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