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Engineering and Construction, Environment & Sustainability, Infrastructure, Innovation, Property & Real Estate

FT Future of Construction Summit

Driving productivity through disruptive innovation and collaboration

London |
Speakers include:
Yu  Tao

Yu Tao

China State Construction Engineering Corporation (Middle East)

Jacques Herzog

Jacques Herzog

Herzog & de Meuron

Rob  Perrins

Rob Perrins

Berkeley Group plc


Bringing together key stakeholders to explore the future of the industry. Join developers, planners, architects, engineers and contractors at the FT's first construction event.

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Future of Construction



Full Overview

Technological innovation is at the core of the most radical change the construction industry has been experiencing in decades, impacting the way all its stakeholders operate and perform and, as a consequence, increase profitability. According to the World Economic Forum, the construction industry accounts for about 6% of global GDP, with total annual revenues of almost $10 trillion. It also creates new jobs, drives economic growth, and provides solutions for social, climate and energy challenges. Notwithstanding, this is a very low margin industry; so increasing productivity has been a recurrent challenge.

Disruptive technologies and digital transformation are set to break through the low efficiency and productivity levels in construction. Traditionally lagging behind in embracing innovation, developments such as BIM, additive manufacturing, robotics and augmented reality, are taking the whole industry value chain to a new and exciting stage where stakeholder collaboration, energy efficiency, big data and social value are becoming the new norms.

The FT Future of Construction Summit will bring together developers, planners, architects, engineers, contractors, material and solution providers, among other actors pivotal in the global construction supply chain to explore how a technologically advanced future promises to enhance productivity and boost ROI.


Agenda - 18th May

  • 8:00am
    Registration and Networking
  • 9:00am
    Chair’s Opening Remarks

    Gill Plimmer, Infrastructure Correspondent, Financial Times

    Section One - Boosting productivity through technology innovation

  • 9:10am
    Opening Keynote address - Why is technology key to shaping the construction industry of tomorrow?

    Breakthrough technologies are proving to be the best solution for the much sought after efficiency and productivity boost in the sector. Many obstacles however are being overcome in this journey towards change, ranging from the infamous traditional resistance to change in the industry to the fragmentation of the sector, inhibiting performance improvement. This opening keynote presentation from the perspective of a global construction company will assess the paramount role of new technologies in increasing productivity, reducing costs and boosting collaboration and knowledge sharing across the industry’s value chain. 

  • 9:40am
    ‘Futurecast’ Panel - From cranes to drones: picturing the building site of the future
    • How is drone technology and laser scanning changing the design and building process?
    • Will additive manufacturing, automation and robotics become essential tools to improve construction efficiency?
    • In which ways can BIM be used on site in order to accelerate delivery and reduce costs?
    • To what degree will Augmented Reality and wearable technology change the way architects and engineers work?
    • How will the increasing use of off-site modularisation and prefabrication of buildings affect the way a traditional construction site operates?

    Jan Wurm, Associate Director, Materials Consulting, ARUP

    Sam Stacey, Director of Innovation and Business Improvement, Skanska

    Shaun Tate, Director, Construction, Mace 

    David Lewis, Principal and Design Lead, NBBJ

    Moderator: Gill Plimmer, Infrastructure Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 10:20am
    In conversation with the FT - Harnessing innovation in building design: Will technology give architects more freedom to create?

    Disruptive technologies and innovative processes, such as the wide adoption of BIM, the use of 3D printing and the creation of new advanced materials, are having an enormous impact on the way architects devise their designs. The role of the architect is evolving dramatically, with the once-sacred line between design and engineering blurring, as the industry gets closer to a unified workflow. How will all these changes affect the “design rules” mantra in the profession? Will aesthetics prevail in an increasingly technology-led industry? 

