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Eng. Ramesh Nair
Eng. Ramesh Nair
Deputy Director Tunnelling
Land Transport Authority Singapore

Ramesh Nair joined the Land Transport Authority Singapore (LTA) in 1993. Throughout his 24 years of service in LTA, he was involved in the design coordination, tendering and award of civil contracts and project implementation in tunnelling works . Projects completed included the bored tunnelling works in North East Line, Circle Line 4 and Downtown Line 3. He is currently leading a team of engineers in managing the bored tunnelling works in sections C3 and C4 of current Thomson-East Coast Line which involve 16 TBMs of both slurry and EPB with a total tunnel length of 18km.

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Eng. Ahmed Abdalla Ahmed Alhammadi
Eng. Ahmed Abdalla Ahmed Alhammadi
Director of Roads Department

Eng. Ahmed Abdalla Ahmed Alhammadi, Director of Roads Department, Ministry of Infrastructure Development, civil engineer who graduated from Higher College of Technology1998, is a member of The World Road Association (PIARC)& International Road Federation (IRF)Committees, has 19 years of experience in roads field, and projects management.

Eng.Alhammadihandling yearly infrastructure projects with a budget of 1billion dirhams, those are specialized projects in building and maintain roads & utilities, bridges, under passes, culverts, dams, and tunnels. In addition, he is sponsoring the safety center in the ministry for a purpose of exchanging the knowledge globally, and to increase the Federal Roads Safety.

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Eng. Anthony Harding
Eng. Anthony Harding
Global Lead Technologist - Tunnels
CH2M

Anthony Harding is the CH2M lead technologist for tunnels. He gained a degree and PhD from Edinburgh University, and joined Halcrow (now part of CH2M) in London in 2000. He has worked on a wide range of tunnel projects, across the road, rail, power and water industries. His experience covers TBM and conventional tunnelling, including the design of new tunnels and assessment of existing tunnels and other assets impacted by tunnelling.

In more recent years Anthony has acted in roles as technical manager, design coordinator, and project manager for multidisciplinary designs, usually within design-build environments. Major recent projects include the Blue Plains Tunnel in Washington DC and Westside Subway Phase 1 on Los Angeles, while assisting with projects as far afield as Sydney, Buenos Aires, Dubai and London. He has a particular interest in TBM tunnelling and gets involved in projects with particularly complex technical challenges. He is based in Los Angeles in the USA.

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Mrs. Antonia Cornaro
Mrs. Antonia Cornaro
Vice Chair
ITA Committee for Underground Space (ITACUS)

Antonia Cornaro, MA Urban Planning, studied at New York University and later gained experience working for the City of New York's Planning Department (1995-1997).

She has 20 years of working experience as an urban and transport planner from the public and private sector from New York City, London, Vienna and Zurich, having worked for PB, ÖIR, and EBP.

In her current work for Amberg Engineering, an internationally active Swiss firm specializing in underground infrastructure design and management,she focuseson Urban Underground Space with the aim to increase mobility, livability and resilience of urban areas.

This is also central to her work as ITACUS Vice Chair(the International Tunnel and Underground Space Association's Committee on Underground Space, http://ita-aites.org/.).

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Dr. Bassam A Ghulman
Dr. Bassam A Ghulman
Vice Chairman
Saudi Council of Engineers

Dr. Bassam A. Ghulman serves as the Director General of the Al Haramain High Speed Rail since 2014. He is also on the Advisory Council of Development in the Emirates of Makkah and the Deputy Chairman of the Board of the Saudi Council of Engineers (SCE) since 2014. In the academic world, he has been an Associate Professor in the Civil Engineering Department of the College of Engineering and Islamic Architecture at Umm Al-Qura University, Makkah, Saudi Arabia, since 2007.

