Global Construction Summit

Date October 23, 2017

Location Sheraton New York Times Square

Presented By
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Dr. Ibrahim Odeh is currently a faculty member of Columbia’s school of engineering and the founding director of the Global Leaders in Construction Management (GLCM) initiative there. He assists top leading construction firms with strategic management tasks in areas related to: strategy and business development; infrastructure and construction market analysis; and market entry strategy with leading firms such as Skanska, AECOM, Turner, Dentons, Vertex, HAKS, and STV. Dr. Odeh also set as an industry expert and advisory committee member at the World Economic Forum (WEF) on a multi-year project focused on studying "The Future of Construction". He also an advisory board member at Financial Times in London on the “Future of Construction” Summit.

Dr. Odeh is a key developer using the new format of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), of Columbia University’s Construction Project Management and Planning Specialization program that features 20 industry leaders from academia and company as instructors. It is the first on line educational platform, offered through, to focus on courses in civil engineering and construction, with more than 27,000 students of all ages and from around the world completing it since its debut last October. The four-course program can be accessed for free, or can be taken, with completed assignments, to gain a certificate for a nominal fee.

Dr. Odeh received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering with a focus on Construction Management from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He also holds an MBA degree and serves as a member of several advisory boards and committees such as: World Economic Forum; Financial Times; CG/LA Infrastructure; Smart City Works; Columbia University Middle East Research Center.

Chris Larsen has over 20 years of experience in the construction industry managing, estimating and engineering the construction of roads, bridges, viaducts, subways, railroads, dams, tunnel and airports. In July 2001, Halmar became Granite Halmar, a wholly owned subsidiary of Granite Construction Inc.  He was the Northeast Regional Manager for Granite Halmar. Italian firm Astm in July acquired 50% of Halmar’s share capital and control.The merger will aid Halmar’s business plan to grow from about $250 million in yearly revenue to to $500-600 million over the next 5 to 6 years, Larsen told ENR. Itinera is involved in numerous projects throughout the Middle East, Europe, Africa and Latin America. Chris spent 16 years with Halmar Builders of New York and became a partner in 1995. He was involved in all of Halmar's projects and held an active role in managing the more challenging projects. Under Chris' leadership, Halmar became a nationally recognized leader in Heavy Civil Construction  Chris is actively involved in the Association of General Contractors (AGC) and is on the Board of Directors of the New Jersey AGC.

Andrej Avelini has been with EFCG, the New York-City-based industry broker and financial consultant since 1996 and has advised on more than 120 completed merger & acquisition transactions, as well as numerous valuations, Peer Benchmarking Analyses and strategic consulting assignments in the AEC industry. He has presented to the Boards of Directors or senior management teams of over 300 a/e/c firms and has addressed several industry conferences. Andrej was formerly with Salomon Brothers, Inc., a major Wall Street investment banking firm, where he worked in the telecommunications group on mergers & acquisitions and capital raising. He holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BBA summa cum laude degree from Freed-Hardeman University

A Principal and unit President of Ramboll Environ US Corp., part of Denmark-based design firm Ramboll, Frank Marrazza has more than 30 years of varied experience in environmental due diligence, compliance auditing, risk assessment and management, chemical fate and transport modeling and water resources engineering. Over the last 10 years, his practice has focused on environmental due diligence assignments as part of mergers and acquisitions. He specializes in global assignments to identify and quantify material risks and liabilities, and address those risks and liabilities within the deal structure. Throughout his career, Frank has conducted projects for nearly every major industry, including chemical, steel, mining, energy and paper. His clients include major private equity and financial institutions, as well as international law firms. He earned an MS in civil engineering from Stanford University, and a BS in civil engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Guy Leonard, Executive Director-Global Strategy, Mott MacDonald Group


Guy Leonard became the Mott MacDonald Group strategic development director in July 2014 after leading its multisector regional business across Europe, the UK, and Africa since January 2011.


Prior to this, Guy's purview included eight years leading the management, economics, and consultancy business – ranging from construction economics and project/program management to infrastructure finance and business technology consulting – as well as worldwide responsibility for learning and development, internal communications, and property. Guy is especially experienced in cross-cultural management, the migration of project delivery approaches between industry sectors, and the development of partnering/alliancing arrangements and major framework agreements.


Guy’s career began in 1977, when he joined the cost consultancy/project management business of Franklin + Andrews (F+A), becoming chief executive in 1996. When F+A joined Mott MacDonald in 2002, Guy was appointed managing director of what was the start of our global multisector management consulting business.



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