Speakers & Guests

ACI Concrete Conference on Innovation

H.E Dr. Abdullah Belhaif Al Nuaimi

Guest of Honor
H.E Dr. Abdullah Belhaif Al Nuaimi

H.E Dr. Abdullah Belhaif Al Nuaimi is the former Minister of Climate Change and Environment, UAE to which he was appointed in July 2020. He led the Ministry’s mission of spearheading the UAE’s drive to mitigate and adapt to the impact of climate change, and protect the country’s ecosystems through developing and implementing effective measures, policies, and initiatives. In addition to his ministerial responsibilities, He headed the UAE council for Climate Change and Environment and the National Biosecurity Committee. Between 2013 and 2020, he served as the Minister of Infrastructure Development, where he played a key role in developing the federal infrastructure, such as inter-emirate highways and federal government buildings. He was also Chairman of the Sheikh Zayed Housing Program and Chairman of the Federal Transport Authority.

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Special Guest
Hassan Al Hashemi, Vice President of International Relations, Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Hassan Al Hashemi joined Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry in 2006 and is currently the Vice President of International Relations. As the principal liaison between governmental authorities and the private sector, Mr Al Hashemi’s department represents Dubai Chamber on the international arena and in turn is one of the organization’s most active departments.

The Department’s main duties include negotiating cooperative agreements with foreign partners, organizing major events as well as high level business networking programs, representing the Chamber at local and international events, and organizing inbound and outbound delegations and trade missions.

Since 2012, Mr Al Hashemi has led the implementation of Dubai Chamber’s ProDubai initiative, which involves setting up a number of International Representative Offices in targeted locations around the world.
He is also responsible for the promotion of Dubai Association Center, a first in the region that aims at attracting international business and professional bodies to Dubai.

Mr Al Hashemi holds a BA degree in Management and Marketing from the University of Dubai and is currently pursuing his Masters in Project Management at the British University in Dubai. He is also a graduate of the “Mohammed Bin Rashid Program for Leadership Development”, a selective and highly regarded program initiated by the Executive Office of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai.

Mr Al Hashemi is a board member of ICC UAE along with other local and international business organizations. He is married and has three daughters.

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Special Guest
YU TAO, President & CEO of China State Construction Engrg. Corp. (Middle East) (L.L.C.)

• Over 28 years’ extensive overseas experience in the management of corporate affairs and construction projects
• Lead the largest international contractor in the Middle East, which is also one of the major overseas operational entities of China State Construction International Ltd (CSCEC)

• September 2004 until now, President & CEO of China State Construction Engrg. Corp. (Middle East) (L.L.C.), oversees CSCEC’s direct regional operations in the GCC as well as in other countries in the Middle East
• 2007 – 2010, Vice President of China State Construction International Ltd. Overseas Operations
• 1994 – 2004, Deputy Managing Director of China Construction (South Pacific) Development Co Pte Ltd
• 2008 - 2010, Chairman of the Chinese Business Council in the UAE

• 2016 & 2020, Ranked No.1 in the Construction Week Power 100 List
• 2019, Placed 9th on Forbes’ List of the Top 50 Regional Executives Heading Global Companies

H.E Dr. Abdullah Belhaif Al Nuaimi

Special Guest
Meghan Gregonis, U.S. Consul General in Dubai (expanded)

Meghan Gregonis is the designated United States Consul General in Dubai starting August 2021. A career member of the U.S. Senior Foreign Service, Meghan was the U.S. Consul General in Munich, Germany from 2018-2021. She managed support for the two largest in-person U.S. delegations and the first virtual delegation to the Munich Security Conference during her time there. She also focused on innovation themes in Germany and launched the first Germany-wide Transatlantic Innovation Week to further develop innovation and trade and investment relationships.

Meghan’s previous overseas assignments include Islamabad, Riyadh, Rome, Baghdad, and Jerusalem. Her Washington assignments include directing public engagement efforts in Europe; managing relations with Turkey from the State Department’s Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs; and coordinating U.S. engagement with Jordan from the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs. Meghan was also responsible for relations with Turkey during an assignment to the White House, where she served as a member of the National Security Council. Meghan is a distinguished graduate of the National War College and an alumna of New York University.

