­gel in­vestor. He has led Pro Ten­ders to be­com­ing a pop­u­lar di­rec­tory of data and in­sights from the Mid­dle East’ s con­struc­tion in­dus­try. Pro Ten­ders is cur­rently home to more than 14,000 com­pa­nies, and of­fers in­for­ma­tion on the plethora of planned, ac­tive, on-hold, and com­pleted projects in the re­gion.


Matthew La mont is chair­per­son of the newly formed Dubai Lo­cal Hub at the Char­tered In­sti­tute of Build­ing( CI OB ). His role at CI OB fol­lows three years at the ins tit ute’ s Re­gional Coun­cil and Dubai Com­mit­tees, and is im­ple­mented along­side his new job as project di­rec­tor at Turner& Townsend. La mont has more than 20 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence in con­struc­tion project and pro­gramme man­age­ment, with his for­mer em­ploy­ers in­clud­ing Ae com, Robert­son Group, Eg is/ Core’ s JV, and Net­work Rail.


Cyn­thia Corby is De lo it te Mid­dle East’ s con­struc­tion leader and au­dit part­ner, and the com­pany’ s Mid­dle East au­dit di­rec­tor of op­er­a­tions. Her work ex­pe­ri­ence in­volves roles with De lo it te& Touch eS out hA fri ca in Dur­ban be­tween 1989 and 1999, and an­other six years with Baker Tilly in Birm­ing­ham, UK. She is the chair of A CC A Women in Fi­nance, a role she has held since June 2013. Her ed­u­ca­tional qual­i­fi­ca­tions in­clude aB Com pt de­gree in ac­count­ing from Uni­ver­sity of South Africa.


Glob­ally known pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment or­gan­i­sa­tions are rep­re­sented on this year’ s judg­ing panel by

Matthew Jack­son, who is branch chair forth eU A Eat In­sti­tu­tion of Oc­cu­pa­tional Safety and Health( Io sh ). Jack­son is a char­tered health and safety pro­fes­sional and cur­rently serves as head of health, safety, en­vi­ron­ment, and qual­ity (H SEQ) at con­struc­tion con­sul­tancy W SP. His work ex­pe­ri­ence in­cludes time with Al J ab er Group, and 11 years in var­i­ous H SE roles within Her Majesty’ s Gov­ern­ment.


KierGroup also has rep­re­sen­ta­tion on 2018 awards’ judg­ing panel, with manag­ing di­rec­tor for the Mid­dle East, Sean Fe nner,s et to judge this year’ s event. Fen ne rh as noted ph en om en ta lg row th at Ki er since he joined the engi­neer­ing firm. His ini­tial 14- year stint at Ki er in­cluded roles such as sec­tion en­gi­neer in th eU A E, de­sign en­gi­neer in the UK, and sec­tion man­ager in Hong Kong. Be­tween 2002 and 2011, he served as project man­ager, and sec­tor man­ager, for KierintheUAE.


Re­turn­ing to the panel this year is le­gal ex­pert Sach­inKerur, al­beit in a new role from the one he held dur­ing his time as a Con­struc­tion Week Awards judge in De­cem­ber 2017. K er ur was, in July 2018, named of­fice manag­ing part­ner for Reed Smith Dubai and A bu D ha bi–a role he was ap­pointed to af­ter a long stint as Pin sent Ma sons’ head of the Mid­dle East re­gion. K er uri snow part­ner in Reed Smith’ s en­ergy and nat­u­ral re­sources prac­tice, in ad­di­tion to be­ing head of its Mid­dle East of­fices.


An­other re­gion ally renowned judge on this year’ s pan­elis Mo­hammed Ta­haineh, se­nior­vice pres­i­dent of pro­cure­ment at Dam ac Prop­er­ties. Ta ha in eh, like his fel­low judges, has been in his cur­rent job for more than a decade, hav­ing joined the Dubai-listed de­vel­oper in 2006. Ta ha in eh holds a bach­e­lor’ s de­gree in civil engi­neer­ing from Uni­ver­sity of Jor­dan, and has pre­vi­ously worked at Al Mo os a Con­tract­ing( Pi­o­neer) in Dubai as projects and con­struc­tion man­ager.

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