A qualified Consultant Engineer (CE. SCE), Dr. Ghulman obtained his B.Sc. in Civil Engineering at Umm Al-Qura University, Saudi Arabia in 1991 and later his M.Sc. in Civil Engineering (Construction Engineering and Project Management) in 1996 and his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (Construction Engineering and Project Management) in 1999 at Oklahoma State University, USA. Since then he has held numerous government and academic positions. He previously assisted as Member of the Board and Scientific Activities Officer at the Saudi Society of Civil Engineering (SSCE) from 2010 until 2016.

Dr. Ghulman has furthered engineering education at the College of Engineering and Islamic Architecture in Umm Al-Qura University Makkah, Saudi Arabia , over the years by functioning as Vice Dean for Academic Affairs in 2012, Associate Professor since 207, Chairman of the Civil Engineering Department from 2007-2011, Ass. Professor from 1999-2007, and Lecturer in 1995.

In the government sector, Dr. Ghulman has served as Project Manager at Makkah Municipality in1994, Vice-President of Al-Aziziah District Municipality in Makkah in 1992, and Civil Engineer at Makkah Municipality in 1991. Other roles included Technical Consultant for H.E. Mayor of Makkah in 2001 and Supervisor for the Department of Public Services, Umm Al-Qura University in 2000.

His professional memberships include American Society of Civil Engineers ASCE, American Concrete Institute ACI, Phi Kappa Phi Academic Achievement Society, Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering AACE, National Geographic Society (USA), Saudi Geographic Society, National Society of Computer Sciences, National Society of Al-Umran (Building Science), The Saudi Council of Engineers, and Saudi Society of Civil Engineering.

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Eng. Han	 Admiraal
Eng. Han Admiraal
Chair
ITA Committee on Underground Space - ITACUS

Han Admiraal (1959) studied Civil Engineering at the University for Applied Science in Rotterdam. Heworked for the national Department of Public Works and Water Management for 20 years. Duringthat time, he was Project Manager for the first TBM driven tunnel in soft soil in the Netherlands. HanAdmiraal became Executive Director of the COB, the Netherlands Centre for UndergroundConstruction and stayed there for 10 years. At the same time, he was a part time professor ofUnderground Space at Zeeland University of Applied Science in Vlissingen. In 2008 he became theOwner and Managing Director of Enprodes Management Consultancy in Rotterdam. He focusses inhis consultancy on the field of underground space. As a practicing Tunnel Safety Officer one of hisspecialities is Road Tunnel Safety. Han Admiraal is chair of the of the International Tunnelling andUnderground Space Association’s Committee on Underground Space (ITACUS). He is also President ofthe Dutch-Flemish Pipeline Industry Guild and promotes underground freight transport in that role.As a member of the Urban Planning Advisory Group of UNISDR, he also advices the SpecialRepresentative of the Secretary General of the United Nations for Disaster Risk Reduction.

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Eng. Martin Knights
Eng. Martin Knights
Consultant
Martin Knights Consulting

Martin Knights was until recently a Senior Vice President and Senior Fellow of Technology in CH2M based in London. He led the Global Practice for Tunnelling and Geotechnical Engineering. He is Past President of the International Tunnelling Association, Lausanne and is a Fellow of The Royal Academy of Engineering. Martin now manages his own consulting company advising government, public and private clients on infrastructure projects, engineering matters and business management

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Eng. Sulaiman Abdelrahman Alhajri
Eng. Sulaiman Abdelrahman Alhajri
Director
RTA Sharjah

Eng. Sulaiman Abdelrahman Alhajri: Is the Director of Sharjah Roads and Transport Authority for Roads affairs, Board member of UAE society of engineers, and Head of the UAE tunneling Chapter. Graduated from California State University with a Bachelor Degree in Construction Engineering Management, and obtained a master degree in Executive MBA from American University of Sharjah Started his career in 2002 as a project manager.

During his career he managed variety of projects including major roads, highways, bridges, tunnels, marine, and building projects, worth more than 10 Billion UAE Dirhams.

