AESG appoints Tom Burkitt as Country Director for KSA and achieves certification under Saudi NCEC

Firm says the appointment and certification are crucial steps as it expands its presence and capabilities in the Kingdom

AESG has announced the appointment of Tom Burkitt as the company’s Country Director for Saudi Arabia, and has confirmed that it has successfully achieved Certification under the Saudi National Centre for Environmental Compliance (NCEC).

With this certification, AESG’s qualified Environmental Team will be able to continue to actively preserve and protect the environment, through the provision of high-quality services that contribute towards raising the level of compliance with environmental regulations and standards across the Kingdom’s giga-projects.

The company’s Global Director of Environment, Nivine Issa, stated: “At AESG, we are proud to have achieved the NCEC Certification which enables our qualified team of environmental scientists, engineers and experts to guide developers in bringing the Kingdom’s impressive giga-projects to life, while actively preserving and protecting the environment.”

Burkitt’s appointment will see him spearhead the firm’s expansion across Saudi Arabia, while also aiding the Kingdom’s advancement of the National Transformation Plan. Burkitt is a scientist, business analyst, and environmental consultant with thirty years of professional experience and a technical background spanning environmental impact assessment, coastal planning, climate risk assessment, capacity building, infrastructure asset management, and the implementation of technologies for solving complex environmental and engineering challenges.

In early August 2022, AESG said it would push smart buildings with WiredScore and SmartScore accreditation.

Commenting on his new role, and outlining AESG’s objectives in the Kingdom for 2023, Burkitt remarked, “2023 will be a pivotal for the Kingdom as work on a multitude of iconic, transformational projects announced in recent years surges ahead. The eyes of the world will be on these undertakings as the international engineering and construction industry looks to draw inspiration from the revolutions in design and implementation. I am excited to lead AESG’s multidisciplinary team at this inflection point. Our holistic approach will help unlock tangible value through all phases of these projects, translating to high performing developments that balance ambition with sustainability.”

AESG established its dedicated operations hub in Riyadh in 2018, and says it distinguishes itself through its unique, multidisciplinary approach that combines expertise in engineering, cost management, environment and sustainability and building commissioning, for the delivery of comprehensive value on large and complex projects.

As a result, AESG now plays an integral role in some of the Kingdom’s more iconic undertakings by working with developers and organisations that include Red Sea Global, NEOM, The Royal Commission of AlUla (RCU), SEVEN, Saudi Downtown Company, Qiddiya Investment Company, and ROSHN.

“Saudi Arabia has demonstrated clear intention for its giga-projects to set new sustainability benchmarks aligned with its Vision 2030 agenda,” stated Saeed Al Abbar, CEO of AESG.

In mid November 2022, AESG launched its cost management service line.

Saeed Al Abbar, CEO, AESG

He concluded, “In doing so, these projects are set to become showcases of innovative new construction and development paradigms and future-focused design concepts. Bringing this vision to life will call for the support of international engineering firms whose world-class expertise can ensure the incorporation of the highest industry standards.”

In late January 2023, AESG’s Katarina Uherova Hasbani said that sustainable practices can also build resilience, lower operational costs, and create value through new product and solution lines.


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