Speakers

Amr Abdel-Azim – Senior Architect – Michigan State University Amr is a pioneer in the area facilities management in higher education campuses. He is currently a Senior Architect at Michigan State University with 15+ years at the East Lansing, Michigan, Campus. Amr is a key participant in MSU capital planning process of over 5,200 acres (21 km2) of MSU’s contiguous campus, there are 556 buildings: 100 for academics, 131 for agriculture, 166 for housing and food service, and 42 for athletics. Overall, the university has 22,763,025 square feet. Amr have had cutting-edge practice in Campus building technology, design-build project delivery, and construction quality. His professional achievement includes building American University of Sharjah, a brand new campus from scratch at UAE. Founded in 1997, AUS is a private comprehensive university that has five colleges residing on a beautiful 330-acre located in the City of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. Amr had a leading effort in building Michigan State University Campus in Dubai as part of Dubai Academic City, completed in Sep, 2008. MSU Dubai is integrally connected to the main MSU campus, giving students the opportunities to enrich their academic and student life experience. Amr served as the Senior Executive for Capital Projects at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) leading a capital construction program at RPI. The major Campus development involved $300-million state-of-the-art interdisciplinary research Center and world-class performing art Center (EMPAC) and related infrastructure. Amr was the Director of Physical Plant of the newly established the American University of Sharjah and the University of Sharjah, started the Campus from scratch. The campus physical plant, which reflects a distinctive Arabic architectural style, is comprised of 90 administrative, classroom, athletic/recreational, and residential buildings totaling over 2,300,000 square feet. Amr holds a bachelor degree in Architecture and a master degree in Urban Planning. He is Certified Educational Facilities Professional CEFP by APPA. He is an active member of many American and International organizations in the area of facilities in higher education, Lean Construction, and facilities management. ___________________________________________________________ Angelyn Rowan – Partner – Eversheds Sutherland Angelyn is a Partner in the Construction and Projects group at Eversheds Sutherland. Angelyn advises clients on major infrastructure projects, complex procurement matters and construction. She is and has been involved in some of the largest public sector infrastructure projects in Ireland over recent years, including the development of the DIT Grangegorman Campus and Social Housing PPPs. Angelyn’s experience includes advising:

  • funders, developers, employers and contractors on all aspects of construction law, specialising mainly in non-contentious areas;
  • both the public and private sectors on Public Private Partnerships in the education, healthcare, social housing and roads sectors; and
  • on all aspects of Irish and European public procurement, including the conduct of tender procedures, procurement challenges and the rights and obligations of contracting authorities.
Angelyn is a member of the Law Society of Ireland, the Dublin Solicitors Bar Association, the Society of Construction Law and Procurement Lawyers’ Association. She is a director of Lean Construction Ireland. ___________________________________________________________ Brian Clare – Lecturer – Technological University Dublin Brian G. Clarehas over 15 year experience in the construction sector in Ireland, UK, Europe, Middle East and the US, working on hotels, hospitals, food production facilities, ICT & pharmaceutical projects before moving to the educational sector as a Lecturer in Building Services Engineering, Project Management & Construction in the Dublin Institute of Technology in 2002. Brian is a member of the LCI Ireland leadership group and is Joint Chairperson of the LCI Ireland, Education Training & Development Forum. He is past President of the Ireland chapter of the PMI and Chairperson of the Project Management Society of Engineers Ireland. ___________________________________________________________ Darrin Taylor – Lecturer in Management – Waterford Institute of Technology Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) Business School. Lecturer in Management. Co-Director of the WIT Lean Enterprise & Operational Excellence Programme Portfolio. Principal Lead of the Academy of Lean Enterprise Excellence, RIKON centre Coordinator of the Annual WIT Lean Enterprise Excellence Forum Coordinator of the Annual WIT Lean Practitioner Seminar Series. Coordinator of the Annual WIT Lean Research Symposium. Irish Academy of Management (IAM) member. Lean Construction Ireland – Advisor to the Board of Directors. Lean Business Ireland – Leadership Committee. ___________________________________________________________ David Murray – BPI Manager – An Post Bio to Follow ___________________________________________________________ Professor Glenn Ballard – Research Director – UC Berkeley   Glenn has 44 years experience in the construction industry, as craftworker, project engineer, internal management consultant, external management consultant, educator and researcher. Glenn led development of the Last Planner System of production planning and control, now in widespread use throughout the world, adapted target costing for capital projects, and co-founded both the International Group for Lean Construction and the Lean Construction Institute. He has numerous publications on construction project management. His current research interests are in the areas of safety (the importance of psychological safety in preventing injuries) and cost modeling (creating the building information model from the voice of the customer). ___________________________________________________________ Joe Lane – COO – Bord NaMona Bio to Follow ___________________________________________________________ Orla Gogarty – Director of Digital Health – St. Patrick’s Mental Hospital Bio to Follow ___________________________________________________________ Paul Ebbs – Local Chair Paul has 23 years’ industry experience in a range of healthcare, educational, residential, commercial, infrastructure and decommissioning projects. Roles included Mechanical Technician, General Operative, Finishing Foreman, Site/Project Manager, Low Energy Consultant. He is an advocate of innovation through research and inventing and implementing Lean Project Delivery methods. He is a Research Fellow for Professor Christine Pasquire at the Centre for Lean Projects in Nottingham Trent University (NTU), UK. Paul’s research interests include the integration of production risk with the Last Planner® System (LPS), collaborative risk management, the facilitator’s role in the LPS, the role of language and moods in teams, and how the invisible soft skills required to sustain lean implementations are developed and coached. The output from his applied research is being used by industry in Ireland and the UK and is regularly showcased at annual events at NTU and LCI UK’s Annual Training Day. He co-founded the Construction Innovation Lab in the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) in 2013 and Lean Construction Ireland (LCi) in 2014. Since 2015 he worked as a Lean Coach and trainer with Umstot Project and Facilities Solutions with organisations in Ireland and the US. Paul is an author of blogs, industry articles and IGLC papers and is a presenter of webinars’ for LCi. He is the conference chair of the IGLC’s 27th Annual Conference in Dublin, Ireland, July 2019 and co-chair of Lean in the Public Sector (LIPS) Dublin, Ireland, December 2019. Paul holds a 1st Class Honours BSc in Construction Management from the DIT, Ireland. He received several awards from industry and academia since 2008 including the Ivan Webb Gold Medal Award in 2012 for overall top marks in his final year. ___________________________________________________________ Renee Smith – Director of Workplace Transformation – Governor’s Office Washington Renée Smith champions a more humane and effective workplace through primary research, writing, and speaking on Making Work More Human by increasing love and decreasing fear in the workplace. Renée leads the development of workplace transformation efforts for the State of Washington to provide resources and a pathway for leaders, teams, and organizations to create A Human Workplace. Before joining Results Washington, Renée spent nearly seven years at the Department of Enterprise Services where she served as an executive leader on the Corporate Council and led the Organization Development Services Division that provided Lean Transformation Services and Change Excellence Services to DES and G2G Lean Consulting to other state and local governments. Renée earned a Master of Science in Organization Development from Pepperdine University. She was a 2014 recipient of the Governor’s Leadership in Management Award for her original strategy work and Lean culture work at DES. She lives in a 102 year old Craftsman home in Tacoma and enjoys drawing for pleasure, cooking for friends and family, and exploring foreign cities. ___________________________________________________________    ]]>