She has completed graduate studies at Temple University and earned professional certifications from the University of Southern California and MIT’s Seminar XXI for national security professionals. Meghan speaks Italian and German, and basic French and Arabic. She worked for a venture capital firm in her hometown of Philadelphia before joining the Foreign Service in 2001. Meghan is accompanied in Dubai by her husband, Dr. Alessio Volante.

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Keynote Speaker
Cary Kopczynski, PE, SE, FACI, FPTI

Cary Kopczynski is CEO and Senior Principal of Cary Kopczynski & Company (CKC), an award-winning structural engineering firm with offices in Seattle and Chicago. CKC designs major urban buildings throughout the United States and beyond. The firm has won over eighty regional, national, and international awards, and has been selected several times by Zweig White and Structural Engineer magazine as a top structural engineering firm to work for.

Mr. Kopczynski is a recognized expert in the design of reinforced concrete and post-tensioned concrete building structures and has authored numerous articles in the fields of structural analysis, design, and construction.

Mr. Kopczynski is the current President of the American Concrete Institute (ACI. Mr. Kopczynski also serves on the ACI Foundation Board of Trustees, the ACI Board of Directors, and served for many years on ACI Committees 318 and 352. He is an ACI Fellow and was honored with ACI’s Charles S. Whitney medal in 2015 and Alfred E. Lindau Award in 2017 for his outstanding contributions to the industry. He is a past President of the ACI Washington State Chapter.

Mr. Kopczynski served on the Post-Tensioning Institute’s (PTI) Board of Directors, served on PTI’s Executive Committee, and is the past Chair of PTI’s Technical Advisory Board. He is a PTI Fellow and served on many PTI committees related to building design and professional development.

The Wire Reinforcement Institute (WRI) made Mr. Kopczynski an Honorary Member for his work in advancing the use of high-strength deformed wire reinforcing in buildings.

ENR magazine twice selected Mr. Kopczynski as one of its “Top 25 Newsmakers” for CKC’s pioneering work in the fields of high strength reinforcing bar and Steel Fibrous Reinforced Concrete (SFRC). CKC has continued to advance the use of high-strength reinforcing and SFRC by implementing it in major high-rise buildings and is continually investigating its use in new applications.

Mr. Kopczynski served on the Board of Directors of the Structural Engineers Foundation of Washington, is a past President of the Seattle Chapter of the Structural Engineers Association of Washington (SEAW), past Chair of the SEAW Education Committee, and served as an instructor for SEAW's Structural Engineering Refresher program for many years.

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Keynote Speaker
Jerzy Z. Zemajtis, Ph.D., P.E

Executive Director, ACI Center of Excellence for Nonmetallic Building Materials, NEx

Jerzy has over 30 years of experience in materials testing, structural design, repair and rehabilitation, corrosion condition assessment, and service life modeling of concrete structures. His work includes the development of testing programs for numerous major structures around the world and designs for composite and prestressed concrete bridges in the U.S., Canada, and Poland. Prior to joining NEx, Jerzy was a staff engineer for the American Concrete Institute and organized the first-ever ACI International Code Summit in 2021.

He received his PhD in construction materials from Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, and is a licensed professional engineer in Washington State, and the province of British Columbia, Canada.

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Special Guest
Dr. Ghanim Kashwani, Ph.D., CEng, MICE, CEnv, CSci, CMgr, GradIOSH
Academic Researcher - Civil Engineering/ New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD)

Dr. Ghanim Kashwani, UAE National, who got his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Heriot-Watt University, Scotland, UK, is the first Emirati to become Chartered Civil Engineer (CEng) (MICE) from Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), UK. Additionally, Kashwani is a Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) (MSSE) and a Chartered Manager (CMgr) (MCMI), where he received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Civil Engineering from American University of Sharjah (AUS). Kashwani has an industrial experience with major companies as he works as Team leader in Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) for several years. Moreover, as Chartered Scientist (CSci) and GradI-OSH member, UK, Kashwani works as academic in international universities such as New York University (NYU) and Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). He publishes many papers in international journals in which his research interests include construction materials, safety engineering, and fire engineering. Kashwani was inducted to the Wall of Fame of American University of Sharjah (AUS) Alumni and awarded Honorary Professorship in Civil Engineering from Heriot Watt University, Scotland, UK. Dr Kashwani was appointed as the first president in Council of Young Arab Researchers

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Special Guest
Cindy Davis, CBO
President, International Code Council, ICC

Deputy Director, Division of Building & Fire Regulations
Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development

In fewer than five years, Cindy Davis has managed to have a major effect on the Virginia code world. Now, recently elected to the ICC Board at the Annual Business Meeting in Kansas City, Mo., she’s ready to help do that for the International Code Council and its 64,000 Members.

