about us

Our team have diverse skill sets and backgrounds in a wide range of sectors

At our core we have a diversity of skillsets and backgrounds

Our team members have held senior leadership roles from a wide range industry sectors wide range industry sectors

We work hard to address the challenges our clients face and our team of professionals provide the competency and informed advice to support them in their decision making. Our skillsets are based on listening to our clients, their teams, and customers in order to better understand their business objectives and challenges ahead.

Saif Kaddoura

Managing Director

Mark Morris

Partner – Engineering & Asset Management

Yadivinder Singh

Senior Asset Management Consultant

Chris Kimberley

Senior Associate – Business Strategy

Johannah Randall

Senior Associate

Nik Lusardi

Senior Associate – Creative Director

Marny Nazario

Systems Engineer

Wayne Collins

Strategic Advisor

Shona McConnell

Communications Lead

 Job Forbes

Project Engineer

Aittia Mahmood

Building Services Specialist

We work hard to address the challenges our clients face and our team of professionals provide the competency and informed advice to support them in their decision making.

 

Saif Kaddoura

Managing Director

Saif Kaddoura started his career working as a contracts and quantity surveyor with the Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC).

He worked on several mega projects in the Middle East such as the construction of Princess Noura University, the world’s largest women’s university. He then worked with one of the largest Private equity firms in the Middle East, with assets under management in excess of $10 billion. He was part of the team that led the SME fund.

From 2013, as an independent consultant, Saif supported the Ansaldo-STS (Hitachi Rail), Middle East Sales and Business Development team where he reported directly to the senior Hitachi Rail management in Italy and also advised them on Middle East business and transportation strategies.

During this period Saif led the prequalification, tender, bidding, and award stages of the Riyadh Metro Project Package 2 for Ansaldo-STS (Hitachi Rail), which is part of the world’s largest transportation project, estimated at $23 billion.

Consequently, he was part of the team that led Flow consortium (Hitachi Rail, Ferrovie Dello Stato, and Alstom) in winning package 5 of Riyadh Metro O&M contract. In 2017, Saif established Contrax International in Dubai, to provide project management and consulting services for infrastructure development projects in the region and globally. The primary focus of Contrax has been the transport and mobility sector, which the company has worked on and delivered services on some of the highest profile projects in the region and globally. Saif graduated with honors from the University College of London (UCL) with a Bachelor of science in Project Management for construction.

Mark Morris

Partner – Engineering & Asset Management

Mark is a Chartered Engineer (UK) and member of the Institute of Railway Signalling Engineers (IRSE). Mark has had significant operations, engineering and asset management leadership experience on some of the world’s most prestigious infrastructure projects including Eurotunnel, High Speed One and High Speed Two. Prior to joining Contrax Mark was the Asset Management Director at High Speed Two Ltd (UK) and led the development of HS2’s Infrastructure Management organisation which included establishing HS2’s asset management concepts, strategies, standards and processes.

Mark has experience globally and importantly in the Middle East region having previously worked as the Engineering and Maintenance Director for Serco Dubai Metro and also the Technical and HSQE Director for Drydocks World Dubai – the Middle East’s biggest shipyard, leading technical and HSQE compliance within their business’ both in Dubai and South East Asia. On behalf of Booz Allen Mark led a team in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia undertaking a full operations and maintenance review of the Saudi Railway’s Organisation. On behalf of Drydocks World Mark has twice received the Middle East Oil and Gas Health and Safety Award.

Yadivinder Singh

Senior Asset Management Consultant

Yadi is a highly competent reliability and physical Asset Management professional with 21 years of professional experience in leadership roles in facility management, building commissioning, construction to facility management transition & construction project management in UAE, Canada and international US Government jobs.

He is a team player, original thinker, highly organized leader, driven with a purpose of building work culture of trust & co-operation and leading teams to performance excellence. Yadi holds an M.Sc. Degree in Reliability Engineering & Asset Management from Univ. Of Manchester along with RCM 3 Practitioner (Aladon networks), CMRP (SMRP) & CAMA certifications.

Yadi has successfully managed high profile and Iconic large facilities with diverse portfolio of mixed use to diplomatic government missions. He places highest value on education, continuous improvement and knowledge sharing and is very passionate about finding practical high value addition solutions for its customers.

Chris Kimberley

Senior Associate – Business Strategy

Chris Kimberley has 40 years of railway industry experience, from the line management of stations, train services and signallers up to working as a Company Director for the Board of the UK’s largest train operating company. He has undertaken senior operational management and project lead roles, the latter including the successful bids for the Northern Rail and Caledonian Sleeper multi-million-pound outsourced operations and maintenance passenger rail franchise contracts. Chris was the first Director of Rail Operations at HS2 Ltd. and he has a reputation for successfully delivering business and project objectives in multi-stakeholder environments through effective team and partnership working. Chris has been providing independent strategic advice to clients in both the private and public sectors since 2017. He can work either independently or as part of a multi-functional team, focusing always on delivering to the client’s needs whilst ensuring that new perspectives are brought to any situation. With a passion for ensuring that customer needs are firmly understood and placed at the centre of service design, he has most recently advised clients in the UK, Finland and the UAE in the development of their business strategies.

Johannah Randall

Senior Associate

Johannah is an experienced senior transport operator and user experience consultant. Her skills encompass policy, strategy, delivery and project management gained across transport operators, government agencies and construction. She has led multi- disciplinary project teams to deliver transformational change and infrastructure projects.

She is a subject matter expert in station operations, innovation and continuous improvement, design thinking and accessibility. She led the development of HS2’s Station Vision and operational concept that set out the customer experience, operational excellence and sustainable business. For the Department for Transport (UK) she directed franchise specifications and policy development. And, she managed the re-development of King’s Cross station on behalf of the train operator, InterCity East Coast; including heading the design and specification of all customer and staff facilities, managing the customer operations during the construction and leading on the opening programme.

