ICPMA-CIOB Annual Conference 2016

25-26 May in Doha, Qatar

This was the ICPMA Conference 2016 – Report

Our 2016 Conference in Doha, Qatar, was again an impactful event, combining informative talks with interactive and enlightening discussion.  Over 50 attendees joined the International Conference, making it a rousing success!  It is clear that the Middle East is leading the world with building construction and infrastructure innovation.


Attendees came from across the globe, including Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Japan, USA, Austria, Germany, Thailand, the UK, Oman, and Spain.  We heard about the impressive megaprojects and visions for Qatar and regional cities of Abu Dhabi and Dubai; BIM and BIM-related fields and how this technology and way of thinking is improving construction coordination and delivery; and a strong focus on sustainability and its implementation program by the Qatar Green Building Council.  We are very proud that the impressive ICPMA YEARBOOK, 2016 Edition: Doha, was published for the first time, containing successful projects from around the world that are taking part in the ‘the better way initiative. The YEARBOOK also contains other related interviews and reports on state-of-the-art developments and initiatives that will impact construction projects in the future. The online Version of the YEARBOOK is available here. DOWNLOAD PDF

The 2-day format included a festive Awards Dinner on the first evening, where attendees enjoyed a breath-taking view over the bay onto the Doha skyline.  The attendees were able to network informally and the location provided the perfect framework for the official ceremony for the 2016 “Alliance Award” and the better way‘ initiative, awarded to the Toyota Research and Development Centre in China.  Two distinctions were also awarded, to British School Muscat in the Sultanate of Oman, and Karawatha Forestry Discovery Centre in Brisbane, Australia

On the 2nd day all participants visited the Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies (QFIS) in Education City, courtesy of our platinum sponsor, ASTAD Project Management.  This iconic building contains a stunning mosque, and combines modern architecture with traditional Islamic messages and fine detailing.  The visit was followed by lunch at an Ottoman restaurant at Katara Cultural Village on the beach side, where regional food provided the perfect end to the conference and provided more opportunities for discussion about all that had been learned.  It was again wonderful to see that people who met there for the first time in a formal manner said goodbye in a very personal way, as friends.  That is the spirit of ICPMA Conferences and why ICPMA is different from many other organisations.


I´m very proud and grateful that our Steering Committee members were involved in arranging the conference and special thanks goes to our Senior Vice President, Virginia Borkoski, who was responsible for this conference and contributed to its success.  I look forward to meeting you and our members again at our next Annual Conference, currently being planned for May/June 2017. Please already block the last week in May and the first week in June 2017 in your agenda!  We will keep you informed on the location and dates here on our homepage in the near future.

Arnd Wittchen

President of ICPMA

Where ?

Doha, Qatar


25-26 May


80 people



BIM / PIM / agil & lean PM

Shaping Qatar and The Middle East: Leading by Innovation

The theme, “Shaping Qatar and the Middle East: Leading by Innovation” focuses on current projects in Qatar and the Middle East and how they reflect and incorporate innovation within the context of Construction Project Management, Materials and Methods, Construction Practices, Technology and Green Building.

International and local speakers will engage the audience with megaproject updates, technology gains with BIM, innovative building services, and digitalization.  We will hear about innovations at the Louvre in Abu Dhabi, British School in Muscat, Transportation Integration in Jeddah, IDRIS in Qatar, and more.

Panel discussions will include Women Leaders in Construction who are building a multimodal transportation infrastructure network, and a new generation of future construction professionals will share how they are involved in the industry, and what motivates them to contribute towards shaping the future.

CIOB has endorsed the conference and the President, Chris Chivers and Chief Executive, Chris Blythe, will attend, launching the Code of Practice, newly translated into Arabic, and officially signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the Qatar Green Building Council, who are also featured presenters.

istock.com/creative idea

The Annual Awards Dinner, to be held at the Souq Waqif, will include remarks by the ICPMA President Arnd Wittchen and CIOB President, Chris Chivers.  After the dinner event, participants will have the opportunity to explore this unique location, famous for its Arabian horse stables and falcon souq.

During the second day, a morning megaproject construction site visit will be followed by a presentation at the Msheireb Enrichment Centre, “a landmark destination created by Msheireb Properties to serve as an educational portal to showcase Qatar’s glorious past and soaring ambitions for the future”.

A visit to Qatar would not be complete without a visit to Katara, which “serves as a guardian to the heritage and traditions of Qatar”. The conference ends with a group lunch, followed by time to explore Katara as “a cultural beacon, a lighthouse of art, radiating in the Middle East through theatre, literature, music and visual art”.

The whole Program here

CIOB is the world’s largest and most influential professional body for construction management and leadership.  CIOB has a Royal Charter to promote the science and practice of building and construction for the benefit of society, and has been doing that since 1834. CIOB´s members work worldwide in the development, conservation and improvement of the built environment. 

CIOB  accredits university degrees, educational courses and training. The professional and vocational qualifications are a mark of the highest levels of competence and professionalism, providing assurance to clients and other professionals procuring built assets.


Platinum Sponsor

Thanks for all speakers and attendees to make the Conference such a success!


  • Businessman: istock.com/creative idea
  • Group of young multi cultural business people celebrating.: istock.com/Courtney Keating