Davis, Deputy Director in the Division of Building & Fire Regulations for the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, started in the business when codes were put down on paper.

Although that’s changing, she said it needs to change more quickly to keep up with a new generation of code officials who will be depending even more on technology.

To that end, Davis spearheaded a move to reconfigure ICC’s cloud-based code process, cdpACCESS , to cut through a lot of the cumbersome paper documents stakeholders in Virginia had to wade through

What cdpACCESS allows ICC members to do at a national level – view a code development process and any changes right at their computers – could be done at the state level, as well. Called cdpVA, the process is working well so far, with Davis, ICC’s cdpACCESS technicians and stakeholders very happy with the results.

In fact, Davis was proud when her department was honored at the 18th annual Commonwealth of Virginia Innovative Technology Symposium (COVITS) for helping to develop cdpVA.

The COVITS award was the most recent for Davis, who also earned the Governor’s IT Award – Government to Business in 2016 for cdpVA; the 2011 Planning Leadership Award from the Pennsylvania Chapter of APA; the Commonwealth Building Officials Code Official of the Year Award in 2002; and she is an Honorary Member of ICC.

Davis also is honored to have been the only woman elected to the BOCA International Board, serving from 1998 to 2003, before it consolidated with the other legacy organizations to form the ICC.

But soon her career became a blur of advancement: becoming full-time, shadowing the inspectors, earning certifications, taking some civil engineering classes. Not long after, she was hired as Building Official/Zoning Officer in Pennsylvania’s O’Hara Township, where she updated paper permitting and inspection processes to new computerized systems, trained office staff on software she had researched and purchased, implemented “walk-in” permit program every Friday for small weekend projects and updated the fire inspection program for the community.

During her 13 years there, she also led efforts to update the municipal zoning ordinance and helped update the Subdivision and Land Development ordinances.

She came full circle at that point when she took a job at Butler Township, where she began as a part-time secretary, to become the Building Official/Zoning Officer there.

Davis said she has been blessed to have the support there and from other employees and employers throughout her career. That includes all the friends and mentors she met working through BOCA.

Now, she also serves on the board of the National Institute of Building Sciences in Washington, D.C., among others. But that was after the Commonwealth of Virginia came calling in 2012 with an offer to become Director of the State Building Codes Office.

In that post, Davis helped develop and involve stakeholders in the 2012 Virginia Codes, negotiated a publishing contract with ICC that made it more cost effective for members to buy books, and, for the first time, new electronic products with access to resources not previously available to stakeholders.

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Mohamed Idrissi, P.E, MACI, MSCE, LEED Associate

Idrissi has over 10 years of engineering experience in the government sector. His diversified professional experince includes inspection, construction, design, and structural evalaution of highway structures, bridges, culverts, retaining walls, and sign-support structures. Currently, he serves as a Civil Structural Engineer and Subject Matter Expert at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Idrissi served as a Bridge Design Senior Engineer at New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) from 2013 to 2020 at the division of Structural Bridge Design. In this role, Idrissi led the desgin of superstructures replacement and structures rehabilitation. Prior, Idrissi was an intern at Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) from 2009-2011 and worked as Junior Project Manager at Steel Fabricator in New Milford, CT. from 2012 to 2013.

Idrissi received his Bachelor’s degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from University of Rhode Island (URI) in 2011 and his Master’s degree in Structural Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) in December, 2018.

Most recently, Idrissi passed the Professional (Structural) Engineering P.E. examination and he is awaiting his engineering licence from the State of New Jeresey. In addition, Idrissi has several trainings and certifications such as: ACI Grade I; LEED Green Associate from U.S. Green Building Council; Structural Steel and Bolting Special Inspector (S1) from the International Code Council (ICC); Traffic Control Coordinator (TCC) from Rutger University; and Concrete Repair Application Procedures Certificate from ACI University.

