ICE Middle East and Africa convention 2015, Oman

19 - 21 October, 2015

The gateway to Oman
The gateway to Oman

About this event

Shaping the Future, Respecting the Past

Under the Patronage of His Excellency Dr. Rasheed Al Safi Khamis Al Huraibi, Chairman of Tender Board

In October 2015, ICE, will host the 4th Middle East and Africa Convention in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman, in partnership with the Oman Society of Engineers and the Sultan Qaboos University.

Oman has put in place world-class infrastructure, from roads and hospitals to schools and airports, and continues its march towards all-round development. This has had to be balanced with protection of its culture, environment and rich architectural heritage.

Oman is a strong example of development working hand-in-hand with conservation. The ICE Middle East & Africa Convention is intended to provide a forum for knowledge-sharing, discussion and networking around a common theme, bringing together engineers from across the region. The convention is open to both ICE members and non-members.

Attendees are invited to listen to and meet with local and international industry leaders, and to visit some of the key heritage sites and new developments in and around Muscat.

The 3-day programme will examine the convention theme: Shaping the Future, Respecting the Past.

19 October: Evening Reception & Parsons Graduates & Students Competition (Higher Technological College, Muscat)

20 October: Main Convention (Sultan Qaboos University Conference Hall, Muscat)

20 October: Gala Dinner (City Seasons Hotel Muscat)

21 October: Site tour - download our flyer

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Registration for the 2015 MEA Convention is now open.

There are two ways to register for the event:

  • Method one: You can pay in OMR and carry out a bank transfer to the Oman Society of Engineers by downloading the payment information.
  • Method two: You can pay with a credit card or via Paypal, in US Dollars, through Eventzilla and you will receive an automated confirmation.

Getting to the Convention

You can either take a taxi to the Sultan Qaboos University on 20th October or take one of the arranged buses that will leave from the City Seasons Hotel where most delegates will be staying. Please email for more details.

Parsons Graduates and Students Papers Competition, 2015

We are delighted to announce that Parsons are now the official sponsor for the 2015 Graduates and Students Papers Competition, which shall be held at the Higher College of Technology in Muscat, Oman from 6.00 pm on Monday 19th October.

The deadline for competition entries has now passed but please read more about what we were looking for from our candidates, three of whom will be invited to present their papers in Muscat on the 19th October.

To read the papers of our top competition entrants, please download the competition journal.

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ICE's Partners for the 2015 MEA Convention

Oman Society of Engineers
Oman Society of Engineers
Sultan Qaboos University
Sultan Qaboos University
Higher College of Technology
Higher College of Technology
The Research Council
The Research Council

Platinum Sponsor

Petroleum Development Oman
Petroleum Development Oman

Silver Sponsor

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Design Group Engineering Consultants
Oman LNG
Oman LNG
Mott MacDonald
Mott MacDonald


Worley Parsons
Worley Parsons
Majis Industrial Services
Nafath Renewable Energy L.L.C
Nafath Renewable Energy L.L.C

Become an Event Sponsor!

ICE and its Convention partners, the Oman Society of Engineers and Sultan Qaboos University are offering prestigious sponsorship packages that will position your organisation as one of the hosts of the event and an acknowledged market leader in the sector. We have a range of sponsorship packages for the main convention on the 20th October available.

For further information, please download the Sponsors Pack and Registration Form.

Monday 19th October, 2015 - Evening reception & Parsons Graduates & Students Papers Competition

Please note: the deadline for entries has now passed.

Location: Higher College of Technology, 133 Al Khuwayral Al Janubyyah St, Muscat, Oman.

  • 18.00 - 18.30 Registration and refreshments
  • 18.30 - 18.45 Welcome Speech from Oman Society of Engineers (OSE)
  • 18.45 - 19.00 Welcome Speech from Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)
  • 19.00 - 20.00 Finalists' presentations and judging
  • 20.00 – 20.30 Judges' deliberations/ refreshments
  • 20.30 – 21.00 Awards ceremony for 1st, 2nd and 3rd
  • 21.00 – 21.10 Thanks
  • 21.10 - Close