Nik Lusardi

Senior Associate – Creative Director

Over 20 years Nik has acquired extensive experience in designing and delivering creative strategies, world class brand experiences and products for blue chip clients – ensuring future visions are inspirational, relevant and implementable. Nik joins from HS2 Ltd, where he was Head of Customer Experience. In his role at HS2, Nik built an expert internal team and developed working practices and approaches which have been instrumental in shaping the vision for a new standard in rail travel. Previous to HS2, Nik worked for Virgin Atlantic for over 12 years, where he headed up the Global aircraft customer experience team, responsible for all facets of the on-board experience.

Marny Nazario

Systems Engineer

Marny is a Computer Engineer with a professional Experience on Engineering, Systems and Telecommunications. She started her career as a System Administrator and Network Operation Center (NOC) Engineer which gave her a wide experience in the field of Systems and Computer Networks. She’s adept at Linux Server Management as well as System/Network troubleshooting.

Marny led the Document Control for the Dubai Metro and Tram bid and was part of the bid management team that worked on the overall proposal. She’s providing Project Management support through Development of Project Schedule, Report Management, and Project Governance. She’s in-charge as well for handling all IT works, Cloud Services, Databases, Microsoft SharePoint Management, and Project Governance for Contrax.

Marny holds a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree in Computer Engineering. As a motivated professional, she has recently completed her training for Project Management, and currently on the process of attaining her Project Management Professional (PMP) Certificate.

Wayne Collins

Strategic Advisor

Wayne is a Certified Facility Manager (CFM) with 30 years’ experience in the public and private sectors managing various portfolios up to 55 sites with substantial OPEX and CAPEX experience. He has experience with asset types of various classifications including office buildings, transportation, military, data centers, hospitals, government buildings, radio & TV facilities, museums, libraries, and recreation centers.

Wayne is a leader and champion of asset & facilities management thriving in challenging environments with a disciplined approach to executing a successful mandate with the desired results. This was reflected in Wayne leading his team to with the BOMA TOBY (Office Building of the Year) Award at both the local and national levels.

Wayne is committed to further the profession, actively participating in IFMA, the Institute of Asset Management (IAM), and the Association for Facilities Engineering (AFE) and supports new entrants in the profession by mentoring and contributing to training and knowledge transfer initiatives.

Shona McConnell

Communications Lead

Shona is a creative communications and marketing professional with over 10 years’ experience within the Financial Services sector. She is experienced in leading successful communications projects and campaigns and skilled in using the Adobe Creative Suite to create engaging content, with a real passion to bring communications to life in creative and unique ways.

Shona holds qualifications in CIM Professional Marketing and PRINCE 2 and has been developing communications strategies and leading communications activities for Contrax.

Job Forbes

Project Engineer

Job is a Civil Engineering graduate specialising in CMMS, AutoCAD and Autodesk Revit Systems. He has an extensive experience in the MEP Systems Performance Analysis, Construction and Healthcare Industries.

Job was part of the team who lead the Dubai Mall project where he was the Dynamic Physical Asset Life Cycle & Risk Modeler. He is keen on identifying, analysing and interpreting trends or patterns relating to key performance indicators in complex data sets.

Abigail Sumog-oy

HR & Admin Manager

Abigail started her career back home as Recruitment Officer in one of recruitment agencies in Manila where they catered manpower for hospitality industry in GCC.
In 2010 she started her career in Human Resources and Administration in hospitality and catering industry in UAE.

She is currently working in Contrax for more than 2 years now. She handles all HR and Administrative jobs as well as support document management and control, she is a point of contact for any project coordination and office administration as well as any HR related functions.

Aby took her Bachelor of Arts major in Psychology from De La Salle University – Dasmarinas, Philippines and obtained Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) in Dubai last 2017 under the certification of American Institute in Las Vegas.

Aittia Mahmood

Building Services Specialist

Aittia Mahmood is a Chartered Building Surveyor (MRICS) with experience in residential and commercial property. Her core experience revolves in Procurement, Pre-Construction, Design and Specification, Contract Administration, Employers Agent, Project Management, Defect Analysis and Reporting, Development Monitoring, Statutory Approvals and Health and Safety.

Her previous experience was a Construction Manager (site based) for a main contractor on a variety of projects including constructing and procuring new build for Schools and Residential units in London.

our values

We focus on asset management, operational excellence, and strategic transformation, providing services to senior leaders in client organisations to shape and develop strategies to deliver on their missions

Respect

A mutual respect for ourselves, our teams, our clients and the environment in which we live and work. It respects our diversity, our cultures and our experiences so that we are all truly valued.

Trust

We build on the trust we put in the relationships we have within our team and with our clients. We believe in the integrity of our relationships and the need that they must be open and honest to be of value and deliver on our promises.

Sustainability

We recognise that as a team and business we operate in a wider system and environment. We seek to provide ideas and solutions that are mutually beneficial for our people and clients for the long-term.

Leadership

We empower each of our people to be truly inspirational leaders. We believe in leadership that inspires confidence and nurtures our people and clients.

Credibility

Our reputation is built on our values and belief in our capabilities as a team. We do this by having clear goals, being accountable and creating valuable solutions. We do this every day in everything we do.

Innovation

As a team we are naturally curious about the world around us and how we can contribute to make improvements. We constantly seek the new ideas, solutions and concepts that generate value for our clients.

Excellence

We are always striving for excellence. Seeking to continuously improve. Confident in the knowledge that we have done our best to deliver value day in and day out to our team and clients.

We offer advisory & technical services, along with programme & asset management

 

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