Conference programme

The President Wilson Hotel will serve as the official venue for our FIDIC 2024 Global Infrastructure Conference. The ballroom will host the main conference events from 8-10 September, including the sponsor exhibition and networking breaks.

The conference theme for 2024, Transforming lives with infrastructure – investing in and building a better world for all, will highlight the central importance of good, sustainable, ethical and efficient infrastructure investment in improving and enhancing both the global environment that we all depend on and also the living standards and economic prospects of citizens around the world

The conference will include six forum discussion tables which will run parallel to each other from 4pm - 6pm 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 participant (8 -10 September 2024) which may be used for CPD verification in your local region

Welcome cocktail reception

Sunday, September 8, 2024
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM (CEST)


Network with conference delegates over welcome drinks. 

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

Ticket price: Included.
 

President Wilson - Pool terrace
Time Zone: (UTC+02:00) Berlin, Bern [Change Time Zone]

FIDIC's main conference programme

Monday, September 9, 2024
8:15 AM - 8:50 AM (CEST)
 
President Wilson - Ballroom Foyer
 
8:50 AM - 8:55 AM (CEST)
 
President Wilson - Ballroom
Catherine Karakatsanis Andrea Galli
8:55 AM - 9:05 AM (CEST)
 
President Wilson - Ballroom
 
9:05 AM - 9:45 AM (CEST)
 
President Wilson - Ballroom
Andrea Rauber Saxer Mohamed Ali Al Shorafa
9:45 AM - 11:00 AM (CEST)


Session to include: How infrastructure is transforming lives and nations’ prospects. Examples of megaprojects that have made a difference. What does ‘good’ infrastructure investment look like? The role of engineers in building a better world.

Speakers will outline how infrastructure development is being used by countries to revitalise their economies and ‘build back better’ in the face of economic challenges. The session will look at sustainable infrastructure for the long term, the role of large-scale significant infrastructure projects and highlight the key role of engineers in ensuring that investment in infrastructure makes a positive difference.
 

President Wilson - Ballroom
Esmail Alsallom Chris Bradshaw Thierry Déau Mark Peterson Sarah Prichard
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM (CEST)


 

President Wilson - Ballroom Foyer
 
11:30 AM - 12:45 PM (CEST)


Session to include: What steps can be taken by financiers, funders and clients to de-risk investments to make major and strategically significant infrastructure projects more attractive and bankable for those organisations looking to invest in them. What can the IFIs do practically to de-risk and leverage in investment? The role of clients in funding projects. Managing risk and dealing with uncertainty. Bridging the world’s multi-trillion-dollar investment gap in order to achieve net zero by 2050.

How can the key issues of lack of funding, climate change and technology challenges be addressed and overcome to encourage investment in the major infrastructure the world badly needs?

Speakers to be drawn from financiers and funders, the MDBs and IFIs, consultancy firms working in the field and also politicians and/or government officials.
 

President Wilson - Ballroom
Dominique Aubert Guangzhe Chen Saeed Mohamed Julia Prescot
12:45 PM - 1:45 PM (CEST)


 

President Wilson - Ballroom Foyer
 
1:45 PM - 2:25 PM (CEST)


Session to include: This session will delve into the critical theme of carbon management within the infrastructure sector, spotlighting the FIDIC Carbon Collaboration Initiative. It will explore innovative strategies and frameworks aimed at significantly reducing carbon footprints through comprehensive lifecycle carbon management. The discussion will highlight the initiative’s structured approach to integrating sustainability in project planning and execution, particularly focusing on the newly established FIDIC Carbon Management Framework (CMF).

Panelists will discuss the importance of establishing a globally recognized carbon benchmarking framework and how it influences project financing and compliance with international sustainability standards. The session aims to provide insights into effective stakeholder engagement, leveraging local and international standards, and utilizing strategic data assessment to enhance project sustainability.

Participants will include leading professionals across various sectors, including engineering, consulting and sustainable development, all contributing their diverse expertise to advance low-carbon infrastructure globally.