    Jacques Herzog, Herzog & de Meuron

    Interviewed byEdwin Heathcote, Architecture Critic, Financial Times 

  • 10:40am
    Networking Break

    Section Two - Increasing profitability through cross-industry collaboration

  • 11:00am
    Special Presentation - Constructing Tomorrow with Technology: exploring the industry’s digital future

    Technology has always disrupted the construction industry. From the invention of reinforced concrete, to the introduction of the mechanical excavator, to the advent of Building Information Modelling (BIM), history is littered with examples. But today the sheer pace and breadth of technological change can seem intimidating. What impact will 3D printing, infinite computing, predictive analytics, robotics, social computing, drones, gaming engines, artificial intelligence, and more, have on the way in which building and infrastructure projects are planned, funded, designed and delivered? From work pipelines driven by sensors, to estimates designed by algorithms; from printed buildings, to big data-driven scheduling; from new forms of project funding, to a new era of digitally-driven localism for our built environment – the implications for the industry might be profound. This keynote will explore the potential for emerging digital trends to radically disrupt the process of construction, the business of construction contracting, and the competitive landscape for provision of construction services.

    Dominic Thasarathar, Strategist - Construction, Energy, Natural Resources, Autodesk

  • 11:20am
    Panel Discussion - Achieving effective collaboration in the construction supply chain –chimera or reality?
    • How will digital transformation in the industry help accelerate collaboration via paperless operations, cloud-based platforms and field-mobility solutions?
    • What’s next for BIM? Exploring Level 3 BIM as a revolutionary enabler of end-to-end collaboration
    • What are the main barriers for collaborating with suppliers and subcontractors in a sector where short-term working on a project-to-project basis is the norm?
    • Overcoming resistance for knowledge sharing and collaboration among stakeholders in the construction industry – how?
    • In which ways can smaller construction companies be incentivised to switch to a collaborative approach?
    • How could such a fragmented industry work in order to agree on relevant standards that facilitate this digitisation process? 

    Neil Billett, Partner and Global Design Director, BuroHappold Engineering

    Ibrahim Odeh, Director of Research and Founder – Global Leaders in Construction Management, Columbia University

    Moderator: Michael Skapinker, Associate Editor, Financial Times

    Section Three - Redefining sustainability in the built environment

  • 12:10pm
    Expert Colloquy - Sustainable waste management - How is technology helping tackle waste in the construction industry?
    • What are the emerging cutting-edge technologies and processes set to cut waste in the construction industry?
    • Closing the loop: What technological innovations are supporting and speeding the transition to a circular economy model? And how can the main players in the construction value chain collaborate to drive value in a circular economy model?
    • Maximising value and eliminating waste: using lean techniques in construction to reduce waste and improve performance
    • Assessing the high cost of waste for businesses – what’s the true cost of waste beyond its environment impact?
    • Regulating sustainable construction in Europe – benefits and limitations of the EU Waste Framework Directive and the Circular Economy package. 

    Nitesh Magdani, Group Director of Sustainability, Royal BAM Group

    Terri Wills, CEO, World Green Building Council

    Ken Webster, Head of Innovation, Ellen MacArthur Foundation

    Robert Spencer, Director of Sustainability, Environment and Ground Engineering - EMEIA, AECOM

    Moderator: Michael Skapinker, Associate Editor, Financial Times

  • 12:40pm
    Case Study presentation - What’s next in sustainable design? Trends and opportunities in a post-carbon era
    • Exploring the next-generation of energy efficient buildings – how are building design, city planning, policy making, financing and new technologies contributing to this key transition in construction?
    • What are the latest developments in bridging the infamous building energy performance gap?
    • What’s the main contribution of The Internet of Things (IOT) to energy management in the modern building?
    • How can social value be added and maximised to construction projects?
    • Why are health and wellbeing becoming a key factors in the sustainable housing agenda?

    Michael Deane, Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer, Turner Construction Company

  • 1:05pm
    Lunch Break

    Section Four – Changing culture to attract talent

  • 2:05pm
    Expert commentary - The human factor: Achieving cultural and organisational transformation for business success

    For most leaders in the construction sector, the entire industry supply chain must embrace a radical cultural shift in order to fully achieve the much-needed digital and technological transformation. Technology is getting far ahead with revolutionary systems such as BIM and other applications whose potential cannot be fully met without real collaboration along the value chain. For an industry often described as old-fashioned and afraid of change, this transformation represents a steep challenge.

