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Brunel International Lecture Series – South Asia lecture

  • Webinar
  • Online
  • 01 September 2021
  • 12:30 - 14:00
Brunel International Lecture Series – South 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 five regions. The South Asia regional lecture will be our sixth virtual event taking place on 1 September 2021.

Discover more about the lecture series.


  • Opening speech by Matt Colton, ICE Council member for Asia Pacific
  • 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


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:

Matt Colton

Matt Colton

Matt Colton, ICE Council Member for Asia Pacific

Matthew Colton BEng(Hons), CEng, FICE, CPEng, FIEAust, CPPM, MAIPM, MAICD is a Chartered Civil Engineer, Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and Engineers Australia, and is currently in his second term on Council at the ICE representing Asia Pacific’s 1700 members.

Over the past 4 years Matt has developed several successful avenues to increase international membership. With an aim to sustainably improve our built environment, Matthew works closely with other internationally reputable professional organisations to identify synergies and positively influence political vision to benefit our wider society.

Matthew has been heavily involved with the ICE since 2010, when he was elected as Chairperson for the New South Wales’ (NSW) ICE Committee. As a result of this role, Matthew brought governance, structure and improved opportunities for ICE-NSW members, increasing the active membership by 40%. He was appointed as the ICE NSW Representative in 2015. During which time he curated and delivered the ICE Asia Pacific Conference in 2018 as part of the ICE’s Bicentenary Celebrations in Sydney. Matthew sits on a series of international expert panels including NEC Contract. He is also an ICE Mentor and Professional reviewer, promoting the importance of maintaining our Institution’s highest professional standards and superior reputation as the premier international engineering and infrastructure professional qualifying body.

In 2017, Matthew won the Warren Medal for his valuable service rendered to the NSW region.

Professionally Matthew has delivered a wide variety of civil engineering schemes including earthworks, bridges, viaducts, tunnelling and sea defence schemes. He has been involved with significant projects in both the UK and Australia including Birmingham New Street Station, London Bridge Station and Parramatta & Newcastle Light Rail.

Matthew is the Managing Director of Management Commercial Engineering, a highly regarded infrastructure advisory business based in Sydney. He is currently the Engineering Director for Sydney Metro West program, the biggest public transport project in Australia. The project consists of a fully-automated metro rail system (a first in Australia) that will increase Sydney's rail capacity by up to 60 per cent by 2024.


Mark Hansford

Mark Hansford

Director of Engineering Knowledge, ICE

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.

Regional panellists:

Tim Khan

Tim Khan

ICE Regional Chair for South Asia and ICE representative for Bangladesh

Tim Khan spent his formative years in Kenya before coming to the UK where he completed his BSc degree in civil engineering at London University in 1971. In 1976 he qualified as a Chartered Engineer and in 1981 he obtained his MSc degree in civil engineering structures at City University London.

Tim’s civil engineering career spans a period of 5 decades of which he spent 10 years in the UK with Kent County Council and 30 years working in Africa and South Asia for Rendels Limited. During his latter service he was involved in design and construction management of some 100 bridges including the Jamuna Multipurpose Bridge (4.8km long) in Bangladesh. In 2009 he set up his own company Medway Consultancy Services (MCS). Following the Rana Plaza collapse in Bangladesh in April 2013, MCS was commissioned by international garment buyers to undertake structural inspection of some 400 garment factories in Bangladesh and Pakistan.

Cyclone SIDR that hit Bangladesh in November 2007 made some 8 million people homeless. As part of social corporate responsibility work, Tim volunteered his services to co-ordinate reconstruction of one of the many villages that were destroyed. This project was intended to build better and transform the lives and livelihoods of some 140 families. The transformative features included water harvesting, provision of sanitation facilities, solar power, and enhanced agricultural and fisheries production and to build better for comfort and durability.

