This seminar with Ashghal was on the topic of lean construction and featured presentations on their use of lean on the local roads and drainage programme during 2019.

The speakers were from the Ashghal Roads Projects Department, see below, and they provided detailed insights into what has been done and what benefits are being achieved on the local roads and drainage projects where lean has been specified in the contracts since late 2018. The full slide deck from the evening can be downloaded here:

Our next event is on November 5th and sees the presentation of the 2019 Qatar Construction Improvement Survey which we conducted in partnership with Pinsent Masons. For more information and to register, click here.

About the speakers

Ahmad al Ansari is Head of the President’s Technical Office in Ashghal, the Public Works Authority. His previous roles include Head of Planning, Design & Contracts for the Qatar Olympic Committee on projects for the 2006 Games and as Head of Water Projects for the Ministry of Electricity and Water. He is also Chairman of the local branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, CIArb.

Jenefer Alam is an Associate Director for Parsons Brinckerhoff, working within Ashghal’s Roads Projects Department. She has been instrumental in the embedding of Constructing Excellence and Lean within the programme. Jenefer has diverse civil engineering experience, including construction, design, tendering, project controls, governance systems, innovation and Lean. She is a core member of the Constructing Excellence in Qatar team and is heading the Lean and enhanced contracts programme within Ashghal.

Richard O’Connor is a leading practitioner in change management, lean and continuous improvement. He has helped over 100 companies in construction and manufacturing to realise impressive improvements in quality, delivery and cost performance. In Ashghal he is responsible for the training and upskilling programme to equip contractors, consultants and clients with the skills to deploy lean construction to improve performance.

Don Ward heads the not-for-profit Constructing Excellence in Qatar which he set up as a partnership between Ashghal and the UK organisation Constructing Excellence of which he was CEO. He has worked on best practice in Qatar construction for five years. Don has 35 years’ experience of innovation, best practice and performance improvement in the built environment sector, specialising in policy making, industry change, strategic procurement, supply chain integration, collaborative working and sustainability in housing, buildings and infrastructure.

For any queries about this event please contact Don Ward, Constructing Excellence in Qatar. Local mobile: +974 7091 0571. UK mobile/whatsapp: +44 7725 497504. Email:

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