- Aymen Jawad
- Luay al-Khatteeb
- Dr Azzam Alwash
- Manhal AL Habbobi
- Hashim Kammoona
- Akram Ogaily
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Co-Founder & Executive Director
Aymen is the Co- Founder and Executive Director of Iraq Heritage and Founder and Director of Hamond Projects, which is a leading edge Cost management, Project Management and Development Consultancy business which specialises in delivering client focused, and high value project support to a diverse range of Clients both nationally and internationally in both the public and private sector.
He has extensive knowledge of development requirements relating to the residential, automotive and industrial sectors of the market. Aymen has a specialist interest in heritage and has given specialist consultancy with regards to planning, conservation and restoration. Aymen has acted as a client liaison officer for a number of large overseas investors and has lead successful bids for a number of large development sites placed on the market by public sector land owners. He has also given specialist consultancy services to a number of clients in relation to disputes over dilapidations and contractual claims.
His previous experience is with Bowcliffe Chartered Surveyors involved Project Management, Value Engineering and Risk Value Management exercises. Academically, Aymen earned his Honours Degree in Quantity Surveying from the University of Salford (UK).
Co-Founder & Board Member
Luay al-Khatteeb is the founder and director of the Iraq Energy Institute, and the Co-Founder of Iraq Heritage. He also serves as a senior advisor to the Federal Parliament of Iraq on energy and economic development and as a visiting fellow at the Doha Centre of the Brookings Institution. His past experience spans over twenty years in business development with executive capacities as director and senior advisor. In addition to his professional commitments, al-Khatteeb is an active participant and contributor to Harvard Kennedy School of Government (Harvard University), the Royal Institute for International Affairs (Chatham House) and the Revenue Watch Institute (RWI), and a frequent commentator in the media. Al-Khatteeb is the editor and reviewer of various research papers and business reports on regional geopolitics, energy and economy.
Dr Azzam Alwash
Born in Kut, Iraq in 1958, Dr. Alwash spent much of his younger years in Nassariya on the fringes of Iraq’s southern Mesopotamian marshlands. His father, Jawad Alwash, in his role as district irrigation manager was one of the first irrigation engineers to gain access to the marshes and regularly brought his young son along on trips into the marshlands to resolve water disputes. When Dr. Alwash left Iraq in 1978 to escape the Baathist regime, he took along with him impassioned memories of times with his father among the resilient marsh Arabs – memories that would eventually inspire a life of environmental activism aimed at restoring, protecting and preserving the delicate balances within Iraq’s ecosystem. After completing his BS in Civil Engineering at the California State University at Fullerton, and his Ph.D. in Geotechnical Engineering at the University of Southern California, Dr. Alwash subsequently worked for twenty years as a soil and environmental engineering consultant in southern California.
In 1997, he became active in Iraqi expatriate politics and joined the Board of Directors of the Iraq Foundation, an Iraqi NGO based in Washington, DC. Prompted by the release of a United Nation’s Environmental Program’s report in 2001 that detailed “one of the world’s greatest environmental disaster’s” – the desiccation of 90 percent of the Mesopotamian Marshlands at the hands of Saddam Hussein’s regime (See Nature Iraq’s “History”) - Dr. Alwash and his wife, Dr. Suzie Alwash, founded the Eden Again Project and began to assemble a group of international experts to evaluate the potential for restoration of the marshes. Their scientific opinion was unanimous - the marshlands could and should be restored. By August 2003, Dr. Alwash took a leave of absence from his consultancy work to direct the Eden Again Project operations in Iraq – the seed for today’s Nature Iraq. More recently, Dr, Alwash joined the board of trustees of the newly established American University of Iraq – Sulaimani, where he founded the Twin Rivers Institute for Scientific Research, which will soon oversee the academic and capacity building activities currently lead by Nature Iraq. Dr. Alwash can be found dividing his time between Sulaimani, Baghdad, and Iraq’s southern marshlands; or speaking internationally about the need to address the many environmental issues facing Iraq, and the successes and work yet ahead for Nature Iraq.
Manhal AL Habbobi
Manhal Al Habbobi is an Iraqi architect with a B.Sc. (Honors) and a Master degree in Architectural Sciences. Both degrees were awarded with distinctions by the University of Baghdad.
Born and educated in Baghdad (1970-1995), he is now one of the three partners/directors of CAP Engineering Consultancy established in the Middle East (Beirut –Abu Dhabi –Baghdad –Dubai).