    • Is the construction sector experiencing a gap in leadership capability? How can construction companies build leadership capability to successfully command this change?
    • How are reward and recognition schemes formally encouraging innovation among employees? 
    • In which ways can large corporations engage with tech start-ups to help them absorb digital advances quickly and effectively?
    • What are the main challenges in organizational transformation for innovative and sustainable business models, such as the adoption of the Whole Life Costing approach in construction?
  • 2:30pm
    Panel Discussion - Tackling the construction skills gap: Are we building the right workforce of the future?
    • How could the industry improve its negative public image to inspire young people and attract new talent?
    • In which ways is the construction industry failing to communicate to Millennials the benefits of working in the sector? Will the technology revolution in the industry attract a tech-savvy generation drawn by the prospect of innovation and collaboration? 
    • Exploring gender diversity in the construction sector - What is being done to encourage more women to join the industry? 
    • How will ‘Brexit’ impact the recruitment of construction professionals across Europe? How could the British construction sector mitigate a potential exodus of skilled labour by relying upon homegrown talent?
    • How can enterprises engage with the education community in order to bridge the skills shortage?
    • Are governments reacting efficiently to this skills crisis or can they be blamed for hindering the attraction of global and skilled talent through excessive red tape?

    Rob Perrins, Chief Executive, Berkeley Group

    Michael Buehler, Head of Infrastructure & Urban Development, World Economic Forum

    Sarah Beale, Chief Executive, CITB 

    Moderator: Gemma Tetlow, Economics Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 3:10pm
    Afternoon Networking Break

    Section Five – Investing wisely - global opportunities and new markets

  • 3:40pm
    Fireside Chat - Evaluating investment opportunities in the fastest-growing global construction markets
    • How are the global trends in urban migration impacting the demand for construction both in housing and infrastructure?
    • To what extent is financial instability in Europe affecting the way local construction companies are developing internationalization strategies?
    • Which economies within Europe will stand out from the crowd in terms of recovery and productivity?
    • How will the forthcoming UK exit from the EU influence the attraction of foreign investment? What’s the current impact of ‘Brexit’ on the housing market and infrastructure funding? Which global countries will benefit from a potential mass departure of investors in the UK?
    • What are the main advantages and drawbacks of operating in fast-growing and developing economies such as China?
    • What are the main barriers to foreign market entry restricting international competition? How can they be gradually mitigated by national governments?

    Yu Tao, President & CEO, China State Construction Engineering Corporation (Middle East)

    Antti Peltomäki, Deputy Director General, Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry,Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW)

    Moderator: Gemma Tetlow, Economics Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 4:20pm
    Closing keynote - Building for tomorrow: Managing risk in an evolving industry

    From new advanced construction materials to smart cities, property developers are facing an infinite number of technology innovations for which execution and performance they carry the ultimate responsibility and financial risk. This keynote session will offer the point of view of the project owner about the future of the industry with a focus on creating value through innovation and sustainability.

  • 4:50pm
    Chair's closing remarks

    Gill Plimmer, Infrastructure Correspondent, Financial Times


  • 5:00pm
    Drinks reception

Speakers (18)

Yu  Tao

Yu Tao

President and CEO
China State Construction Engineering Corporation (Middle East)

Mr. Yu was appointed as the CEO & President of China State Construction Engineering Corporation (Middle East) (L.L.C) (“CSCEC ME”) in September 2004 and was subsequently appointed as the Vice President of China State Construction International Ltd, which is the overseas operation arm of CSCEC‐ the largest international construction company in the world.

Mr. Yu holds a Master Degree in Project Management from the National University of Singapore and a Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering from the Chongqing University in China.  

Mr. Yu has over 20 years’ extensive overseas experience in the management of corporate affairs and construction projects. Currently, Mr. Yu is the CEO & President of CSCEC ME and he oversees CSCEC’s regional operations in the GCC as well as other countries in the Middle East. Besides, Mr. Yu is the ex‐chairman of Chinese Business Council in the UAE who was appointed as the Chairman from 2008 – 2010.

