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Judging the best

A behind-the-scenes look at the judging process for the CW awards

Sultan Faden
Sultan Faden
Ashraf Hegazy
Ashraf Hegazy
David Jellings
David Jellings
Richard Vaughan
Richard Vaughan

Now that the awards have been claimed, let's take a closer look at the judges who decided who and what really are the best in the industry.

Firstly, nominations were made through From here, all the nominations were gathered together and sent out to our independent judging panel.

The judges were not allowed to discuss their choices with each other – in order to avoid one or more influencing the other – and were instead asked to nominate their winners in a ranked order of 1 to 3.

The judge’s results were then tallied and the results confirmed.

In fact, to add extra secrecy and fairness to the awards programme, the actual ceremony was the first time the identity of the judges was revealed, even to each other.

So who were they?

Sultan Faden is the head of the founding group of the Saudi Green Building Council. In addition to his work with the Saudi Green Building Council, he also lectures at the College of Environmental Design at the King Abdul Aziz University in Jeddah.

David Jellings is a professional engineer with 30 years experience of business process re-engineering. David is currently working with Building Smart ME to establish its internationally acclaimed standards for Building Information Modelling and interoperability in the Middle East and North Africa.

Richard Vaughan represents the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in the Middle East. Besides a board member for RICS, he is also chairman of the Assessing Panel. Richard has over 20 years experience in construction consultancy.

Ashraf Hegazy is a member of ASHRAE – the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers. He is also the chairman of the sustainability committee of Aldar with over 20 years' experience in the Gulf and North Africa.


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