Tuesday 20th October, 2015 - Main Convention

Location: Sultan Qaboos University Conference Hall, Muscat, Oman


  • 08:15 – 08:45 Registration
  • 08:45 – 08:55 Welcome to His Excellency Dr. Rasheed Al Safi Khamis Al Huraibi, Chairman of Tender Board
  • 09:00 Prayers
  • 09.00 – 09.15 Welcome Speech by SQU
    • Speaker: Hon. Prof. Khalifa Al Jabri
      Head of Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering, Sultan Qaboos University, Oman.
  • 09.15 – 09.30 Address by Oman Society of Engineers (OSE)
    • Speaker: Dr. Rashid Ali Al Balushi
      Chairman of the Oman Society of Engineers
  • 09:30 – 09:45 Address by the Institution of Civil Engineers
    • Speaker: Professor David Balmforth
      President of the Institution of Civil Engineers
  • 09:45 – 10:00 Films about ICE & Oman tourism
    Presentation to Chief Guest

Main Convention

  • 10:00 – 11:00 Keynote speech 'Shaping The Future, Respecting The Past'
    • Speaker 1: Engr. Ahmed Saleh Al-Shaibani
      Project Manager for Ras Al Hamra Development Project, Petroleum Development Oman
    • Speaker 2: Dr. Marwan Nasri Basmaji
      Architect and co-founder, Basmaji & Bielinska Architects (BBA)
  • 11:00 – 11:15 Exhibition Inauguration by ICE President and Coffee break
  • 11:15 – 12:30 Session 1: 'Engineering a Prosperous Future'
    • Speaker 1: Engr. Muhammad Bin Aref Abu Zaki
      Road Design Expert, Ministry of Transport and Communications
    • Speaker 2: Mr Tom White
      Deputy Operations Manager, Parsons International & Co LLC
  • 12:30 – 13:30 Plated Lunch
  • 13:30 – 14:45 Session 2: 'Professional Status, a Commitment to Competence & Quality
    • Speaker 1: Professor Ahmed M. Al Naamany
      Managing Director of Global Computer Services/ Dean of the Modern College of Business and Science.
    • Speaker 2: Mr Mark Jamieson
      Project Director for Turner Construction International/ ICE International Representative for UAE.
    • Speaker 3: Professor Paul W Jowitt
      Professor of Civil Engineering Systems, Heriot Watt University/ Past President (2009-10), Institution of Civil Engineers.
  • 14:45 – 15:00 Coffee
  • 15:00 – 16:00 Session 3: 'In Country Value, How Achievable?
    • Speaker 1: Ms. Cheryl Cairns
      Partner, International Construction Team, Trowers and Hamlins.
    • Speaker 2: Mr Ian Fotheringham
      HR Consultant, WorleyParsons, Muscat, Oman.
    • Speaker 3: Mr Shahswar Al Balushi
      CEO, Oman Society of Contractors.
  • 16:00 – 17:00 Session 4: 'Engineering Education in the 21st Century'
    • Speaker 1: Dr. Joseph Jervase
      Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering, College of Engineering, Sultan Qaboos University (SQU)
    • Speaker 2: Dr. Kumbwaeli Salewi
      Past President, Institution of Engineers Tanzania/ ICE International Representative for Tanzania
    • Speaker 3: Engr. Nadhira Al Hinai
      Head of HSE, Omani Government leading entity.
  • 17:00 - 17:10 Closing speech from ICE President

Tuesday 20th October, 2015 - Gala Dinner

Location: (City Seasons Hotel, Muscat)

  • 20.00 - 22.00 Gala Dinner (to include dinner speech by David Balmforth, ICE President)

Wednesday 21st October, 2015 - Site Visits

Locations: Royal Opera House Muscat, Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque and Muttrah Redevelopment.

Technical introductions will be given at each location by local experts.

  • 07.20 – 07.30 Bus collection from City Seasons Hotel
  • 08.00 – 09.00 Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque
  • 09:30 – 10.30 Al Ilam Palace area
  • 11:00 – 12.30 Muttrah Redevelopment
  • 12.30 – 13.00 Bus return to Hotel

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Professor David Balmforth

President Professor David Balmforth
President Professor David Balmforth

David Balmforth is the 150th President of the Institution of Civil Engineers and an Executive Technical Director with international consultants MWH.

His work covers all aspects of urban flood control, pollution management and climate change adaptation in the wastewater sector, and he is currently engaged with major flood alleviation projects in London, Glasgow and Portsmouth in the UK.

He was a principal contributor to the UK Government's Foresight Project on Climate Change, Flooding, and Coastal Defence, and he has worked in the US with various municipalities advising them on climate change adaptation strategies.

