Conference programme

The Raffles City Convention Centre will serve as the official venue for our FIDIC 2023 Global Infrastructure Conference. Raffles City Convention Centre’s main ballroom will host the main conference events, with the welcome evening reception taking place on Sunday 10 September and the main conference from 11-12 September, including the sponsor exhibition and networking breaks.

The conference theme, Infrastructure – there’s no time to lose: Sustainable global (and local) strategies to build a better world, will stress the urgency of the need to invest in infrastructure in a sustainable way at a local and national level that brings stakeholders together around a common aim of improving the global environment that we all depend on.

The conference will include six forum discussion tables which will run parallel with the conference agenda and these will cover key areas of interest for attendees. 

These forums will be open to all conference registrants closer to the conference. Please note that spaces are limited, and these will be reserved on a first come first served basis. 

A certificate of attendance will be provided to each conference (11-12 September 2023) participant which may be used for CPD verification in your local region.

Welcome cocktail reception

Sunday, September 10, 2023
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM (SGT)


This welcome cocktail reception is open to all participants - Registration is required. 

Whether you’ve attended the FIDIC Committee Chairs Meeting, the Future Leaders Symposium or have just arrived for the conference, we invite you to join us for an informal gathering on the first evening of the main event. Catch up with colleagues, make new friends, network with CEOs, decision-makers from major consulting engineering firms, international institutions’ representatives and delegates from over 80 different countries attending the FIDIC conference. 

Ticket price: Included.
 

Raffles City Convention Centre - Ballroom Foyer
Time Zone: (UTC+08:00) Singapore [Change Time Zone]

FIDIC's main conference programme

Monday, September 11, 2023
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM (SGT)
 
Raffles City Convention Centre - Ballroom Foyer
 
9:00 AM - 9:15 AM (SGT)
 
Raffles City Convention Centre - Ballroom
Anthony Barry Nelson Ogunshakin
9:15 AM - 9:20 AM (SGT)
 
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Alfred Neo
9:20 AM - 9:30 AM (SGT)
 
Raffles City Convention Centre - Ballroom
 
9:30 AM - 9:45 AM (SGT)

This years FIDIC conference could be the last before climate change is significantly impacting on many people’s day to day lives around the globe. From heat waves to wildfires through to droughts and flooding the message is clear the world needs to act and fast. This reflection is designed to target delegates minds for the events and discussions across the conference programme. 

Raffles City Convention Centre - Ballroom
 
9:45 AM - 11:00 AM (SGT)


Why there is no time to lose and why the world needs urgent infrastructure investment. How can we make smarter investment decisions to make a real difference? Getting investment right - building more but building better, achieving ethical infrastructure. What role do international funding organisations have in speeding up infrastructure investment?

Click here to view and download - GLF Report 1 - Closing the sustainable infrastructure gap to achieve net zero – in collaboration with EY

Moderator: Dr Nelson Ogunshakin OBE, Chief Executive Officer, FIDIC - Switzerland

Keynote: Chris Lewis, Global Head of Infrastructure, EY - United Kingdom

 
 
Raffles City Convention Centre - Ballroom
Reynaldi Hermansjah Chris Lewis Nelson Ogunshakin Sir Vivian Ramsey Aramide Adeyoye Joe Phelan
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM (SGT)
 
Raffles City Convention Centre - Ballroom Foyer
 
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM (SGT)

 

FIDIC Global Leadership Forum report: Presented by: Graham Pontin, FIDIC - Switzerland

FIDIC Academy: Presented by Catherine Karakatsanis, FIDIC President Elect - Canada

FIDIC Credentialing Limited: Presented by Luis Villarroya, FIDIC Vice President - Spain

FIDIC Foundation: Presented by Anthony Barry, FIDIC President - Australia
 

Raffles City Convention Centre - Ballroom
Anthony Barry Catherine Karakatsanis Graham Pontin Luis Villarroya
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM (SGT)


Forum to have a three-way discussion on key and emerging issues in Procurement and Contracting between FIDIC, MDBs, contractors, and other construction and engineering project participants, including employers, sub-contractors, suppliers, etc.

