New FIDIC CEO addresses Members

New FIDIC CEO. Dr Nelson Ogunshakin OBE has been appointed as the new FIDIC Chief Executive Officer in July 2018. The following is the letter sent to all member associations, headed "Looking ahead to a new chapter for FIDIC" 

21 September 2018

To the attention of:

FIDIC Member Associations - Looking ahead to a new chapter for FIDIC

On behalf of the FIDIC board, I wanted to say a big thank you to all those member associations that attended this year’s FIDIC annual conference in Berlin, my first as FIDIC chief executive. The feedback we have received both at the event and since would suggest that the conference was extremely well received by delegates, many of whom remarked that it was amongst the best FIDIC events they have ever attended.

As I said at the conference, I am honoured to be FIDIC’s new chief executive. It is a role that I am proud to hold and I relish the challenges ahead as we work together to make FIDIC a stronger and more effective organisation that is fit for the future. I am looking forward to working closely with all our member associations as we strive to make FIDIC more responsive and in tune and in touch with its members and the industry we all serve. In the coming weeks and months, we will be engaging with members to ensure that we best reflect your views as we move forward into the future.

That future includes a number of key challenges and opportunities for our industry, especially in the areas of the digital economy, smart cities, digitalisation, funding, urban sustainability and transport, and I was delighted to see that our recent discussions in Berlin highlighted many of these as we all grapple with a changing business landscape.

To face the challenge of change it is important that FIDIC is fit for the future and to that end we have made some key changes to make us more effective as an organisation. As well as reforming and modernising the governance of the federation, another key priority of the FIDIC board has been to ensure that our excellent staff team has the resources it needs to work more effectively with our member associations and our volunteers. I am pleased to say that we have made good progress on the internal restructuring of FIDIC, which has been an ongoing debate over several years. I’m delighted to announce that we will be remaining at our Geneva HQ for the foreseeable future and are completely focused on the delivery of FIDIC’s strategic plans. It is a top priority of mine to ensure that those plans put member associations at the heart of our work.

More than ever, we need to develop and nurture the links we have with our MAs, leverage on your expert capabilities and to support your day-to-day activities. I am very keen to do this because I strongly believe that our members are the lifeblood of FIDIC and have much to offer, both to the federation and to their fellow MAs.

A key message that came through at the Berlin conference and during my many discussions and consultations with MAs has been the need for FIDIC to strengthen its links with members, be well organised and to become more visible. Over the coming months you will certainly see a more visible FIDIC and we plan to improve our communications with MAs and the industry more generally to ensure that FIDIC becomes the efficient and effective federation that members and the industry needs. Watch this space!

I hope that the Berlin conference and my arrival as chief executive marks the beginning of a new chapter for FIDIC and perhaps a new dawn for the federation. I certainly believe that our best days lie ahead of us and look forward to working with you all to ensure that FIDIC can be the best it can be. The discussions in Berlin were inspiring and you can now view all the sessions online so you can share the conference deliberations with colleagues or simply watch again. Click on the link below to watch all the sessions from the two days of conference.

We have also made available via the FIDIC Facebook page photographs from the conference and also the social events that were organised. If you’d like to view those and maybe see whether you can spot yourself or colleagues in Berlin, then click on the link below to see our conference photographs.

The coming months are a busy time for FIDIC and we have a number of useful events and workshops taking place that you may be interested in attending. These include our major FIDIC International Contract Users’ Conference 2018 taking place in London on 4-5 December, also the Second FIDIC Latin America Contract Users Conference in Panama on 2-3 October and the Fourth FIDIC Africa Contract Users’ Conference in Johannesburg on 30-31 October. For full details of these and all our other events please visit the Training and Events section of the FIDIC website.

Of course, one key event that you won’t want to miss is next year’s FIDIC International Infrastructure Conference which takes place in Mexico City from 8-10 September 2019. Continuing the future-gazing approach of Berlin 2018, at our conference in Mexico we will turn our attention to how technology is revolutionising the way companies and the industry conducts its business. Make sure you put the dates in your diary now!

Once again, many thanks for supporting this year’s FIDIC conference in Berlin. The event would not have been the success it was without the active input and participation of you our member associations. I look forward to working with you all as we look to ensure that we build a FIDIC organisation that is truly the best that it can be. With your help, I know that we can be successful.

With best wishes,

Dr Nelson Ogunshakin OBE
Chief Executive, FIDIC