Mohammed Al Rais is Hill International’s Regional President (Middle East) Project Management Group. Mr. Al Rais has more than 35 years of experience in the management of construction projects throughout the Middle East, North Africa, the United Kingdom and Canada.
Mr. Al Rais is responsible for the strategic direction of the company's operations in the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Oman. Under Mr. Al Rais's leadership, Hill International has been successful in identifying new marketplaces across the Middle East, diversifying its client base and extending its operations in Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi in particular. Mr. Al Rais also oversees the operational delivery of Hill's expanding portfolio of real estate, hospitality and infrastructure projects, including monitoring KPIs and ensuring client satisfaction. He directs executive management and technical teams in all aspects of these projects. He has supervised the delivery of a range of large-scale, highly-complex, multi-stakeholder developments such as the program management of the Dubai International Airport Expansion.
Mr. Al Rais is fluent in both Arabic and English, and is particularly experienced in delivering complex construction projects with unique logistics requirements , and in managing several concurrent projects at disparate locations.
Mr. Al Rais earned a B.S. in City and Regional Planning from the University of Engineering and Technology in Pakistan and an M.S. in Project Management from the University of Reading in the United Kingdom.
Waleed Abdel-Fattah is Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Hill's North Africa Region. He has more than 20 years of experience in the construction and management of complex capital projects. Mr. Abdel-Fattah's project experience includes airports, hotels and resorts, office buildings, residential developments, retail facilities, civil and infrastructure projects. Mr. Abdel-Fattah manages projects that facilitate business investment and job creation and maintains strong relationships with business clients and the commercial development community.
Mr. Abdel-Fattah holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Ain Shams University in Egypt.
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Osama A. Abusitta, of Hill's Riyadh, Saudi Arabia office, has more than 30 years of project management experience, in the United States, the United Kingdom and the Middle East. His experience includes managing large mixed-use, healthcare, educational and commercial projects. Abusitta earned his B.S. in civil engineering from California State University at Chico.
José Manuel Albaladejo Cañedo-Arguelles is Senior Vice President of Strategic Clients and Operations Reengineering. He is a PMP Certified civil engineer, with more than fifteen years of professional experience in the field of project and construction management. With international academic and professional training, Jose has been involved in teams and project management, with a strong focus on Operations, Business Development and General Management. His participation in infrastructure and construction projects for Government bodies, Investment Funds and Developers in Spain, Middle East, Africa and Latin America are particularly significant. Throughout his career he has worked in Europe, CIS, the Middle East and Latin America on construction and infrastructure projects ranging from Ports, Roads, Rail, High Rise, Hospitality or Retail. In 2008, he started Hill International’s activity in Latin America, where he built the operation to over 500 professionals with projects in Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Paraguay or Venezuela, taking Hill to be the one of the largest PM/CM International groups in the Region.
Mr. Albaladejo earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Purdue-West Lafayette (US), an M.S. in Construction Management from the University of Reading (UK) and an M.B.A. from the University of Navarra IESE Business School (Spain).
Vincent J. D'Ambrosio is Senior Vice President in charge of of Global Strategic Clients. He has many years of experience in the construction industry and has been responsible for selling over $9 billion of construction projects, including mixed-use developments, educational, national security and border crossings, forensic laboratories and municipal and governmental facilities.
Mr. D'Ambrosio was instrumental in helping launch Hill International Real Estate Partners, the firm's real estate development affiliate. This venture is developing the 1,510-foot-high American Commerce Center in Philadelphia. He was recently named by Building Design & Construction magazine to its annual "40 Under 40" list, which recognizes the top 40 rising young professionals under the age of 40 working nationwide in the architecture, engineering and construction industries.
Prior to his years in business development, Mr. D'Ambrosio played an integral role in construction management operations. His experience includes managing cost reporting and engineering systems for projects, negotiating contract amendments, developing a system to track quality of work performed, writing bid packages, developing budget estimates, writing scopes of work and completing project closeout procedures. His operational experience includes governmental buildings, hotels, office buildings, prisons and airport terminals.
Mr. D'Ambrosio earned a B.A.E. degree in Architectural Engineering, with a focus on Construction Management, from Pennsylvania State University. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the ACE Mentor Program of Eastern Pennsylvania.
Robert A. Ferguson, CCPM, LEED AP, is Senior Vice President and Southern Regional Manager with Hill International's Project Management Group located in Hill's Houston, Texas office. Mr. Ferguson has nearly 20 years of experience in project management.
