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Heriot-Watt University in Dubai appoints director of Centre of Excellence in Smart Construction

Dr Anas Bataw will establish and execute an agile strategy for CESC and lead CESC’s operations to meet industry demands and ensure strategic global partnerships

Heriot-Watt University has announced the appointment of Dr Anas Bataw as director of its Centre of Excellence in Smart Construction (CESC), a research centre launched in 2019 with the purpose of encouraging academia, industry and government to work collaboratively for the future of the construction industry.

Dr Bataw joins CESC with a wealth of experience and a proven track record in academia and industry collaboration in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) sectors not only in the UAE but also in UK, Singapore, Malaysia, KSA, Qatar and India.

He has led on several renowned businesses and large-scale programmes across the Middle East, where he contributed to the development and implementation of AEC innovations and Smart City initiatives.

In this new role, he will establish and execute an agile strategy for CESC and lead CESC’s operations to meet industry demands and ensure successful strategic global partnerships with all stakeholders.

Speaking on his appointment, Bataw commented: “The work that CESC have undertaken and have planned moving forward is even more crucial to assist and enable the construction industry to adapt to a post – pandemic world. Our collaboration with government and industry partners will continue to assist and aid not only the digital transformation of the industry but also meeting improved sustainability targets and wellbeing in the workplace.

“I am delighted to join CESC and am committed to continue and improve the valuable work that is required to improve and assist the construction industry”

Bataw will be responsible for positioning CESC and HWU as pioneer in global research and enterprise and partner with sector-leading organisations to address opportunities and challenges faced in the construction sector by establishing and leading vibrant and collaborative initiatives with a strong emphasis on smart construction to drive innovations in the sector.

Professor Ammar Kaka, Provost and Vice Principal of Heriot – Watt University commented: “We are delighted to welcome Dr Bataw to CESC. He brings a high level of expertise and a clear vision on the importance of academia and industry collaboration that will undoubtably compliment and strengthen the values of CESC.”

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