Advisory Board

Mr. Loay Ghazaleh

Advisor, Ministry of Works – Bahrain

Loay Ghazaleh, a 1986 Texas A & M Civil Engineer with MBA 2000 Finance from Thunderbird – Arizona, is backed by over 22 years diverse experience in government and private businesses spanning several sectors and several regions. Loay is currently serving as the Advisor to H.E. Undersecretary of the Ministry of Works in the Kingdom of Bahrain with primary focus on major infrastructure and PPP.

Earlier Loay have led several mega mix use green coastal developments in RAK Properties and with Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank / Burooj Properties in UAE and implemented wide variety of industrial projects with Zamil Steel Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi National Industrial Projects (ADNIP) in addition to wide spectrum of Management Consultancy works earlier.

Loay is active Public Speaker in both the GCC & MENA region on areas of Social Infrastructure / Affordable Housing, PPP / Project Finance, Renewable Energy & Sustainability, Facility Management and Transport sector including Railways, Roads ITS & Safety in addition to Sanitary sector. His presentations can be downloaded from these links; ;

Dr Juan Recia

Associate Director, Ports Marine and Geotechnical, AECOM Middle East

Ben van Scherpenzeel

director nautical developments, policy and plans Port , Rotterdam

Ben van Scherpenzeel, director nautical developments, policy and plans Port of Rotterdam

He has spent 15 years at sea:

  • 3 years on tankers and reefer vessels as a deck officer
  • 12 years on cruise vessels as a deck officer, staff captain, and project manager of new build programs

He joined the Port of Rotterdam in 2004. His present responsibilities are nautical studies related to the extension of the Port of Rotterdam and existing harbour basins and project leader of projects such as Traffic Separation Scheme adjustments, mooring configurations and the provision of port and terminal information.