This forum will run in parallel with session 2a - FIDIC Global initiatives and panel session 2 Persuading the politicians – getting the industry’s message across.

Co-moderators:

  • Daduna Kokhreidze, General Counsel, FIDIC
  • Graham Pontin, Director Policy, External Affairs & Communications, FIDIC
  • Manish Kothari, President and CEO, Sheladia Associates, Inc.
  • Vincent Leloup, Chair, FIDIC Contracts Committee
  • John Gamble, President and CEO, ACEC

Key topics:

  • Sustainable Procurement and Contracting
Raffles City Convention Centre - FIDIC Insight Lounge
Daduna Kokhreidze Vincent Leloup Manish Kothari John Gamble Graham Pontin Enzo De Laurentiis Hongbin Jiang Frank Kehlenbach Rami Ismail
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (SGT)


This session will look at how best can the industry engage with politicians and other influential opinion formers to get positive messages across about the need for infrastructure investment. How should construction and infrastructure companies look to influence politicians, governments and funders on the best routes to take for effective investment that makes a real difference to people’s lives? Also, given rising inflation, how can the industry help to keep costs down? 

Moderator: Anthony Barry, FIDIC President - Australia

Co-moderator: Helen Davidson, CEO, The Association of Consulting and Engineering New Zealand Incorporated - New Zealand

Keynote 1: Kwasi Amoako-Attah, Minister, Ministry of Road and Highways - Ghana

Keynote 2: Timothy Murphy, CEO & Managing Partner, McMillan LLP - Canada
 

Raffles City Convention Centre - Ballroom
Mohamed Ali Janah Timothy Murphy Kwasi Amoako-Attah Anthony Barry Helen Davidson Towfiqua Hoque Carla Moonen Inés Ferguson
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (SGT)
 
Raffles City Convention Centre - Ballroom Foyer
 
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM (SGT)


Moderators:

  • Chris Lewis, Global Head of Infrastructure, EY
  • Bill Banks, Asia Pacific Infrastructure Leader, EY
  • Tony Canavan, Global Transport Leader for the Government Sector, EY   

Demand for sustainable infrastructure is increasing in scale and complexity as the world transitions to a low-carbon future.  Yet, under current governmental decarbonisation policies, levels of investment to meet this rising demand for sustainable infrastructure are estimated to fall short by some $64 trillion of the $139 trillion required by 2050 according to a prepared by the FIDIC Global Leadership Forum in collaboration with EY.  The report will be presented in session 1 of the conference by Chris Lewis, Global Head of Infrastructure, EY.  This session gives delegates an opportunity to discuss and debate the following questions:

1)    What is the gap in infrastructure funding required to achieve net zero, globally?
2)    What is the role of government and the industry in accelerating an investable pipeline of the most impactful projects?
3)    How can governments and the investor community rapidly unlock and mobilise additional capital, eg by championing a green financing ecosystem?

The session is open to all conference participants - Registration required. 

Click here to view and download - GLF Report 1 - Closing the sustainable infrastructure gap to achieve net zero – in collaboration with EY

Raffles City Convention Centre - Indiana Room
Chris Lewis Bill Banks Tony Canavan
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (SGT)


Client expectations are changing at pace with construction companies being asked to deliver and demonstrate increased value – financial and social – and be much more focused on client needs than ever before. Construction companies that are more predictable and can get it right first time will be better placed to be successful in the future. This session will look at how construction and infrastructure companies can develop a customer-centred approach that gives clients what they want and need while demonstrating value.

