MEP Middle East Awards: Meet the Judges Part #2

Introducing the second trio of judges who complete the panel for this year's MEP Awards.

MEP AWARDS, Meet the judges

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We’ve brought together some of the sharpest minds in the sector to offer sound, independent judgement on the mountain of nominations we received ahead of the MEP Middle East Awards on 6 November.


There are 16 categories to pick winners in, meaning the panel has its work cut out, but we’ve no doubt they are up to the challenge.

The deadline for nominations may have passed, but there is still plenty of time to book your table and be at the biggest night in the MEP calendar, when the best of the best will be recognised for all they have achieved over the past 12 months.

To secure your tickets for an unmissable night of celebration and networking go online to today.

Without further delay, allow us to introduce the second trio of panelists who make up our six-strong teams of judges for 2019.

Majd Fayyad
Technical manager
Emirates Green Building Council

Under his current title of technical manager, Majd leads the technical programmes of Emirates Green Building Council (EGBC). 

His main role is to create new strategies and programmes, while managing existing initiatives, as a means to drive the council’s mission of promoting sustainability of the built environment in the UAE.

Significant achievements with EGBC include leading the first three research studies of their kind in the region regarding the energy efficiency of existing buildings and zero energy buildings; establishing the first industry benchmarks for energy and water performance of hotels, schools and malls; and offering the first definition for nearly zero energy buildings in the Middle East and North Africa, which has proven to be a stepping stone to driving policy towards de-carbonisation in the UAE and beyond.

Omnia Halawani
Director and partner
Griffin Consultants

Omnia co-founded Griffin Consultants backed up by a Master’s degree in international business and a Bachelor of Science in engineering, a combined education that has proved instrumental in the effective management of projects and her firm.

Being a certified professional herself with multiple international certifications in high-performing buildings and sustainability, Omnia knew that Griffin Consultants couldn’t achieve its vision without assembling a team that is highly professional, enthusiastic, and that shares the company’s aim of “making a difference towards more sustainable cities”.

The company firmly embeds environmental and social sustainability into its operational model, and embraces UN SDGs that align with the core activities in each and every project.

On another personal note, Omnia was recognised as a distinguished alumni entrepreneur of the American University of Sharjah in 2014.

M. Vasanth Kumar
Ex-group CEO and co-founder
Arabian MEP

Vasanth has over three decades of experience in the Middle East construction industry, and was involved in hundreds of projects of diverse application across Bahrain, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and India before announcing his retirement.

Vasanth co-founded Arabian MEP, and under his leadership the company grew exponentially to establish a large holding company supporting contracting, maintenance, facility management, trading, and hospitality services.

Vasanth is much decorated, having landed several awards over the years, including MEP Executive of the Year and Construction Executive of the Year.

As part of his efforts in giving something back to the industry, Vasanth is currently engaged as an independent and freelance expert, and is returning to the MEP Middle East Awards judging panel having cast his eye over nominations in 2018.

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