AACE Qatar Section Committee 2018/2019
Lucia Vernon, PSP, President 2018-2019
In 2016 Lucia accepted the invitation to be part of the AACE Qatar Section Board of Directors in the role of Director of Marketing and Publicity. In 2017 she became President Elect which was the precursor to the taking on the President role for the 2018-2019 period. In her previous roles Lucia helped the organization to host regular technical workshops, she delivered the workshop ‘Practical Training – Windows Analysis’ and helped the team to organize best practice events with industry experts to further enhance awareness of AACE International amongst professionals in the State of Qatar and the Middle East. She recently developed the recommended practice paper for AACEI (CDR.2849) ‘Time Impact Analysis in Windows – Concurrency Analysis’ which was accepted for presentation at the AACEI Annual Meeting 2018 in San Diego, USA.
In her professional life Lucia holds the position of Associate Director working for Quantum Global Solutions as a delay analysist with 11 years’ experience in carrying out all types of forensic delay analyses in several different countries. Recently she has been managing the planning department.
Lucia has a solid working knowledge of planning software programmes including MS Project, Primavera P3 and P6 and forensic guidelines such as AACE Recommended Practice 29R-03. She has utilised these expert skills across multiple sectors including hotel development, football stadia, convention centre, power station construction, water and wastewater management, infrastructure, petro-chemical development, nuclear power and building construction. Lucia has an RICS recognised ‘Legal Experience Training Advanced Professional Award in Expert Witness Evidence (LETAPAEWE) accredited by Pearson Learning at a level 7 (Masters level) BTEC.’
She consistently takes a proactive approach and has good inter-personal skills which are essential elements that enable her to produce the required analysis schedules for claims and produce high quality and consistent results.
She believes that, a big part of her success story is due to reading the documentation available on the AACE International portal, being informed and adopting the knowledge which AACEI offers to professionals around the world. She believes in the motto “Work hard, follow your dreams and they will come true.”
Mohamad Daaboul, Past President
Mohamad holds Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, and AACE certification for Planning and Scheduling Professional (PSP). He has over 10 years’ construction industry experience acquired within the United Kingdom, Syria, Qatar and UAE working in the Forensic Delay Analysis, Project Management, Project Control, and Planning & Scheduling fields.
He applied for PSP certification with the AACE and achieved full certification in 2014. In November 2015, AACE launched the Qatar Section and Mohamad was elected as a Director. This began his involvement in AACE as a technical speaker and trainer for events like “Workshop on Basic Concepts of Project Planning for Effective Project”, “Preparatory Crash Course for Planning and Scheduling Professionals (PSP)” and “Practical Exercises in Delay Analysis Using Time Impact Analysis & As Built Vs. As Planned window analysis.” By the end of 2015, Mohamed became a member of AACE International’s Young Professionals Committee (YPC). And by mid-2016 Mohamed became the Vice President of AACE Qatar section. In May 2017, Mohamad was elected as a President of AACE International-Qatar section.
Mohamad is the Founder and Managing Director of Analyzer Management Consulting which provided Forensic and Project Planning Services for more than 30 projects in 2018.
With an on-site Civil Engineering background, and exposure to multi-faceted projects, Mohamad has global wide practical experience in the preparation and assessment of Extension of Times claims for Arbitrations, Expert Determination and Court cases for high-profile projects.
His experience in Qatar extends to projects such as the Hilton Waldorf Astoria (50 stories), the JW Marriot (60 stories) and the Grand Mercure (22 stories). Mohamad has also worked on numerous civil & infrastructure projects as well as flooding prevention and sewage projects whilst in Qatar.
Avinash Arvind Gaikwad, President Elect
Avinash Gaikwad has been a member of AACE International since 2015. He played pivotal role in forming the Qatar Section along with Dev Tamboli and Mohammed Dabboul and was founding Vice President – Membership. Under his leadership the section grew from 67 members to more than 170 members and became a major section within Region 7. The Qatar Section received Gold awards in 2016 and again in 2017. He is a frequent author and presenter having presented papers at AACE Annual Meetings and other professional institutions across worldwide.