Idrissi has been an active ACI member since he was an undergrade student. Recently, he was relected as a board member of ACI Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware Chapter (ACI EP&D). In his chapter, Idrissi serves as a chairman of membership subcommitte and reports on all ACI events and activities. In addition, he is a member of ACI Committee 343 Concrete Bridge Design Joint ACI-ASCE, and he is also a member of ACI Subcommittee 343-0B Bridge Deck Design where he is developing a new document on concrete bridge deck design.

From 2016 to 2018 Idrissi served as board member in the city of Ewing Environmental Commission dedicated to preserving, protecting, developing and using natural resources within the township. Idrissi was a public representative at Clifton Environmental Commission 2015-2016. Also, he volunteered at “Winter Operation Support Team” as Snow Representative at his local crew from 2016 to 2020. In 2021, Idrissi volunteered at FEMA COVID-19 mass vaccination center at the city of Philadelphia.

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Mr. Arif Husain Al Marzooqi, Products Conformity Assessment Section Manager in Dubai Central Lab Department (DCLD) of Dubai Municipality

Mr. Arif Husain Al Marzooqi was appointed as Products Conformity Assessment Section Manager in Dubai Central Lab Department (DCLD) of Dubai Municipality effective January 20th, 2019.

Graduated from UAE University with Bachelor Degree of Science Major Geology in the year 2000. I joined the Municipality in 2000 as a Field Studies Researcher Assistant, and was later promoted to the post of Acting Head of Research and Standardization Management Office. I was later appointed as Head of Research and Standardization Management Office in which I was looked after the Standards development for testing and products specification for conformity assessment.

I was promoted in 2012 to the post of Acting Head of Inspection and Certification Section. I have chaired a number of committees in Dubai Municipality such as the Certification Technical Committee, Technical Approval Committee, Development of Dubai Soil Profile Mapping Committee, Concrete Sustainability Team and participated as active member in a lot of other committees such as Strategic Transformation Management Team of DCLD, Establishing International Center for Halal Products Accreditation and Certification Team, Certification Advisory Committee, Certification Technical Committee, DCL Internal Auditor Team, DCL Awards and Innovations Team and The Unified Dubai Committee for approving Building products and systems. I was also instrumental in winning some more than 20 local, regional and international awards for DCL and Dubai Municipality, and have a big role in making DCL/Dubai Municipality Conformity Mark available and existing in more than 41 countries around the world and development of more than 80 standards for testing and products specification, besides developing more than 80 products certification schemes.

I have audited so many factories (more than 40) around the world to assess the products, which they are producing against the approved standards specifications; in addition I am an approved Internal auditor to for Dubai Municipality (DM) integrated Management System, and in this direction I have audited so many DM Departments to check their compliance against the related integrated management system standards.

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Mahmut Ekenel, Ph.D., PE, FACI

Mahmut Ekenel, Ph.D., PE, FACI, is a Senior Staff Engineer at ICC Evaluation Service, Brea, CA. He received his M.S. from Southern Illinois University and his Ph.D. from Missouri S&T University, where he also worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher. His research interests include fiber-reinforced composite strengthening of structures, fiber-reinforced concrete, concrete admixtures, and anchorage to concrete. He is a fellow member of ACI and a registered civil engineer in California and Ohio.

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Melissa Sanchez, S.E., LEED AP

Melissa Sanchez, S.E., LEED AP, is a Staff Engineer with ICC Evaluation Service specializing in structural and seismic building products. She graduated with a B.S. in Civil Engineering from UCLA and an M.S. in Structural Engineering from UC Berkeley. Melissa is a LEED Accredited Professional and a licensed structural engineer in California with over 10 years of experience in structural analysis, design, and construction administration for existing and new structures.

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Mansour Faried, MSc Cm, PMP, CCE

“Chief Engineer and Director of Engineering department at China State Construction Engineering “Middle East”, he leads the Engineering team of the world leading contractor to develop technology driven technical proposals and Engineering solution for running and upcoming projects across Middle East region.