Under Yu’s leadership, CSCEC (Middle East) (L.L.C) has become a noted prestigious and respected company across the region. Mr. Yu has led the successful diversification of the company from initially being a conventional building contractor to a comprehensive total‐solution provider whose business has reached nearly all the sectors of the construction industry in the Middle East. After more than a decade’s development, the company is now able to offer Clients a full range of services from Contracting, Design & Build to Project Financing, with a very strong capability not only in Building, Infrastructure Project, but also in MEP, Steelwork and Industrial/Oil & Gas projects.

Prior to his appointment in the Middle East region, Mr. Yu had several positions and designated as Project Manager, Project Director and Deputy Managing Director at China Construction (South Pacific) Development Co Pte Ltd, subsidiary of CSCEC in Singapore from 1994 to 2004 for operation in the South East Asia

Jacques Herzog

Jacques Herzog

Herzog & de Meuron

Jacques Herzog was born in Basel in 1950. He studied architecture at the Swiss Federal Institute  of Technology Zurich (ETH) from 1970 to 1975 with Aldo Rossi and Dolf Schnebli. He received his degree in architecture in 1975 and became an assistant to Dolf Schnebli in 1977. He is a visiting professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design since 1994 (and in 1989). He is a professor at the ETH Zurich since 1999 and co-founded the ETH Studio Basel – Contemporary City Institute in 2002.

Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron were born in Basel in 1950. They both studied architecture at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ) from 1970 to 1975 with Aldo Rossi and Dolf Schnebli. They received their degrees in architecture in 1975 and established their own practice, Herzog & de Meuron, in Basel in 1978. Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron are visiting professors at Harvard University, USA (1989 and since 1994), and professors at ETH Studio Basel (since 1999), where they co-founded the Contemporary City Institute in 2002. Herzog & de Meuron has been awarded numerous prizes, Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron received The Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2001, followed by the RIBA Royal Gold Medal and the Praemium Imperiale, both in 2007.

Herzog & de Meuron are known for designs that are at once highly inventive and sensitive to the site, geography, and cultural context creating projects that are highly specific to their place and program brief, from the small-scale private home to large-scale public and cultural facilities. Their most recognized buildings include Dominus Winery in Napa Valley, California,(1998); Prada Aoyama in Tokyo, (2003); Schaulager in Basel/Münchenstein,(2003); National Stadium, for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing (2008) and the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in collaboration with Ai Weiwei in London (2012). The firm's highest profile museum projects include Tate Modern in London (2000) and the new extension, The Tate Modern Project (2016); Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, New York (2012) and the Pérez Art Museum Miami (2013). Recent projects include 56 Leonard Street, a residential tower in Tribeca, New York City, USA (2016); Elbphilharmonie Hamburg (2017) and M+, the new museum for visual culture in Hong Kong (planned completion 2019).

Rob  Perrins

Rob Perrins

Chief Executive
Berkeley Group plc

Rob is Chief Executive of the Berkeley Group plc.

He joined the Berkeley Group in 1994, having qualified as a chartered accountant with Ernst & Young in 1991 and was appointed to the Group Main Board in May 2001. He became Group Finance Director shortly after and in September 2009 rose to the top of the company, becoming Managing Director.

In 2010, Rob devised and launched the Berkeley Group's 10 year plan. This aims to make Berkeley one of the most successful and sustainable businesses in Britain. Through this strategy, Rob has recently committed Berkeley to become carbon positive, to have 1,500 people in apprenticeships and training, and to develop Community Plans for all our sites.

In 2014, Rob delivered a new joint venture between Berkeley and National Grid, called St William. This was named property deal of the year at the RESI Awards. St William has the potential to build over 17,500 homes on former gasworks sites across London and the South East of England.

In 2015, under Rob's management, the Berkeley Group supported 26,000 jobs across Britain and contributed £2.1 billion to the UK's Gross Domestic Product, up 40% from 2014 and the 7th consecutive year of growth.

Rob was educated at Marlborough College, Wiltshire and has an honours degree from Aston University in Geological Sciences. He contributes regularly to public debates about the direction of housing policy and the property market and is a member of the Bank of England's Residential Property Forum, as well as a council member of Aston University and a Governor of Wellington College. 

