Chair of the Conference

Professor Michail Kagioglou

Professor Mike Kagioglou is Dean of Art, Design and Architecture at the University of Huddersfield.

Session 1 - Leadership: Industry and Academia

Theme leaders: Prof Simaan Abourizk and Prof Carlos Formoso

The session will discuss collaboration between industry and academia and how this collaboration can bring about significant industry benefits. New developments and challenges in academia and industry are always coming through but the uptake of innovations improvements in practice are not always timely and coming through in a seamless way. How can this collaboration happen in a better way? What are the barriers and opportunities across industry, academia and professional institutions? What is the role of policy and what are the tools in out procession to be utilised? Finally, how does this collaboration impact on teaching and learning, research and innovation and learning across companies/industries/countries?

Professor Simaan Abourizk

For almost 30 years, Dr Abourizk and his research team have focused on advancing simulation modeling for improved project management and control of large-scale construction projects.

Professor Carlos Formoso

Carlos Formoso, is a Professor in Construction Management at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Brazil.

Professor Jeffrey S. Russell

Jeffrey S. Russell PhD, PE, Dist.MASCE, NAC, FNSPE is the Vice Provost for Lifelong Learning, Dean of Division of Continuing Studies, and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Professor Irtishad U. Ahmad

Irtishad U. Ahmad has more than 30 years of experience in teaching, research and curricula development in civil engineering and construction management

Professor Andrew Dainty

Andrew Dainty is Dean or Architecture, Building and Civil engineering and Professor of the Sociology of Construction at Loughborough University, UK.

Rosalind Thorpe

Roz Thorpe, Associate Director - Education and Standards at CIOB,  joined the Institute in 2009 as accreditation officer and took on the role of head of education in 2011

Professor Song Wu

Professor Song Wu is Associate Dean of Teaching and Learning and Professor of Surveying and IT at the School of Art, Design and Architecture, University of Huddersfield.

Session 2 - Leadership: Future Trends and Benchmarking

Theme leaders: Prof Makarand Hastak and Eddie Tuttle

In the world of big data, it is important to understand the need and importance of data analytics and benchmarking to establish current and future trends in the construction industry. This panel will explore (1) the role and importance of data analytics and benchmarking in construction, (2) what is the current state of practice and trends in the industry, and (3) where should we be going in the future with data analytics and benchmarking.

This panel will further explore the role of industry and academia in data analytics and benchmarking and the improvements that are needed for the betterment of the construction industry.

Professor Makarand Hastak

Professor Hastak is Professor and Head of the Division of Construction Engineering and Management as well as Professor of Civil Engineering at Purdue University.

Eddie Tuttle

Eddie Tuttle is Director of Policy, Research & Public Affairs at CIOB

Professor Chris Harty

Chris Harty is Professor of Technology and Organisation and Head of the School of the Built Environment at the University of Reading, UK

Professor Thomas Ng

Professor Thomas Ng is the Associate Dean of the Faculty of Engineering as well as the Professor of Construction Engineering and Management and Associate Head of the Department Civil Engineering, The University of Hong Kong.

Professor Leslie Ruddock

Les Ruddock is Professor of Construction and Property Economics in the School of Art, Design and Architecture at the University of Huddersfield.

Session 3 - Leadership: Best Practice in Research and Teaching

Theme leaders: Prof Lucio Soibelman and Prof Jan Wium

The session will discuss collaboration in CEM programmes and research, as well as the need for innovation in taught programmes. New developments and challenges in society and technology will continuously place more demands on the profession. Also, more collaboration is needed across disciplines. How can we prepare students for such a changing world? In addition, how can we overcome obstacles in collaborative research, including initiation of collaboration, sharing of academic credits, and sharing of intellectual property with industry?

Professor Lucio Soibelman

Professor Lucio Soibelman obtained his Bachelor and Master's Degrees from the Civil Engineering Department of the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.

Professor Jan Wium

Professor Jan Wium qualified with a BScEng and MScEng in Civil Engineering from the University of Pretoria in South Africa and holds a PhD from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne. He worked in industry as Structural Engineering Consultant and Project Manager for 20 years.

Professor Edward J. Jaselskis

Dr Edward Jaselskis is the E. I. Clancy Distinguished Professor in the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at North Carolina State University. 

Professor Patricia Tzortzopoulos

Patricia Tzortzopoulos is Professor of Integrated Design, Associate Dean for Research at the School of Art Design and Architecture, and Director of the Innovative Design Lab at the University of Huddersfield.

Professor William J. O'Brien

Professor and Phil M. Ferguson Centennial Teaching Fellow and Associate Chair for Architectural Engineering at the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering at the University of Texas

Professor John Taylor

Professor John E. Taylor is the inaugural Frederick Law Olmsted Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Session 4 - Leadership: Mentorship and Coaching

Theme leaders: Prof Geoffrey Qiping Shen and Prof Hans-Joachim Bargstädt

This panel discussion will focus on mentorship and coaching for future leaders in the construction engineering and management discipline. It will be facilitated by the current and past Chairman of GLF-CEM to tap into the wisdom of the panel members and all the participants to address important questions such as how do we develop young staff and early career researchers in our sector?  How can GLF play a role in this area?  What do we need to do? What would companies and/or Universities need to do? How do we lead improvements? How can we learn from Global practice?

Professor Geoffrey Qiping Shen

Geoffrey has a proven track record of accomplishment of academic leadership in construction management with a special interest in sustainable construction supported by information and communication technologies.

Professor Hans-Joachim Bargstädt

Professor Bargstädt is Professor for Construction Engineering and Management at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar.

Dr Elham Delzendeh

Elham is a Lecturer and Researcher in Architecture and Built Environment in the School of Art, Design and Architecture at the University of Huddersfield.

Professor Michail Kagioglou

Professor Mike Kagioglou is Dean of Art, Design and Architecture at the University of Huddersfield.

Professor Akintola Akintoye

Professor Akintoye is Dean of School of Built Environment and Engineering, Leeds Beckett University. He holds the Chair of Construction Economics and Management.

Professor Ron Wakefield

Professor Wakefield is currently Professor of Construction, Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor International and Dean of the School of Property, Construction and Project Management at RMIT, Australia.