Moderator: Linda Darr, President and CEO, ACEC - United States

Co-moderator: Michael Broadley, General Manager, FIDIC Academy - Switzerland

Keynote: Johnny Wong Liang Heng, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Housing & Development Board - Singapore

 

Raffles City Convention Centre - Ballroom
Philippe Dessoy Johnny Wong Liang Heng Linda Darr Henrik Winther William Cox Aik Seng Lee Michael Broadley
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (SGT)

 

Forum to discuss key and emerging issues in the digital and technology sphere. 

This forum will run in parallel with Panel session 7 - Going Digital – delivering smarter infrastructure at pace and Panel session 8 - Roundtable discussion: Developing the industry’s response to the key challenges.
Co-moderators:

  • Graham Pontin, Director Policy, External Affairs & Communications, FIDIC
  • Martina Hess, Director, CES Consulting Engineers Salzgitter GmbH

 

Raffles City Convention Centre - Minto Room
Graham Pontin Martina Hess Dr. Stacy Sinclair Andrew Maher Claire Rutkowski Richard Kuppusamy


Forum to have a three-way discussion on key and emerging issues in Procurement and Contracting between FIDIC, MDBs, contractors, and other construction and engineering project participants, including employers, sub-contractors, suppliers, etc.

This forum will run in parallel with Panel session 3 - Developing a customer-centered approach to infrastructure and Panel session 4 - Leading the infrastructure revolution.

Co-moderators:

  • Daduna Kokhreidze, General Counsel, FIDIC
  • Graham Pontin, Director Policy, External Affairs & Communications, FIDIC
  • Manish Kothari, President and CEO, Sheladia Associates, Inc.
  • Vincent Leloup, Chair, FIDIC Contracts Committee
  • John Gamble, President and CEO, ACEC

Key topics:

  • Worldwide use of FIDIC contracts, including on MDB funded projects 
Raffles City Convention Centre - FIDIC Insight Lounge
Daduna Kokhreidze Graham Pontin Manish Kothari Vincent Leloup Richard Touroude Nino Tsaturova Mukta Malhotra Ahmed Stifi


This forum will discuss a range of key and emerging issues in the contract management and project delivery global arena.

This forum will run in parallel with Panel session 3 - Developing a customer-centered approach to infrastructure and Panel session 4 - Leading the infrastructure revolution.

Co-moderators:

  • Thanos Totsikas, FIDIC Credentialing Ltd General Manager 
  • Andrea Chao, Partner / lawyer, Two Birds
  • Alfredo Ingletti, Chairman, 3TI Progetti Italia Ingegneria Integrata Spa

Key topics:

  • Key contract management issues and how to best manage them from all parties’ perspectives. 
  • Effective communication and how qualified contract managers should best actively liaise with the parties and contribute to successful project delivery.
  • Managing health and safety on site, the main risks and how to address them.
  • Best practices when managing the supply chain, managing change and uncertainty and how to proactively address this.
  • Key risks, obstacles and best practices during the contract management lifecycle.
  • Key benefits of having a certified contract manager involved during the procurement phase, during project implementation and on site, including construction at site.
  • Managing contract documentation and its importance in successful project execution. 
     
Raffles City Convention Centre - Mercury Room
Thanos Totsikas Andrea Chao Alfredo Ingletti Rami Ismail Ante Petricevic Cosmin Tobolcea Matt Gijselman Xiuming Xin Barasa Ongeti
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (SGT)


This session will look at the critical importance of leadership in delivering infrastructure and what this looks like, locally and globally and in all aspects of the industry value chain. How do we build good leadership in construction companies, across projects and in our future leaders to ensure that we deliver the infrastructure the world needs? The session will also highlight best practice examples of project leadership that have delivered for the client and end user.
 