Michael Deane

Michael Deane

Vice President, Chief Sustainability Officer
Turner Construction Company
Dominic Thasarathar

Dominic Thasarathar

Strategist - Construction, Energy and Natural Resources

Dominic Thasarathar is Autodesk’s primary thought-leader and evangelist for Construction, Energy and Natural Resources. Working globally, his focus is the role emerging technology trends can play in transforming these industries. A Chartered Electrical Engineer and Technology Executive, Dominic joined Autodesk in 2011 from a career spanning two decades in international construction operations – including roles with CH2M Hill (Chief Information Officer, CLM Delivery Partner), Bechtel (Asia-Pacific Manager of Project Systems) and Laing O’Rourke (Project Lifecycle Systems Manager). He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Imperial College and professional membership of The Institution of Engineering and Technology, The British Computer Society and The Energy Institute. His experience encompasses projects in the Oil & Gas, Mining & Metals, Power, Civil Infrastructure and Building sectors.

Antti  Peltomäki

Antti Peltomäki

Deputy Director General, Directorate General for Internal Market
Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW)

Mr Antti Peltomäki is Deputy Director-General of the Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs DirectorateGeneral since February 2012. In this function, Mr Peltomäki is responsible for Industrial transformation and Advanced value chains; Consumer, Environmental and Health Industries; and Innovation and Advanced Manufacturing Directorates.

Mr. Peltomäki is also the Commission representative at the Management Boards of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).

Before that, Mr Peltomäki was Deputy Director-General in the Information Society and Media Directorate General where he was firstly responsible for research cooperation in the context of the seventh research framework (2007-2013) and thereafter for regulatory policy in the telecommunications, media and internet fields.

Mr Peltomäki has also worked as Head of the Commission's representation in Helsinki in 2006 – 2007. Prior to joining the Commission in 2006, Mr Peltomäki worked for almost ten years in the office of the Prime Minister of Finland, initially as State Under-Secretary, then State Secretary for EU affairs.

A lawyer by training, Mr Peltomäki began his career as a coordinator of international research and training courses at the Helsinki University of Technology.

Neil Billett

Neil Billett

Partner, Global Design Director
BuroHappold Engineering

Neil Billett is Global Design Director at BuroHappold Engineering. He has been involved in the design, construction and delivery of many prestigious buildings including museums, theatres, galleries, offices and bespoke owner occupied facilities around the world. Neil also has a specialist background in Lighting Design, considering both artificial and natural sources. Recent exciting activity includes developing a fully digital integration tool, linking the scientific evidence of physical space with human productivity and wellness - augmented by a real time parametric solution space modelling tool and engagement with a wide array of Engineering Doctorate researchers plus an internal company group, the "computational collective".

Neil formerly led BuroHappold’s sustainability team which continues to provide cutting edge input to the serious issue of responding positively to meeting and surpassing the increasingly challenging international and national targets. The team is made up of a diverse range of researchers and consultants capable of taking on commissions which range from policy setting and “thought leadership” topics through to masterplan strategies, buildings and product design. He is still a technical adviser to the World Green Building Council and chaired a publication technical committee.

Nitesh Magdani

Nitesh Magdani

Group Director of Sustainability
Royal BAM Group
Ken Webster

Ken Webster

Head of Innovation
Ellen MacArthur Foundation
Terri Wills

Terri Wills

World Green Building Council
Michael  Buehler

Michael Buehler

Head of Infrastructure & Urban Development
World Economic Forum

Michael Max Buehler is the Head of Infrastructure and Urban Development at the World Economic Forum. Michael is responsible for managing strategic relationships with approximately 50 global CEOs from the engineering, construction, real estate and urban services sectors.
Michael has seventeen years of international, academic and professional experience in the construction, mining and real estate industries including project management positions on major public infrastructure and public-private partnership projects. Prior to joining the Forum, Michael worked with Deloitte in the Infrastructure and Capital Projects Advisory practices in Vancouver, British Columbia. Michael managed projects for clients and industry leaders at C-suite level including major public infrastructure, mining and real estate projects as well as on capital programs and portfolios for private and public entities. Before, Michael worked for Bilfinger, a leading industry player for major infrastructure projects providing worldwide engineering, procurement, construction management, O&M and project finance services. Michael is experienced in managing project stakeholders in complex multi-contract project environments.
Michael has a PhD in civil engineering, an MBA with finance and accounting specialization, is registered and licensed as a Professional Engineer in British Columbia and is a certified Project Management Professional.

