Dubai Group Who's Who

Here you will find details of our committee.

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Jonathan Spear

Chair

Jonathan Spear is a Transport Policy and Strategy Advisor with 26 years’ experience in public policy, strategy, governance and regulatory studies, capacity and skills analysis and building. Much of this has specialized in national, regional and local transport policy frameworks, institutional structures and processes.

A Fellow of CIHT and a Chartered Transport Planning Professional, Jonathan has worked extensively in the international arena, including UK and Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific, and been based in London, Dubai, Beijing, Hong Kong and Singapore. As well as chairing CIHT Dubai, he is closely engaged in the activities of the World Road Association, PIARC, and the Association of European Transport, AET.

Martin Tillman

Vice-Chair

Martin Tillman is Director at AECOM, leading Strategic Planning and Advisory for the Middle East. He has responsibility for transport modelling, development planning, transport technology, road safety, parking, and freight across the region. He has lived and worked in the United Arab Emirates for the last 10 years, following postings in the United States, Hong Kong, Qatar, France, and the UK. 

As well as being a Fellow of CIHT and Vice-Chair of CIHT Dubai, Martin is also a Fellow of the Institute of Transportation Engineers and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport. He is also advisory board member for Abu Dhabi University Civil Engineering Department, advisor on the Airbus Expert STAR programme, and mentor for the UAE Federal National Experts Programme

Prathyush Mukkadekkat

Secretary

Prathyush Mukkadekkat is a Senior Traffic and Transportation Engineer with 13 years’ experience in traffic impact assessments, traffic modelling, traffic management studies and traffic simulations. He has worked extensively in the Middle East, Sweden and India.

Prathyush is a Member of CIHT and Secretary of the Dubai Group. He is also active in other international transport bodies such as the Society of Engineers UAE, Transport Planning Society, Institution of Transportation Engineers, and Indian Road Congress.

Jarrod Smith

Treasurer

Jarrod Smith is a Transport Planner and  Traffic Engineer with past roles in both the public and private sector during his 20+ year career to date.

Currently he is a Project Manager at Jacobs in Dubai and has 10 years’ experience in the Middle East, 10 years in the UK and also a year in the Pacific (Fiji). Jarrod specialises in junction design, master plans and station area planning.

Nebras Radaideh

Events Coordinator

Nebras Radaideh is a Civil Engineer, specialized in Planning and Project Controls Management. She has over 10 years’ experience in transportation and infrastructure projects on both Contractor and Consultant sides, of which six years have been with leading consultants in the UAE.

Nebras is a Member of CIHT as well as the Society of Engineers.

Andrew Jenkins

Membership and Development Officer

Andrew Jenkins has 25 years’ experience in the planning, design and operation of transport systems in the UK and internationally. He has developed his knowledge through collaboration with transport operators, developers, architects and master planners. He is a Director with Arup and leads transport and economics work for large and complex urban area regeneration master plans, including demand analysis and data presentation, modelling and transport systems design.

Andrew is a Fellow of CIHT, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and a Chartered Transport Planning Professional.

Michelle Wood

CIHT UK Liaison Officer

Michelle Wood is a Transport Planner with 30 years’ experience in transport planning. Currently, she leads the technical development team of PTRC, the transport planning training arm of CILT. Besides the UK, Michelle has worked in Africa, Asia-Pacific, the Caribbean, Europe, and Middle East for World Bank, Asia Development Bank, United Nations Development Programme and European Bank. She has been based in London, Beijing, Hong Kong, Dubai and Qatar.

Michelle is a Fellow of CIHT, Chartered Transport Planning Professional, a TPP reviewer, mentor and on the CIHT Committees of London and Hong Kong covering professional development.

Brindha Sankari

Web and Data Officer

Brindha Sankari Vasudevan is a Senior Transport Planner with over 13 years of experience in the UAE, Singapore & India. She is an expert in transport planning and strategic modelling, including assessment of public transport schemes and transport appraisal.

Brindha has worked for a range of public sector clients in Dubai and Abu Dhabi over the last 7 years, leading as a user and developer in the fields of strategic modelling, data analytics, demand forecasting, economic impacts, surveys and transit operations.

Smriti Ojha

Young Professionals Chair

Smriti Ojha is a Transport Planner at AECOM within Strategic Planning and Advisory, Middle East, with over two years of experience. Smriti has experience working on Traffic Impact studies, Construction Traffic strategy, Spatial Data management and Analysis, Mobility support on urban design projects, and Smart City/Mobility Framework.

Khalid Nur

Committee Member 

Khalid Nur is the Future Mobility Lead for Mott MacDonald in the Middle East. He is a Chartered Engineer with over 15 years’ experience in the scoping and delivery of a wide range of projects in the road, rail, aviation, and maritime transport sectors; building on a strong technical and research background, analytical and leadership skills. He has a key interest in the development and application of innovative data and technology solutions for future transport and mobility.

Stephen Wilkinson

Committee Member

Dr Stephen Wilkinson is currently an Associate Professor in Civil Engineering at the University of Wollongong in Dubai, where he teaches courses in Engineering Geology, Sustainable Transportation Engineering and Chemistry. He lectured in the UK and China prior to moving to the UAE.

Steve is a Fellow of the Geological Society, a Fellow of the Royal Microscopical Society and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He holds an MSci, MSc and PhD from Imperial College London.

Jodie Mairs

Committee Member

Jodie Mairs is a Transport Planner and Road Safety Specialist with almost 20 years’ experience working in the private sector, including nine years in the GCC.  She has extensive experience working on road safety related projects including managing road safety studies and strategies throughout the GCC.

Jodie is an experienced Road Safety Auditor and member of the CIHTs SoRSA (Society of Road Safety Auditors).

Majed Kaddoura

Committee Member

Majed Kaddoura is an experienced Traffic and Transportation Planner based in the UAE with 19 years of experience across public and private sectors. Majed leads Arup’s team of transport planners, modellers and engineers in the Middle East. His experience spans city-wide, and corridor specific transport integrated multimodal studies and plans, transport modelling, freight and logistics, and development transport studies.

Sanaz Roigari

Committee Member

Sanaz Roigari is a Transport Planner with Mott MacDonald . she has over 10 years of experience in transport master planning, traffic impact studies, travel demand modelling/forecasting, sustainable transport studies and bus Master plans across UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Omam, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

Yara Al Hamdan

Committee Member

Yara Al Hamdan is a Transport Planner with AECOM with two years of experience in strategic planning and advisory. Her main areas of specialty are spatial analysis and pedestrian modelling. She has also worked extensively on public transport planning, smart city initiatives, and traffic impact studies.

Adel Armool

Committee Member

Adel Armool is a PMP-certified Transport Planner with an Engineering Master’s Degree from Concordia University, Canada. He has more than 5 years of experience as a Transport Planner in the Middle East. His experience ranges from Traffic Impact Studies, Masterplans, car park design, Temporary Traffic Management studies and railways.

Richard Lewis

Committee Member

Richard Lewis is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Highways and Transportation with 20 years’ experience in transport planning and modelling.
He is experienced in various transport disciplines including economic feasibility studies, transport model development, accident modelling, transport planning, traffic engineering, public transport studies, analysis and GIS, transport policy and regulation.

Richard has led (in the capacity of Project Director or Project Manager) numerous development projects, model development projects, scheme appraisal projects and development planning projects including Qiddiya Strategy projects, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Maritime Strategy, BRT Techno-Financial Feasibility for Masar Makkah, Crowd Modelling for King Abdula Aziz Road, and National Rail forecasting for SABIC amongst others.

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