Avinash holds many four professional qualifications including Fellow member of Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS), Fellow member of Indian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (FIIQS), Member of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb), and he is RICS accredited Civil Commercial mediator. He enjoys serving as a trainer for the APC workshops for professional qualifications. He chaired RICS APC assessment interviews. Avinash has 20 years of experience in Cost and Contract Management. He works with Northcroft Middle East Cost and Contract consultant as a Commercial Manager, helping and advising many clients and contractors to safeguard their contractual and commercial interests. Avinash is passionate about knowledge sharing and mentoring and believes in community service. He helps needy workers in Qatar with various benevolent ways under patronage of the Embassy of India in Qatar. He also led a QS professional organization in Qatar conducting professional and training activities.
Goals and Objectives:
Qatar Section is one of the fast-growing sections in Region 7 which is the largest international region in the world and key to AACE growth and global expansion. AACE has untapped potential which is unexplored by many professionals in the Qatar section. As Qatar Section president – Elect, I would use my experience to strengthen section and serve as a mentor for section team members. Specific goals and objectives include:
- Establish close communication with members within the Qatar section, President and Regional Director.
- Communicate AACE vision, mission and strategic objectives to section team and members within Qatar Section.
- Promote awareness programs to make professionals aware about AACE International and its importance to construction and other industries.
- Increase awareness about importance of AACE certifications and their basis for job candidate selection.
- Expand AACE’s reach to various corporate giants and universities in the section to make AACE technical products and certifications a global standard.
- Help grow Qatar section further.
- Work closely with the AACE Regional Director and Qatar section President to implement and make successful AACE future plans in the section.
- Conduct regional conference on large scale in the region for benefit of members in Region 7 and Qatar section.
- Promote mentoring and other AACE initiatives by closely working with section team.
Manish Agrawal, CCP Vise President
Manish Agrawal is a Project Controls professional with 11 years of experience working with renowned organizations in India & the Middle East. He has a B-tech in Civil Engineering and has completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Advance Construction Management from National Institute of Construction Management and Research. In addition, Manish holds several AACE certifications such as CCP, PMI, PMP & RMP.
His professional area of expertise relates to Project Planning & Monitoring, Contract Management, Delay/Claims assessment which requires excellent analytical and negotiation skills. In addition, Manish is proficient in the use of industry related operating systems such as MS Project, Primavera P6 and related BIM software.
He has worked in both contracting and consulting roles and has garnered diversified project experience working in the Industrial, Real Estate and Power sectors.
Manish is currently serving the AACE Qatar Section in the capacity of Vice-President. During the past three years, his association with the AACE has led to the successful organisation of regular technical events. Manish has also delivered a technical session as part of the CCP examination preparatory course.
Ryan Ace Tan, CCP, PSP Secretary
Ryan has over 12 years’ experience in the construction industry initially from his home country the Philippines, extending to Libya and currently now in Qatar. He has a BSc in Civil Engineering and is a licensed Civil Engineer in the Philippines. In addition, Ryan is currently undertaking an LLM in Construction Law and Arbitration with the aim of strengthening his understanding of alternative dispute resolution procedures within the industry.
Ryan is currently employed as a Senior Planning Engineer however, he also has extensive experience in site works supervision and quantity surveying. He holds PSP, PMI and CCP AACE certifications which cater and further supplement his knowledge in the project controls field as well as planning and scheduling, cost engineering, cost control, forensic scheduling, and contract.
He is a certified Civil Engineer in Qatar and has been a committee member of the Filipino Planning Engineers Association (FPEA) since 2017.
Ryan considers that ‘failing to plan is planning to fail’ and such an approach should be adopted on all construction projects. His long-term goal is to continue to further enhance his knowledge through education and experience with the objective of continuous personal and professional progression.
Paul Gregg, Treasurer
Paul accepted an invitation to be part of the AACE Qatar Section Board of Directors in the role of Director of Mentoring in 2017. This year he has assumed the role of Treasurer. In both roles Paul has helped in the smooth running of the committee and the AACE within Qatar.
He holds the position of Managing Consultant working for Ankura (Ankura recently acquired the disputes segment of Navigant Consulting) He specialises in planning and delay analysis with 6 years’ experience in conducting all types of forensic delay analyses in several regions. Prior to this he was a civil engineer with J Murphy & Sons, in the United Kingdom, covering a range of roles including Temporary Works Designer and Design Co-Ordinator for clients including National Grid and Network Rail.