David Lewis

David Lewis

Principal and Design Lead

David is an architect with more than 20 years’ experience designing for healthcare, sports, higher education and corporate clients. As design lead for NBBJ’s UK practice, he is acutely aware of the importance of clear design communication and strives for distinctive and functional solutions that promote better living and working. David is especially interested in how planning and design can enhance a city’s health and wellbeing. He is the design lead for the new Royal Liverpool University Hospital, which will benefit and support the city’s regeneration, demonstrating how design can impact both a city and its population’s health. Other clients include the University of Cambridge, GlaxoSmithKline and City University London.

As a born and bred Londoner, he is fascinated by the city’s evolution. With the London office’s recent move to Tech City, David and his team are focused on integrating into their new community to better understand the success and impact of the UK’s rapidly growing tech industry.

Sam Stacey

Sam Stacey

Director of Innovation and Business Improvement

Sam Stacey is Director of Innovation, Industrialisation and Business Improvement at Skanska UK, and a Trustee of the Building Research Establishment. 

Since graduating from Cambridge University in Architecture and Philosophy, Sam has worked as an architect, structural engineer, design manager and leader of innovation. He is a Chartered Structural Engineer with an MBA from Henley Business School and a degree in Civil Engineering from Imperial College.  In 2011 he set up Skanska’s Innovation Centre of Excellence. Sam’s areas of interest are the digitalisation of construction, automation and sustainability.  

Jan Wurm

Jan Wurm

Associate Director
Materials Consulting, ARUP

Jan’s passion is the architectural engineering – the interaction between technology, building materials and structure and the architectural form itself. He is highly valued by his clients for his skills as an integrator between the architectural aspirations and the potentials that they hold with respect to engineering and technical innovations.

Jan started his career at Arup a decade ago at the company’s headquarter in London. Since 2008 he is based in Berlin leading the Europe Materials Practice and since 2011 he is also holding the Firm’s Research Portfolio in Europe.

Jan also enjoys lecturing and teaching. His present commitments include a role as professor on Global Sustainability and Environment for CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) in Berlin.

Starting his career with an apprenticeship in a joinery and glazier’s workshop, he draws his satisfaction from making. He enjoys working with all parties along the value chain from the materials suppliers to the builders on site to realise the ideas and visions of the designer.

Being an architect with a deep technical understanding of the building process and products, Jan has steered a number of successful product developments and innovations together with industry partners. Examples are the Thin Environmental Cladding, a unitised facade system out of composites developed together with Building Lab DK, Danish architects 3XN, Fiberline and Permasteelisa and the bio-reactive SolarFeaf Facade, an innovative facade system for facilitating closed-loop systems. 

Robert Spencer

Robert Spencer

Director of Sustainability, Environment and Ground Engineering, EMEIA

Robert Spencer is Director, Sustainability, for the Environment business at AECOM for the Europe, Middle East, Africa region, engaging clients in AECOM’s social and environmental sustainability services.  Over the last 18 years at AECOM and it’s legacy companies Scott Wilson and URS, he’s worked in China and Nigeria on community development projects, led significant parts of the UK’s industrial symbiosis network for Defra and championed business change programmes to mainline sustainability in-house.  He works with clients to develop business cases, strategies, action plans and projects that integrate novel methods for incorporating climate change, resource optimisation and natural capital into decision-making.  Robert is active across AECOM’s markets and geographies – from major linear infrastructure to industrial facilities, city authorities to business supply chains.  In the last couple of years he’s engaged in dialogue and testing with a wide variety of business and public sector organisations actively tackling circular economy objectives, including LWARB, MI-ROG and Circular Peterborough. This work has involved developing circular economy visions and concepts to both industry and municipal actors, including strategic advice to LWARB’s London Circular Economy Route map – Built Environment working group and Highway’s England’s action plan for a circular economy, which incorporates live applications on a pathfinder road scheme.  Robert is an active member of Innovate UK’s Resource Efficiency Steering Group and recently convened an inter-agency forum, MI-ROG, for the UK’s major infrastructure operators to collaborate on the circular economy as a driver for resource and asset optimisation at the programme-level.  

