Professor Ammar Kaka
Provost and Vice-Principal, Heriot-Watt University
Professor Kaka graduated in 1986 with an Honours degree in Civil Engineering. He worked briefly in the construction industry before undertaking postgraduate research in Construction Management at the University of Loughborough. On completion of his PhD in 1990, he joined Liverpool University as a faculty member, and was involved in a wide range of research and course development projects. In 2000, he joined Heriot-Watt University as a Professor of Construction Economics and Management and led the Construction Management research group in the school of the Built Environment. During the 8 years he spent at the Edinburgh campus of Heriot-Watt, he assumed a number of roles including Director of Learning & Teaching. In 2008, he was granted the William Watson Chair of Building Engineering and in 2010 he joined the Dubai campus. Currently to date Professor Kaka holds the role of, Provost of Heriot-Watt University Dubai and Vice Principal (Dubai).
Professor Kaka has an international reputation for research on the assessment, planning and control of construction projects. Author of more than a hundred research papers, he has held numerous funded research grants with impact demonstrated by the extent of citation and direct industrial application. He is a fellow of the RICS and member of the editorial boards of a number of international academic journals. He has supervised more than 25 PhD students to completion, many of which have developed into senior roles in governments, industry and academia.