Martin Hay

Principal, Kasian Qatar

Martin is Principal Architecture & Business Development at Kasian, the award winning Canadian based Design Consultancy, currently ranked #50 in North America’s Top 1,000 Architecture and Design firms.

A member of the Royal Institute of Architects, he has 25 years of experience across all major building sectors and scales from interior fit-out and Refurbishment to large scale building projects and masterplans. Several of his projects have won awards or been published as “Best Practice” case studies.

Martin is Qatar Country Representative for the Royal Institute of British Architects Gulf Chapter and regularly chairs or presents at design and construction conferences.

Meshal Al Shamari

Director, QGBC

Eng. Meshal Al Shamari worked for over 13 years in the oil and petroleum industry, accumulating invaluable experience in project management, leadership and business development. His work as a Senior Project Engineer at Qatar Petroleum proved vital to Qatar’s oil and petroleum industry as he successfully led several key projects, including, the construction of Treated Sewage Effluent (TSE) pipelines from the sewage treatment plant in the Dukhan Township, landscaping and storm water protection and engineering design of QP’s Corrosion and Inspection Laboratory.

Meshal has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and a Master of Business Administration from Qatar University and has pursued numerous courses in project management at Arizona State University and University of Texas at Austin. He is a member of SAVE International and of the Project Management Institute (PMI) and has completed a certification of Associate Value Specialist (AVS) at SAVE International.

Meshal joined Qatar Green Building Council in 2012 as director, he is  dedicated to leading QGBC towards building a culture of sustainability for Qatar and the region by promoting and raising awareness of environmentally and socially-responsible building practices among the industry and the public.

Daniel Orti Gonzalez

Design Manager, Louis Berger

17 years experienced Design Manager with emphasis in Interior Architecture and Design Engineering/Management.

Daniel’s broad based experience was acquired during the years on Construction of Hotels, Sports Events, Ephemeral Architecture, Public Buildings, Retail, Showroom and Iconic Buildings.

He has 360 degrees vision of the construction business, including European and International Overseas experience in multicultural project environments.

Daniel is BSc in Design Engineering, Master Degree in Transportation Design and MBA in International Operations.

Since 2013 Daniel works for Louis Berger, an Engineering News-Record top-20 ranked, global professional services corporation that helps clients solve their most complex infrastructure and development challenges. Now he is in charge of the Design Management of Yas Island Integrated Destination Resort development in Abu Dhabi.

As part of his recent experience, Daniel was involved in Masdar Neighborhood One Residences project in Abu Dhabi for Etihad Airways. Furthermore he was involved in the design of Riyadh´s King Khalid International Airport project as Architectural Lighting & Conveyance Design Manager. Both projects are design looking forward obtain LEED certificate, Platinum and Gold respectively and Daniel was particularly involved in the sustainability side of the projects.

Regarding his experience in Qatar, Daniel was Senior Interior Design Manager for Qatar National Library project, developed by Qatar Foundation inside Doha Education City and signed by Rem Koolhaas (OMA Rotterdam).

As other interesting experience, it is worth to be mentioned his participation in sport events projects as the F1 Grand Prix Valencia and 32nd America’s Cup, being part of the Media and Public facilities design and construction.

Daniel have an extensive experience in Hospitality Design including FF&E and has participated in Hotel projects worldwide, including Caribbean Sea, Europe and Asia Pacific.

Mohamed Ahmed Timbely

Senior Director- Architecture and Design, Qatar Rail

Mr. Timbely, a French Architect with 25 years of experience in Architecture and design.

After completing his Master of Architecture at Ecole Speciale d’Architecture in Paris, France, He got two master degrees in Planning and Management- La Sorbonne University in Paris.

He founded his Architectural agency in Paris and embarked in several residential, hotels, commercial and public buildings projects in Europe, Asia as well as North Africa and Middle East.

“It is not about Architecture; it is about the people. Architectural design is an opportunity to make explicit what was so far implecit” Timbely said.