Mansour holds Master Degree in Construction management from Reading University, with a major specialty in construction innovation, building information modelling (BIM), Virtual construction and in particular 3D printing applications in construction field.

With an extensive knowledge gained over 20 years of participation in large, complex and landmark projects, Mansour has developed his realistic vision towards Construction industry, and became able to early identify the minor flaws before it rolls up into major business failure, accordingly became able to manage all sizes of projects, and assist different stake holders to take the right decision on the right time. “

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Khaled Nahlawi, PhD, PE

Khaled Nahlawi is a Distinguished Engineer at the American Concrete Institute, Farmington Hills, MI. His role at ACI is to provide technical and administrative support to ACI’s Technical Committees and communicate the work of these committees to other Standards Developing Organizations and Regulatory Agencies. He received his PhD from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. Has over 20 years of experience in the design and strengthening of structures. He joined ACI in 2009 as a Senior Engineer and has supported, among other duties, the reorganization effort of ACI 318 and is the current ACI 562 and TRRC secretary. He is the author of the Reinforced Concrete Design Handbook MNL-17(14) and the Guide to the ACI 562 MNL-3.

He is a licensed engineer in California and Michigan.”

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Henrik Lund-Nielsen, MBA, Founder & General Manager, COBOD International A/S

Henrik Lund-Nielsen is the founder and General Manager of COBOD International A/S, a globally leading company within 3D construction printing constantly making headlines in the construction and 3D printing press. COBOD among others 3D printed the BOD, the first 3D printed building in Europe in 2017 and the world’s first 3D printed windmill tower in 2019. COBOD also developed and sold the printers that 3D printed the first two and three floors buildings in Europe (done in Belgium and Germany by PERI and others), the first school and house in Africa (Malawi), the first villa in Dubai/UAE and the first two floors building in India. COBOD is also behind the development and sales of the largest 3D construction printers in the world, including a BOD2 printer with a length of 27 meters, which was sold to The Middle East. In 2021 COBOD began expanding in the US with new customers 3D printing buildings with COBOD printers in Florida, Virginia and Arizona. Also recently COBOD entered into a long term collaboration agreement with GE Renewable Energy and LafargeHolcim (the world largest cement and concrete manufacturer) for the 3D printing of record tall concrete windmill towers. In 2015-17, as the project manager for a government supported project, Henrik Lund-Nielsen led a 3 years research project into the global State of the Art of 3D construction. Henrik Lund-Nielsen is a frequent speaker on 3D printing and 3D construction printing in particular and in 2020 was recognized as one of the 10 most influential executives within the entire 3D printing industry.

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Dr. Davide Zampini

Dr. Davide Zampini is an Italian national born in Jos, Nigeria and is the Head of CEMEX´s Global R&D based in Switzerland. He leads a multi-disciplinary group of top scientists and specialists that spearhead new technologies and solutions for the world’s building materials market.


2015 -Present Head of Global R&D
2009 -2015 Director Product Development & Construction Trends CEMEX VP Technology Central
2003-2009 Product Development Manager, CEMEX VP Technology Central
1997-2003 R&D Project Manager, Research Group Leader at MBT/Degussa (Construction Chemicals)


  • B.S. in Civil Engineering, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL. - 1992
  • Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL. - 1996.
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Kemal Celik

Kemal Celik is an Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at New York University in Abu Dhabi and holds an appointment with New York University, Tandon School of Engineering as Global Network Assistant Professor. Professor Celik is the director of the Advanced Materials and Building Efficiency Research Laboratory (AMBER Lab) at NYU Abu Dhabi. He received his Ph.D. degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, with a major in Structural Engineering, Mechanics & Materials, and two minors in Geoengineering and Material Science & Engineering. He holds MS and BS degrees in Civil Engineering from Istanbul University.

Prior to joining New York University Abu Dhabi, Celik was a Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, and Singapore-Berkeley Building Efficiency and Sustainability in the Tropics (SinBerBEST) program, an international collaboration led by the University of California, Berkeley.

Dr. Celik’s work focuses on construction materials and building energy efficiency to develop sustainable and multi-functional structural materials. To this end, he conducts multi-scale and interdisciplinary research. His research interests include characterization and development of sustainable and energy-efficient construction materials, low carbon cements, alkali-activated cementitious material, multi-functional building envelopes, and prediction and evaluation of daylight distribution through complex fenestration system with a hybrid-simulation integrating physical- and computational- based data.