Much of the recent thinking on urban flood risk management has been developed by David through his contributions to Government programmes on Integrated Urban Drainage and Surface Water Management Planning.

David was a member of the Pitt Review Advisory panel and the UK Government's Strategy Group on 'Engineering, Infrastructure and Climate Change Adaptation. He has worked for the Singapore Government as an international advisor on flood risk management. He is an independent advisor to the UK Water Regulator (OFWAT) and DEFRA, and to Thames Water and the GLA on flooding in London.

David is a visiting professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Imperial College, London.

Professor Khalifa Al-Jabri

Professor Khalifa Al-Jabri
Professor Khalifa Al-Jabri

Prof. Khalifa Al-Jabri obtained his PhD in structural fire engineering from Sheffield University, UK in 2000. He is currently Professor and Head of the Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering at Sultan Qaboos University, Oman. He is also member of the State Council, Oman (2011-2015). He was the Assistant Dean for Postgraduate Studies and Research at the College of Engineering from 2006-2010.

His main research interests are Behaviour of structures in fire, use of waste materials in Civil Engineering applications and Seismic Hazard Assessment. He published more than 110 papers in international Journals and Conferences. He is peer reviewer in more than 30 journals and he is member in the editorial board of several journals such as Structural Fire Engineering Journal.

He chaired and member in many committee on the National, University, College, and Department levels. He was awarded distinguished research award in 2015. He participated in many conferences, workshop and training courses. He gave invited and keynote lecture in many scientific events. He was chair and member in many organizing and scientific committees.

Dr. Rashid Ali Al Balushi

Dr. Rashid Ali Al Balushi
Dr. Rashid Ali Al Balushi

Rashid Ali Ibrahim Al Balushi, is the Chairman of the Oman Society of Engineers. He has vast experience in both the public and private sector holding various executive positions. Currently, he is the Managing Director of Iskan Oman Investment Company SAOC, a private equity investment company. He is also Founder and Chairman of Engineering Innovation Design and Consulting LLC and was previously Chief Investment Officer of the Oman Investment Corporation (OIC).

Dr. Rashid has published many articles in the use of Project Management tools and processes in strategy implementation. He has conducted many public and in-house seminars in the areas of project management, strategic planning and Enterprise Project Management.

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Engr Ahmed Saleh Al-Shaibani

Engr Ahmed Saleh Al-Shaibani
Engr Ahmed Saleh Al-Shaibani

Ahmed Al-Shaibani is the Project Manager for Ras Al Hamra Development Project at Petroleum Development Oman. He has extensive experience in Project controls / project management with vast exposure to Oil & Gas and Real estate industry.

A mechanical engineering professional graduated from Leeds University UK. Ahmed played a key role in completion of prestigious projects undertaken by PDO in Oman and Shell in Brunei. He has recently been selected as one of the 30 enrolled in National CEO program organised by Diwan of Royal Court

Dr. Marwan Nasri Basmaji

Dr. Marwan Nasri Basmaji
Dr. Marwan Nasri Basmaji

Dr. Marwan Basmaji is a Lebanese architect, co-founder - along with his Polish partner Mrs Kamila Bielinska-Basmaji, of Basmaji & Bielinska Architects (BBA).

After his studies in Lebanon, Dr. Basmaji was awarded the Japanese Government Scholarship to continue his doctoral studies at Tadao Ando Academic Studio at the University of Tokyo in Japan. Since 2008, he divides his time between his Clients' commissions, participation in international competitions, and academic activities.

The studio's various and ongoing commissions for the Ministry of Culture in Bahrain cover permanent museum exhibits (Bahrain National Museum, Bu Maher Fort Visitors Centre), urban regeneration for cultural sites (Aali Pottery village), Land art installations (Petrol Pipes Phosphoric Paint, Wind Turbines, Burial Mounds Lights), and archeological sites' visitors centers (Tree of Life, Pearling Pathway, Barbar Temples).

The architect's proposal for Barbar Temples Visitors Centre won two international awards: the International Union of Architects' award for Young Architects 2012, and the Young Arab Architects Award 2012, and was exhibited the same year at Venice Biennale in Venice, Italy and the World Arab Institute in Paris, France.

