The next two events in our series of evening seminars on best practice and innovation focus on construction procurement, which is the process of assembling the design and construction team to deliver a project. Previous events in 2019 looked at lean construction in delivery, circular economy, and managing claims and disputes including alternative dispute resolution.

We now look at the inception of the project. At this stage  the primary focus will be on planning for successful delivery of an infrastructure programme or project and the key considerations to promote this philosophy.

The first event on January 20th will concentrate on the available procurement and contract strategies and how project risks may be allocated between the parties in the contract. We will also consider how these strategies and risk allocation can affect the outcome of project delivery. The second event on February 24th will concentrate on the tender process, including the RFP documentation, tender evaluation and award of the contracts.  

The guest speakers are from Dentons, with introductions and discussion led as usual by Ahmad al Ansari, head of the Technical Office in Ashghal, and Don Ward of Constructing Excellence in Qatar.

The timings and speakers for the events are below. Registration is essential in order to gain access to the venue. Click here to register, you do not have to register twice to attend both of these events.
Part 1 (includes Part 2):
Part 2 only:

17.30    Arrival, registration, tea & coffee
18.00    Welcome and Introductions
   Main speakers
Q&A and discussion
20.30    Close

About the speakers

Paul Prescott is a senior associate and is a member of Dentons’ Doha Construction and Infrastructure team. He has been working in Doha since 2012 and has in excess of 15 years’ experience of advising clients on procurement and contract strategies, and drafting and negotiating contractual documentation for the delivery of construction, infrastructure and energy projects. Paul was seconded to the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy and the in-house legal team at the Olympic Delivery Authority during the peak period of procurement activity for the London 2012 Olympic Games. Paul also has a Certificate in Building Information Modelling (BIM) – Project Management from the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.

Gabriel Olufemi is an associate and a member of Dentons’ Doha Construction and Infrastructure team. He has been working in Doha since 2014 and advises clients during all stages of the project lifecycle from design to financial close, including providing advice on project structure, procurement strategy, contract strategy, operation and maintenance. He has extensive experience of providing legal advice on high-value complex projects for public and private sector clients in the Middle East, Africa and the UK. These have included airport and heavy rail engineering infrastructure, stadia infrastructure and facilities, independent sewage treatment plants and renewable energy projects.

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.

Don Ward is Head of the not-for-profit Constructing Excellence in Qatar which he set up as a partnership between Ashghal and the UK organisation Constructing Excellence. He has worked on best practice in Qatar construction for five years. 

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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