All change at ACE Middle East

Association for Consultancy and Engineering Middle East group has restructured its management board to meet the new challenges in the region and drive ACE activity going forward.

The restructure of ACE’s Middle East group has been made to capitalise on the strong representation of senior executives within its member firms working in the Gulf. The changes will also address the increased attention the region will gain when the International Federation of Consulting Engineers [FIDIC] holds its global infrastructure conference in Dubai in September followed by Dubai Expo 2020 and the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar.

The new ACE team includes:

  • Tom Bower, Managing Director at WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff in the Middle East has been appointed Chair of the group supported by an experienced team of professionals including: 
  • Ian Clarke, Managing Director of Mott Macdonald Middle East and immediate past chairman of ACE’s Middle East group.
  • Wael Allen, Chief Executive of Arcadis/Hyder Middle East assuming the role of vice chair and secretary.
  • Yaver Abidi, Managing Director of Ramboll New Markets who has agreed to champion the formation of ACE’s Progress Network – the community for young professional consultants and engineers to network with their peers and develop their business skills and keep abreast of the latest industry news.
  • Steven Yule, International Business Development Manager of Amey Consulting Qatar who will concentrate on growing the membership in the Gulf region.

Speaking after the restructure was announced, Nelson Ogunshakin chief executive of ACE said:

“ACE’s priority will be to assist FIDIC in delivering a successful conference in September that will be a showcase for the region and foster better understanding of the market, improved working conditions and operations in the region.

“For the past four years Ian Clarke and Mott Macdonald have made a lasting impression in the region with outstanding leadership of ACE’s Middle East group.”

“Tom Bower has been very active in the team and is a natural successor to now take over as Chair and drive the agenda forward with an expert and enthusiastic team behind him. I have every confidence that the group will continue to prosper.”

In response Tom Bower replied: “It is a privilege to accept the position as Chair of ACE’s Middle East group and have the resounding endorsement of the main ACE Board. My immediate aim is to be active and engaged with ACE members, government officials, decision makers and wider stakeholders to showcase the UK’s , innovation and leadership in the consultancy and engineering sector, skills that are transforming the infrastructure landscape throughout the Gulf.”

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