Engr. Muhammad Bin Aref Abu Zaki

Engr. Muhammad Bin Aref Abu Zaki
Engr. Muhammad Bin Aref Abu Zaki

Mr Muhammad Bin Aref Abu - Zaki, Omani citizen, was born in 1944. He graduated from the American University of Beirut (AUB) -Lebanon in 1968, B.Sc. Civil Engineering, and completed his post graduate study (Transportation) at Melbourne University-Australia in 1973.

His experience (46 years) obtained from working with international consultants and contractors in 7 countries: Saudi Arabia, Australia, Lebanon, Yemen, Nigeria, Jordan and Oman, in addition to his work with the public sector in Oman. He got teaching experience at Melbourne University, during his post graduate study , and at Caledonian College – Oman, during his work with the public sector.

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Mr Tom White

Mr Tom White
Mr Tom White

Tom White is the Deputy Operations Manager for Parsons International, Oman. He is a Chartered Chemical Process Engineer with a degree from University College London and chaired the IChemE London and South East branch for 3 years.

Over the past 20 years his professional experience has encompassed a range of industrial sectors; Oil and Gas- onshore & offshore, Pipelines, Refining, Syngas, Petrochemicals, Nuclear, Carbon Capture Storage, Water, Pharmaceuticals, Waste Treatment & Emergency civil construction in remote locations.

He has lived in the Middle East for 7 years, working with various global engineering consultants to launch businesses in new locations. His roles have had wide geographical responsibility, as Middle East Proposals Manager and Business Development Director for Africa, Middle East and former Soviet Union.


Dr. Ahmed Al-Naamany

Dr. Ahmed Al-Naamany
Dr. Ahmed Al-Naamany

Dr. Ahmed Al-Naamany is Professor in Information Communication Technology, He started his academic career at Sultan Qaboos University and latter at Arab Open University where he was Vice Rector for Educational and Information Technology.

Presently he is Managing Director of Global Computer Services and also the Dean of Modern College of Business and Science.

He attained a Ph.D. from University of Manchester, Institute of Science and Technology, UK, 1995; a M.Sc. (EE-Computer Controls) from Drexel University (United States) 1990; a B.Sc. (Multi-Disciplinary Engineering) from Widener University, 1986; and a B.Sc. (Electrical and Computer Engineering) (Widener University, 1986, with Honors).

Dr. Naamany has contributed to more than 60 Conference and Journal papers as well as patent. He is a member of IEEE Computer and Control Societies. He lectured on Computer Architecture, Computer Control, Computer Networks and Artificial Intelligence Applications. Dr. Al-Naamany is also a recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship.


Mr. Mark Jamieson

Mr. Mark Jamieson
Mr. Mark Jamieson

Mark was appointed Country Representative of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) in 2010, a role he maintains alongside his primary employment as a Project Director for Turner Construction International. He is a Fellow of both ICE and the Chartered Management Institute.

A Civil Engineer with more than 25 years experience in project management and construction both in the UK and overseas, Mark has delivered major works from nuclear to rail and infrastructure to building mega projects; he is currently working on TDIC developments on Saadiyat Island. Mark also looks after the interests of the 1000 ICE members in UAE.


Professor Paul Jowitt

Professor Paul Jowitt
Professor Paul Jowitt

Paul Jowitt is Professor of Civil Engineering Systems at Heriot Watt University.

He is a Past President (2009-10) of the Institution of Civil Engineers, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. In 2011 he was awarded the CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for Services to Technology. He is President of the Commonwealth Engineers Council.

Between 1999 and 2014 he was the Executive Director of the Scottish Institute of Sustainable Technology ( - a research-led consultancy providing innovative solutions for sustainable development in the natural and built environments. SISTech was a joint venture between Heriot Watt University and the international engineering consultancy MWH.

He was a Board Member of Scottish Water from 2002-2008, and a non-Executive Director of United Utilities Water from 2009-2011.


Ms. Cheryl Cairns

Ms. Cheryl Cairns
Ms. Cheryl Cairns

Cheryl Cairns is a partner in Trowers and Hamlins' International Construction Team, based in the firm's Dubai office since 2007 and working on a regional basis across all of the firm's Middle East offices, which include Oman, Bahrain and Abu Dhabi.

Cheryl's practice provides contract advisory services for all aspects of construction, engineering and oil and gas projects (especially those procured on an EPC basis) to employers, main contractors, specialist subcontractors and engineering and architectural consultants. Cheryl has extensive experience of advising upon procurement issues, amendments to redress the balance of risk in standard form (in particular FIDIC) and bespoke building contracts, consultancy agreements and forms of ancillary security relating to significant international infrastructure and development projects.

