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Olga Litkovets elevated into Cundall’s senior global team

The Dubai-based Global Director of Business Development and Marketing set to play key role in growing the firm internationally

Cundall has placed Dubai-based Olga Litkovets into its international leadership team as part of a series of partner appointments within the global, multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy.

Olga Litkovets joins three other new partners – David Rivers in London, Wojtek Stec in Warsaw, and Jose Castilla in Spain.

The firm confirmed that the new appointments take the number of partners to 51 and will help strengthen “Cundall’s existing leadership team and pave the way for continued global growth.”

Based in Dubai, Olga first joined Cundall in 2017 as Head of Business Development and Marketing in MENA. Cundall explained that she has become an integral part of MENA’s leadership team, helping to solidify client relationships and grow Cundall’s profile in the region.

In 2023, she was promoted to lead a team of 40 as Global Director of Business Development and Marketing.

“Over the past seven years, I have been proud to witness Cundall’s remarkable growth, strengthening our team and diverse portfolio of projects,” said Litkovets. “From a Guinness World Record breaking rollercoaster to city-wide masterplans to preserving the Dark Skies in Saudi Arabia – just to name a few.

“As I transition into this new role, I’m excited to not only continue the work I’ve been driving, but also take it to the next level. Our success and work-winning on such a unique and diverse range of projects across multiple sectors is a testament to the trust our clients place in us. It is a testament to the incredible talent within our organisation, and that is the greatest reward.”

In recent years, Olga has also extended her influence on the wider business as chair of Cundall’s EMENA Board and helped to establish Cundall’s business in KSA. Commenting on Olga’s appointment as a Partner, Cundall Managing Partner, Carole O’Neil, said: “I am so pleased to welcome Olga to our global senior team. Her passion and dedication to building client relationships and growing the reputation of our business is felt not just in MENA, but around the global practice. She is an innovative leader and a passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion in our industry, and I know her contribution to the leadership team will be invaluable as we work together to continue growing the business internationally.”

Other key regional appointments include Jon Lee to Associate Director and Head of Specialisms MENA. In this new role, Jon will continue leading the acoustics team whilst providing strategic support to strengthen Cundall’s specialist disciplines in the region. Since joining Cundall in 2017, Jon has seen the acoustics team go from strength to strength, both delivering and contributing to many award-winning environmental and building acoustics projects across the Middle East and beyond. He is passionate about providing innovative acoustic solutions, particularly where there is an opportunity for technologies such as Virtual Acoustic Reality (VAR) to be embraced.

Fazel Bashir also steps in to become UAE Head of Structures, as the team expands to meet increasing demand for complex and large-scale projects. Fazel is a chartered engineer with 20 years structural engineering experience, delivering projects ranging from high rise residential and commercial towers to retail and airports. Fazel has a great reputation with clients for his technical knowledge, experience and professionalism.

Commenting on the promotions within Cundall’s MENA leadership team, Lee French, Partner and Managing Director MENA said:

“I am thrilled by the expanded capabilities these appointments bring to our senior regional leadership team. Jon and Fazel’s leadership and expertise will continue to be instrumental as we deliver exceptional projects for our clients.

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