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Brunel International Lecture Series: Middle East lecture, online

  • Webinar
  • Online
  • 03 March 2021
  • 16:00 - 17:30
Brunel International Lecture Series: Middle East lecture, online

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Local start times are as follows: 20.00 (GST) / 16.00 (GMT)

Travelling virtually around the world, Seth Schultz will present his lecture alongside a regional panel of key industry thought leaders. From both a global and local perspective, they will debate some of the biggest issues facing the planet and the profession, before answering audience’s questions.

The 13th Brunel International Lecture Series was launched in London on 2 December 2020.

Following the East Asia and Europe regional lectures, our next virtual event takes place in the Middle East on 3 March 2021.

Discover more about the lecture series.


  • Welcome from Prof. Dr. Sabih Gatea Khisaf, ICE UAE Committee Chair and Vice-President International
  • 13th Brunel International Lecture Series animation
  • Regional Presentation by Seth Schultz, Brunel lecturer
  • Panel discussion and Q&A session with audience, moderated by Mark Hansford, Director of Engineering Knowledge, ICE


Opening remarks: Prof. Dr. Sabih Gatea Khisaf FICE

ICE UAE Committee Chair and Vice-President International

Dr. Sabih Khisaf

Dr. Sabih has over 37 years of experience in executing rail infrastructure and infrastructure development programs in the UK, Europe and most recently in the Middle East.

Dr. Sabih has been involved in infrastructure projects such as Heathrow Terminal 5 in London; Khalifa Port and Khalifa Industrial Zone in Abu Dhabi; Vasco da Gama Bridge in Lisbon; A13 DBFO Project and Metro operation in London; London Underground Tube Lines and in multi-mode transit systems designs (such as the Abu Dhabi’s US$ 32-billion Integrated Public Transport Program), Doha Metro and recently in Hyperloop Transportation Technologies in the MENA Region.

Dr. Sabih is a Charted Civil Engineer, Fellow of ICE, Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation and Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute in the UK. He is a member of ICE’s Trustee Board and is ICE Vice-President International and the Chairman of the ICE’s UAE Branch.

He sits on several Universities Industry Advisory Boards. He is an Honorary Professor at Heriot-Watt University.

Seth Schultz FICE

Brunel Lecturer

Seth Schultz

Seth is executive director of The Resilience Shift, a global initiative focused on making the world safer through resilient infrastructure. Seth is leading work to accelerate the theory and practice of resilience for critical infrastructure systems. He has a long track record of building consensus and initiating change in sustainable development and urban resilience.

With a 20-year career as a geologist and environmental scientist, Seth has worked with leading organisations to drive change in urban sustainability and raise awareness of the role of cities in tackling climate change. He is a founding partner of the International Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructure, a global coalition of organisations from across the engineering, investment, city and philanthropic communities.

Chair: Mark Hansford FICE

Director of Engineering Knowledge, ICE

Mark Hansford

Mark is passionate about civil engineering. He is a civil engineer; he is a Fellow of ICE; and throughout his 20-plus year career he has sought roles that have allowed him to work with others to both promote the profession and provide professional engineers with the information to help them become better engineers.

That passion for the industry stems from his 20-plus year association with it. He has a MEng in Civil Engineering (First class) from the University of Birmingham and spent three years as a practicing engineer with consultant Atkins before joining New Civil Engineer in 2000, a title he edited for five years before joining the ICE in February 2020.

At New Civil Engineer he’s visited and written technical reports on some of the world’s most spectacular structures in including the Burj Khalifa, the Brenner Base Tunnel and Vladivostok’s Russky Island bridge.

He’s also reported from the scene of a host of international engineering disasters including a bridge collapse in northern Portugal, a tunnel fire in Baltimore and tsunami-struck Sri Lanka. And in 2003 he was the first construction reporter into Iraq following the second Gulf War.

Beyond the ICE, Mark volunteers time to judge numerous industry awards and in recognition of his efforts to promote the profession was in 2016 invited to join the Worshipful Company of Paviors, a City of London Livery Company that works to promote the highways industry and provide opportunities for young people through its London Highway Academy.

Panelist: H.E. Dr. Abdullah Belhaif Al Nuaimi FICE

Cabinet Member and Minister of Climate Change and Environment UAE

Abdullah Belhaif Al Nuaimi

His Excellency Dr Abdullah bin Mohammed Belhaif Al Nuaimi was appointed Minister of Climate Change and Environment in July 2020. In this role, he leads 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, His Excellency Dr Al Nuaimi heads the UAE Council for Climate Change and Environment, the National Biosecurity Committee.

Between 2013 and 2020, His Excellency Dr Al Nuaimi served as 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 Programme and Chairman of the Federal Transport Authority – Land & Maritime.

His previous posts included Undersecretary at the Ministry of Infrastructure Development (formerly known as the Ministry of Public Works), Engineering Manager at the General Civil Aviation Authority, Director of the Water Distribution Department at the Ministry of Electricity and Water, and Board Member of Federal Electricity and Water Authority. He also made a contribution to academia as Visiting Professor at the Higher Colleges of Technology.

His Excellency Dr Abdullah bin Mohammed Belhaif Al Nuaimi holds a PhD in Construction Management from the University of Reading in the UK (1990) and a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering (1980) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His Excellency Dr Abdullah is also a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, UK.