Moderator: James Mwangi, Board member, FIDIC - Kenya

Co-moderator: Jonathan Cartledge, Chief Executive, Consult Australia 

Keynote: Eric Keen, Chairman and CEO, HDR Inc - United States

 

Raffles City Convention Centre - Ballroom
Louise Adams Pablo Bueno Eric Keen Sergio Pecori James Mwangi Jonathan Cartledge Abimbola S. Akinajo
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM (SGT)
 
Raffles City Convention Centre - Ballroom Foyer
 
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM (SGT)


Asset owners, clients, funders and investors are becoming much more focused on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues as they increasingly apply these non-financial factors as part of their analysis process to identify material risks and growth opportunities. As a result, the industry needs to make significant progress on decarbonisation, biodiversity and overall sustainability. This session will look at how clients, civic society, funders’ expectations of consultants in driving net zero in infrastructure and identify how the need to address climate change will alter our design assumptions and approach to risk in design.

Click here to view and download - GLF Report 2 - Decarbonisation of the infrastructure sector – in collaboration with Ramboll and Arcadis

Moderator: Tracey Ryan, Managing Director, Aurecon - New Zealand

Co-moderator: Chris Campbell, CEO, CESA - South Africa

Keynote 1: Enzo de Laurentiis, Chief Procurement Officer, World Bank - United States

Keynote 2: 

  • Elina Kalliala, Global Sustainability Director, Ramboll Transport - Finland
  • Greg Steele, Global President - Mobility, Arcadis - Australia 

 

Raffles City Convention Centre - Ballroom
Ian Chung Enzo De Laurentiis Isabella Loh Tracey Ryan Jasper Camacho Greg Steele Elina Kalliala Chris Campbell
5:30 PM - 5:40 PM (SGT)

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Raffles City Convention Centre - Ballroom
Nelson Ogunshakin
7:00 PM - 10:30 PM (SGT)


The FIDIC 2023 Local Colour Night is a cultural dinner that takes place in Singapore and is designed to give attendees a chance to immerse themselves in the local culture. The event takes place in the evening at Chijmes hall and offers a variety of activities that allow you to discover the unique customs and traditions of Singapore. 
This is an additional event open to all registrations - Registration required.

Please note this event is now SOLD OUT - kindly register to the waitlist should any place be released. 

Ticket price: $190 (excluding VAT)
Ticket price includes transfer, dinner, drinks and entertainment.

Dress code: smart casual

Chijmes Hall
 
Time Zone: (UTC+08:00) Singapore [Change Time Zone]

Conference Day 2

Tuesday, September 12, 2023
8:15 AM - 8:45 AM (SGT)
 
Raffles City Convention Centre - Ballroom Foyer
 
8:45 AM - 9:00 AM (SGT)
 
Raffles City Convention Centre - Ballroom
Nelson Ogunshakin
9:00 AM - 9:10 AM (SGT)
 
Raffles City Convention Centre - Ballroom
 
9:10 AM - 9:30 AM (SGT)


A special keynote address to the conference from Dr Koh Poh Koon, Senior Minister of State for Sustainability and the Environment & Manpower in the Singapore government. 
 
At the Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment, Dr Koh oversees Singapore’s food safety and security. He also guides the coordination of whole-of-government efforts to combat marine litter and protect Singapore’s coastlines from the threat of sea level rise. Prior to his current appointments, he held various positions at the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Trade and Industry and Ministry of National Development. 
 

Raffles City Convention Centre - Ballroom
Dr Koh Poh Koon
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM (SGT)


World-leading best practice is showcased in this session, shining a spotlight on Asia, Africa, the Americas and Europe, with a focus on examples of where the global sector is already successfully delivering solutions to the challenges of investment, decarbonization, skills and capacity and new technology.

Moderator: Dr Nelson Ogunshakin OBE, Chief Executive Officer, FIDIC - Switzerland

Co-moderator: Dr José Joaquín Ortiz Garcia, FIDIC Board Member - Colombia
 

Raffles City Convention Centre - Ballroom
KYUNGSOO JEON Stephane Asselin Ross Copland Craig Schwitter José Joaquín Ortiz García Nelson Ogunshakin Lydia Goh Tony Canavan Silvia Halim Mike Watt
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM (SGT)

 

 

Raffles City Convention Centre - Ballroom Foyer
 
11:10 AM - 12:00 PM (SGT)