Mr. Ferguson’s experience includes job site troubleshooting, management of superintendents and field personnel, purchasing, subcontract and vendor bidding and negotiation, negotiation of change orders and final payment reconciliation, processing submittals, requests for proposals, requests for information and processing of pay applications and invoices. He also has an extensive background in pre-construction services, including estimating, value engineering, purchasing and development of schedules.
Prior to starting his career in the design and construction industry, Mr. Ferguson served as an Operations Specialist Second Class Petty Officer in the United States Navy.
Mr. Ferguson earned a B.S. in Business Management from the University of Phoenix and he is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professional.
Dominick J. Fickeria is Senior Vice President and Deputy Northeast Regional Manager, with operational responsibilities in New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Jersey. His 35 years of experience spans the entire construction industry. Early in his career he held positions as a scheduling engineer and cost estimator. He then moved into the general contracting field where he spent 10 years working as a project manager on numerous at risk projects. He was Vice President at URS Corporation and served as the Director of Construction Management . In this role, he was responsible for the management of over 70 active CM projects with a staff of nearly 400 construction professionals. Mr. Fickeria has continually served numerous clients such as DASNY, SUCF, NYSOGS, Amtrak, PANY/NJ, NYCSCA, NYCDDC, NYCHA and all of the MTA agencies, as well as municipalities in New York and Connecticut.
In addition to his role with Hill, he is an adjunct faculty member at New York University Polytechnic, where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in construction management. He earned his A.A.S. in civil technology from Westchester Community College and his B.C.E. and M.C.E. in civil engineering from Manhattan College.
Vincent D. Gallagher, PE, PLS, PP, is Senior Vice President and Director, Federal Transit Group located out of Hill's Philadelphia, Pennsylvania office. Mr. Gallagher has over 30 years of successful professional project management experience of engineering and construction projects primarily for transportation projects.
Mr. Gallagher has also provided forensic (claims) engineering services to a wide range of clients. His services include analysis of construction deficiencies causes, delays and damages, litigation support and expert witness testimony in support of claims resolution. As a Registered Professional Land Surveyor, Mr. Gallagher planned engineering and survey work and was responsible for the technical adequacy of all engineering and survey work. He supervised survey crews, mappers, designers and drafters.
Mr. Gallagher earned a B.C.E. in Civil Engineering from Villanova University and is a registered Professional Engineer in Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Texas. He also is a registered Professional Land Surveyor in Pennsylvania and a registered Professional Planner in New Jersey.
Michael V. Griffin, PE, is Senior Vice President and Mid-Atlantic Regional Manager of Hill International. Mr Griffin is responsible for Hill's project consulting services offered from Hill's Philadelphia office, covering the mid-Atlantic region of the United States. Mr. Griffin specializes in the planning, design and construction of major building, transportation and heavy civil construction projects. Mr. Griffin's expertise in the application and interpretation of technical specifications assists project owners in developing clear and concise contract documents. In addition, Mr. Griffin has conducted seminars for owners and contractors, speaking on a wide range of contract administration and construction claims topics.
Mr. Griffin has testified as an expert on several occasions concerning interpretations of contract plans and specifications, standards of professional practice, construction scheduling and delay analysis, productivity studies and damages calculations before arbitration panels and in Federal and State Courts.
Prior to joining Hill, Mr. Griffin served as a Construction Resident Engineer for the City of Philadelphia, responsible for construction management and administration of an FTA-funded, $70-million section of a commuter rail tunnel project.
Mr. Griffin earned a B.C.E. and M.C.E. in Civil Engineering from Villanova University and an M.B.A. from La Salle University. He is a Professional Engineer registered in the states of New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Maryland. Mr. Griffin has been elected to the National Board of Directors of the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA).
Daniel J. Heilig is Senior Vice President with the company’s Project Management Group. Mr. Heilig has 40 years of program, project and construction management experience in the transportation industry, Department of Defense (DOD), Department of Energy (DOE); as well as power, petroleum, petrochemical, mining, aerospace projects, and design-construction claims. He has provided project management and construction management on projects ranging in value from $50,000 to $10 billion in total installed costs. Mr. Heilig has provided organization; leadership; project management training; scope, schedule and budget control; contract development and negotiations and has developed requirements for several computer programs to provide project management, material and equipment tracking and accountability.
He holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Purdue University and a Master of Technology in Technology Management from the University of Denver.
Dr. Adel K. Jemah, of Hill's Jeddah, Saudi Arabia office, has more than 25 years of experience in structural engineering and project management. Prior to joining Hill, Dr. Jemah was Chief Executive Officer for TPM and was a lecturer at the Cardiff School of Engineering at the University of Wales. Dr. Jemah earned both his B.E. in civil engineering and his Ph.D. in structural engineering from the University of Wales at Cardiff. He is a Chartered Civil Engineer and a Chartered Manager.