His selected and recent achievements are the National Science Foundation (NSF) Award, Golden Lion at Venice Architecture Biennale, 2021 with National Pavilion of UAE as an exhibitor, ADEK Award for Research Excellence (AARE 2019), NYUAD Research Enhancement Fund Award, and New York University Research Challenge Fund.

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Hunain Alkhateb, Ph.D

Dr. Hunain Alkhateb is an Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Mississippi, affiliated with the Center for Graphene Research and Innovation(CGRI), and a co-founder member of the Additive Manufacturing Research and Education cluster (AMREC) at the University of Mississippi.

She received her Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Mississippi in 2011 and joined the UM’s Department of Civil Engineering in August 2012. Dr. Alkhateb’s research focuses on multiscale materials characterization and in-situ additive construction. She has developed a strong relationship with NASA-Marshall and selected two constitutive years as the only Ole Miss NASA faculty fellowship (2016 and 2017).
Dr. Alkhateb has served as PI for several NASA-funded Research Projects, including a Cooperative Agreement Notice (CAN)-Marshall in 2018, and 2021. The primary current research efforts focused on synthesizing binding construction composites and developing detailed structure-property relationships to address some of the top challenges of outer space construction technologies. Dr. Alkhateb is currently advising 5 Graduate students working on advanced materials topics; she has advised over 30 undergraduate research students through several funded projects.

She has authored/co-authored over thirty journal publications in prestigious journals and thirty-five conference presentations and posters. She served as a panelist on the “Does 3-D Printing Have a Concrete Future in Our World and Beyond?” forum at the 2017 American Concrete Institute (ACI) Spring Convention. She is a member of the ACI C0056400 3-D Printing with Cementitious Materials, presented a Big Idea in the NSF Workshop on Additive Manufacturing for Civil Infrastructure Design and Construction: Mars Habitation: Mission, Vision and the Current State of Art”, and was an invited speaker to 2018 Resilient ExtraTerrestrial Habitats (RETH) workshop. Dr. Alkhateb, in collaboration with NASA-MSFC, has prepared three concrete-like 3D printed samples launched on METIS-2 X-37 for space exposure testing.

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Dimitri Tabbal, R&D Manager Weber-Middle East

Mr. Dimitri Tabbal holds a Master degree in Chemistry from the Lebanese University and Masters in Business Administration in Marketing from Leicester University. He is the head of the R&D and technical operation for Saint-Gobain Weber in the Middle East. he has 17 years of experience in the field of building materials where Mr. Tabbal has contributed to place many innovative solutions in the market.

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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Andrej Albert, Managing partner, R&P Ruffert Ingenieurgesellschaft

1. Education:
Doktor-Ingenieur (Ph. D.) Civil Engineering, Darmstadt University of Technology, 2002
Diplom-Ingenieur (M. Sc. ) Civil Engineering, University at Kaiserslautern, 1994

2. Academic/Teaching Experience:
Professor, Hochschule Bochum – University of Applied Sciences, Civil Engineering, Bochum, September 2004 - Present
- Teaching undergraduate and graduate courses on the design of reinforced and prestressed concrete structures
- Research in concrete structures, especially in two-way voided slabs
Teaching and Research Associate, Darmstadt University of Technology, Darmstadt, 1996 – 2001

3. Industrial Experience:
Managing partner, R&P Ruffert Ingenieurgesellschaft– Consulting Engineers, Düsseldorf,
October 2006 - Present
Director of branch office, Krebs und Kiefer – Consulting Engineers, Bochum,
September 2004 - September 2006
Project Manager, Krebs und Kiefer – Consulting Engineers, Darmstadt, November
2001 – August 2004
Project Engineer, Philipp Holzmann AG, Technical Department of the Headquarters, Neu-Isenburg, September 1994 – October 1996

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Salah Altoubat, Ph.D, MACI

Salah Altoubat is Professor and previous Chairman of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Sharjah. He received his Ph.D in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2000. He has industrial and academic experience in North America and in the Middle East.

