The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Fellowship is the highest grade of membership at ICE and its latest fellow is no other than Jacobs’ own Ricardo Aigbekaen.
ICE is a professional membership body of some 95,000 members that share knowledge and learning across industry and government, while promoting and progressing the essential contribution civil engineers make “at the heart of society”, to deliver sustainable development.
Fascinating career punctuated by major projects
Ricardo Aigbekaen is the Regional Highway Lead for Jacobs’ Middle East operations where he is designated project executive/ project manager for a portfolio of highway projects, including Wadi Muddiq and Kalba Corniche projects in Northern Emirates. Leading our Middle East Highways Design Team, Ricardo is responsible for the delivery and performance of a portfolio of highways projects. “I have had the privilege to lead and support various strategic infrastructure projects, with a total value of more than $5 billion, enabling me to develop rounded experience in a complex and high-value project environment,” says Ricardo.
Delivering projects in the Middle East
Often interfacing with multiple authorities while navigating challenging project schedules and priorities, Ricardo brings a deft and skilled hand to help solve problems and help clients achieve better outcomes. “Our Jacobs values help drive the way I work with our clients.”
Ricardo has been involved in many distinct projects in his career, including Scotland’s Clarkmanshire Bridge, Upper Forth Crossing at Kincardine and M74 Completion Project, Qatar Expressway Program, and more recently the Route 2020 Dubai Metro Extension.
He is particularly appreciative of his time in the Middle East and values the diversity of people he gets to work with and the learning experience. “This being my seventh country to live in – it fits very well with my personal values. Working in the Middle East has enabled me to experience different cultures.”
An ICE member for more than 20 years, Ricardo joined as a student member. His ICE Fellowship is a significant milestone in his career as an Engineer and a tribute to his contribution to the industry and to ICE. When asked what’s next, he says; “Something new, like learning another language or learning to play another musical instrument.”