International Speakers

Prof. Sherif Mohamed (Griffith University, Australia)

Prof. Sherif Mohamed is an educator and experienced researcher with a strong blend of technical and management skills and formal qualifications gained through an international background in industry, government and university environments. At the industry level, he is a chartered professional civil engineer with over 25 years sound experience in construction and project management. He has gained international experience through application of these skills in the Middle East, United Kingdom, South-East Asia and Australia. He holds a Master as well as Doctorate degrees from the University of Southampton, the U.K. Prof. Mohamed is the Founding Director of the Research Center for Infrastructure Engineering and Management at Griffith University, Australia. He is currently serving as Head of School in School of Engineering and Built Environment at Griffith University, Australia.

Dr. Norwati Bt Jamaluddin (Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM), Malaysia)

Dr. Norwati Jamaluddin is an Associate Professor in department of Structural and Material Engineering, Faculty of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM), Malaysia. She has completed Masters of Structural Engineering from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Malaysia (2003) and PhD from University of Leeds, United Kingdom (2011). She has also served as a Structural Engineer (as part of Industrial Attachment) in HLA group of Companies. Her research interests include Steel Structural, Composite Steel-Concrete Structural, and Finite Element Modeling. Moreover, she has been part of following professional societies: CSM, IAPS, MSSA, BEM, and MPA. She also has vast experience in the field of Management while serving in Fakulti Kejuruteraan Awam dan Alam Sekitar.


Dr. Pramod Thakur (Senior Geotechnical Engineer, CARDNO )

Dr. Pramod Thakur is a Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland (RPEQ) and Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng) with over 15 years of experience in the field of geotechnical engineering, predominantly on civil infrastructure projects. He has been involved in a wide range of multi-disciplinary projects for clients such as Transport and Main Roads (TMR) Queensland, Local Governments (Councils), New Zealand Transport Agency, Wellington Water and GHD internal clients.

His primary skills are in geotechnical investigation, design, construction support, project management, and business development. He has specialized expertise in shallow foundation design, deep foundation design (driven and bored piles, sheet pile, micro pile etc.), soil nail and anchor design, slope stability analysis and design (embankments, cuts, natural slopes, slope failures), retaining structures design (RSS wall, gravity retaining wall, piled wall etc.), ground improvement (remove and replace, surcharging, wick drains, soil cement mixing, stone column etc.), liquefaction potential analysis and mitigation measure design, numerical modelling. He is an experienced user of commercial geotechnical software such as: SLOPE/W, PLAXIS, WALLAP, FLAC, CIRCLY, GRLWEAP, PIGLET, LPILE, RocLab, PHASE2, DIPS, SLIDE, gINT etc.

Prof. Dr. Kypros Pilakoutas (Civil and Structural Engineering Department, University of Sheffield, UK)

Professor Kypros Pilakoutas is the Professor of Construction Innovation and Director of the Centre for Cement and Concrete at the University of Sheffield. He obtained his degrees at Imperial College, London, and he was awarded the title of Doctor Honoris Causa by the Technical University of Iasi, where he is also a Visiting Professor. He is also a visiting professor at the Cyprus University of Technology and University of Science and Culture, Tehran.

His research is in the fields of structural concrete, FRP, FRC, repair, construction innovation and earthquake engineering. He has over 500 papers and reports; mostly in refereed journals and conferences. He led research contracts in excess of €20M including >20 EU projects. These include major multi-partner projects such as “Eurocrete”, “ConFibreCrete”, “Encore”, “Ecolanes” “Bandit”, “Endure and Anagennisi, with more than 40 international partners. He sits or leads many International Committees, edits/reviews papers for top International journals, participates in scientific committees, chairs sessions in the main conferences in his field and is invited to present keynote papers. He advises internationally (+20 countries) on promotions, research exercises, national standards and major grant reviews. He is a Director of two technology spin-out companies. He has over 30 patents awarded. Three of his patents are commercially exploited worldwide.

Prof. Dr. Erhan Tercan ( Hacettepe University, Turkey)

Erhan TERCAN is currently a Professor at the Department of Mining Engineering at Hacettepe University, Turkey. He received a PhD degree in Geostatistics in 1993 from the University of Leeds, England.

Professor Erhan TERCAN has more than 30 years experience in academic research, teaching and and in consulting to industry. His research interests include geostatistical modelling and estimation in mineral resource applications; mathematical geology. The context of much of this work has been the modelling and estimation of commodities such as precious metals and coal. He has published over 100 papers and parts of books in the field of geostatistics.