Paul has knowledge of various planning software programmes including Primavera P3 and P6, MS Project and Asta Powerproject. He has assisted experts in both international arbitrations and UK adjudications in several sectors. These include: hotels; mixed-use developments; high-rise office blocks; sports stadia; airports; marine projects; sewage treatment plants; infrastructure; Middle East and North Sea, offshore and onshore, oil and gas projects; and railways.
Paul is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb) and an incorporated member of the Chartered Institute of Building (ICIOB). He is currently the chair of the NOVUS committee of the CIOB in Qatar and is co-opted onto the Qatar committee. In June 2018, Paul completed his Masters in Construction Law and Dispute Resolution (MSc) through Leeds Beckett University.
Adieb Mahmoud, Director Education
Adieb has over 11 years’ experience working within in the construction sector on Rail, Infrastructure and Oil & Gas projects in Qatar and Syria. He has a BSc in Civil Engineering, MSc in Construction Law & Arbitration and is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
He has worked in the capacity of Senior Quantity Surveyor on the Doha Metro Gold Line Underground project since 2013 and within this role further developed his skill set in key activities such as Change Management (Claims and Variation Orders), Contract Administration, Procurement Management including main Contractors, Sub-Contractors and Suppliers, Dispute avoidance and resolution Management, Cost Management & Cost Estimation, Commercial Reports, and Cost Control and Value Engineering.
Adieb holds extensive experience working with the FIDIC suite of contracts and a wide-range of experience in roles and positions within the construction industry; including roles with clients and contractors/subcontractors. He advises on all matters of a potentially contentious nature related to the projects he has been involved in and undertakes the forensic evaluation of claims, identifies and evaluates key records and facts; evaluates all parties’ contractual and legal entitlement; advises on claim resolution strategy, client defence strategy, program analysis; and evaluation of quantum.
Adieb also manages disputes, ensuring that robust contractual, factual and commercial input is considered, and works closely with the client’s Contracts Directorate to ensure that his client’s exposure is correctly diagnosed, accurately reported and where appropriate, effectively mitigated.
Amro ElSaid Moustafa Ahmed, PSP, Director Events
Amro is a Project Controls professional with 15 years’ experience working throughout the Middle East in locations such as Egypt, UAE, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar. He has a BSc in Civil Engineering, Post Graduate Diploma in Structural Engineering and MSc in Construction Management.
Amro holds PSP certification with the AACE and PMI certification with the Project Management Institute and is a member of the Egyptian Syndicate of Engineers, the Kuwaiti Society of Engineers and the Egyptian International Arbitration Organisation.
Throughout his career Amro has worked as a site engineer and more recently in planning, project controls / monitoring and project management. His experience has been acquired in a variety of construction sectors such a building works, sewage and infrastructure, interior decoration and finishes, roads and operation + maintenance working with contractors, consultants, project management organisations as well as on the client side.
He accepted an invitation to be part of the AACE Qatar Section Board of Directors in the role of Director of Events in 2017 and continues to act within this capacity as of current date.
Anil Ipekci, Director Communication
Anil is a Senior Planning and Project Management Professional with a Civil Engineering degree. He has in excess of 12 years of experience that has been acquired on a wide range of large-scale construction projects in Turkey and Qatar. He has extensive knowledge in Planning & Scheduling, Monitoring & Controlling, Resource Planning, Forensic Schedule Analysis and Integrated ERP and Project Management Systems.
Anil has worked with both contracting parties as well as consultants in Mixed-Use, Residential & Commercial Building projects including 60+ Story High-Rise Towers and Road & Infrastructure Projects with contract values in excess of USD 1 Billion.
Throughout his career Anil has acquired strong analytical and persuasive skills along with the ability to simplify construction schedules and complex issues, his ability to implement practical solutions has catered for opportunities to assume various high-level roles with reputable international companies in the construction sector.
Anil is currently working as the Head of Planning at Gulf Contracting Company and contributing to the ability to manage the different phases of projects more efficiently throughout the Project Life Cycle by implementing sustainable solutions in Planning, Scheduling and Claims Management.
Michael Dullaghan, Director Marketing and Publicity
In 2018, Michael accepted the invitation to be part of the AACE Qatar Section Board of Directors in the role of Director of Marketing and Publicity. As part of this role, Michael is responsible for the management of the AACE brand and image within Qatar and he ensures that the association maintains a proactive marketing strategy to establish membership acquisition and retention.