In 2009 Mr Khan was made Officer of the British Empire (OBE) by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for services to UK-Bangladesh trade and development relations and corporate social responsibility. He is also recipient of the prestigious ICE International Medal 2009 for his work associated with bridges in Bangladesh that had the effect of contributing to poverty reduction, particularly the Jamuna Mutipurpose Bridge that has improved the lives and livelihood of some 40 million people living in northwest Bangladesh.

Tondup Wangail

Tondup Wangail

ICE President’s Future Leader 2020-2021, India

Tondup is a principal engineer with WSP India. He studied civil engineering at Delhi College of Engineering and pursuing his Executive MBA from FMS Delhi, India. Being an international professional to the UK, he is looking forward to adding the international dimension to climate change.

Tondup was selected in 2020 to become one of the six Future Leaders to support of Rachel Skinner, ICE President. He is the first ever Future Leader to be selected from India. His problem-solving, critical thinking and verbal skills have been instrumental to take on this role, which is focused in part on the global challenge of net zero carbon. This role gives an opportunity to attend high profile meetings and engage with senior industry figures across the world, despite ongoing COVID restrictions.

In 2018, he was awarded Technical Excellence Award for his technical trainer role to more than 45 staff in the UK. His was also awarded Employee of the Year within WSP India in 2020.

Tondup is also working as deputy chair at Taskforce India and involved in the Carbon Reduction Program. He closely works Sweden, the UK, Asia and Central Europe to exchange ideas to help the regions on their respective projects.

At WSP India, he is a local representative for TPS UK’s pilot scheme to introduce UK-based chartership program for staff in India. As part of the role, he maintains and coordinates the interactions and processes between TPS, WSP UK mentors, other local mentors in India and also the trainees selected as part of the scheme.

Tondup is director at Lamstan, a not-for-profit organisation. He has taken social initiatives to guide the students in remote Himalayan region via Lamstan Career Forum and been organising events and guidance for a decade. He is managing a team of active professionals and students from different career backgrounds to help guide the students. This includes launch of Lamstan Books Bank in Ladakh in 2019.

Malith Mendis

Malith Mendis

ICE representative for Sri Lanka

Malith is a civil engineer, arbitrator and adjudicator and is a FIDIC certified lecturer and trainer in management of construction contracts and a reviewer of the 2017 FIDIC contracts.

He is ICE representative for Sri Lanka and for the Dispute Resolution Board Foundation in the UK.

He is Past President of the Association of Consulting Engineers Sri Lanka, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka, a Fellow of ICE, Member of the Society of Structural Engineers Sri Lanka and an Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators UK.

He serves in many standing and ad-hoc dispute adjudication boards and in arbitral tribunals. He is in the panel of Arbitrators and Adjudicators of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka; in the primary panel of the Maldives International Arbitration Centre and in the panel of Adjudicators, Association of Consulting Engineers, Sri Lanka.

He is a faculty member at the Institute for the Development of Commercial Law and Practice (ICLP).

He has worked in many large projects worldwide including hydropower, industrial building, hospitals, ports & harbours projects in Colombo, India, the UAE, South Korea, Algeria, the Maldives, Eritrea and Mauritius.

Mr. Mendis is a former CEO of the Lanka Hydraulic Institute, Sri Lanka. He is currently Chairman of Mendis Cobain Consultants (Pvt) Ltd.

Smita Sawdadkar

Smita Sawdadkar

ICE representative for Bangalore

Smita Sawdadkar CEng FICE is delivery head of Design Transformation in Digital Futures Programme at SNCL Atkins.

Smita’s aim is to drive efficiency in project delivery. Her goal is to transform the industry to influence better outcomes for clients through improved productivity, predictability and consistency.

Design Transformation aims to transform people, processes and technology through design automation, information management, learning and development. It challenges traditional mindsets to look at the existing technical challenges with new digital frame of reference.

Recently, Smita has won the International Inspiration Award from Amazon Everywoman.

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