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GIACC Advisory Council

Purpose of the Advisory Council

The purpose of the GIACC Advisory Council is to advise on the following issues:

  • How the GIACC network can achieve its objective to “promote the implementation of anti-corruption measures as an integral part of government, corporate and project management”.
  • How the GIACC Resource Centre can be improved.

Responsibility of the Advisory Council

The Advisory Council is an advisory body only.  It has no decision making authority over GIACC or any GIACC affiliate.  No member of the Advisory Council has any liability or responsibility for any debts of, actions taken by, or publications or statements made by, GIACC or any GIACC affiliate, or for any content on any GIACC website.

Advisory Council Members

(Alphabetical order:  See CVs below)

Carsten Ahrens (Germany)

Felix Atume (Nigeria)

Kamel Ayadi (Tunisia)

Emilio M. Colon (Puerto Rico)

Jorge Diaz Padilla (Mexico)

William P. Henry (USA)

Martin Manuhwa (Zimbabwe)

Marcos Tulio de Melo (Brazil)

Mundia Muya (Zambia)

Jaime Santamaria-Serrano (Colombia)

Advisory Council Member CVs

Carsten Ahrens (Germany):

Carsten Ahrens is Professor Emeritus at the University of Applied Sciences Jadehochschule in Oldenburg, Germany, in the Faculty of Civil Engineering,  Geoinformation and Health Management.  He was Vice-President of the World Council of Civil Engineers, Chairman of the World Federation of Engineering Organisation’s Solar Energy Group, and is member of the Institute of German Engineers.  He is a member of the German DIN-institute’s Anti-Corruption working group and is Co-founder and Director of GIACC-Germany.  He was Vice-President of the European Council of Civil Engineers.  He has been initiator and co-ordinator of major projects, including the “European Civil Engineering Management“ course with 13 European partner universities, the “Hearing Technology and Audiology” course, and the SOCRATES Intensive Project “Ethics in the Built Environment“ and the SOCRATES Intensive Project “Project Management And Trenchless Technology“, both with 12 partner universities.  He was a founding member as ZDI-representative of the German “Accreditation Society for study programs in natural sciences and information technology” (ASIIN).  He has a PhD in physics, and was an expert in non-destructive material testing of primary nuclear power components.  He undertakes research and activities in sustainable energy production, distribution and consumption.  He has given lectures at numerous universities and conferences worldwide.

Felix Atume (Nigeria)

Felix Atume was Secretary General of the Federation of African Organisations of Engineers, and member of the Anti-Corruption Standing Committee of the World Federation of Engineering Organisations. He was Registrar of the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria, and is Senior Lecturer in Highways Engineering and Transportation with the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi, Nigeria.  He was Chairman of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Makurdi Branch, Executive Secretary of the NSE, Director of Benue State Rural Development Agency, and Honourable Commissioner for Works in the Benue State Executive Council.  He is a Civil Engineer, and is Principal Partner of AD Team Ltd, Highways and Transportation engineers.  He has an MSc in Highways Engineering and Transportation from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, an MBA from Benue State University, and is an alumnus of the Nigerian National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies.  He has received many awards of excellence from the Nigerian Society of Engineers, and helped draft the Nigerian Public Procurement Act.  He organised several workshops on the Campaign Against Corruption in Engineering Projects in Nigeria. He is leading a major programme to train Nigerian engineers in ethics and is Chairman of the NSE Standing Committee on Ethics and Integrity Management.

Kamel Ayadi (Tunisia):

Kamel Ayadi is Founder and Director of GIACC-Tunisia.  He is Minister for Civil Service, Governance and Anti-Corruption in Tunisia.  He is Past President of the World Federation of Engineering Organisations (WFEO), Past Chairman of WFEO’s Anti-Corruption Standing Committee, and Past President of the Tunisian Order of Engineers.  He was previously Secretary of State in the Tunisian Government, a member of the Tunisian Senate, President of the Tunisian National Authority of Regulation of Telecommunications, Head of the International Co-operation Department at the Waste Water Department (ONAS), and Director of Technical Co-operation.  He is a civil engineer.  Other memberships include: Strategy Council of the United Nations Global Alliance for ICT Development; UN Task Force for Science and Innovation; World Innovation Forum; Pan American Academy of Engineering; WSIS Civil Society Bureau (science and technology); American Society of Civil Engineers Committee on Global Principals for Professional Conduct, and Brookings Science and Technology Panel for the Arab Report on Science and Technology. He is Co-Chair of the UNESCO Task Force co-ordinating publication of the Engineering Report.  He has written more than 50 papers and lectured in more than 60 conferences.