President Wilson - Ballroom
 
2:25 PM - 3:40 PM (CEST)


Session to include: The different routes to delivery in a diverse word. The importance of capacity building. Knowledge sharing and skills transfer. The role of the MDBs and IFIs. Working with inexperienced stakeholders, including clients and governments.

Speakers to be drawn from MDB/IFIs, consultancy firms operating in the developing world, regional governments and officials, the development community and clients.
 

President Wilson - Ballroom
Chris Chijiutomi Dongping FANG Vera Monika Masurat Jane Mutulili
3:40 PM - 4:00 PM (CEST)


 

President Wilson - Ballroom Foyer
 
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM (CEST)


Forum for FIDIC adjudicators and other practitioners to discuss key issues in the dispute avoidance and adjudication arena.
 

 
 


Potential forum to discuss key and emerging issues in the contract management and project delivery arena.

 
 


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

 
 
7:30 PM - 11:00 PM (CEST)


This is an additional event open to all registrations - Registration required.

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

Dress code: smart casual

More information will be shared soon.

 
 
Time Zone: (UTC+02:00) Berlin, Bern [Change Time Zone]

Conference Day 2

Tuesday, September 10, 2024
8:15 AM - 9:00 AM (CEST)
 
President Wilson - Ballroom Foyer
 
9:00 AM - 9:15 AM (CEST)
 
President Wilson - Ballroom
 
9:15 AM - 9:45 AM (CEST)


The industry and the world has to decarbonise to hit net zero targets by 2050? We are losing this battle as we increasingly aim for 2.2 to 3 degree rise in global temperatures.
 

President Wilson - Ballroom
 
9:45 AM - 11:00 AM (CEST)


Session to include: Dealing with the political process to ensure stability and get things done, Using social value and the ESG agenda to advocate for good infrastructure development, Focusing on whole-life costs and the real price of delivery, Best practice in project advocacy, Working together and collaboration.

Speakers to include politicians, ESG experts, funders making a difference, advisors to clients, public affairs and lobbying professionals.
 

President Wilson - Ballroom
 
11:00 AM - 11:15 AM (CEST)
 
President Wilson - Ballroom
 
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM (CEST)


 

President Wilson - Ballroom Foyer
 
11:30 AM - 12:45 PM (CEST)


Session to include: A showcase of world-class groundbreaking construction and infrastructure projects from around the globe that highlight how through their ingenuity engineers are making a difference and helping to build a better world. Projects featured will be drawn from all of FIDIC’s global regions.

Like last year’s session in Singapore, this session will highlight key, world-leading projects that have made or are making a positive difference. Speakers will be those involved in the projects and those who benefit from them.
 

President Wilson - Ballroom
Tomas Galassi Pan Ma Nicolas Mangon Karoly Tamas Olajos Sergio Pecori
12:45 PM - 1:45 PM (CEST)


 

President Wilson - Ballroom Foyer
 
1:45 PM - 3:00 PM (CEST)


Session to include: this session will finish the main conference sessions with an industry leaders panel that reflect and provide their expertise and views on the lessons of the past two days, the challenges we now face and how we need to move forward.   

President Wilson - Ballroom
Benoît Clocheret Chris Cole Gord Johnston Chris Lewis
3:00 PM - 3:10 PM (CEST)


 

President Wilson - Ballroom
 
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM (CEST)


Forum to discuss key and emerging issues facing professionals involved in people management and related matters.

 
 


Forum for FIDIC adjudicators and other practitioners to discuss key issues in the dispute avoidance and adjudication arena.

 
 


Forum to discuss key and emerging issues facing CFOs and similar.

 
 
7:30 PM - 11:30 PM (CEST)


FIDIC Global Infrastructure Awards Gala Dinner is open to all participants - Registration is required. 

Ticket price: Included (with some exceptions).

Dress code: Black Tie or national/traditional dress
 

 

President Wilson - Ballroom
 
Time Zone: (UTC+02:00) Berlin, Bern [Change Time Zone]