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Pitch 200: Global grand final, London

  • Lecture
  • London
  • 26 November 2018
  • 18:30 - 21:15
Pitch 200: Global grand final, London

About this event

Do you have a natural curiosity for how things work? Want to know more about how engineering is integrated into our daily lives? Or perhaps you just like to gain an insight into new and interesting ideas? Then Pitch 200 is for you.

To celebrate the Year of Engineering and the 200 year anniversary of the Institution of Civil Engineers, we're putting engineers to the test their creativity to explain an idea, concept or project related to civil engineering in 200 seconds!

Hosted by TV Presenter Rob Bell, you’re invited to the Pitch 200 Grand Final at the ICE’s headquarters, to see how talented engineers from around the world showcase their work in the most curious and unconventional way.

You will have the chance to submit questions via sli.do during the presentation to be put forward to the speaker to each of the finalists about the presentation and their engineering topic.

The winner on the evening will need to impress not only you – but by our panel of judges:

  • Sir Peter Bazalgette, Chair of ITV
  • Dr Hayaatun Sillem, CEO of the Royal Academy of Engineering
  • Dr Marty Jopson, Inventor and Reporter for the BBC's The ONE Show
  • Stephen Metcalfe MP, HM Government Envoy for Year of Engineering
  • Ayo Sokale ICE President’s Future Leader 2017/18

Entry is free but booking is required, so do join us at 6.30pm at One Great George Street on Monday 26 November and have your eyes opened by the world of engineering.


Prof. A.F.M. Saiful Amin - FICE

Prof Saiful Amin

Dr. A.F.M. Saiful Amin is a Professor of Civil Engineering whose fundamental contributions have resulted in major improvements in the design and performance of bridges. Specializing in the fields of structural engineering—particularly structural mechanics—and applied mechanics, Dr. Amin’s expertise also includes thermodynamics, thermo-physics and cement chemistry.

He is an important researcher from Bangladesh to contribute in the “Technical Development to Upgrade Structural Integrity of Buildings in Densely Populated Urban Areas and Its Strategic Implementation towards Resilient Cities” funded by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in SATREPS Project in collaboration with University of Tokyo, Tohuko University, Osaka University and Daido University.

Joanna Bateman - GMICE

Joanna Bateman

Joanna Bateman’s future career took shape following a chat with a civil engineer at a careers fair. She’s never forgotten how that person inspired her and ignited a passion that continues to burn brightly today.

It’s now Joanna who gives up her time, so freely, to talk to people about the amazing career opportunities available within civil engineering - whether that’s via a careers fair, a song (yes, she has written songs about civil engineering) or a Pitch 200 presentation!


Akshay Budhihal Ashokkumar – Student

Akshay Budhihal Ashokkumar

Akshay is pursuing Masters in Construction Management and Engineering at Delft University of Technology. He did his bachelors in civil engineering from Bangalore, India. His passion for civil engineering helped him secure the first position in his university in his bachelors. He co-founded a start up named “Pool School” in India, an innovative pooling application which successfully helped the students of his university find pooling partners on a real time basis.

He is currently doing a research on “Incorporating circularity in public procurement” at TU Delft and hopes this can bring a change and help progress towards achieving sustainability in construction projects.!

Tom Bishton - MICE

Tom Bishton

Tom is a Senior Structural Engineer in Beca’s Transport and Infrastructure team in Australia. Graduating from the University of Manchester in 2006 with a First Class Honours degree in Civil and Structural Engineering, Tom began his career as a graduate engineer in Mott MacDonalds maritime team.

After working on many varied and diverse projects around the world with Mott MacDonald, Tom decided to gain experience working abroad and made the long move around the world to Brisbane, Australia. Here he became a member of Aurecon’s marine team. At Aurecon, Tom was involved in many major projects including the expansion of Hay Point Coal Terminal in North Queensland, the Moreton Bay Rail Line Extension in Brisbane and the Westconnex Motorway expansion in Sydney.

Following 9 years at Aurecon Tom moved to Beca where he is currently involved in building Beca’s marine capability in Australia, as well as being involved in the redevelopment of the Auckland waterfront for the upcoming Americas Cup. Tom is a chartered engineer and member of the institution. Tom also fills the position of Secretary on the ICE Queensland’s committee.

Alistair Lenczner - FICE

Alistair Lenczner

Alistair Lenczner, director at London-based design consultancy Expedition Engineering, has over 35 years’ experience working as a cross-discipline designer within architectural-engineering teams. His career includes long spells with Arup engineers and Foster + Partners architects. He has been involved in the design of many significant international projects including the Louvre Museum in Paris, the Padre Pio Church in Italy, the new Wembley Stadium and the Millau Viaduct in France.

More recently he has been involved in the design of new stations at Euston and Old Oak Common for the HS2 high-speed railway. He has proposed a new railway, HS4Air, that would directly connect both Heathrow and Gatwick airports to northern and western regions of the UK as well as continental Europe.

Stephanie Martin - GMICE

Stephanie Martin

Stephanie graduated with a Masters in Civil Engineering from Queen’s University, Belfast (2015). She worked for Mott Macdonald in Belfast for almost 2 years working on buildings and infrastructure projects before moving to AECOM in May 2017. She currently work with AECOM’s Water Team on Dam and Reservoir projects. Stephanie decided to take part in the competition to boost her confidence in public speaking and improve my communication skills, but also to prove that engineering doesn’t have to complicated to be clever.

Catriona Salvini - Student

Cat Salvani

Cat is a fifth-year structural engineering student at Heriot-Watt University. Experience as an intern with ARUP and as a QUEST student with Morgan Sindall (Construction and Infrastructure) have given her considerable exposure to the construction industry in roles from site engineer to tendering. She was the winner of the ICE Scotland final of the "Emerging Engineers Competition" and an international finalist for 2018 for her paper on the use of biomass ash as a supplementary cementitious material.

She was also shortlisted for the Target Civil Engineering Undergraduate of the Year 2018. As a member of WES and an active STEM Ambassador she works to inspire young people to pursue engineering.

Peter Wan - MICE

peter wan

Wan Pui Yau, Peter is a civil engineer from Hong Kong who has a passion to share civil engineering knowledge with the general public. He gives talks and organises activities for secondary school students on infrastructure planning, design and construction.

Peter specialises in railway engineering and is currently working in the Highways Department of the Hong Kong government.



Emma Watkins - GMICE

emma watkins

After graduating in 2015, Emma has been working in London as a site engineer, on both water and rail projects, such as being involved in the delivery of works for Waterloo Station’s August Blockade 2017, on time with minimal disruption to the station and its infrastructure. Emma has been selected as an ICE President’s Future Leader under incoming President Andrew Wyllie.

As well as working with the ICE to promote the role of women in engineering, Emma is really excited to show the public what she does for a living and some of the incredible achievements that have happened right on their doorstep.

Event venue

Institution of Civil Engineers
One Great George Street
London SW1P 3AA
United Kingdom

For more information please contact:

Yiannis Xenarios

e: [email protected]