His expertise spans materials engineering, structural engineering and civil engineering infrastructure. He is a recipient of the American Concrete Institute (ACI) Wason Award for the most meritorious paper. He is a recipient of the UOS Award for Excellence in Research in 2010 and 2017; and for Excellence in teaching in 2014.

Previously, he was a senior research associate at W. R. Grace, Cambridge, USA. Dr. Altoubat is a member of ACI 544 (fiber reinforced concrete) and ACI 440 (fiber-reinforced polymer) and ACI 564 (3D Printing). He has published more than 90 peer-reviewed articles and he is co-inventor of two USA Patents that lead to a commercial product.

He has been also involved in consulting work at the national and international levels. His current research interest includes sustainability, printability and durability aspects of concrete; structural applications of concrete composites; concrete technology; early age behavior of concrete, creep, shrinkage and cracking of concrete.

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Haidar Emad Alhaidary, Project Executive, MEET

Haider Al Haidary has conducted research in concrete and sustainability at the American University of Sharjah, Sharjah, UAE, and is currently the Project Executive at Middle East Engineering Technologies (MEET), where he seeks to bring 3-D concrete printing into the construction field. MEET is a subsidiary of Ginco Contracting Co LLC, where he also serves as a Structural Engineer and Technical Officer.

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Mohammad Al Ktaishat
Digital Project Delivery Lead – Civil Infrastructure, AECOM Middle East

Mohammad Al Ktaishat serves as the Digital Project Delivery Lead in the Civil Infrastructure/Transportation business line of AECOM Middle East. Mohammad has been a strong advocate for digitizing the fast growing civil infrastructure industry. Working with the wider global team and with his experience in ME markets, He has helped in shaping tools and standards that digitize the different processes in civil infrastructure from planning to operations. He has worked on various governmental and non-governmental projects that helped our clients understand the benefit of the various technology applications, from BIM, drones, GIS, AI, Data Management…etc, that contribute to the paradigm shift we see today our industry.

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Dr. Sherif Yehia, PE, M.ACI, M. ASCE

Dr. Sherif Yehia, is a Professor of Civil, at the American University of Sharjah, UAE and the Deputy head of the fib-UAE national group. Dr. Yehia authored and co-authored more than 250 papers in refereed journals and conference proceedings and has two issued US-Patents. Dr. Yehia received his BS (Honors) and MS from Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt, and his Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska, USA, in 1999. His research interests include behavior of reinforced and prestressed concrete, composite structures, special concrete, and infrastructure resilience.

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John Christopher Young, BSc (Hons) MSc (Proj. Mng ), MICE

Managing Director and Principal Engineer of Young Engineering Consultancy Services LLC, an engineering consultancy company working in the real estate and construction sectors providing expert, independent, and impartial advice on structural design and durability, based on over 30 years of experience with steel and concrete construction in the Middle East.

Chartered Civil Engineer with over 40 years’ experience working on highways, bridges, marine structures and low, medium, and high-rise residential, commercial, and industrial buildings for major international consultants and contractors.

Whilst working in the UAE over the last 30 years I have been an expert witness on a number of arbitration cases. I was an expert witness at a case for the Abu Dhabi Alternative Dispute Resolution Centre between a major international contractor and a waterproofing subcontractor on the root cause analysis of the failure of the basement waterproofing. I was an expert witness on a case at DIFC to review the reinstatement work to a fire damaged warehouse in Jebel Ali Free zone area and provide an estimate of the cost of the essential repair works and betterment to the structure.

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Suvendu Kumar Basak, Senior Concrete Material Engineer
Bechtel, KSA

Suvendu is a Structural Engineer and Engineering Group Supervisor in Bechtel, having more than 27 years of experience, especially on concrete design and construction. Experience includes wide range of industries such as infrastructure, aluminum refinery and smelters, steel plants, coal based and gas based thermal power plants, oil refineries etc. Led large engineering teams in PMC and EPC projects both within and outside of Bechtel. Executed projects in various geographical locations, viz, India, Middle-East, North America and Australia. Currently working in Saudi Arabia as concrete material engineer, engaged in developing strategy to decarbonize concrete design and construction in projects to meet sustainability goals.

The ACI UAE Chapter is looking forward to seeing you in Dubai