Middle East Lecture Tour 2015 - Shaping the worlds cities: A new question for engineers, Abu Dhabi

31 May, 2015 | 18:30 - 20:00

Middle East Lecture Tour 2015 - Shaping the worlds cities: A new question for engineers, Abu Dhabi

About this event

ICE UAE is pleased to host the Middle East Lecture Tour 2015 as presented by Keith Clarke CBE, Vice President, Institution of Civil Engineers & Vice Chair of Future Cities, Catapult. The subject of the talk is “Shaping the world’s Cities, A new question for engineers!”

With over 60% of the growing world's population now being urban, with the next 2 billion all in cities, it is anticipated US$30 trillion will be spent on urban infrastructure globally in the next ten years. That in itself is an extraordinary challenge for engineers but the real opportunity is whether we do it in the manner we have always done or actually embrace the necessary revolution of both learning cycles, technology and engagement that will move us away from a 4 degree world, with its unimaginable consequences, to a 2 degree world where some sense of meeting UN development goals is remotely possible.

Engineers' role in defining and designing urban infrastructure systems is absolutely paramount to the way the world will meet the necessary 80% cut in greenhouse gas emissions. For the first time ever the manner in which we facilitate cities has an effect not only on the urban dwellers but upon the entire globe and its eco systems.

Event materials

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Keith Clarke, CBE HonFREng FICE RIBA DipArch MSc, Vice President Learned Society

Keith was formerly Chief Executive of WS Atkins plc, the UK’s largest design and engineering company. During his leadership he supported the Group’s investment in the Middle East, where key projects included the Dubai Metro. In addition Keith is credited with shaping Atkins to respond to opportunities created by the low carbon economy, something which he continued to lead as Director of Sustainability and Chairman of Atkins’ Middle East business until April 2012.

Having left Atkins, Keith continues to provide senior level advice to Minister of Municipalities & Urban Planning in the State of Qatar and is a Non-Executive Director and board member at a number of leading industry institutions including the Built Environment Innovation Centre at Imperial College, London, the British Standards Institute, the Oxford Programme for the Future of Cities, and the Environmental Change Institute at Oxford University. Keith is also patron of the Environmental Industries Commission and has Honorary Fellowships from Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institution of Structural Engineers and Cardiff University. He was also the Chairman of the UK Construction Industry Council (CIC) from 2008-10.

Keith was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list 2011.