30 June - 3 July 2018 Radisson Blu Plaza, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ghassan F. Aouad

Prof. Ghassan F. Aouad President of Applied Science University, Ghassan Aouad - Photo

  • Honorary Doctorate of Technology (Loughborough University)
  • PhD in Construction Management and IT (Loughborough University)
  • MSc in Construction (Loughborough University)
  • BSc in Civil Engineering (Beirut Arab University)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)
  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)
  • Past President of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)



Professor Ghassan Aouad has been the President of the Applied Science University since November 2014.

He was named as one of the top ten academic leaders shaping executive education in the Middle East by the Middle East Economic Digest.

He spent five years in the Department of Civil and Building Engineering of Loughborough University (sponsored by Hariri Foundation), where he obtained his MSc in Construction (1987) and his PhD entitled Integrated Planning Systems for the Construction Industry (1991).

In 1992, Professor Aouad joined the University of Salford as a Research Fellow and progressed through to the role of Pro Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation and Dean of the College of Science & Technology before he left in December 2011. During that time, he successfully supervised 24 PhD students, externally examined 52 PhD students, authored 3 major research books and co-authored one book, generated more than £10M in research funding as Principal Investigator and £8M as Co-Investigator, published 92 papers in top rated refereed journals, delivered more than 50 keynote speeches and invited lectures, and presented his work in more than 42 countries.

In January 2012, he became President of the University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD) where he led the development of the Strategic Plan 2013-2018 and the preparation of the documentation for the institution licensure renewal and the University achieved during his time an increase of 13% in student recruitment.

In May 2013, he became Vice President for Academic Affairs at Gulf University for Science & Technology (GUST) based in Kuwait.

Furthermore, Prof Aouad was appointed as Vice President of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) in March 2010 and became President in June 2014 for a year. He is the first ever president with a Middle Eastern background. The Chartered Institute of Building is the world’s largest and most influential professional body for construction management and leadership established in 1834 with a membership of 45,000 from across the globe.

He was appointed as International Reviewer (ELIR: Enhanced Learning Institutional Review, QAA Scotland). In addition he sat on the REF (Research Excellence Framework) sub-panel 16: Architecture, Built Environment and Planning. REF is in charge of assessing national research in the UK.

Recently, Professor Aouad received an honorary doctorate of technology from Loughborough University in the UK in July 2016.

Status: Married
Date of Birth: 26.6.1959
Nationality: British

Correspondence Address:

Professor Ghassan Aouad
President of Applied Science University
P.O Box 5055
Kingdom of Bahrain
Mobile in Bahrain: +97366300071

Abstract of the keynote lecture

The art and science of leadership in construction

Construction firms across the globe are facing serious challenges because of the economic downturn, changes in the political and social environments, and the pace of adopting innovative solutions. This paper will demonstrate how strong leadership can help construction firms cope with such challenges. People in our industry need to understand that leadership is in part art and in part science. In this paper, some frameworks for coupling leadership, innovation and competencies will be presented and discussed. In addition, the use of advanced IT solutions will be highlighted and the type of leadership required in this area of technological advancements will be discussed.  The paper will conclude with a set of recommendations to help construction firms develop appropriate leadership styles and approaches that cope with the challenges in a fast changing environment. 
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Keynote speakers

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Ghassan F. Aouad
The art and science of leadership in construction
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Tarek Bahgat
Risk Management and Governance of Mega Projects
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Daniel Castro-Lacouture
Better (and within reason) design-construction interactions in a BIM world...
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Jesus M. de la Garza
Shortcomings in Plain Vanilla CPM Schedules


Submission of abstracts
15 January 2018

Notification on abstracts' acceptance
15 February 2018

Submission of final papers
15 April 2018

Payment of early registration fee
15 April 2018

Final deadline for hotel reservation
15 April 2018

Cancellation without penalty
15 May 2018

30 June - 3 July 2018


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