He also participated in many local and international conferences as a keynote speaker, and chaired many Engineering sessions, He was awarded as Department Leader In the UAE first project management conference for Mega projects, received an award in best tunnel design, and many other awards

Apart of his Engineering life he is a board member in Sharjah Sports club and a general advisor for self defense Sports.

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Prof. Tarcisio Celestino
Prof. Tarcisio Celestino
President
ITA

Dr. Tarcisio B. Celestino the President of ITA - International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association. He is part-time Professor at the University of São Paulo, with both teaching and research responsibilities. He is also Civil Engineering Manager for the company Themag Engenharia, São Paulo. At Themag, he is responsible for designs and consultancy for major powerplants, metro systems, highways, etc. At the University, he is responsible for courses on Rock Mechanics and Underground Works and research supervision. He has acted as a member of the Editorial Boards and Associate Editorof major geotechnical and tunneling journals.

Dr. Celestino received his Ph.D. degree from the University of California, Berkeley, under Prof. R.E. Goodman's supervision.

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Mr. Adam Thomas
Mr. Adam Thomas
InSAR Surveying Manager
NPA Satellite Mapping

Adam Thomas is InSAR Manager within CGG's Satellite Mapping business unit. He manages a world-leading team of experts that develop and implement "ground breaking" remote sensing solutions that add unique insight into ground stability hazards. He has over 12 years’ experience in satellite remote sensing and works with prominent engineering, oil & gas and mining companies to help de-risk their projects and operations throughout the world. Recently this includes tunnel monitoring projects in the UK and Australia.

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Eng. Alaeden Jlelaty
Eng. Alaeden Jlelaty
Project Director
Skanska

Over thirty years in the construction industry, Alaeden Jlelaty worked on projects including highways, tunnels, bridges, street work, water treatment plants, architectural buildings, and transit stations.

Mr. Jlelaty managed the Second Avenue Subway, valued over $ 375 Mil. With two TBM tunnels excavated, Slurry and Secant walls, NY City utilities.

Alaeden worked on NYC Dey Street Tunnel, Central Artery Jacked Tunnels, NYC Fordham Plaza Bridge, World Trade Center repairs, Riverbank State Park, NYC North River Water Pollution Plant.

Alaeden has Bachelor and Master Degrees in Civil Engineering from the Cooper Union School of Engineering in NYC.

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Eng. Fatma Zohra Belhadj
Eng. Fatma Zohra Belhadj
Senior Lecturer at the Department of Geotechnics
University Khemis Miliana

Eng. Fatma Zohra Belhadj is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Geotechnics, Faculty of Earth Science, at University Khemis Miliana in Algeria since 2008. She is experienced in Civil and Industrial Construction, Soil Analysis, Tendering & Marketing for construction companies, and working as Project Manager in civil and industrial projects.

She is currently a PhD candidate in Civil Engineering at University Houari Boumedienne Bab Zouar USTB- Algeria, with her thesis being 'Modeling of Soil Structure Interaction Under Seismic Action'. She previously obtained her masters in Civil Engineering at University Houari Boumedienne Bab Zouar USTB- Algeria in 2007, and her bachelor of Civil Engineering at University of Mohmed Khider (UMK)-Algeria in 2002.

Her work experience includes Geotechnical Team Leader at University Khemis Miliana-Algeria, Head of Marketing Department at MHDA Contractors Algeria, Director at BET Belhadj Enterprise - a Civil Construction and Soil Analysis Engineering Consultancy, and Assistant Manager & Consultant at EL Sewedy Electric Construction Algeria.

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Eng. Benoit De Rivaz
Eng. Benoit De Rivaz
Global Business Development Manager
Bekaert Maccaferri Underground Solutions

Eng. Benoit De Rivaz is the Global Business Development Manager for Bekaert Maccaferri Underground Solutions. Prior to that, he spent 10 years working with Bekaert in the Research and Development of Dramix in tunneling application. Earlier, he worked almost 10 years for a Main French Contractor as a Job Site Engineer for Tunneling Projects in different international projects. Eng. De Rivaz undertook his Post Graduate degree at the "Center of Higher Studies on Reinforced and Prestressed Concrete" and his Civil Engineer at the University Paris VI. He is a member of various technical committees as AITES (WG12 on spray concrete), ITA-CET foundation, AFTES (working group on precast segment), Efnarc (executive committee), and Asquapro (spray concrete committee) and has written numerous technical publications.