Timbely is the Senior Director of Architecture & MEP for Qatar Rail Company. He is leading the Architectural Branding design of one of the biggest construction project in the world currently.

The design for the Doha Metro Stations has been Awarded “The Best Service Architecture Arabia” and “The best International Public Service Architecture” by the International Property Award 2016 in London.

Noha Zain

Project Manager, AEB

Regina Santos

Associate Lighting Designer, Godwin Austen Johnson

Regina Santos is an independent lighting designer currently working in Dubai/UAE since 2010, with a Bachelor degree of Arts in Industrial Design, a Bachelor of Science in Architecture & Urban Planning, and a Master of Science in Architectural Lighting Design from KTH the Royal Institute of Technology of Sweden, having 12 years of professional experience working with architecture before dedicating the past 10 years to working with lighting design.

Somaya AlHams

Architect and Senior Interior Designer, Gulf consulting group

Nigel Eckersall

Director of Design and Development, VX Experts

Nigel has been a visionary leader in the development of mixed use sustainable projects across the region for the past 12 years.  Nigel was recently placed in the Top 50 GCC Architects the Power 100 in Construction GCC.  His studies on facades and planning of cities for interactive façade environments have been recently published by the RIBA and his research into sustainable vernacular architecture has helped shape many future large scale projects.

More recently Nigel developed passive cooling systems using façades as design drivers for the Qatar Fifa Stadiums that became adapted into the overall designs for the stadiums.  His research into creating buildings, Interiors and Masterplans are creating blueprints for future living in the region, but his design philosophy actually takes its inspiration from historic GCC architecture.

His work however focuses on making ‘People Places or Places for People’ and fuses all elements of design and Artificial intelligence into a single linked habitable experience.

Nigel is currently developing future masterplan theories in response to the growing demand for Passive Systems that require a new approach to city planning.

Cherif Amor

Chair, Department of Interior Design, Virginia Common Wealth University, Qatar Foundation

Cherif Amor joined Virginia Commonwealth University-Qatar in 2013 to serve as the chair of the Department of Interior Design. He formerly served consecutively as the director of the Interior and Environmental Design graduate program and chair of the Department of Design, Texas Tech University. He earned a Ph.D. in Environmental Design with a specialization in the “semantics of the built environment”, from the University of Missouri Columbia (2000). While assuming more than ten years of administrative and professional responsibilities, Cherif’s research activities evidence sustainable growth in independent and collaborative research initiatives, having partnered heavily with academic institutions and design firms that resulted in a diversity of funded research, publications, and presentations. Research interests focus on neuro-imaging and the built environment, lighting, evidence-based design, sustainability, and the interaction between culture and the built environment. Cherif serves as a reviewer of several design journals/publications. He also serves as a site visitor for the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), and as the chair of the interior design network within the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA). Furthermore, Cherif serves as a curriculum review consultant for the Texas International Education Consortium (TIEC) and as curricula design consultant for Middle East Design Colleges. He formerly served as the Director of Education for the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), Texas/Oklahoma Chapter. During the last five years, Cherif has been the recipient and nominee of fifteen teaching, research, and service awards/recognitions.

Eman Farag

Director Partner & Co-Founder, Qatar Green Leaders

Mohammad Rukhsar

BIM Manager FIFA Stadium Projects, AEB

As an experienced BIM Manager in the BIM/CAD field within the construction and consultancy business I am working with Arab Engineering Bureau as BIM project Manager. I have participated in several BIM Projects as BIM Manager, Project Team Lead & BIM Technical Support.

BIM Speaker at Future BIM KSA Confrence


Having a proven track record in delivering BIM Projects and hands-on experience working with Revit all disciplines, Navisworks,BIM 360 Glue.

Also having experience with License management and account management for all types of software the Design consulting offices and construction offices use. I am a trainer of all Revit program series ( Revit Architecture , Revit structure , Revit MEP) and also holding Autodesk Revit Certified Professional certificates from Autodesk and AECOsim Certificate from Bentley.

Andrea Corsini

Founder, Render Atelier