Working across ASPECT Studios global offices, Heath’s role is designed to support the growing business and the benefits that can be achieved through closer integration and collaboration. This position recognises the expertise, knowledge and skills that Heath has brought to ASPECT, especially in delivering large scale, high quality projects. A strong leader with qualifications in both design, management and business, Heath has a passion for best practice project management combined with excellence in design and delivery. Heath’s skills have been brought to bear on a wide range of large scale projects, including most recently in Australia, the Victorian Desalination project, the Caulfield to Dandenong Level Crossing Removal project, the Melbourne Metro Rail Tunnel bid and the North Western Rail Program Alliance bid. Recent large scale global projects include Jumeirah Central and City Walk Central Park, both located in Dubai.
Heath brings to all project teams his experience in both the public and private sector. He utilises his broad knowledge by adapting to the multiple situations which landscape generates on each project – understanding their respective complexities and sensitivities. Heath’s scope of works includes managing projects of a range of scales from concept, design, master planning to contract documentation and administration for urban design and complex large scale infrastructure projects.
His success in assuring the client of a positive result is underpinned by a rigorous attention to detail, passion for delivery of quality landscape, together with excellent client relationship skills and organisation.
James Kirkpatrick is the Global Director for AECOM’s Masterplanning and Urban Design Practice. Based in the UAE studio, James has over 15 years’ experience working in Canada, New York, London , Hong Kong and the Middle East in landscape architecture, architecture and urban design.
His interdisciplinary background provides a balanced perspective that he uses to guide regional and large-scale master plans in a variety of international environments, including Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi, the Hudson Rail Yards in Manhattan, the Toronto Waterfront Revitalization, and numerous projects along the River Thames in London.
James has led large teams that span AECOM’s varied business lines and geographies. This experience is combined with a creative approach to design founded on a strong emphasis on contemporary culture.
Joe Betulius is Vice President of Marketing for Profile Products LLC in the USA. He graduated from Purdue University with an Agriculture Economics degree. Betulius has worked in the golf, sports and landscape industry since 1981. With a solid background in soils, Betulius has taught many seminars and is a consultant for the National Football league, Major League Baseball and the American Society of Golf Course Architects. Betulius has travelled extensively internationally and has a passion for using local native soils in projects. Many local soils are not ideal growing mediums, but through detailed analysis and modification, they can become suitable for establishing sustainable vegetation.
With 40 years of experience planting trees in urban settings. Howard is committed to seeing every tree getting the best possible opportunity to attain its potential. Howard spends much of his time travelling bestowing CPD presentations and site visits to assist contractors with their tree planting projects ensuring GreenBlue Urban benefits are understood.
Anas is a qualified Mechanical Engineer with extensive experience in Business Development& Management. He is currently pursuing his MBA degree at the Hult International University campus in Dubai, UAE.
He has diversified experience in the Middle East having worked for different industries in the region and he is heading now the MENA operations for Rain Bird International, the world’s leading irrigation solutions manufacturer.
Anas is collaborating with the Rain Bird Middle East team in imparting the message that Rain Bird is the most innovative and trusted company in the industry for its proven and efficient irrigation products, sustaining quality & durability and offering best services across all channels.
Rain Bird is committed to The Intelligent Use of Water™. The commitment extends beyond products to education, training and services for the industry and the community.
Through partnership in MENA with local firms and agencies, Rain Bird is dedicated to achieve the primary goal of saving water and promote sustainable irrigation methods and systems in the region.
Mohammad is a Chemical Engineer by profession. He has over 20 years of experience in sales and marketing of geotextiles, waterproofing & thermal insulation and other building materials in ME out of which 17 years in KSA & GCC markets.
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Terry Lam is the CEO of NewTechWood. He graduated from University of Texas at Austin with a Petroleum Engineering degree. He has over 20 years of plastic compounding and over 10 years of wood plastic composite experiences.
Terry joined Sun Exploration and Production Company in 1980. With a solid engineering background and experiences, he established T&T Group in USA since 1989 specializing in plastic recycling, reprocessing and compounding. He developed a technology to separate different types of plastic materials and also formulated and compounded for underground pipeline market.
Terry established NewTechWood manufactory in 2004. By 2012, he developed the capped composite as a popular product throughout the world today. Using the recycling materials to create an innovative building product, NewTechWood is built upon green principles and values of environmental sustainability. He developed machines and mould to create UltraShield product with unique color
Born near Frankfurt – Germany, Jens Rethorn is a business professional with more than 10 years in the MENA region and 15 years in Education, Sports and Playgrounds. As Co-Founder of the Ithara Group, he has been involved in hundreds of playground projects and a similar number of STEM projects in the GCC. He is the main force behind Ithara Group’s Play4All campaign, trying to make an active lifestyle available for all.
Andre van Heerden is a native South African and has more than 15 years’ experience in business management, including contract negotiation, financial development, business development, operations management and team motivation and performance.
He started his career in 1999 as Client Business Manager for OCS Resolution Security Services in the UK, where he successfully managed security services for a portfolio of high profile clients including Royal & Sun Alliance, Microsoft, Cisco Systems, THUS PLC and ICI.
