NEW YORK, March 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Faced with a tight lending environment and mounting global government debt in excess of $7 trillion, the construction industry worldwide is facing a unique set of upheaval and challenges, marked by financial threats and uncertainties. Some engineers, contractors and owners are seizing today's opportunities by strategically pursuing the most actively growing regions and sectors, and will share case studies and best practices at the Engineering News-Record (ENR) Global Construction Summit 2012, presented by McGraw-Hill Construction, on April 11 in New York City.
"Construction has been really under the gun for many years," said keynote speaker Andrew Busch, Global Currency and Public Policy Strategist at BMO Capital Markets. "There are a lot of questions out there, but 2012 could be when we start to get some of the answers."
The ENR Global Construction Summit will focus on "Strategies for Growth in Global Markets," featuring breakouts by region (Asia, Brazil/South America, and Middle East/North Africa) and by sector (commercial/manufacturing, energy/natural resources, and transportation), as well as in-depth presentations about the global economy, international case studies, emerging markets, and skyscrapers.
"The leaders in this economy are those who have been aggressive in seeking out new frontiers for their businesses," said Keith Fox, president, McGraw-Hill Construction. "ENR's Global Construction Summit convenes the most competitive and strategic firms so they can share their success stories and insights with us—we'll get a clear picture of what's happening and what's working around the world."
The Summit's list of prestigious speakers includes:
- Tahira Afzal, Senior Analyst, Construction, Engineering and Infrastructure, KeyBanc Capital Markets Inc.
- Geno Armstrong, International Sector Leader, Engineering and Construction, KPMG
- Jose Ayres de Campos, Director of Infrastructure and Energy, Federation of the Industries of the State of Sao Paulo, and Board Member of the Brazilian Committee, World Energy Council
- Greg Bentley, CEO, Bentley Systems, Inc.
- Vidur Bharadwaj, Director, Three C Universal Developers Pvt. Ltd., and Chairman, IndianGreen BuildingCouncil
- Paul Bonington, VP Media and ENR Publisher, McGraw-Hill Construction
- John Braley, VP, Business Development, Turner International LLC
- Joseph Burns, Managing Principal, Thornton Tomasetti
- Andrew Busch, Global Currency and Public Policy Strategist, BMO Capital Markets
- Jamie Cook, E&C Sector Analyst, Credit Suisse
- Avram Fisher, E&C Sector Analyst, BMO Capital Markets
- Keith Fox, President, McGraw-Hill Construction
- Chen Guocai, VP and General Manager, Overseas Business Operations, China State Construction Engineering Corp. Ltd.
- Haytham Haidar, Chief Development Officer, Abu Dhabi Airports Corp.
- Gary Haney, Design Partner, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
- Charles Harrington, Chairman and CEO, Parsons Corp.
- Tim Johnson, Design Partner, NBBJ, and Chairman, Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
- Paul Katz, Managing Principal, Kohn Pedersen Fox
- Umit Kazak, Managing Director, TAV Construction
- John Kingston, Director of News, Platts
- Scott Kolbrenner, Managing Director, Co-Head, Infrastructure Services and Materials Group, Houlihan Lokey
- Alan Krause, President and CEO, MWH Global, Inc.
- Uwe Krueger, CEO, Atkins
- Dickson Lo, Chief Executive, Asia, AECOM
- Hisham Mahmoud, President, Environment and Infrastructure, AMEC
- Francisco Marin, President and CEO, OHL Construction
- Cathleen McGuigan, Editor-in-Chief, Architectural Record, McGraw-Hill Construction
- Joao Carlos Mello, President, Andrade & Canellas
- Tom Murcott, EVP and CMO, Gale International, LLC
- Sadek Owainati, President, MENA Projects, and Chair, WorldGBC MENA Network
- George Pierson, President and CEO, Parsons Brinckerhoff
- Michael Renshaw, President, Cardno Ltd.
- Hugh Rice, Chairman of the Board, Investment Banking, FMI
- Len Rodman, Chairman and CEO, Black & Veatch
- David Seaton, Chairman and CEO, Fluor
- Janice Tuchman, Editor-in-Chief, Engineering News-Record, McGraw-Hill Construction
- Tudor Van Hampton, Editor, ENR Global Insider, McGraw-Hill Construction
Immediately following the Summit, Engineering News-Record will also present its prestigious 47th Annual Award of Excellence program, a black-tie awards gala recognizing the year's Top 25 Newsmakers and an overall Award of Excellence winner, the industry's highest honor.
The Summit's founding partner is the China International Contractors Association. The platinum sponsor is CMiC, and silver sponsors include Acumen, B4 Consulting, Bentley Systems, Bluebeam Software, Fluor, KPMG, Parsons, and Velcro. Supporting sponsors include Magazine O Empreiteiro, Society for Marketing Professional Services, and the U.S.-India Business Council.
About McGraw-Hill Construction:
McGraw-Hill Construction's data, analytics, and media businesses— Dodge, Sweets, Architectural Record, and Engineering News-Record— create opportunities for owners, architects, engineers, contractors, building product manufacturers, and distributors to strengthen their market position, size their markets, prioritize prospects, and target and build relationships that will win more business. McGraw-Hill Construction serves more than one million customers through its trends and forecasts, industry news, and leading platform of construction data, benchmarks, and analytics. To learn more, visit www.construction.com.
About The McGraw-Hill Companies:
McGraw-Hill announced on September 12, 2011, its intention to separate into two public companies: McGraw-Hill Financial, a provider of content and analytics to global financial markets, and McGraw-Hill Education, an education company focused on digital learning and education services worldwide. McGraw-Hill Financial's leading brands include Standard & Poor's Ratings Services, S&P Capital IQ, S&P Indices, Platts energy information services, McGraw-Hill Construction, and J.D. Power and Associates. With sales of $6.2 billion in 2011, the Corporation has approximately 23,000 employees across more than 280 offices in 40 countries. Additional information is available at http://mcgraw-hill.com.
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