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Dr. Davorin KOLIC
Dr. Davorin KOLIC
President
ITA Croatia

Born in Zagreb in 1961, earned PhD level from Faculty for Civil Engineering, University Zagreb with the core methodology using and developing risk analysis techniques. Won 3 times Rector's Price of the University of Zagreb. In 2000 was awarded first price for the best international consultant of Austria as a member of a team for the Wanjiazhai Yellow River Diversion Project in China. Since 1990 active in underground projects with special expertise in risk analysis and risk management. Application of risk analyses methods on different projects in Singapore, Hungary, Puerto Rico, Austria, Denmark, Germany, Hong Kong, Russia, Turkey, Croatia and Slovenia since 1996. Co-author of the Austrian guidelines on "Cost Estimation for Transport Infrastructure Projects Considering Project Relevant Risks". Author of more than 100 scientific and technical papers, co-author of 1 book, 3 guidelines on design and construction of underground structures in Austria and EU. Editor of 6 further proceedings on tunnelling, lecturer on master studies in Torino (TBM Tunnelling) and Salzburg (International competence in management), president of Croatian association for tunnels and underground structures ITA Croatia, member of Executive Council of ITA-AITES.

Recently project manager on project preparation and risk analysis of a new mostly underground railway line Divaca-Koper, Slovenia.

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Eng. Diletta Traldi
Eng. Diletta Traldi
Segment Manager Underground Construction Italy
BASF Construction Chemicals Europe

Diletta is a tunneling engineer working as Segment Manager Underground Constructions in Italy and Waterproofing Regional Technical Manager in Europe for Master Builders Solutions, BASF Construction Chemicals.

She has been working in BASF for last 7 years, supporting owners and designers in innovative technologies for tunnels design and specifications. She wrote several technical papers and she was a speaker in several conferences in Europe about water management solutions in tunnels and innovative injection technologies for ground consolidation and waterproofing. Prior to that she worked as a researcher in tunnel linings design at Polytechnic University of Turin where Diletta took her Masters Degree.

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Eng. Dirk Schmitz
Eng. Dirk Schmitz
One Seven of Germany

Dirk Schmitz is the Managing Director of Gimaex and One Seven Middle East LLC. His research experience includes Project manager for full-scale fire tests in Runehamar tunnel with RWS, TNO and Sintef, and Consultant to the "PROMESIS" research project. He has secured patents for mobile CAFS unit, One Seven technology and for CAF installation for road tunnels.

Dirk Schmitz is a member of the following organizations: VFDB, DFV, NFPA, EN TC192 and DIN.

He has published articles such as 'Benefits of CAFS for the use in municipal fire departments' VFDB Magazine, 03.1998, 'German concept of HazMat response equipment and trucks Presentation' at Fire India conference 2002, and ‘Application of CAF technologies in road tunnels' VFDB Magazine, 06.2011.

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Dr. Francesco Arneodo
Dr. Francesco Arneodo
Associate Dean of Science
Associate Professor of Physics
New York University Abu Dhabi

Francesco Arneodo is an experimental physicist with a focus on the intersection between astrophysics and particle physics. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Rome - La Sapienza and his Master's degree from the University of Torino, Italy.

He spent large part of his career at the Gran Sasso Laboratory (Italy) starting with the EAS-TOP cosmic ray experiment. He also worked on neutrino physics with liquid argon detectors and more recently on the search for Dark Matter in the framework of the XENON program. He is part of the team that, in 2012, gave birth to the Gran Sasso Science Institute, a new graduate school in L'Aquila, Italy.

In 2011, being interested also in socio-economic aspects of science, he obtained an M.B.A. degree from the University of Warwick (UK).