 Ibrahim S.  Odeh, PhD., MBA

Ibrahim S. Odeh, PhD., MBA

Founding Director
Global Leaders in Construction Management, Columbia University

Dr. Ibrahim Odeh is currently a faculty at the school of engineering and the founding director of the Global Leaders in Construction Management (GLCM) initiative at Columbia University. The main contribution of Odeh's work is focused on assisting top leading construction firms with strategic management tasks in areas related to: strategy and business development; infrastructure and construction market analysis; and market entry strategy. He worked on several consulting projects and market studies with leading firms such as Skanska, AECOM, Turner, Dentons, and STV. He is also an advisory committee member and a working group lead at the World Economic Forum (WEF) on a multi-year project that is focused on studying The Future of Construction.

Moreover, Dr. Odeh also teaches several courses in the area of construction engineering and management (CEM) where he also one of the faculties at the department who direct and run the CEM program at the department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics for both the on-campus and on-line tracks. Classes he teaches are focused on: Entrepreneurship for Civil Engineering & Construction; Managing Engineering and Construction Processes; and Principles of Construction Techniques.

Dr. Odeh also led along with world-renowned guest presenters a specialization in Construction Management hosted on Coursera. In addition, he advises on academic programs and course curriculum development. He received several recognition and awards including the last nomination he got on the 2016 Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching; a finalist 11 from among 700 nominations and 5,000 faculty members.

Shaun Tate

Shaun Tate

Director, Construction

Shaun is currently leading Mace’s work on integrated structural solutions; working with new digital technology to change the way the construction industry builds in the future. With over 24 years of experience in the industry, Shaun’s diverse career has seen him manage some of London’s most high profile and technically challenging projects.

After graduating with a degree in construction management, Shaun began his career with a restoration project at the Royal Opera House. Under the constraints of very traditional construction techniques, Shaun developed an interest in new and innovative methods; delivering pre-fabricated facades and introducing a more collaborative approach to working with the client and subcontractors.

In 2006 Shaun joined Mace – the international construction and consultancy company – as a senior construction manager and, over the last ten years, has gone on to manage and lead major award winning projects in London, including Ropemaker Place (a 850,000 sq ft commercial development) and Park House (a nine-storey mixed-use development), via both design and build and construction management contracts.

In January 2017, Shaun completed South Bank Tower for our client CIT, a 42 storey residential building on the Thames. The complexity of the original core challenged Shaun and the team to push the boundaries of conventional construction once again. By introducing a factory approach to elements of the project, Shaun delivered innovative prefabrication methods, raising the bar in terms of quality, cost, time and safety.

Sarah  Beale

Sarah Beale

Chief Executive

Chair (1)

Gill  Plimmer

Gill Plimmer

Infrastructure Correspondent
Financial Times

Gill Plimmer covers infrastructure for the Financial Times, writing news and analysis on everything from the UK's Network Rail to the planned new high-speed railway line. Formerly Deputy UK News Editor and Deputy Weekend editor at the FT, she joined from the Independent newspaper in 2000.

Moderator (3)

Gemma  Tetlow

Gemma Tetlow

Economics Correspondent
Financial Times

Gemma Tetlow is Economics Correspondent at the Financial Times, based in London. Before joining the Financial Times, she spent 11 years at the Institute for Fiscal Studies - Britain's leading microeconomic research institute - where she led the Institute's work on public finances and pensions. She holds a PhD in economics from University College London and an MSc and BSc in economics from the University of Warwick.

