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Brunel International Lecture Series – South-East Asia lecture

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  • 12 October 2021
  • 11:00 - 12:30
Brunel International Lecture Series – South-East Asia lecture

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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, and since then has visited six regions. The South-East Asia regional lecture will be our seventh virtual event taking place on 12 October 2021.


Seth Schultz

Seth Schultz

Brunel Lecturer

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.

Opening speech: ICE regional chair for South-East Asia & Australasia


Mike Dobie

Regional manager of the Asia Pacific Region at Tensar International Limited

Mike Dobie is a Geotechnical Engineer with more than 45 years of experience, including 34 years working in South-East Asia (Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia). He graduated from Bristol University with a BSc in Civil Engineering, then a few years later from Imperial College, London with an MSc in Soil Mechanics. His experience includes working for consulting engineers (WS Atkins & Partners and Acer Freeman Fox) and for geotechnical specialists (Delft Soil Mechanics Laboratory and Dames & Moore). One assignment consisted of setting up and running a soil testing laboratory in Malaysia for the North-South Expressway project.

Since 1991, Mike has been employed by Tensar International Limited (manufacturer of Tensar geogrids) as regional manager for Asia Pacific. He has had extensive input into the development of reinforced soil design methods and software, as well as the planning and interpretation of testing polymer geogrid in order to establish design parameters. He has carried out many designs of reinforced soil structures, many of which have been built in the Asia Pacific Region. These include retaining walls and steep slopes constructed using tropical residual soils, as well as various forms of pavement. During this time, Mike has carried out many technical seminars and training workshops throughout the Asia Pacific region.

Mike’s office is in Jakarta, Indonesia. Locally he is a member of HATTI (Indonesian Geotechnical Society), and Vice President of the Indonesian Chapter of the International Geosynthetics Society (INA-IGS). He has been a member of ICE since 1978 and he is currently the Chairman of the ICE SE Asian Sub-Committee. He is also a Fellow of CIHT.

Welcome remarks: Dr Tony Chan, ICE representative for Malaysia

Tony Chan

Tony Chan

ICE representative for Malaysia

Dr. Tony Chan is currently the Managing Director of Opus Consultants (Opus), a subsidiary of UEM Edgenta Berhad and Malaysia’s leading engineering and asset management consultant firm. Opus provides project management consultation and technical expertise for mega infrastructure projects in Malaysia, which includes the ongoing Pan Borneo and Sarawak Coastal Highways, as well as the Second Trunk Road which involves five iconic Cable-Stayed bridges and pavement rehabilitation works. In the asset management field, Opus currently maintains the longest expressway asset in Peninsular Malaysia; the PLUS North-South Expressway.

Dr. Tony Chan has over 25 years’ experience in academic research, technical advisory, and construction enabling advisory that has earned him numerous leadership positions in several infrastructure consultancy organisations globally such as Atkins Singapore and Mott MacDonald UK. Prior to joining Opus, he spearheaded the engineering and construction portfolio in MMC Corporation Berhad, leading the sustainable delivery and construction enabling works of the major rail transit developments in Kuala Lumpur, such as the Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit (KVMRT) Line 2 & 3 and KL-Singapore High Speed Rail projects.

As an international infrastructure specialist, he played a significant role in providing technical advisory expertise to support the National Economy Development Mission in Malaysia and abroad. At present, Dr. Tony serves as the Project Advisor for three major transportation projects in Sarawak with a total investment CAPEX valued at over RM35 billion, namely the Sarawak Coastal Road Network and Second Trunk Road (SCSTR) project, Kuching Urban Transportation System (KUTS) project, and Pan Borneo Highway in Sabah and Sarawak.

Dr. Tony Chan is a Chartered Engineer from the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) UK, an Honourable Member of the ASEAN Federation of Engineering Organisations (MAFEO) and an Honourable Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Management (FCIM). He holds a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Water & Environmental Engineering and a First-Class Honours in Bachelor of Engineering (Civil Engineering) from Loughborough University, United Kingdom.


Mark Hansford

Mark Hansford

Director of Engineering Knowledge

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.


Gandhi Suppiah FICE, ICE Malaysia Chair; Head of Transportation for SEA at TSA Management

Gandhi Suppiah

Gandhi is a Senior Associate at TSA Management in Malaysia and leads the transportation practice for South East Asia, focusing on delivering resilient and sustainable transport infrastructure. Gandhi has a successful track record of winning and delivering major transport infrastructure projects globally with focus on managing digital transformation of delivery lifecycle from concept through design, construction and asset management.

A career oriented Chartered civil engineer and Fellow of ICE, Gandhi has over 20 years experience in the management and delivery of the built environment and infrastructures projects. Gandhi has held various consulting roles such as Special Advisor for the Falkland Island Government and FCO, lead Technical Advisor for Transport for London and Owner Representative for UEM and Khazanah National in Malaysia. Gandhi is passionate about employing smart infrastructure technologies to deliver sustainable infrastructures as a means to tackle embodied and operation carbon and leading towards net zero infrastructure.

Sybil Tan CEng, Sybil Tan, Director, Infrastructure Advisory, Asset Management & Infratech, PwC Singapore

Sybil Tan

Sybil Tan is the Director in Infrastructure Advisory, leading in Asset Management and Infratech for PwC Singapore. She has been working in the built environment as a Chartered Civil Engineer, Certified Professional Project Manager, Engineering Asset Manager and a Technical Consultant for over 20 years. Her experience spans across the UK, Singapore as well as some countries in South-East Asia.

Sybil has been active in delving into digital technology and how that can integrate into the whole sustainable agenda within Infrastructure and Built Environment in the past 2.5 years. Her area of interest now is to help clients to plan, strategise and implement digital and sustainable solutions into their assets so as to provide added Value to their assets.

Ali Minhas FICE, ICE Country Representative for Vietnam; Technical Director Maritime at RHDHV

Ali Minhas

Ali is a Technical Director for the maritime team at Royal HaskoningDHV based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

His main area of expertise is the structural design and management of maritime projects. Ali has extensive experience in leading the design development of complex port projects from master planning to construction stage. He has specialist expertise in designing infrastructure related to general cargo, containers and oil and gas ports. Under Ali’s technical leadership the design team in Vietnam has become a global delivery centre, growing from 15 to over 40 engineers and technicians.

During the early years of his career, Ali worked with international contractor companies on a variety of large-scale civil engineering projects in Pakistan and Turkmenistan. Due to the first-hand site experience, he can combine his technical expertise with the practicalities of site execution and deliver a best overall engineering solution.

Ali believes in team spirit and exercising a holistic approach to his profession. His overall skill set therefore spans across the spectrum of engineering business including project management, business management and commercial expertise. Ali also regularly contributes and reviews commercial proposals.

Ali is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) UK, has a MSc in Structural Engineering, Surrey University, UK and BENG in Civil Engineering, Newcastle University, UK.

Brenda Lee, GMICE; Design Engineer at Tony Gee And Partners, Malaysia

Ali Minhas

Dr. Brenda has more than 10 years of experience in civil engineering; with five years in academics lecturing at a private university in Malaysia. Currently working as a design engineer in Tony Gee and Partners (Kuala Lumpur), she has worked on numerous infrastructure projects involving structural and dynamic modelling, analysis and design; gaining particular experience in construction engineering working on major highway and rail projects in the Klang Valley.

Her more recent work focuses on geotechnical engineering, leading a small design team looking at complex temporary works and permanent works design for major infrastructure delivery both in South East Asia and in the UK. This has included cofferdam design, slope stability assessment and stabilisation design, ground treatment, deep and shallow foundation design, and soil structure interaction.

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