MEP Awards 2016: Meet the judges

Our panel of judges for the MEP Middle East Awards 2016 give their insights on what they expect from the nominations

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The deadline for nomination submissions (21 September) is fast approaching for the MEP Middle East Awards, which this year, celebrates its 10th anniversary. We have told you that the Supplier of the Year category makes a return this year, bringing the total number of award categories to 16. So now the time has come to introduce our panel of judges for this landmark edition of the awards.

Our star-studded panel of judges include: Mel Prichard, interim regional president, Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB); Hassan Younes, board of governors, UAE Falcon Chapter, Ashrae; Ivan Brinkley, associate director, Mace Macro Intl; Thomas Power, director, project development, Select Group; Mohamed Juma Albahar, senior operations manager, assets management services and solution department, wasl properties; ChewPieng Ryan, associate, Middle East, Arup, and chair of CIBSE UAE region; Maged Fares, operations manager, Middle East/Gulf states, Bam International; Majd Fayyad, technical officer, Emirates Green Building Council; Christopher Seymour, head of markets and regional development director, Middle East and South Asia, Mott MacDonald; Tarek Emara, QHSE director, China State Construction Engineering Corporation (Middle East); and Anwaar Al Shimmari, director, design department, Ministry of Infrastructure Development (MOID).

In October the judges will receive the shortlisted entries before coming together in Dubai to go through the submissions and decide the winner and highly commended in each of the 16 categories. The MEP Middle East Awards 2016 takes place at the Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina on Wednesday, 16 November.


Don’t forget that the deadline to submit nominations is Wednesday, 21 September. To enter, visit the dedicated MEP Awards website –

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Mel Prichard - Interim Regional President, Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)

A chartered professional who started his career in construction working on mechanical systems. Prichard moved into full building services management whilst working for Bovis Construction. With some assignments overseas, he moved into construction management and managed a variety of projects including Disneyland Paris.

Prichard has worked in many overseas locations including: the Middle East, Asia, North Africa and Europe. He is the current interim regional president for the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and previously locally led the first World Members Forum to be held in the Middle East, in Qatar in 2014.

He says: “I am looking for dynamic companies with a passion for the industry. They should be innovative and looking for differences to provide clients and end users with unique project delivery strategies.”

Hassan Younes - Board of Governors, UAE Falcon Chapter, Ashrae

Named as the recipient of the Energy Professional of the Year (2015) for the Middle East Region by the Association of Energy Engineers. Younes is director at Griffin Consultants, an energy focused consultancy specialised in sustainable designs and energy auditing.

Younes has extensive experience in the fields of design, sustainability, project execution and management, energy efficiency and value engineering. He is the first Ashrae-certified professional outside of the USA to hold all six professional certifications by Ashrae. The Ashrae certificates he holds cover: high-performance buildings design, buildings energy assessment, energy modelling and buildings commissioning, and operations. He is also a certified energy manager, a certified measurement and verification professional, a LEED accredited professional and an Estidama Pearl qualified professional. He is also on the board of directors of CIBSE regional.

He says: “I am looking forward to seeing detailed entries showing facts and highlighting the reasons why they think their entry should be the winner.”

Ivan Brinkley - Associate Director, Mace Macro

Brinkley started his engineering career at the age of 16 as an engineering officer cadet with BP Shipping. Eventually coming out of the merchant navy as a qualified and experienced plant operations and maintenance technician, he took a natural step when coming ashore and moved in to hotel technical services.

After 14 years he left the UK having stepped from technician to engineer through attaining a BEng(Hons) in energy engineering. He moved to the UAE where he joined the Jumeirah Hotels Group as the corporate director for technical services. He remained the operators interface during the design, construction, commissioning and handing over of the Jumeirah Beach Hotel, the Burj Al Arab, the Emirates Twin Towers, the Wild Wadi Water Park and Madinat Jumeirah. This covered the first six years of his overseas career, which continued under the banner of facilities management, undertaking various operational management roles.

Brinkley says: “From the entries I’m looking for evidence that today’s MEP professional – individuals and companies – continue to lead in design, in products, in installation and in operations… dare to be different and lift the best practices bar for the Middle East.”

Thomas Power - Director, Project Development, Select Group

Power is a civil engineer, a chartered QS, MRICS and project management professional. Prior to arriving in Dubai in 2002 he worked in eight countries on mega projects such as: gas storage caverns in Sweden, a bauxite processing mill in Ireland, Disneyland Paris, Canary Wharf in London, a football stadium, retail and hotels in Istanbul and each of the world’s tallest buildings – Petronas Twin Towers in Malaysia, Taipei 101 in Taiwan and finally the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.

“I’m looking forward to seeing a wide range of projects, which set out in clear detail what they believe makes their entry an award-winning one,” he says. “From the winning entries I’m looking for bespoke, innovative design and construction solutions, meeting or exceeding the UAE sustainability guidelines. Companies that have invested in technologies and people to deliver efficient, quality designs and systems.”