Following his graduation, Al Habbobi practiced his architectural profession in Iraq for five years and he lectured at the Department of Architecture for the same period. As a student first and then as a professional he was known for deep belief in the philosophical aesthetics of architecture and the employment of perceptual aspects of forms to inject meaning in design.
Al Habbobi understanding to Architecture is through his innovative concept "Listening to Architecture" which was behind most of his architectural works. Rising the consciousness of the observer to the "Silence" state make it prepared for the altered states of consciousness which is the "Listening", listening to the essence of Architecture. This what he calls "Capturing the consciousness".
In 2000 Al Habbobi received an invitation from DEWAN (UAE based architectural practice) to work at their offices in Abu Dhabi. The following seven years witnessed a fast and steady career progression for Manhal within the UAE firm where, with his innovative abilities, he became one of the main Designers in charge of many of the prestigious projects secured for the practice through his creative designs.
Manhal’s professional talent lie in his ability to produce design solutions that capture, through dynamically shaped forms wherever appropriate, all that is meant to be achieved by the design techniques. The dynamics of his forms are well studied and analyzed prior to final molding.
2007 marks the start of a new venture for Al Habbobi as he decided to set up ICONcept, a partnership practice, that allowed him to work as self employed. Until the merger between ICONcept and CAP in 2010, Manhal designed many buildings that hold his distinctive signature and approach.
Hashim Kammoona has over 35 years of continous professional experience in Urban Design, Urban Planning, Master Planning, Cities Renewal, Architectural Planning and Design, Project Management, Projects Development, Strategic Planning and Transportation Planning. Also he accomplished the the first In-house urban Design in Baghdad municipality with a prize.Hashim has Completed successfully more than 100 architectural projects successfully and completed successfully work on over 200 urban Planning-design projects with an aproximate area 50,000 hectares.In addition he has Worked on, coordinated and commented on 5 city master plans for Baghdad and Dubai.
Mr Kammoona is working as a freelance expert in architecture and urban planning. Hashim has vast experince in planning analysis and urban design methodology he has acted as a Senior master planning manager – Master planning & zoning department in Dubai Holding where he Managed urban Planning, urban design, landscaping and other infrastructural and master planning tasks on the following projects: Completed master plans: Sama Aljaddaf Project for mixed uses, Dubai Industrial city for Tatweer – 15 square kilometers, The master plan of Dubai Labor City for 300,000 Workers, Dubai: master planning of 3 mega projects (The Lagoons, Jumaira Hills, and DHCC2-Dubai Health Care City2) and many more.Currenly Hashim is a Freelancer working on Urban Planning / design and is a Specialist in Middle East Urban Planning and Architecture.
Akram Ogaily manages Hill's TCT Group; a 14 senior member team specialized in all fields of projects studies planning, management and engineering, that support global projects on technical, project start-up and compliance related issues. He has more than 35 years of experience in urban planning, architectural and engineering, design and management of complex mega projects for both public and private sectors throughout the Middle East, North Africa and the UK. Projects have included master planning and design of major mixed use developments consisting of state, ministries, educational and health service for public sectors and hotels, resorts, institutional, cultural, residential and historical, building conservation as well as sustainable building designs.
In 1970 to 2003, Mr. Al Ogaily co-founded Archicenter in Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon and the United Kingdom. He established the design principles and standards of thought which led the firm to succeed in a considerable number of international and local architectural competitions, design and realizations. He restructured the practice during the 1990s to focus on project design and management in response to the progressive needs of the building construction environment and technology.
Mr. Al Ogaily has been involved with the design and management of major prestigious projects located in the United Arab Emirates, Algeria, Lebanon, Pakistan, Yemen, Kuwait, Iraq, and United Kingdom.
Mr. Ogaily Joined Hill International on February 2003 to lead the design management team of ADNOC projects in Abu Dhabi. He was assigned to undertake the program manager role of the Kuwait Mega Projects of its Islands Resorts development in 2004 and the Lagoon development- Dubai as the Vice President and Project Director in 2005. Since January 2007 he is acting as Technical Core Team (TCT) Director providing technical support to the International Project Management Group in the Middle East, North Africa, Eastern Europe and the Far East. In July 2008, Mr. Ogaily was promoted to Senior Vice President.
Mr Ogaily earned his Msc Arch - CEM Barttlet School of Architecture University College London-UK and his B.Sc. Arch from the University of Baghdad.