Craig W. Johnson is Senior Vice President within Hill International’s Project Management Group (Americas).
Mr. Johnson has more than 27 years of national experience in project development, operations, owners' representative and marketing of construction and construction management services for companies serving the hospitality, commercial and healthcare industries. Mr. Johnson has proven capabilities in all phases of real estate development, including pre-construction, construction, development, furniture, fixtures and equipment (FF&E) procurement, financing, acquisition, partnership arrangements and joint ventures. He has demonstrated capabilities in all phases of corporate management, including sales and marketing, project development, executive project management, project acquisitions and dispositions and strategic alliances.
On his assignments, Mr. Johnson has had management responsibility for strategic planning, policy development, financial reporting and contract negotiations.
As Senior Vice President at Hill International, Mr. Johnson assists with the financing of major projects in the healthcare and hospitality, resort, casino marketplace. He also serves as Project Executive for major healthcare, resort, casino or mixed-use projects.
Mr. Johnson earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Marquette University and an M.B.A. in Finance from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania.
Abdo Kardous is Senior Vice President and Managing Director (Asia/Pacific) with Hill International. Mr. Kardous has 29 years of experience in the design, procurement, construction and delivery of major projects, covering a wide spectrum of building, electro-mechanical, infrastructure and marine projects in several countries, many involving multi-cultural environments.
Mr. Kardous joined Hill l in 1997 and was instrumental in growing the operations of the firm across the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), with an oversight responsibility over more than 400 professional staff and 30 major projects. Mr. Kardous has recently been assigned to head the project management operations in the Asia/Pacific region and is involved in hospitality, leisure, real estate and infrastructure projects in China, Vietnam and the Philippines, as well as other countries across South Asia.
Prior to joining Hill, Mr. Kardous was the Real Estate Development Manager for the $2billion property company responsible for the reconstruction of the Beirut City Centre. Mr. Kardous started his professional career in 1982 with a leading Architectural/Engineering practice in the Middle East, having a project portfolio covering countries in Asia and Africa.
Mr. Kardous is a member of both the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Institute of Transportation Engineers. He earned a B.S., Magna Cum Laude, in Civil Engineering from the University of Maryland and an M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. Mr. Kardous was awarded Hill International's Project Manager of the Year award in 2001.
James E. Koch, PE, LEED AP, F.SAME, is Senior Vice President and Kuwait/Bahrain Manager. In this role, he manages the Washington, D.C. Region for Hill's Project Management Group and has oversight of Hill's national and international work for the U.S. Federal Government.
Prior to rejoining Hill, Dr. Koch was Chief Executive Officer of Quasco LLC. Before that, he was a Senior Vice President with Hill where he served as Program Director in charge of the Iraq Reconstruction Program on behalf of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Other positions he has held include Managing Director with the American Concrete Institute's Strategic Development Council, Director of the Graduate Program in Construction Management at Washington University in St. Louis. Prior to those positions, he spent two decades with the U.S. Army, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel, where he managed construction and renovation of military, transportation, residential, medical, environmental, educational and other facilities throughout the world.
Dr. Koch earned a Ph.D. in Engineering Management from the Missouri University of Science & Technology (formerly the University of Missouri at Rolla), an M.S. in Civil Engineering from Stanford University and a B.S. in Commerce from Washington & Lee University. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the District of Columbia, a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Accredited Professional and a Fellow in the Society of American Military Engineers.
Emmanouil Kotsifis is Senior Vice President with the company’s Project Management Group. Mr. Kotsifis has more than 20 years of experience as a qualified civil engineer with expertise in project management, construction management, contract management and administration, scheduling, quality assurance, quality audits and quality control on projects in Europe and the Middle East. Prior to rejoining Hill, Mr. Kotsifis was Regional Director of Development for Al Maabar, an Abu Dhabi real estate development firm.
He holds a Five-Year Diploma in civil engineering from the National Technical University of Athens.
J Charles Levergood is Senior Vice President of Business Development, Project Management Group (Americas). He has 33 years of experience in the engineering and construction industry. Prior to joining Hill, he worked for 13 years at Jacobs Engineering Group in a variety of positions, most recently as Vice President of Mega Sales and Global Strategy for Jacobs’ Global Buildings and Infrastructure group. Before that, he was a Vice President with Parsons Brinckerhoff and earlier was Director of Marketing with HNTB. Levergood is a former member of the Boards of Directors of the Construction Management Association of America, the Society of Marketing Professional Services and the ACE Mentor Program. He earned his B.S.C.E. in civil engineering from Bucknell University and his M.S.C.E. in civil engineering from Purdue University.
