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ACI elects first VP from the Middle East

American Concrete Institute (ACI) has elected Eng Khaled Awad, chairman and founder of Advanced Construction Technology Services (ACTS), as its new vice president

Eng Khaled Awad, chairman and founder of Lebanon-based ACTS, is the first Middle Eastern vice president in the history of ACI.
Eng Khaled Awad, chairman and founder of Lebanon-based ACTS, is the first Middle Eastern vice president in the history of ACI.

American Concrete Institute (ACI) has elected a vice president from the Middle East for the first time in its history.

Eng Khaled Awad, chairman and founder of Lebanon-based Advanced Construction Technology Services (ACTS), was recently appointed ACI VP at its Concrete Convention and Exposition in Kansas, US.

In addition to Awad’s appointment, Sharon L Wood was elected to serve as ACI president for 2015-2016, and Michael J Schneider was elected to serve as senior vice president for a two-year term.

Commenting on his appointment, Awad said: “I am honoured and humbled to be elected to the post. We at ACTS believe in investing in the future; that is why we have always valued our relationship with the American Concrete Institute, being their local sponsoring group in the Middle East since 1996.

He added: “ACI’s commitment to advancing knowledge is beyond valuable, and this is something that deeply inspires me. ACI has been universally recognised as the world authority in concrete construction. Serving the institute in this position will allow me to further highlight the Middle East from an international perspective. It is an honour that I truly cherish.”

Prior to his election as VP, Awad established himself as an active member of ACI. His existing roles include chairing ACI Subcommittee 601-E, acting as concrete construction sustainability assessor, and serving on the task group for managing translations of ACI products and services. He is also a recipient of the ACI Henry L Kennedy Award, an accolade bestowed to recognise “outstanding technical or administrative service to the institute [ACI]”.

In addition to his contributions to ACI, he is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ACSE) and a fellow of the UK’s Institute of Concrete Technology (ICT).

Awad has been working in the Middle East’s real estate and construction sectors for more than 25 years. Under his leadership, ACTS has conducted testing and geo-engineering works for high-profile projects including Qatar’s Doha Metro, and Saudi Arabia’s Riyadh Metro, King Abdulaziz International Airport, and Kingdom Tower.

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