Mott MacDonald, MAF, DLD among RICS' MENA advisory panel

The nine-member panel will be chaired by the managing director of Mott MacDonald Middle East, Christopher Seymour

Mott Macdonald, MAF, DLD among RICS' MENA advisory panel [representational image]
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Mott Macdonald, MAF, DLD among RICS' MENA advisory panel [representational image]

London-headquartered Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) – which enforces international standards in the development of construction and infrastructure among other sectors – has announced its Market Advisory Panel (MAP) for the MENA region.

The panel will comprise of nine members, chaired by the managing director of Mott MacDonald Middle East, Christopher Seymour.

The members of the panel will play a role in progressing RICS’ growth strategy in the region and add value to the local market by promoting its range of services, all of which are delivered under its independent ‘public interest’ mandate.

The panel has a collective responsibility of advising the management board through regular intelligence and insight from the perspective of the region on how to successfully deliver regional objectives.

In addition, the panel members will promote the adoption and recognition of international standards, forge links with other professional associations, encourage growth in the number of qualified professionals and support the development of prospective and existing members.

Commenting on the recently-appointed panel members, managing director EMEA for RICS, Robert Jackson, said: “As we experience significant growth in the MENA region, it is essential that RICS champions innovation and shapes the urban landscapes for future generations.

"I am confident that the members of our panel will assist us in developing and implementing our strategic objectives that ensure the region’s built environment sectors continue to thrive and are fit for the future.”

Other panel members include managing director of RKAH Consultancy, Fatima Balfaqeeh; project management consultant at Aquila PM, Louise Rodrigues; director of Currie & Brown, Craig Finlayson; senior associate at JLL MENA, Daniel Pugh; director of Global Appraisal Tech, Tarek Madany; partner, DLA Piper, Suzannah Newboult; director of survey department, Dubai Land Department, Mohamad Al-Dah; and chief sustainability officer, Majid Al Futtaim Holding, Ibrahim Al Zubi.

Speaking about its strategic role in the panel, RICS’ Market Advisory Panel chair, Christopher Seymour, said: “The formation of this board will create an even more effective channel through which we can work with the key stakeholders in the region."

He added: "The makeup of the panel being both RICS members and senior industry players keeps us relevant and also broadens our base which will be so important as we begin the run-up to Expo.”

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