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Eng. Ilias K. Michalis
Eng. Ilias K. Michalis
Associate Technical Director
Arcadis – UAE & Oman

Michalis current position (since December 2015) is Associate Technical Director of Arcadis / UAE & Oman branch, leading the Geotechnical and Tunneling Engineering group.

For the period between January 2012 until October 2015, Michalis had established a very successful co-operation with Deutsche Bahn International, by having a very active and continuous participation in the Doha Metro Project for the preparation of the Technical Specifications, the evaluation of the tender offers for the Red Line North Contract and leading the Civil Works department of Qatar Rail.

He has more than 20 years of experience, working as tunnelling and geotechnical expert in major infrastructure projects, including: (a) Athens and Thessaloniki Metros in Greece, (b) the 700km Egnatia Motorway in North Greece and (c) three major concession motorways in Greece of a total length 700km approximately.

He is the author of more than 25 scientific publications and has delivered until now 10 invited lectures to International and Regional Conferences on Soil Mechanics, Geotechnical Engineering and Tunnelling.

Michalis holds authored his PhD in weak rock tunneling in National Technical University of Athens and holds the degree of Master of Science of Soil Mechanics and Engineering Seismology from the Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine of the United Kingdom.

 

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Dr. Karin Baeppler
Dr. Karin Baeppler
Business Development and Head of Geotechnics & Consulting
Herrenknecht AG

Karin graduated as a civil engineer from Technical University of Karlsruhe, Germany and completed post graduate studies with her PhD at the Colorado School of Mines, USA. She joined Herrenknecht in 1997 and since then has specialized in geotechnology, research and development. Since 2008 Karin has managed the Geotechnical and Consulting department for the Traffic Tunnelling Division at Herrenknecht's head office in Schwanau, Germany and is responsible also for Business Development.

She is an invited lecturer for postgraduate degrees at Universities in France, Germany, Italy and the USA on the topic of Tunnelling and Tunnel Boring Machines.

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Eng. Leopold Winkler
Eng. Leopold Winkler
Research Assistant
TU Wien

Eng.Winkler studied civil engineering at the Vienna University of Technology and the Politécnica de Madrid. After finishing his Masters in Building Management and Geoengineering, he worked at the company Porr Tunneling. 2015, he returned to University to the Institute of interdisciplinary Process Management as a Research Assistant. Currently he is concentrating on topics like knowledge management systems and industry 4.0 for construction sites.

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Eng. Markus Schönwälder
Eng. Markus Schönwälder
Senior Tunnel Project Manager
Heitkamp Construction Austria

Mr. Schönwälder is holding both Bachelor and Master's degrees in engineering and an additional a Master degree (MLS) in "International Construction Law", and is a civil engineer with over twenty sixyearsof experience in construction of major infrastructure projects, particularly inthe fields of NATM drives in Austria, Germany and Ukraine, Qatar and since 2016 in Moscow.

Since one year Mr. Schönwälder isthe Senior Tunnel Project Manager at the Sheremetevo Airport tunnel project in Moscow.This project is marked to operate 2 TBM parallel and build 3 cross passages under two operating runways of the biggest airport in Russia under a very strict time schedule regime.

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Eng. Melanie Piskernik
Eng. Melanie Piskernik
Research Assistant
TU Wien

Eng. Piskernik studied civil engineering at the Vienna University of Technology. During her undergraduate studies in Civil Engineering and Infrastructure Management, she gained experience at various tunneling sites throughout Europe. While finishing her Masters in Building Management and Geoengineering, she worked at the company iC consulenten as a construction supervisor. 2016, she returned to University to the Institute of interdisciplinary Process Management as a Research Assistant. Currently she is concentrating on topics like digitalization, building information modeling and industry 4.0 for construction sites.