Van Heerden joined Cape Reed International in 2005 as Managing Partner and General Manager for the UAE and Middle East. Over the past twelve years he has led the company from strength to strength in the region, generating an annual turnover of over AED 25 million.
He is a well-respected and highly efficient management professional with unrivalled experience in construction and security management. He has a proven track record of continuously evaluating and implementing new business processes to increase profitability while maximising quality and customer satisfaction. His skills in planning and managing essential business activities such as administration, marketing, operations, finance and design have made him a key figure in the success of Cape Reed, and he endeavours to continue leading the company through further expansion in the Middle East and Europe.
Van Heerden’s main objective is to ensure that Cape Reed International becomes the world leader in the design, supply and installation of high-quality African-themed structures using natural sustainable materials.
Ralf Stahl has been working in the United Arab Emirates for 21 years and is Managing Partner of Zeoplant LLC, the world’s leading natural mineral moisture retaining soil additive.
Ralf co-founded Zeoplant LLC in 2002 after experiencing the massive construction boom in the U.A.E. with foreseeable water problems for the country and the entire region. Ralf is one of the most pro-active people in the landscaping industry promoting water saving in landscaping, Golf and agricultural developments.
Till today, he established Zeoplant as the leading brand in the Gulf and abroad for moisture retaining soil amendments achieving massive reductions of irrigation water.
Ralf launched Zeoplant successfully in South Africa, Australia, the US and Germany in the past two years.
Zeoplant is a highly sustainable, natural soil additive reducing irrigation demand in the sandy soils by half and it had been applied to various major projects in the Gulf over the last years.
Ralf is working daily with developers, project owners and architects and experiences that sustainable, green solutions often don't reach to the final decision makers.
Going green is not always costly, but saving water is economical and ecological at the same time.
When not working, Ralf enjoys cycling or playing Golf.
Kevin is the Global Technical Lead for the water and soil Technologies within UPL, where the Zeba® product range will form the core focus for the Dubai seminar.
He worked as an agricultural and amenity agronomist in the UK and is a member of the professional register for over 20 years. Later, he began specialising in detailed advisory on soils, where exacting the balance of sustainable water management, soil chemical inputs and soil microbes has been the focus.
He believes that direct and indirect water management is vital to the sustainability of growing systems, and whilst various commercial soil amendments exist, the demands for the specialist product Zeba® has been increasing globally.
Zeba® is unique in the way that it can cycle the retention and release of water back to both plants and a soils microbial community, in an environmental way. Whilst uniquely providing a microbial food source as it biodegrades, Zeba® indirectly adds water holding properties and aggregation to soils.
His experience in understanding the technologies involved in water, soil, nutrient and microbial interactions has given him the insight into how we can have a positive and sustainable impact on water management for all plant growing systems. By incorporating Zeba® into amenity situations we can succeed in meeting many of our sustainability goals.
Peter Scott has been significant influence role in the international urban and landscape master planning and design industry, since 1989 when he left Australia to form his own company with a mission to undertake projects in every country in the world. (So far 25)
He has a unique approach to integrating holistic sustainability into urbanism from the detailed urban design of places and spaces to the metropolitan and regional spatial planning scale.
Peter understands the spatial efficiency of landscape, land use and movement, and how it works with the economic and human dimensions required to make landscapes, buildings and spaces successful.
This approach has been used to great effect in work in 25 countries across Australia, The Middle East, Africa, Asia and Europe.
His projects have won over 40 international awards and, whilst working for The Government of Indonesia, he received the Citra Gold Medal for best foreign consultant in Indonesia.
With over 30 years of Australian and International project experience, Peter also brings significant skills in planning, urban design, landscape architect, master planning, sustainability, golf course design, concept architecture as well as marketing, with extensive experience in promoting developments and gaining public acceptance of proposals.
Peter has developed a unique approach to salt water agronomy, which shows promise for food cultivation and landscape development.
He is also an expert on securing sites from Terrorist attack and ensuring All Access for the Disabled.
Peter has also completed Gehl Architects master classes in assessing and conceiving liveable cities.
Peter is also a renowned Golf Course Architect in his own right.
Peter is presently also employed as Principal Urban Planning and Landscape Architecture with Khatib &Aalami – one of the largest Multi-disciplinary practices in the world.
Prior to that Peter was a Director of Landscape Architecture for AECOM.
Eng. Husain Al Saeedi is the Head of the Standards and Studies Section at Abu Dhabi City Municipality responsible for infrastructure sustainability initiatives.
Prior to this he worked as Head of Irrigation & the SCADA Section within the Municipality, having also worked for 4-years as Project Manager in Execution and Operation & Maintenance Sections of the Parks & Recreational Facilities Division. Eng. Al Saeedi received a Master’s Degree in Business Administration as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronic & Computer Engineering. His professional interests focus on SCADA Control Systems and current projects include the ADM SCADA project, sustainability initiatives as well as infrastructure standards and specifications.
Dr. Ammar Jarrar is an irrigation and water resources expert. His recent work focused on challenges facing irrigation management and on treated wastewater reuse. He has published several articles and reports in WRR Journal, IAHS, ASCE, and IAHR. He is the contributor and author to several reports and studies in the field of irrigation and water resources management and planning.
