Six key people involved in developing transport projects in Qatar: Saad Khodr, Toufic Oueida, Akbar Al-Baker, Ray Maurer, Uwe Reiter and Jason Williams
Position Senior transportation engineer, Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning
Biography Saad Khodr has more than 20 years’ experience in transportation engineering, including planning, design and construction in Qatar and the US. Khodr previously worked for the Department of Planning for the city of Seattle in Washington state and the Department of Transportation, also in Washington in the US. He joined the Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning in Doha in May 2006. Before becoming senior transportation engineer, he was the project coordinator for Qatar’s Transport Master Plan. He is involved in several other studies including the Qatar National Bicycle Master Plan, the Doha Bay Crossing and the redevelopment of Al-Rayaan street. Khodr holds a bachelor’s degree in civil and environmental engineering from Washington State University of Pullman. He also has an MBA from City University of Bellevue also in Washington.
Contact Tel: (+974) 434 7224
Position Project executive director, New Doha port
Biography Toufic Oueida has more than 45 years’ experience in the design and construction of major civil engineering and marine projects, especially in Qatar, the wider Middle East, Africa and the US. Oueida graduated with a master’s degree from the University of Minnesota in the US. He then worked as structural engineer with the Minnesota Engineering Company before joining Dar al-Handasah working at its headquarters in Beirut and later in Cairo. Oueida moved to Qatar in 1991 to work initially with the US’ Bechtel and Qatar General Petroleum Company on infrastructure projects such as the Ras Laffan and Mesaieed industrial cities. He was acting manager for Mesaieed Industrial City Infrastructure Department from 2007 until 2009. He took up his present position as project executive director of New Doha port in October 2009.
Contact Tel: (+974) 406 4444
Position Chief executive officer (CEO), Qatar Airways
Biography Doha-born Akbar al-Baker is a graduate in economics and commerce. He worked at various levels in the Qatari Civil Aviation Directorate before becoming Qatar Airways’ CEO in 1997. Since then, Al-Baker has spearheaded the growth of Qatar Airways, which operated only four aircraft in a regional capacity before his appointment. Qatar Airways now flies to 86 destinations across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, South Asia and North America. Al-Baker is also leading the development of the multibillion-dollar New Doha International airport, scheduled to open in 2011. Al-Baker holds a private pilot’s licence and also is CEO of several divisions of Qatar Airways including Qatar Airways Holidays, Qatar Aviation Services, Qatar Duty Free Company, Doha International airport, Qatar Distribution Company and Qatar Aircraft Catering Company.
Contact Tel: (+974) 449 6106
Position Managing director, QNB Capital
Biography Ray Maurer has more than 25 years’ experience in corporate finance, as well as in mergers and acquisitions, project advisory and capital markets transactions, including debt and initial public offering deals. Maurer has worked in Qatar for about five years. He joined the QNB Group in 2007 to run the investment banking operations of Qatar National Bank. He is also significantly involved in advising on major infrastructure transactions within Qatar and the wider GCC. QNB Capital plays a leading role in preparing bankable feasibility studies, developing financial structures and arranging finance for large projects. QNB Capital says it has several billions of dollars available for investing in some of Qatar’s major transport and infrastructure projects in the near future.
Contact Tel: (+974) 496 8111
Position Director for international consultancy and head of Berlin branch, PTV
Biography Uwe Reiter has a doctorate in civil engineering from Karlsruhe University in Germany. He also studied computer science at the same university, receiving a master’s degree. Before joining PTV, he worked as a lecturer in transport and environment at Imperial College in London, where he developed his own teaching and research programme. Reiter joined PTV in 1999 and is now the director for international consultancy and head of the Berlin branch of PTV, where he leads a team of 15 planners and engineers. He was the project manager for Qatar’s Transport Master Plan, which is now being executed. Before working with the Qatar government, Reiter was responsible for developing the national transport model for Italy and for the Usedom and Wolin islands in the German-Polish region.
Contact Tel: (+974) 455 1476
Position Northern Gulf technical director for infrastructure and transport, WS Atkins
Biography Jason Williams is a chartered civil engineer with more than 20 years’ experience in infrastructure. He began his career with UK environmental consultant Parkman in 1998, where he worked in the Motorway Maintenance Division. He then became principal engineer in 2000. Williams was responsible for all infrastructure improvement projects on the UK Highways Agency Area 15 contract. In 2007, he was made divisional director of 2020 Liverpool, a joint venture between Liverpool City Council and UK consultancy Mouchel, where he managed infrastructure improvement programmes. In 2008, Williams joined WS Atkins Overseas in Qatar as Northern Gulf technical director for infrastructure and transportation. He oversees technical, financial and resource management of the infrastructure team. Key projects are New Doha International airport and Dukhan Highway.
Contact Tel: (+974) 466 9209
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