Location: FIDIC Insight Lounge (floor 4)
Agenda: 
11:10 – 11:15 - Introduction from WWF CEO / FIDIC CEO/President
11:15 – 11:30 – Signing of MOUs and agreements
11:30 – 11:40 - Outlined of relationships and agreements for the region and their importance
11:40 – 12:00 – Real life examples of engagement - Asia’s Linear Infrastructure safe Guarding Nature (ALIGN) Project, World Wildlife Fund (WWF Nepal
 

Raffles City Convention Centre - FIDIC Insight Lounge
 
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM (SGT)

 

This Forum is for adjudicators, dispute board members, members of the FIDIC President’s List of Adjudicators, dispute board practitioners and other industry participants who are experienced and knowledgeable in applying dispute avoidance techniques and are active in engineering, construction, and infrastructure industry to discuss the latest key global issues in the dispute avoidance and adjudication arena.

This forum will run in parallel with Panel Session 6 - The Big Global Infrastructure Showcase - Part A and Panel Session 6 - The Big Infrastructure Showcase Discussion – Part B.

Co-moderators:

  • Daduna Kokhreidze - General Counsel, FIDIC
  • Sarwono Hardjomuljadi - Board Member, FIDIC

Key topics:

  • Dispute Avoidance – discussion of FIDIC Practice Note on informal assistance
Raffles City Convention Centre - Indiana Room
Daduna Kokhreidze Sarwono Hardjomuljadi Taner Dedezade Vincent Leloup
11:45 AM - 1:00 PM (SGT)

Substantial Q&A session with speakers from morning session, also giving the audience opportunities to pledge their commitments.

Moderator: Dr Nelson Ogunshakin OBE, Chief Executive Officer, FIDIC - Switzerland

Co-moderator: Luis Villarroya, Board Member, FIDIC - Spain

Co-moderator: Jose Joaquin Ortiz Garcia, President, Joyco and Board Member, FIDIC - Colombia

to join line up of speakers to take part in the Q&A.

 

Raffles City Convention Centre - Ballroom
KYUNGSOO JEON Stephane Asselin Ross Copland Craig Schwitter Nelson Ogunshakin Lydia Goh Luis Villarroya Tony Canavan Mike Watt José Joaquín Ortiz García
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (SGT)

 

 

Raffles City Convention Centre - Ballroom Foyer
 
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM (SGT)

Location: FIDIC Insight Lounge (floor 4)

Agenda: 

13:30 - 13:35 – Welcome from WWF CEO
13:35 – 13:40 –Introduction from FIDIC CEO/President
13:40 – 13:50 – Introduction to the playbook and its structure 
13:50 – 14:00 – The importance of nature based solutions and what the technical team discovered 
14:10 – 14:10 – The future development of the playbook and how to get involved 
14:10 – 14:30 – Debate and questions with attendees 

Click here to view and download - Report 5 - A playbook for nature-positive infrastructure development

Raffles City Convention Centre - FIDIC Insight Lounge
 
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (SGT)

 

This session will look at how technology can help deliver smarter infrastructure at pace and economically and examine some of the key digital trends that the industry needs to be aware of. How is the industry progressing on its journey to be more data-driven? How can firms work smarter and deliver more? How can the industry develop a platform-based model to deliver more predictable projects on time and to budget? What are the key steps that construction firms nee to take to embed digital in all that they do? 

A showcase of emerging new technologies and innovations drawn from the Solar Impulse Foundation. 

Moderator: Henrik Garver, Managing Director, Danish Association of Consulting Engineers - Denmark

Co-moderator: Adam Bialachowski, CEO, B-Act Quantum Vintage - Poland

Keynote: Claire Rutkowski, Senior Vice President, CIO Champion, Bentley Systems - United States

 

Raffles City Convention Centre - Ballroom
Matthieu Bonnet Adam Białachowski James Johnson Prashant Kapila Bob Rogers Claire Rutkowski Henrik Garver
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (SGT)

Location: Mercury room (floor 4)

Forum to discuss key and emerging issues for HR professionals and other professionals across the sector involved in people and human capital management.