Steven grew up in Australia and pursued a career in Urban Planning & Heritage Conservation before embarking on a career in Landscape Architecture. Influenced by his multi-disciplinary background Steven’s work has attempted to promote a more instrumental role for the Landscape as an organizing medium in Urban Planning. His recent work & research seeks to promote the idea of Landscape Urbanism as the future for sustainable urban development in the Middle East and Asia. Steven has experience in all spectrums of the design process including Masterplanning, Conceptual Design to Construction Documentation, Site Supervision. He also has experience in project management, team management, business development, financial management and human resources.
Mona Noureldin is a strategic urban planner and urban designer specialized in open space, recreation and sports facilities planning with a broad-based, multi-disciplinary technical background. She has a wide experience in planning and implementation programs in wide variety of strategic developments across several planning scales. She graduated in 2006 in urban and regional planning and got diploma in sustainable urban planning from Cairo university. Mona has more than 10 years of extensive experience and leadership in working with governmental institutions and consultation firms for regional planning, urban planning, urban and landscape design projects in Egypt, Qatar and other Gulf countries. Mona joined the consultation and governmental firm of Qatar National master plan (QNMP) with deep technical involvement in all QNMP main deliverables including the preparation and the implementation strategy of the Qatar National Development Framework (QNDF), the Municipality Spatial Development Plans (MSDPs) and the urban design of several action area plans. Recently, she is the project Manager of Qatar National Open Space and Recreational Facilities strategy. As QNMP/MME strategic urban planner and sports facilities planning specialist she is leading and technically coordinating the strategic urban planning input for several prestigious portfolios and projects such as hosting the World Cup 2022 and FIFA requirements for competitive and non-competitive projects, the public recreation and sport facilities master plan, the Qatar Sports Venues Master Plan, Aspire Zone Master Plans and many other projects.
Mr. Chatterjee is a qualified Urban Planner and Architect with over 18 years international experience in framework / strategic planning, master-planning, urban design, urban regeneration of heritage properties, architectural design and, project and design management. He has led regional urban framework planning, inner-city districts masterplan development, new industrial cities and associated communities, and urban design projects – in UK, UAE, KSA, Kuwait, Oman and India.
Having joined InSite in 2016, Mr. Chatterjee has been design-managing the master-plan development of a new satellite city as well as re-masterplanning for a Government Transport Entity through intensive multidisciplinary process.
Rupak prioritises client and stakeholder engagements in government and large-scale planning projects towards delivering client-visions with contemporary sustainable, liveable and user-friendly urban planning approach and high-quality technical team work.
Hrvoje is an experienced, committed and passionate Urban Planner and Designer. He leads Arup’s urbanism team in the Middle East and has lived in the UAE for past six years.
He has gained extensive experience in projects across Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, Asia and South America, working for public and private sector clients alike. He has worked on a wide range of projects from strategic frameworks to large greenfield master plans down to brownfield regeneration, urban design and place-making projects.
Hrvoje’s particular interest are in retrofitting local cities to be more sustainable, green, walkable and playful urban environments and what role technology can play in helping to achieve this. He is also leading a global ‘Invest In Arup’ research projects that explores specifics for a paradigm shift in the planning and design of cities in arid environments.
Phil is a graduate of Landscape Architecture from the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada. He has been working in the UAE since 2005 and currently is the SEENEXUS Design and Planning manager for Diamond Developer’s Sustainable City Project.
He is an advocate for environmental awareness and has a keen interest in permaculture and biodynamic farming. Phil is a LEED accredited professional and believes a landscape “should not only be beautiful but also be productive.”
Dr. John Alexander Smith is a chartered architect and educator based in Dubai. In this context he has co-authored several accredited academic programs in Architecture and Interior Design at local universities including the American University in Dubai where he is a full Professor of Architecture.
He has consulted to leading international design, architecture and planning practices based in the region and has previously been based in Iran, Oman, Malaysia and the UK. Professor Alexander Smith has been a chartered architect for over thirty years and has a doctorate in Architecture and Landscape Design from the University of Aberdeen.
Since 1997 he has been external examiner to the Ph.D. program in Architecture and Urban Planning at the Edinburgh College of Art, now the University of Edinburgh. He has published extensively on the architecture, landscape design and urban planning of Dubai and is a knowledgeable and popular contributor to conferences in the region.
Boris Fabinski is a Landscape Architect and Environmental Planner with over 15 years of experience in landscape and urban design and environmental planning with a particular focus on integrated and sustainable design solutions.
He joined SSH in July 2016 as Principal Landscape Architect in Dubai and is overlooking the Landscape and Public Realm Design in the MENA region.
Boris was previously managing the design development of landscape and the public realm designs for flagship developments like the “Town Square Dubai” for the Developer Nshama as Director Landscape and the design and construction of public parks, streetscapes and open spaces for the Municipality of Abu Dhabi City as a consultant to the General Managers Office of the Municipality of Abu Dhabi City and its Parks and Recreational Facilities Directorate (PRFD).
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