Cheryl also frequently advise clients (both claimants and respondents) in relation to construction dispute resolution, which includes amicable settlement assistance, drafting settlement agreements, mediation, dispute adjudication boards and arbitration proceedings conducted under various arbitration rules (ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL, ADCACC) as well as being regularly appointed to sit as an arbitrator. Cheryl also holds a Masters Degree in Construction Law and is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and Gulf Society of Construction Law.


Mr. Ian Fotheringham

Mr. Ian Fotheringham
Mr. Ian Fotheringham

A senior HR professional with over 27 years of experience in the areas of Resourcing, People Engagement, Employment law, Reward and Benefits, Performance Management, Learning and Development and Local Content known in Oman as In Country Value.

Ian has worked with blue chip, multinational corporations including ConocoPhillips, Marathon Oil, Halliburton and Technip. His specializations include HR international policies and procedures and localization strategies. During his career Ian has been based in several locations across the world and has been working with international workforces of over 1000+ employees.

For the last 4.5 years he has been working as an HR Consultant for Worley Parsons based in Muscat, Oman. Ian is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (FCIPD) of the UK.

Engr. Shahswar Al Balushi

Engr. Shahswar Al Balushi
Engr. Shahswar Al Balushi

Awarded Maters of Business Administration in Management from Riverwood University, Upland, California, USA and Bachelor of Science in Managerial Accounting & Law from Clarkson University, Potsdam, New York, USA. Presently CEO of Oman Society of Contractors.

From 1984 to 1994 pursued a diversified career in management in Central Africa, Egypt and UK. In 1994 returned to Oman and joined the OMZEST Group as Advisor to the Chairman.

Two years later entered the Oil & Gas industry and worked to develop the Oman Consumer Gas Project. In April 2002 became CEO of the Oman Society for Petroleum Services (OPAL).

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Dr. Joseph Jervase

Dr Joseph A Jervase
Dr Joseph A Jervase

Dr. Joseph A. Jervase is an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering, College of Engineering, Sultan Qaboos University (SQU).

Since 2007, he has been a member of the University Curriculum and Academic Policies Committee whose remit includes setting policies for establishment and review academic programmes.

He is a Fellow of the Centre of Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) that is tasked with enhancing teaching and learning quality at SQU. In addition to these responsibilities, he is a programme reviewer for the Ministry of Higher Education as well as Oman Academic Accreditation Authority (OAAA). In that capacity, he has reviewed several proposed and established electrical engineering programmes in Oman.

Dr Kumbwaeli W Salewi

Dr Kumbwaeli W Salewi
Dr Kumbwaeli W Salewi

Dr Salewi obtained a BSc (Eng) from the University of Dar es Salaam, an MSc (Civil Eng Structures) from the City University London, an MBA from the University of Nottingham and PhD from Washington International University. He is a Fellow and Past President of the Institution of Engineers Tanzania, Fellow and Chartered Engineer ICE, Fellow American Society of Civil Engineers, Associate Tanzania Institute of Arbitrators, member Engineers Registration Board Tanzania and a Registered Consulting Engineer in Tanzania.

He has held a wide range of responsibilities in planning, designing and management of civil engineering projects to commissioning and donor funded development programmes including working under the UN in the Eastern African Region. His current engagements are in project management, contracts management and dispute resolutions and continue to sit on a number of Boards of Public Institutions.

He is also an External Examiner for Masters' students in Construction and Project Management at the University of Dar es Salaam and ARDHI University Dar es Salaam.


Engr. Nadhira Al Hinai

Engr. Nadhira Al Hinai
Eng. Nadhira Alhinai

Eng. Nadhira Al Hinai is currently the Head of HSE in one of the Omani Government leading Entities. She is a Civil and Environment engineer in background but had branched out with many other professions and fields as part of her working experience and challenges that she took on in the past 10 years and a half; including holding Professional Qualifications under the following bodies NEBOSH, IOSH and IEMA.

Nadhira drove the Decree No. (42) Of 2009 - The Environment, Health and Safety Management System Regulatory Framework (EHSMS) through her acquisition as a Senior EHS Consultant and EHS Manager positions in UAE between 2010 and 2011 and delivering the system to (Abu Dhabi Police, Family Foundation) and (Al-Ain Municipality) respectively.

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