In his professional life he holds the position of Associate Director working for Driver Trett a multi-disciplinary global construction consultancy which provides specialist commercial management, planning, programming and scheduling, project management and dispute resolution support services.
Michael has extensive experience working with leading international contractors and holds more than 10 years’ experience working throughout the Middle East, Africa, Asia and the UK on projects up to USD 8 billion in contract value.
His area of expertise relates to claim preparation, management and negotiation and he holds a comprehensive understanding of contractual / commercial matters. He has assisted quantum experts in the preparation of reports for arbitral proceedings and has extensive experience of drafting documentation for claim submissions connected to delay and disruption events as well as calculating quantum entitlement and providing robust rebuttals to asserted claims.
He is currently undertaking an LLM in Construction Law and Practice and holds a BSc in Quantity Surveying as well as a BTEC Higher National Certificate in Construction. Michael is a is a results-focused individual with a proven track record for delivery in a challenging environment. He began his career working on strategic infrastructure projects in the UK and has since completed assignments engaged in the process and industrial, rail and transit, building, infrastructure and residential sectors of the construction market.
Milind Deshmukh, Director Administration
Milind is a Project Monitoring Engineer with more than 15 years’ experience working with both contractor’s and consultants on infrastructure projects in India, Oman, the UAE and Qatar. He has a BSc in Civil Engineering and a Post Graduate Diploma in Advance Construction Management from National Institute of Construction Management in Pune, India.
In 2017, Milind accepted the invitation to be part of the AACE Qatar Section Board of Directors in the role of Director of Administration. As part of this role, Milind organises and manages the AACE Qatar Section technical events and assists with the smooth running of the committee within Qatar.
Currently, Milind is pursuing PSP certification with the AACE whilst working in the planning department at Lahmeyer International. Within his professional capacity Milind has acquired experience in project planning & project management, co-ordination activities, and contract / claim management (including forensic delay analysis).
Milind is proficient in the use of planning software such as Primavera (P6) and MS Project and has used this as a basis to prepare baseline schedules for projects, develop various claim documentation and to formulate project close out reports.
Sahin Recan, Director Membership
Sahin Recan is a chartered civil engineer with more than 11 years’ experience in design, construction and project planning, specifically in the construction of airports, large scale commercial developments, large infrastructure projects. This combination of skills constitutes a sound basis for his primary role as a delay analyst, programming expert and project control services, on over 1bn $ managed claims, including an expert report in aviation industry.
Sahin specializes in delay analysis and is known for his pragmatic and proportionate approach to his analyses, and his keen eye for detail. His approach on each analysis values on the principle of “admire the complexity, but reward simplicity”. The results of each analysis, despite how complex the issue is, is always presented to the parties involved in perfect simplicity to overcome differences occurred through the dispute.
He has worked on many major projects around the world, including: aviation projects in Oman and Turkey, infrastructure projects in Balkans, Turkey, Oman, Qatar, Algeria, large scale commercial projects in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Oman, Turkey, rail systems (heavy rail, light rail, rapid transit);in Algeria, Turkey, oil and gas projects in Saudi Arabia, roads and highways in Balkan region, Qatar and Turkey, Power Plants in Turkey and Nigeria.
In addition, he has experience as a Project Controls Manager and Construction Manager, enabling him to address the core issues in relation to disputes with his hands-on experience in every area of the construction industry. The methodologies he has implemented in managing the diverse teams in different disciplines provided a continuous promotion in his previous companies.
Oleksii Liubymyi, PSP, Director Mentoring
Oleksii Liubymyi is a Senior Planning Engineer with 6 years’ experience in rail, nuclear, medical and high-rise multimillion-dollar projects with major international contractors.
One of the signature projects Oleksii has worked on is the construction of the New Safe Confinement for the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, that was destroyed in the nuclear catastrophe in 1986.
Oleksii has a proven track record of delivering tailored project controls services and setting-up high-performing planning teams to ensure timely project execution. In addition, he has previously implemented analytics apparatus that equipped project managers with information to assist with project decision making.
His main areas of expertise consist of Planning, Scheduling, Progress Monitoring, Reporting, Project Controls and Claims preparation.
Oleksii is an AACE certified Planning and Scheduling Professional with Master’s Degree in Project Management and Civil Engineering.