ChewPieng Ryan - Associate, Middle East, Arup and Chair of CIBSE UAE Region

Ryan is an experienced MEP leader and designer and is passionate about MEP innovations, adopting new technologies and that the development of the built environment meets the highest sustainability standards at all times.

She says: “Innovative solutions for engineering challenges in both design and construction process is what I’m looking for from the entries. Sustainability and energy efficiency is all the systems and working practices remain key considerations. Increased awareness and importance of health and safety in all the construction practices.”

Mohamed Juma Albahar - Senior Operations Manager, Assets Management Services and Solution Department, wasl properties

Albahar has an Msc. in projects management and a Bsc. in engineering (mechatronics). He has 12 years of experience in different engineering fields like power plants, airports, residential, commercial, mixed-used and retail.

“From the entries I’m looking forward to seeing a clear understanding of category questions and comprehensive submissions,” he says. “From the winning entries I’m looking for innovative, environment-friendly solutions which improve operational efficiency, health and safety and sustainability.”

Christopher Seymour - Head of Markets and Regional Development Director, Middle East and South Asia, Mott MacDonald

Seymour has over 25 years’ experience in property and construction. Having worked in most of the major cities in the Middle East over the last six years, he specialises in commercial, retail and hospitality sectors plus infrastructure and oil and gas. Seymour is also co -chairman of the Middle East Council for Offices, and offers strategic advice on procurement, investment and development management.

He is also a member of the RICS MENAT Market Advisory Panel and an active member of Corporate Real Estate Network (CoreNet).

Having spent a number of years in PPP procurement he also advises many clients on strategy, risk, commercial and technical advice for large public sector investments. “I’m looking forward to judging exciting projects which articulate clearly why they are the best and move the needle in terms of engineering innovation,” he says. “From the winning entries I’m looking for key attributes of fulfilling the project brief, innovation that is repeatable and not solely specific to the project and addressing the needs of the client. It is important that solutions create commercially viable assets that are future proofed and offer environmentally sustainable schemes.”

Maged Fares - Operations Manager, Middle East/Gulf states, Bam International

Fares is a civil engineer having 19 years’ experience in the building design, engineering and construction industry in the Middle East and Gulf states. In 2013 he landed the Project Manager of the Year accolade at the Construction Week Awards for his work on Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium in Al Ain.

He says: “My philosophy is MEP should be considered as the heart of any project success. Once the structure of the building is completed, I always give a lot of attention to the plant rooms, MEP progress, façade, roof installations and successful close out.

“In order to achieve timeous and successful completion of the project, I would like to see entries that demonstrate out-of-the-box knowledge and innovative approaches by using the latest technology, on-hand project experience and planning the activities up to micro level. There should be efficient mechanism of follow-ups of the MEP equipment ordering, manufacturing, delivery, installation and T&C.”

Tarek Emara - QHSE Director, China State Construction Engineering Corporation (Middle East)

Emara began his career in 2000 in Abu Dhabi. In 2005 he was transferred to Dubai to start working at the Palm Jumeirah Vehicular Tunnel Project, where he spent two years. In 2007, he made a shift to work with a project management consultant. In 2009 he moved back to the contracting field with China State.

Emara is a qualified civil engineer. He has completed a Msc. in construction management, and is certified QM/QE from ASQ, incorporate member of the CIOB, member of the Egyptian Syndicate and the UAE Society of Engineers.

“I believe that our industry is starving for innovation and new ideas,” he says. “Winning sometimes is not the challenge but sustaining the standard is the big challenge. I hope that the companies who win can sustain and improve and come back with more challenging inputs.”

Majd Fayyad - Technical Officer, Emirates Green Building Council

Fayyad holds a master’s degree in renewable energy and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. Throughout this career he has focused on the design and implementation of renewable energy systems for commercial and residential facilities.

Fayyad has conducted a number of research studies on sustainable and green technologies, and most recently has been applying his expertise to further the advancement of green building principles in the UAE.

He says: “The entries are expected to showcase the innovation of their solutions and the contribution of MEP to the overall project. I also look forward to seeing how the project is aligned with the company’s overall strategy and how it is used as a reference to future projects.

“I expect the awards to acknowledge innovations in MEP design.”

Anwaar Al Shimmari - Director, Design Department, Ministry of Infrastructure Development (MOID)

Al Shimmari has 16 years’ experience in the fields of architecture, urban planning and design, traffic and roads, and infrastructure. She has built this knowledge from extensive projects experience in Al Ain Municipality, Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority, Dubai Holding, and the MOID. Her Bsc. from UAEU in architectural engineering and Msc. from AUS (urban and transportation planning) has enriched this knowledge.

In addition, she currently studying for a diploma in government innovation from Cambridge University in association with MBRCGI. She is currently the director of the design department at the MOID, taking care of all projects under design stage (including architectural, structural, and MEP scope). She won the MOID Excellence Award in 2015.

“I’m looking for quality, precise submissions with innovation and creativity in both content and scope of work,” she says.


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