Michael Skapinker

Michael Skapinker

Associate Editor
Financial Times

Michael Skapinker is a Financial Times Associate Editor and writes a weekly column on business and society. He joined the FT in 1986 and has held many positions, including FT Weekend editor, management editor and Special Reports Editor. He was born in South Africa and educated at Witwatersrand and Cambridge universities. He was awarded the Work Foundation Members' Award for his contribution to the understanding of working life in 2003, was named WorkWorld Media Awards columnist of the year in 2008, Editorial Intelligence Awards top business commentator in 2012 and top business ethics commentator in 2015. 

Edwin Heathcote

Edwin Heathcote

Architecture and Design Critic
Financial Times

Edwin Heathcote is the FT's Architecture and Design Critic.  He is an architect and designer and the author of around a dozen books including, most recently, The Meaning of Home.  He writes a monthly column for GQ Magazine and is a regular contributor for magazines including Icon, Apollo and l'Architecture d'Aujord Hui.  He is currently establishing an online archive of design writing.  

Why Attend

  • Learn from industry leaders about the game-changing trends and technologies impacting construction
  • Discover how the technological and digital transformation of the industry can boost efficiency and profitability 
  • Explore how the next-generation of energy efficient buildings will look like and whether it’s time to fully embrace the Circular Economy model in construction
  • Understand why achieving cultural change across the industry as well as building and retaining a talented workforce is key for a successful digital and technological transformation
  • Identify the best investment opportunities in the fastest-growing global construction markets
  • Find out how project owners are managing risk in an rapidly evolving industry
  • Participate in the debate led by global top-notch industry leaders through keynote presentations, foresight panels and insightful interviews
  • Network with your industry peers in an unsurpassed environment for exchange and collaboration

Who attends

FT Live has a reputation for delivering senior level audiences to attend a wide range of world class thought-leadership events across the globe for nearly 40 years.

The FT Future of Construction Summit will be attended by (but not limited to):

  • Heads/Directors of Development
  • Heads/Directors of Planning, Cost Planning and Project Management
  • Partners/Associates/Directors at Architecture firms
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The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. Providing essential news, comment, data and analysis for the global business community, the FT has a combined paid print and digital circulation of 840,000. Mobile is an increasingly important channel for the FT, driving more than half of total traffic.

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Autodesk makes software for people who make things.  If you’ve ever driven a high-performance car, admired a towering skyscraper, used a smartphone, or watched a great film, chances are you’ve experienced what millions of Autodesk customers are doing with our software.

Everyone—from design professionals, engineers and architects to digital artists and hobbyists—uses Autodesk software to unlock their creativity and solve important challenges. Autodesk software is available free to students, teachers and educational institutions around the world to help cultivate the next generation of designers, engineers and manufacturers.

The future of manufacturing is being driven by disruption in the way products are created and consumed. Autodesk equips designers, engineers and makers to thrive in this “new industrial revolution” underway. We provide manufacturing software solutions that enable customers to innovate and create products that take advantage of changes in digital fabrication, consumer expectations and connected services. Our solutions are built on the Autodesk Forge platform; a set of cloud services that connect design, engineering, visualization, collaboration, production and operations workflows. The Autodesk Forge Fund will invest up to $100M in companies that develop innovative solutions or services that are connected to this platform. 

The company is developing cutting-edge 3D printing technology, generative design software, machine learning capabilities, human-robotics interfaces and more that make it possible to create things in entirely new ways.  Together with its customers, Autodesk is changing the way the world is designed and made.

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The Construction Alliance is the grouping of major construction trade organisations working together within the remit of the Strategic Forum for Construction. The Alliance represents over 13,500 individual companies and organisations involved in the construction industry. Alliance membership comes from across the UK and represents constructors throughout the supply chain. The founding member trade bodies are The National Federation of Builders (NFB), The Scottish Building Federation (SBF) and The Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) . They have come together to work on the significant common issues that affect our industry and to devolve best practice throughout their memberships.

The Construction Industry Council (CIC) is the representative forum for the professional bodies, research organisations and specialist business associations in the construction industry. CIC’s mission is to improve the UK construction industry by collectively representing and supporting the built environment professions.