This forum will run in parallel with Panel session 7 - Going Digital – delivering smarter infrastructure at pace and Panel session 8 - Roundtable discussion: Developing the industry’s response to the key challenges.

Co-moderators:

  • Wendy Lasebikan - Legal HR and Compliance Advisor, FIDIC
  • Liv Kari Skudal Hansteen - CEO, Raadgivende Ingenoer Forening
  • Chantal Dagnaud - Board Member, FIDIC

Key topics: 

  • Talent Acquisition and Retention
  • Artificial Intelligence, digitalisation, and skills for the future
  • Sustainability/Environmental ESG incentives
  • Lifelong learning
     
Raffles City Convention Centre - Mercury Room
Wendy Lasebikan Liv Kari Skudal Hansteen Helen Davidson Allan Jensen Enea Sermasi Cosmin Tobolcea Chantal Dagnaud Rowenna Walker
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM (SGT)

Location: Indiana Room (floor 4)


This Forum is for adjudicators, dispute board members, members of the FIDIC President’s List of Adjudicators, dispute board practitioners and other industry participants who are experienced and knowledgeable in applying dispute avoidance techniques and are active in engineering, construction, and infrastructure industry to discuss the latest key global issues in the dispute avoidance and adjudication arena.

This forum will run in parallel with Panel session 7 - Going Digital – delivering smarter infrastructure at pace and Panel session 8 - Roundtable discussion: Developing the industry’s response to the key challenges.

Co-moderators:

  • Daduna Kokhreidze - General Counsel, FIDIC
  • Karen Gough - Barrister, Attorney-At-Law, Chartered Arbitrator, 39 Essex Chambers
  • Sarwono Hardjomuljadi - Board Member, FIDIC

Key topics:

  • Latest developments in dispute avoidance arena
  • Use of Statutory adjudication alongside FIDIC’s Dispute Boards 
Raffles City Convention Centre - Indiana Room
Daduna Kokhreidze Karen Gough Sarwono Hardjomuljadi Sir Vivian Ramsey Wee Meng Chuan Christopher Seppala Julien Bergerat-Vasse Frederic Gillion Matthias Kuscher Mariam Gotsiridze
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM (SGT)

 

 

Raffles City Convention Centre - Ballroom Foyer
 
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM (SGT)


The most important session of the conference, anchoring our commitments and taking our learnings back to our respective organisations for action!  In this session, our speakers will challenge us to take action and make commitments about what we’ll set out to achieve in the coming year against the backdrop of the knowledge shared and acquired over the past two days.

Click here to view and download - Report 5 - A playbook for nature-positive infrastructure development

Moderator: Catherine Karakatsanis, President Elect, FIDIC - Canada

Co-moderator: Olu Soluade, President, CESA - South Africa

Keynote: Jay Wolverton, Chair, American Council of Engineering Companies - United States
 

Raffles City Convention Centre - Ballroom
Dalson Chung Laurent Germain Dr. Rodrigo Juárez Catherine Karakatsanis Malani Padayachee-Saman Jerry (Jay) Wolverton Olu Soluade Raghunathan Ranganathan
4:30 PM - 4:45 PM (SGT)
 
Raffles City Convention Centre - Ballroom
Catherine Karakatsanis Nelson Ogunshakin Anthony Barry
7:00 PM - 11:30 PM (SGT)

 

FIDIC Gala Dinner and 110 Years Global Project Awards Ceremony is open to all participants - Registration is required. 

Please note this event is now SOLD OUT - please register to the waitlist should any place be released. Subject to availability. 

Ticket price: Included (with some exceptions).

Dress code: Black Tie or national/traditional dress
 

Raffles City Convention Centre - Ballroom
 
Time Zone: (UTC+08:00) Singapore [Change Time Zone]

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