Qatar infrastructure

16 January 2012

Six individuals responsible for road construction in Qatar: Nasser Ali al-Mawlawi, Mohamed Abdah, Ian Bosward, Haitham Saleh, Jason Williams and Guy Mehula

Nasser Ali al-Mawlawi

Position: President, Public Works Authority (Ashghal)

Biography: Nasser Ali al-Mawlawi is the president of Ashghal, which oversees major public infrastructure works in Qatar. It is currently undertaking a $20bn plan to upgrade and expand Qatar’s road networks. Al-Mawlawi joined Ashghal in December 2008 as acting general manager. Prior to this from July 2007, Mawlawi was the chief executive officer of Barwa City, a subsidiary of the local Barwa Real Estate Company. Between 2003 and 2007, Al-Mawlawi worked as a site manager with the organising committee for the Asian Games Doha 2006. In this role, he was responsible for facilities management. Al-Mawlawi graduated with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the US’ Boston University in 1987. Al-Mawlawi then served as an officer in the engineering division of Qatar’s Air Force from 1988 to 2003, rising to the rank of colonel engineer.

Contact Tel: (+974) 4 495 0000

Mohamed Abdah

Position: Director, transportation & infrastructure planning department, Municipality & Urban Planning Ministry

Biography: Mohamed Abdah is the director of the transportation and infrastructure planning department at the Municipality & Urban Planning Ministry. The ministry drew up the transportation masterplan for Qatar and has been involved in the conceptual stages of major schemes, such as the planned Doha Bay crossing. Abdah worked for Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority between 2005 and 2007 as a road safety specialist. He moved to Qatar in 2007 to take up the position of technical coordinator for the transportation and infrastructure planning section. Prior to his roles in the Middle East, Abdah worked in Australia for about 20 years. During this time, he spent 16 years with VicRoads, the state of Victoria’s road management authority. Abdah graduated in 1985 with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering.

Contact Tel: (+974) 4 426 6666

Ian Bosward

Position: Programme director, Doha Expressway and major highways programme, KBR

Biography: Ian Bosward is programme director for US consultancy KBR, which in 2011 was appointed by Ashghal to provide project management services for 29 major road projects, including the remaining packages of the Doha Expressway. Qatar is currently undertaking a roads development programme that involves spending $20bn on building and upgrading existing roads and related infrastructure up to 2015. Previously, Bosward was KBR project director for the Palm Jumeirah development in the UAE. He also worked as KBR’s operations director in Libya on the Great Man-Made River Project. Bosward has 40 years’ experience as a chartered engineer and 24 of those have been working for KBR. During this time, he has worked for government ministries and semi-government organisations in the UK, Libya, Jordan, UAE and Qatar.

Contact Tel: (+974) 4 435 5387

Haitham Saleh

Position: General manager, Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB) Qatar

Biography: Haitham Saleh is the general manager for PB’s operations in Qatar. Saleh joined the US firm in 2010 and he is in charge of expanding PB’s infrastructure consultancy services. In 2011, PB was appointed as the programme manager for Qatar’s minor road programme by Ashghal. PB will be in charge of designing and overseeing the local road schemes planned for the next five years. Prior to his role with PB, Saleh worked as the infrastructure technical adviser for Ashghal from November 2009 to December 2010. Before this, Saleh worked for UK-based consultant Atkins in Qatar. From February 2009 to November 2009, Saleh was the Atkins’ business infrastructure director. From July 2005 to March 2009, he was the operations manager. Saleh graduated with a degree in civil engineering from the University of Baghdad in 1973.

Contact Tel: (+974) 4 435 1612

Jason Williams

Position: Technical director, Northern Gulf highways and water, Atkins Qatar

Biography: Jason Williams is the technical director for Northern Gulf highways and water for UK-based Atkins in Qatar. In 2011, Atkins was appointed by Ashghal to oversee the minor road works in the West Doha section of the capital. Williams joined Atkins in 2008. In his current role, he works with a multi-disciplinary team of engineers to provide comprehensive design services to clients within the Northern Gulf region. Prior to this, Williams was a divisional director for a 2020 Liverpool, a joint venture between Mouchel and Liverpool City Council in the UK. In this role, he was responsible for delivering infrastructure improvement projects, including management of structures, street lighting and development control sections. Williams graduated with a degree in civil engineering from Liverpool John Moores University in 1988.

Contact Tel: (+974) 4 406 1600

Guy Mehula

Position: President, Middle East and North Africa (Mena), Parsons International

Biography: Guy Mehula has been president for the Mena region for the US’ Parsons International since April 2011. Mehula joined Parsons in January 2010 as vice-president and programme executive, based in the US. Parsons has been appointed by Ashghal to oversee local road projects in the Doha South area and construction of the Lusail light-rail transit system. Prior to joining Parsons, Mehula served as the chief facilities executive for the Los Angeles Unified School District. In this role, he oversaw a $27bn school construction programme. Mehula has 25 years of experience in the construction industry with the US Navy. At his retirement, he was captain of the Navy Civil Engineer Corps. Mehula has a bachelor’s degree in systems engineering from the US Naval Academy and a master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Florida, also in the US.

Contact Tel: (+971) 2 614 2416

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