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Eng. Mukesh Singh Tomar
Eng. Mukesh Singh Tomar
Mechanical Engineer - Fire Consultant
Dar Al Handasah

Mukesh Tomar is working as a Mechanical Engineer, with Dar group, Dubai. Mukesh is a postgraduate Mechanical Engineer from IIT Kanpur, India. He is having more than 7 years of experience, most of which is in fire protection consultancy.

As a fire consultant he has wide experience of working on fire protection system design for buildings and infrastructure projects in Middle East and Africa. Along with fire consultancy he is involved in fire research and has published in several international publications. His area of interest is tunnel fires. He is a registered PhD scholar in BITS, Pilani Dubai campus and also an active NFPA member.

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Eng. Pedro Franca
Eng. Pedro Franca
Associate Tunnel Project Manager
CJC Engenharia e Projetos Ltda.

Pedro Franca holds a master's degree in Geotechnical Engineering and Civil Engineer from the University of Sao Paulo (Brazil).Pedro Franca is partner of CJC Engenharia e Projetosa company specialized in tunnels and underground works. Pedro Franca works in the direction and technical supervision of underground works projects, having participated in projects of more than 40 metro stations and more than 100 km of tunnels in Brazil, Portugal, Venezuela, the UAE, Peru, and other countries.Franca is a collaborator of the Brazilian Tunnel Committee (CBT), has published several technical and scientific articles in national and international conferences.

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Eng. Petr Salak
Eng. Petr Salak
Senior Engineer & Design Manager
Dr. Sauer & Partners

Petr is a Design Manager with Dr. Sauer & Partners. He is a Chartered Engineer in the UK and has over ten years of experience in civil engineering design, site supervision and design management. Petr initiated the International Tunnelling Association Young Members and multidisciplinary organisation Think Deep UK.

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Eng. Thomas Konstantis
Eng. Thomas Konstantis
Risk Engineering Consultant
Marsh

Thomas Konstantis is a Civil Engineer with more than 15 years of professional experience in the fields of risk engineering, design management and design of tunnel/underground works and large infrastructure projects, working with big international consultant companies, such as CH2M and Hyder Consulting in U.A.E. and "O.T.M. S.A." in Greece. He has graduated from the National Technical University of Athens in Greece, where he also received his MSc. For the last two and half years he is working as Risk Engineering Consultant with Marsh in London.

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Dr. Wisam Farjow, Ph.D, P.Eng.
Dr. Wisam Farjow, Ph.D, P.Eng.
Vice President Systems Engineering
The PBE Group

Dr. Farjow oversees PBE systems engineering activities throughout the world. Wisam has extensive experience in the design and management of complex engineering systems in the fields of underground mines and tunnels communication systems.

Dr. Farjow also has the position of Adjunct Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering / Ryerson University in Toronto. He is actively involved in researching advanced technologies related to the underground mines and tunnelswhich resulted in number of patented developments.

Wisam has a Ph.D.degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Ryerson University in Toronto. He is Registered Professional Engineer in the province of Ontario, Canada,and a member in many other scientific and professional originations.

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Prof. Youssef Diab
Prof. Youssef Diab
Professor of Engineering
University Paris Est / EIVP

Youssef Diab is a Professor of built environment and Urban Sustainable Planning in the University Paris East Marne la Vallée in Paris. He is the former director of the Urban Engineering Department, the Master Sustainable Urban Development (September 2003 to July 2015) and the research team.

He is also the Scientific Director of the EIVP : Ecole des Ingénieurs de la Ville de Paris. This Graduate School is the only engineering school connected to a Metropolitan area : Paris.

His research work is related to the field of civil and environmental engineering and urban sustainable planning and the relations with urban and regional planning. He is focusing on the analyses of underground spaces. These researches are based on multi criteria analysis, modelling systems and bottom up approaches. This research are realised in co-operation of municipalities, urban utilities companies, the European Union and international donors. He is also member of the Steering board of ITACUS: International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association's Committee on Underground Space

Youssef Diab, is the author of more than 100 papers, communications and reports in the field of urban sustainability and urban services management in Europe and developing countries

 

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