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31 MAY 2018

Increasing RICS recognition in KSA

RICS has established a Working Group in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, to help raise the profile and recognition of RICS in this growing market.

This group has been formed as part of our commitment to support the growing number of qualified professionals in the Kingdom and to ensure we are fulfilling our public interest mandate.

The members of the group will be dedicated to promoting the adoption and recognition of international standards, forging links with other professional associations, encouraging growth in the number of qualified professionals and supporting the professional development of existing members.

The group has RICS representation from Robert Jackson, Director for the Middle East and North African region, and the other qualified professionals in the working group include:

Mark R Turner, MRICS -  Chair

With over 30 years of experience in the Middle East, Mark is currently working as the Claims Manager on the Riyadh Metro megaproject Saudi Arabia for SYSTRA, a consulting and engineering firm and a world leader in transport infrastructure. He has been a Chartered Quantity Surveyor for 15 years. 

"Having seen huge advancements in the region since 1985, I am excited to Chair the KSA Working Group to advance the RICS global vision and support the Kingdom as they diversify and sustain growth." - Mark Turner

David Chappell, MRICS - Vice Chair

An Associate Director at Currie & Brown, David is currently the Senior Contract Administrator for Dar-Al-Handasah, for the Jeddah Tower in Saudi Arabia, planned to be the tallest building in the world. He has held various posts in Contracting and Professional Firms primarily involved in major projects, with roles in design and pre- and post-contract. He has also served on Dispute Resolution Committees in Saudi Arabia.

James Irvine, FRICS

Director and Country Manager for Currie & Brown’s offices across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, James is head of business operations and responsible for the establishment of the brand in new markets.

With extensive experience in delivering cost management, project management and contract advisory services, he has been working across several sectors including; large-scale transportation and infrastructure, hotel and leisure, residential, commercial and defence. 
James has been a qualified professional of RICS since 2009 and holds a BSc (Hons) in Quantity Surveying. Previously, he has also been a non-executive board member of the RICS Qatar board. 

Ahmed Sabry, FRICS

With over 27 years of experience in the real estate and construction industries, Ahmed is currently the Managing Director of Taqeem Academy at Saudi Authority of Accredited Valuers (Taqeem). 

He has carried out and managed; real estate advisory, including development consultancy, strategic investment advisory, property portfolios management, cost estimating and international arbitration. 

Previously, Ahmed established and headed the valuation and advisory discipline of Century 21 Qatar at 2008 prior to leading the tangible assets valuations service line in KPMG Egypt.

Haroon Niazi, MRICS

With an Honours and Master’s degree in Law, and a Master’s degree in Quantity Surveying, Haroon is a Partner at HKA’s Middle East operations. 

As a former practising barrister and a Chartered Quantity Surveyor, his experience has been gained in both, building and civil engineering construction projects, where he has provided specialist advice in relation to pre- and post-contract matters for Contractors and Employers alike. While working in the region, Haroon has been involved in both, contentious and non-contentious matters. He has also led numerous HKA teams working on flagship oil and gas, railway and airport projects throughout the region.  

Muhammed Abdul-Khaliq, MRICS

A Chartered Quantity Surveyor who has been involved in the development of the Gulf for over twenty years, Muhammed has had experience in Kuwait, UAE, Qatar, and now Saudi Arabia. A Canadian of Omani origin, he is presently the Associate Director for Contracts at Emaar in Saudi Arabia.

Muhammed holds an LLM in Construction Law and Arbitration from Robert Gordon University and is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Haashiem Tayob, MRICS

With experience gained in the commercial building and construction environment, as well as in roadworks, rail works and associated infrastructure, Haashiem currently works as a Chartered Surveyor with the King Abdullah University of Science & Technology. He works on various schemes within the KAUST Community, overseeing budget cost estimating, cost consultancy, contract assistance, valuations, claims and variations. 

With previous experience in the Kingdom working with Saudi Aramco, in addition to various cost consultancy roles in South Africa and the UAE with Turner & Townsend and Davis Langdon/AECOM, Haashiem has worked on multiple projects across the African continent.

Haashiem is also a Professionally Registered Quantity Surveyor(PrQS), and Professional Member of the Association of Quantity Surveyors(PMAQS) in South Africa, as well as a Certified Cost Professional with the AACEI and active member of the Gulf Chapter.

Saleem Inamdar, MRICS

As a Chartered Project Manager, with extensive development and advisory knowledge Saleem has over 25 years of industry experience, specialising in the Hotel, Retail, Tourism, Leisure and Aviation sectors.

Currently, he is the Associate Director at Faithful+Gould, working on several key client strategic initiatives and Vision 2030 Realisation Programs. 

Saleem has been a qualified RICS professional since 2000 and holds a BSc (Hons) in Quantity Surveying and an MSc in Business Project Management.

“It is both an honour and a privilege to have been appointed onto the RICS Working Group Panel. I look forward to supporting the RICS strategic initiatives, realising opportunities and making a real difference.” - Saleem Inamdar