Luis Lugo Jr. is Senior Vice President and Regional Manager (Southeast/Caribbean/Latin America) with Hill's Project Management Group. He is based out of the company's Miami, Florida office. Mr. Lugo has more than 30 years of leadership experience in the military and the private sector. Mr. Lugo’s background includes projects in the transit, airport, housing and educational sectors. Prior to Hill, he served as President and Chief Operating Officer with PACO Group, a construction management firm. Prior to that, Mr. Lugo spent 20 years in the U.S. Army.
He holds a B.S. in liberal studies from the State University of New York and an M.A. in organizational management from the University of Phoenix.
D. Simon Mortimer is Senior Vice President, Technical Core Team, which provides technical resources and internal quality management of Hill’s consulting services in the United States. He has over 35 years of experience in project management, financial planning, construction budgeting and accounting, client liaison, legal administration and contract negotiation. He also has extensive experience in claims analysis, consulting and testimony in development and construction disputes, as well as forensic and turnaround services. He earned his B.Sc. in Civil Engineering, from City University London. He is a LEED Accredited Professional, a Chartered Engineer in the United Kingdom, a Certified Cost Professional and a Member of Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
John Milano, PE, Senior Vice President and Northeast Regional Manager is responsible for managing Hill’s operations in New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Jersey. He has over 30 years of experience in the construction industry with roles in construction management, engineering, business development and general contracting. Mr. Milano specializes in the transportation, cultural, education and commercial sectors and is adept with multiple project delivery methods. Prior to joining Hill, Mr. Milano was the New York Territory Manager for a multinational Engineering/Construction firm and the New York Operations Manager for a national construction management firm.
Mr. Milano earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Polytechnic University of New York and an M.S. in Public Administration from Bernard M. Baruch College. Mr. Milano is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of New York.
Joseph A. Naughton, AIA, LEED AP is Senior Vice President and New England Regional Manager with the company’s Project Management Group. Mr. Naughton has more than 25 years of experience in construction and architectural design with expertise in project and construction management, architecture, urban and regional planning as well as contract administration. His projects have included high-rise towers, urban renewal, mixed-use developments, residential and commercial buildings, educational and healthcare facilities, hotels, laboratories and medical research facilities, community centers, parking garages, and renewable energy.
Mr. Naughton earned his B.S. in architecture from the University of Notre Dame and his M.Arch. in urban design from Harvard University. He is a registered architect in Massachusetts and a LEED Accredited Professional.
Edward C. Newman III, P.E., CCM, LEED AP is Senior Vice President and Washington, DC Regional Manager. Newman has more than 30 years of project and construction management experience, including work on office buildings, education facilities, highways, rail and transit, water treatment plants, detention centers and heavy civil and public works. Prior to this promotion, he was Vice President in charge of business development for the region. Prior to joining Hill, he was Vice President and Mid-Atlantic Area Manager for Heery International. Newman earned his B.S. in civil engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania, a Certified Construction Manager and a LEED Accredited Professional.
Akram Ogaily manages Hill International's Technical Core Team (TCT) Group; a 14 senior member team specializing in projects studies planning, management and engineering. The TCT supports global projects on technical, project start-up and compliance related issues. He has more than 35 years of experience in urban planning, architectural and engineering, design and management of complex mega projects for both public and private sectors throughout the Middle East, North Africa and the United Kingdom. His projects have included master planning and design of major mixed use developments consisting of state, ministries, educational and health service for public sector clients and hotels, resorts, institutional, cultural, residential and historical, building conservation as well as sustainable building designs.
In 1970 to 2003, Mr. Ogaily founded and worked at Archicenter in Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon and the United Kingdom. He restructured the practice during the 1990s to focus on project design and management in response to the progressive needs of the building construction environment and technology.
Mr. Ogaily joined Hill l in February 2003 to lead the design management team of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) projects in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. He was assigned to undertake the program manager role of the Kuwait Mega Projects of its Islands Resorts development in 2004 and the Lagoon development-Dubai as the Vice President and Project Director in 2005. Since January 2007 he has served as TCT team Director providing technical support to the International Project Management Group in the Middle East, North Africa, Eastern Europe and the Far East.
Mr. Ogaily earned an M.Sc. Arch CEM Barttlet School of Architecture University College London, United Kingdom and a B.Sc. Arch from the University of Baghdad.