Prof. Dr. Jahangir Mirza (Research Institute of Hydro-Quebec(IREQ), Canada)

Professor Dr. Jahangir Mirza (speaks 6 languages: English, French, German, Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu), has over 35 years of Applied Research and Development (R & D) as well as teaching experience. He has expertise in Advanced Sustainable Construction Materials covering Civil Engineering, Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Geology, Architecture departments, etc. His major experience includes: 1985 till present: Senior Scientist, Research Institute of Hydro-Québec (IREQ), Montreal, Canada. Sept. 2018 till present: Visiting Research Professor, Environmental Engineering program, School of Engineering, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada: “Conduct research on reuse of incineration”. May 2014 till June 2016: Professor, UTM Construction Research Centre, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Johor Bharu, Malaysia. 1992-2000: Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics, McGill University, Montreal, Canada. 1981 – 1984: Research Scientist, Canada Cement Lafarge Ltd.

Dr. Ali Gul Qureshi (Kyoto University , Japan)

Dr. Ali Gul Qureshi is an associate professor in the Department of Urban Management at Kyoto University, Japan. His basic education is in civil engineering with specializations in transportation engineering, logistics and operations research. His research interests are related with exact and heuristics optimization of different variants of vehicle routing and facility location problems, their integration in different frameworks such as multi-agent systems, and their application in evaluation of city logistics measures. His recent research also relates with humanitarian logistics after disasters. Course Taught by Dr. Ali Gul Qureshi is Sustainable Urban Freight Transport.


Dr. Marla M. Redillas (De La Salle University, Manila, Philippines)

Dr. Marla M. Redillas is an Associate Professor and Head of the Hydraulics and Water Resources Division, Civil Engineering department De La Salle University, Manila, the Philippines. She has been professional Civil Engineer for more than 12 years. She has done her Masters (2009) and PhD from Kongju National University, Cheonan, South Korea (2012). Moreover, she has conducted research in 13 domestic research projects. Her research interests include water quality; diffuse/non point source pollution characterization and management/control; urban/agricultural storm water runoff treatment using constructed wetland, structural best management practices (BMPs), low-impact development (LID), and green infrastructure (GI) technology. She has also served as Secretary in International Relations Committee, Korean Society of Hazard Mitigation (KOSHAM). She is currently a Board Member of the Diffuse Pollution and Eutrophication Specialists Group of the International Water Association (IWA). She was recently awarded as one of the Outstanding Young Scientist 2019 of the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) Philippines.

Dr. Maurizio Guadagini (Civil and Structural Engineering Department, University of Sheffield, UK)

Maurizio Guadagnini is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering of the University of Sheffield. He has more than 20 years of research experience in the field of experimental mechanics and advanced modelling of concrete elements utilizing both conventional and novel enforcing systems. He is an active member of the International Federation for Structural Concrete (fib), within which he serves as secretary of Task Group 5.1 on FRP Reinforcement for Concrete Structures and contributes to the dissemination activities of Commission 9 of fib. Dr Guadagnini was the chair of COST Action TU1207 (Next Generation Design Guidelines for Composites in Construction), which coordinated the activities of more than 150 participants from 33 countries, and coordinator of the European funded MC ITN Network endure for Durable Reinforcement and Rehabilitation Solutions, which comprised 13 academic partners and 11 industry partners

Dr. Saim Memon London South Bank University,  UK

Senior lecturer in Electrical Engineering at London South Bank University, London, UK. . He studied BEng (hons) in Electrical Engineering (Mehran UET, Pk), MSc in Mechatronics (Staffordshire University, UK), PhD in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (Loughborough University, UK) and PGCert in Teaching Qualification FE (University of Aberdeen, UK). He is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of Higher Education Academy having a Qualified Teacher status by General-Teaching-Council-for-Scotland (GTCS). Dr Saim has multi-disciplinary research/academic experiences in Electrical, Electronic, Solar-Thermal-Vacuum-Systems and Renewable-Energy Engineering. His research experiences are on energy-materials for vacuum-insulated-smart-windows, renewable energy technologies, thermoelectric-materials with vacuum-insulation and heat-storage for the improvement of electric-vehicles charging-efficiency. He has over 35 research publications in the form of high-impact-journals, book-chapter, conferences, book-editor, newsletters and vacuum science magazine. He secured funding worth of over £64k as a lead from H2020, Innovate-UK, The IET EEGS, DAIWA-Anglo-Japanese, RAEng participation and Newton-Fund participation grants. He is developing and presented his research findings in collaboration with leading scientists in the UK, Europe, Japan, Kenya, Thailand, Malaysia, Peru, USA, Russia and China.