AACE International Activities: Mohammed is an active member of AACE International with over 26 years of experience in project management, contracts management, project controls, currently serving as President of Arabian Gulf Section (AGS).
While serving for the AGS he was instrumental in expanding the section activities to Jeddah, Riyadh and Qatar which are now active regions under AGS. During his first term as President in 2011-12, he initiated certification training courses in all the regions of the section, which now conduct two cycles of certification courses every year. He was unanimously elected to serve a second term in 2013-14. He is now striving to conduct in-house training courses with major companies in the Middle East to enable their employee’s to pursue AACE certificates and embrace AACE standards.
Mohammed holds a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Osmania University, India, and a Master’s degree in Engineering Management from KFUPM, Saudia Arabia. He has CCP and PSP certifications; is a lead instructor teaching for CCP, PSP and Risk Management certification for AGS. He is a regular speaker on project management, cost management and risk management in various technical seminars and is passionate about knowledge sharing and mentoring.
In his career span more than twenty years in the Middle East, he has worked on mega programs in Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Kuwait as Project Controls Manager and Project Manager and was well appreciated for managing the projects through the economic boom and subsequent downturn. His people management skills have made him a popular figure in his workplace. He is currently manager of project controls of WorleyParsons Ltd. for a major program in Saudia Arabia.
Goals and Objectives:
My leadership experience with AACE-AGS has given me the insight that AACE International’s body of knowledge and its certifications are not getting the due recognition. My strategic plans and actions include:
Collaborate with various corporate giants that are not conscious about Total Cost Management, AACE International stands for , make them recognize the importance of cost management and establish AACE certifications and technical product as global standards.
Approach various universities and present AACE International and its certifications to the students so they enter into the professional careers as ambassadors of AACE International, with full knowledge of project and cost management.
Work with various professional organizations that are contemporaries of AACE International and change the competitive environment to a collaborative and knowledge sharing environment.
Work with the VP Regions and the sections leadership in expanding the membership base of AACE International.
Strive to make the AACE certifications a must for job seekers and get the AACE best practices and technical standards as industry norms. Thank you for considering me for election.
AACE International Activities: Ghulam Mujtaba Shaikh, PE, is an active member of AACE for more than 10 years. In past, he has primarily served in US where he started his career also. He was involved with Southern California Section at several positions, including President. He led numerous outreach events at universities and taught CCP certification classes. Southern California’s successful event - Annual Spring Symposium was initiated during his tenure. At the Association level, he regularly attends and has presented at Annual Meetings. He also attended the first leadership and ITCM conferences, and worked closely with Diversity and Young Professionals Task Forces. He moved to Pakistan for good in 2011, and has been active in introducing AACE locally. He was selected by the Board to serve remaining term of RD7 vacated in August 2013, and is currently serving that role. Ghulam has been working in engineering/construction industry for over 13 years and has extensive experience in managing infrastructure, buildings, transit, and transportation projects. His experience spans all project phases - concept, planning, construction, commissioning, and close-out. He has developed expertise in project controls and claims, and has made several publications and presentations at different forums. His key projects include San Francisco Rapid Transit Extension, Los Angeles Bus Rapid and Light Rail Projects, LAX Improvements and I-405 Freeway, BT Icon Tower-Karachi, Pakistan Deep Sea Container Port, and Karachi Circular Railway. He holds a BS in Civil Engineering from NED University, Karachi and an MS in Project Management from UC, Berkeley. He is a Professional Engineer and holds PMP certification.
Goals and Objectives: Region 7 is one of the largest sections in the world and is key to AACE growth. Region 7 includes UAE and Arabian Gulf Sections, among the most active sections. I plan to use my past experience and raise awareness about AACE activities, certifications, technical resources, and networking opportunities. My main goals are:
Promote the vision and mission of AACE International.
Work closely with all sections to focus on regional membership growth. Strengthen sections to build up on their success and increase their deliverables, noticeably sections in Qatar, Oman, Egypt, Kuwait and Pakistan.
Focus on India sections to increase their visibility; close liaison with India Task force.
Help establish new sections in the region – my target is two by end of the term next summer.
Continue to use web, VOIP, and social websites for better collaboration. Make best use of the section newsletters to reach out to potential members.
Focus on certifications; offer more workshops using AACE seminar in a box. Work with industry peers and recruiting firms to make AACE Certifications a requirement.
Institute a plan with colleges and universities for scholarship and certification awareness.
Support the second International TCM Conference to be held in Bangkok in November 2014 – Already made a presentation on AACE in Bangkok.
Tap into AACE network for guidance to regional sections.