John K. Skoury, PE, is Senior Vice President managing the operations of Hill’s Irvine, California office and in charge of the Transit Practice in the Western Region. Mr. Skoury has over 24 years of experience in the construction industry with expertise in managing major highway and rail transportation programs across Southern California. Highlights of Mr. Skoury’s work include his leadership on multiple phases of the Metro Gold Line LRT project, Interstate 105 and LA Metro’s Red Line project. He is fluent in English and Arabic. Mr. Skoury’s work on these programs and projects has involved planning, design, right-of-way acquisition and construction, as well as community involvement, agency coordination and mentoring and support for minority, women and disadvantaged business enterprises.
Prior to joining Hill, Mr. Skoury served as Director of Highway Infrastructure with STV Inc., before that he worked with EarthTech as Director of Transportation-Construction Management, and prior to that worked with Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc. as a Transportation Project Manager. Mr. Skoury began his career as an Assistant bridge Engineer with Caltrans.
He earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering from California State University at Long Beach and is a registered Professional Engineer in California, Arizona and Nevada.
Michael B. Smith is Senior Vice President and Western Regional Manager in charge of Hill International's offices in California, Oregon, Washington and Arizona with the company's Project Management Group.
Mr. Smith has more than 27 years of experience in project management for transportation and building projects, including a strong background in program controls, project planning, cost control, estimating, scheduling, forecasting and claims management on both public- and private-sector projects. Mr. Smith joined Hill through the acquisition of KJM & Associates, Inc. in May 2007, where he was Vice President in charge of the Southwest Region. Prior to joining KJM, Mr. Smith was with Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc. as Program Controls Manager. Before that he was the Southwest Regional Controls Manager for IT Corporation.
Mr. Smith earned a Certificate in Management Practice for Engineering and Technical Professionals from the University of California at Irvine. Mr. Smith serves on the Board of Directors of the Support Sky Harbor Coalition–Phoenix, AZ, and Board of Directors of Friends of Transit–Phoenix, AZ.
Vic Spinabelli, Jr., PE, LEED AP, is Senior Vice President located in the Pittsburgh office and manages Hill International’s offices in Western Pennsylvania and Ohio with the Project Management Group. Mr. Spinabelli has nearly 30 years of experience in engineering, construction and project management in a wide variety of large transportation and building projects including a strong background in project administration and controls. Mr. Spinabelli joined Hill through the acquisition of the construction management group of dck worldwide, LLC. (formerly Dick Corporation), where he was Vice President in overall charge of their Construction Management group with offices in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Florida. Earlier in his career and prior to joining Dick, Mr. Spinabelli worked as a structural design engineer with American Bridge Engineering and URS Consultants.
Mr. Spinabelli earned a B.S. in Agricultural Engineering from Pennsylvania State University and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania and Ohio and is a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Accredited Professional.
S. Michael Tahan is Senior Vice President in charge of Hill International's Roads and Highway's practice within the Project Management Group (Americas). Mr. Tahan has more than 15 years of project management operations, administration, public relations and coordination experience.
As a program and project manager, he has been responsible for quality control, project controls, document control, claims management, contract administration, staffing, programming, funding and coordination for various public works and transportation infrastructure projects including freeways, interchanges, roadways, utilities, highways, bridges, grade separations and airport projects. He has been responsible for the delivery of public relations and community outreach services for multiple large transportation construction projects including freeways, rail and public works. Mr. Tahan has extensive knowledge of federal, state and local policies and procedures as they relate to transportation projects.
Mr. Tahan earned a B.B.A. from Beirut University and an M.B.A in Business Administration from California State University.
Dr. Samer T. Tamimi, PE, PMP, of Hill's Abu Dhabi, UAE office, has more than 30 years of experience managing major transportation projects including light rail systems, high occupancy vehicle facilities, advanced intelligent transportation systems and bridges. Dr. Tamimi earned both his M.S. and Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is a registered professional engineer in Colorado and a certified Project Management Professional.
Elizabeth J. Zipf, LEED AP BD+C, is Senior Vice President in charge of the company’s Proposals and Graphics Group. Ms. Zipf has more than 20 years of experience in the A/E/C industry in marketing, communications, business development strategy, long-term business planning and managing production and design staff across multiple offices. She has been accountable for the quality and consistency of marketing communications materials, identifying potential teaming partners for specific projects, researching industry trends and opportunities, developing long-term marketing strategies, and supporting senior principals in all of their business development efforts. This includes special projects; business development research; budget, design, writing, and production of trade show events; web site development; and direct mail campaigns.
Ms. Zipf has won numerous awards for her achievements and excellence in business development and marketing. She is a member of the Society of Marketing Professional Services, Urban Land Institute Philadelphia, and volunteers with the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Institute of Architects on special projects. Ms. Zipf completed coursework at Rowan University and is a LEED Accredited Professional, Building Design and Construction.