Panelist: H.E. Fahad Al Jubeir FICE

Mayor of Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province

Fahad Al Jubair

His Excellency Fahad Al Jubeir has been mayor of the Eastern Province since March 2013. He has a passion for road safety and sustainable transport and has led the implementation of billions of dollars of infrastructure during his time in office and throughout his career.

He has a bachelor’s in civil engineering from King Saud University (KSU) and a diploma in advanced project management from the University of Arizona and held his first position as project management with Riyadh municipality until 1987. He then led the Unaizah Municipality from 1993 to 1999 and the Ministry of Municipal Affairs between 1999 and 2004, plus acted as mayor of Al-Ahsa from 2004 until 2013.

He has been the head of the Al-Ahsa Municipality Council, a member of the National Traffic Safety Committee, the Saudi Engineers Council, the Saudi Heritage Preservation Society, the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage in Al-Ahsa, the education council in the Eastern Province and the supervisory committee at KSU’s engineering faculty.

He is currently chairman of the Gulf Road and Transport Engineering Society and a board member of the General Entertainment Authority.

Panelist: Mark Jamieson CEng FICE CMgr FCMI

ICE MEA Council Member & UAE Country Representative

Mark Jamieson

Mark is the Country Representative of the ICE for the UAE and Council Member for the Middle East and Africa. He sits on various committees involved in policy, strategy, finance and international matters.

Mark’s day job is working with a growing PMC organisation in the region and previously Mark was an executive at two major regional PMC / Engineering companies.

A civil engineer with over 30 years of global experience in construction and engineering, Mark has delivered major construction projects from nuclear to rail and infrastructure to building mega projects. Mark’s current ICE roles involve looking after the interests of the 1000 members registered here in the UAE and the many ICE members resident or seconded into the MEA region.

Mark is Chairman of Darjeeling Cricket Club, the oldest such club in Dubai and a Corporate Representative of the British Business Group, Abu Dhabi.

Panelist: Jennifer Stables FICE

Senior Project Manager, AECOM; ICE Qatar Country Representative

Jennifer Stables

Jennifer is a Chartered member of ICE, a registered Engineer with MMUP Qatar, and a Project Management Institute Project Management Professional with PRINCE 2 Project Management certification.

She graduated with a Master’s degree in Civil and Structural Engineering from the University of Cambridge in 2007, and has worked for AECOM in Doha, Qatar since June 2013.

Jennifer is the Qatar Representative of ICE and Chair and a Delegated Engineer supporting those seeking chartership. She sat on the ICE Global Council for a three-year term and chaired the London Young Members Committee.

She is also a member of Engineers Without Borders UK having been a reviewer for the Engineering for People Design Challenge 2017 and spent three months in Bangladesh in 2012 acting as a project manager for a rural NGO. Jennifer acts as a Patron for the ‘TeamBuild’ cross construction industry competition for young people previously having acted as an organiser and Trustee.

Jennifer was recognised as one of the top 50 women engineers under 35 by The Women's Engineering Society and The Telegraph newspaper in 2017. She is a Super User for the AECOM Ecosystem Project Management tool (ePM) and APIC financial systems and an accredited AECOM Project Manager.

Panelist: Huda Shaka, BSc, MSc, MSc, MRTPI, MIEMA, CEnv, LEED AP

Urban Planning and Sustainable Development Expert, Associate Advisor at the Royal Commission for Makkah City and Holy Sites

Huda Shaka

Huda is an experienced urban planning and sustainability professional and is a thought-leader and international speaker on the topic of sustainable development in Arab cities.

Huda's multidisciplinary academic background and consulting and public sector experience, combining urban planning, environmental science, public health, sustainability and city resilience, and her first-hand experience living and working in the fast-developing cities of the Arab world, help her to bring a unique perspective to projects in the region.

Huda started her career in the built environment as an environmental scientist with Dubai Holding, advising on environmental and sustainability strategies. She then joined the global built environment consultancy Arup where she spent 12 years working on private and government projects throughout the GCC focused on identifying, communicating, and implementing ambitious sustainability visions and strategies for cities, master plans and major infrastructure projects. Huda is currently an Associate Advisor at the Royal Commission for Makkah City and Holy Sites and is acting lead for the Land and Real Estate program.

Huda holds Bachelor of Science (High Distinction) in Chemistry and Public Health from the American University of Beirut, a Masters of Science in Chemistry from the University of California, Irvine, and a Masters of Science in International Planning from the Bartlett, University College London. She is a Chartered Town Planner (MRTPI), a Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) and a member of the International Society for City and Regional Planners (ISoCaRP). Huda recently served as a board member of the Emirates Green Building Council and is currently a board member of the international not-for-profit organisation The Nature of Cities.

Panelist: Zainab Al Himdani

Graduate member, Atkins; ICE Oman Committee Member

Zainab Al Himdani

Zainab Alhimdani is a graduate civil engineer, graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2017.

Zainab currently works for Atkins and is in her third year of her graduate programme. Zainab is actively involved with megaprojects in Oman such as, the Khazaen Economic city masterplan; Oman National Spatial strategy; the Bank Sohar HQ and the Petroleum Development Oman Ras Al Hamra project.

Zainab joined ICE in 2017 as GMICE, and she is currently working towards her IEng certification. Zainab is an active member of ICE Oman Committee.

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