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Meet the President Ghassan Aouad


I don't believe in academics living in ivory towers. I believe in practising academics...and I am one of them.

Ghassan Aouad
CIOB President 2014/15

Leadership and Innovation go hand in hand

Professor Ghassan Aouad, the 111th President of the Chartered Institute of Building, has put leadership and innovation at the top of his agenda.

“Leadership and innovation go hand in hand.  Leaders directly influence whether or not an individual or an entire organisation can innovate. They hold the key to the level of success new ideas have in an organisation. This skill in knowing when and how to encourage innovation is notoriously difficult to examine and share.

“But if we can make the breakthrough so that the whole industry can pool its knowledge and share its experiences then global construction itself will have even more to celebrate in the future.”

Ghassan, who is Vice President for Academic Affairs at the Gulf University for Science and Technology (GUST) is the first CIOB President to come from the Middle East. He was born in Lebanon where he studied Civil Engineering at Beirut Arab University.

Prior to his role at GUST he spent 20 years at Salford University holding several roles including Pro Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation. During that time he successfully supervised 24 PhD students, authored 3 major research books and published 92 papers in top rated journals. He has an MSc in Construction and a PhD in Construction IT from Loughborough University and was also President of the University of Wollongong in Dubai.

He has worked and trained extensively in both the UK and Arab markets and has recently been named as one of the top ten academic leaders shaping education in the Middle East by the Middle East Economic Digest.