Emilio M. Colón (Puerto Rico): 

Emilio Colón is Past President of the World Council of Civil Engineers, and a member of the World Federation of Engineering Organisations’ Anti-Corruption Standing Committee.  He is an Academician Emeritus of the Pan-American Academy of Engineers and a Member of the Board of Directors of the University of Puerto Rico.  He is former Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Aqueducts and Sewers Authority, San Juan Area Engineer, Int Project Manager of the US Army Corps of Engineers, and Assistant Secretary for Planning of the Puerto Rico Department of Natural Resources.  He has a Doctorate and Master’s Degrees in Environmental Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, and a Bachelor in Science in Civil Engineering and Juris Doctor from the University of Puerto Rico.  He is a Professional Engineer registered in Puerto Rico, specialising in water resources, drought management, environmental compliance, surveying and planning.  He is an active member of various professional bodies including WFEO, WCCE, UPADI, API, AIDIS, AWWA, ASCE, CIAPR, AAAS, Sigma Xi and Tau Beta Pi. He is Director and former Chairman of the Boards of Caribe Federal Credit Union and the Business Consortium Alliance.

Jorge Diaz Padilla (Mexico): 

Jorge Diaz Padilla is Past President of FIDIC (the Fédération Internationale des Ingénieurs-Conseils) which represents internationally the consulting industry in 98 countries, where 60,000 consulting firms in private practice employ over one and a half million professional staff.  He is the first Latin American to have led FIDIC since its foundation in 1913. He is current chair of FIDIC’s Integrity Management Committee which is responsible for the development and monitoring of anti-corruption initiatives for the consulting/construction industries and a member of the Committee on Ethical Practice of the American Society of Civil Engineers. His professional experience of over 40 years has been in project and contracts management, claims management, FIDIC contracts, integrity management, engineering systems, project evaluation and information systems. He is founder and CEO of Systec®, a consulting firm based in Mexico City. During 30 years he was the Technical Auditor of the National Housing Agency of Mexico and since 1991 the project manager of the restoration project of the Metropolitan Cathedral in Mexico City.  He is a civil engineer and holds an Engineering and Masters Degrees from the National University of Mexico (UNAM) and a Ph.D. in engineering systems from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

William P. Henry (USA): 

Bill Henry is Past Chair of the American Association of Engineering Societies, and Past President of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).  He is Co-Chair of the Union of Pan American Engineering Societies (UPADI) Anti-Corruption Working Group, Chair of the Asian Civil Engineering Co-ordinating Council’s Anti-Corruption Committee, and was a member of the World Federation of Engineering Organisation’s Anti-Corruption Standing Committee.  He formed the ASCE’s Committee on Global Principles for Professional Conduct (GPPC) which developed ASCE’s zero tolerance policy for corruption. GPPC worked with engineering societies world-wide to develop the Engineer’s Charter, which has been signed by over 250 engineering leaders from 50 countries.  He initiated an anti-corruption education and training (ACET) program for the engineering and construction sector.  He is a civil engineer specialising in water resources engineering and planning, and led several major engineering organisations.  He has given over 50 anti-corruption presentations in 14 countries. For developing the Engineer’s Charter, he was recognised by “Engineering News-Record” as one of the Top 25 Newsmakers for 2005.  He received from ASCE the William H. Wisely American Civil Engineer Award in 2001 and the Professional Practice Ethics and Leadership Award in 2013.  In 2014, he received the Golden Plumb Line, UPADI’s highest award.

Martin Manuhwa (Zimbabwe): 

Martin Manuhwa is Co-founder and Director of GIACC-Zimbabwe.  He is Chairman of the World Federation of Engineering Organisation’s Anti-Corruption Standing Committee, and Vice President of the World Council of Civil Engineers where he chairs the committee on Education, Training and Capacity Building.  He is a member of the World Federation of Engineering Organisation’s Energy Committee and Capacity Building Committee.  He is a founding member of the Engineering Council of Zimbabwe, and is Past President of the Zimbabwe Institution of Engineers (ZIE) and a member of the ZIE Board.  He is a member of the African Engineers Forum.  He is an electrical and energy construction engineer.  He is Managing Director of Industrial Energy Solutions, a company that specialises in energy management and power-line construction projects.  He teaches MBA and engineering graduate students at the University of Zimbabwe.  His research interest is in the use of Management Information Systems to detect, deter and discourage corruption in construction.  His engineering practice is in energy, construction projects, worksite project implementation and management.  He has received numerous awards, including the SKF service to engineering award, and the ZIE Institution award.

Marcos Tulio de Melo (Brazil): 

Marcos Tulio de Melo is Past President of the Brazilian Federal Council of Engineering, Architecture and Agronomy (Confea), Vice-President of the World Council of Civil Engineers (WCCE), and Co-ordinator of the Commission of Integration of Agronomy, Architecture, Geology and Engineering in MERCOSUL – CIAM – Brazilian Section.  From 2000 to 2005, he occupied the presidency of the Regional Council of Engineering, Architecture and Agronomy of Minas Gerais (Crea-MG).  At that time, he also took over the Co-ordination of the College of Presidents from Creas.  In 2005, as President-elect of the Federal Council of Engineering, Architecture and Agronomy for the 2006-2008 triennial, he took over the presidency of the Supervisory Council of the World Engineers Congress third edition – WEC 2008.  In 2008, he was re-elected for the 2009-2011 triennial presidency of Confea.  In partnership with several entities, he has launched the Anti-corruption Movement for Engineering, Architecture and Agronomy.  He also takes part in the Movement against Electoral Corruption (MCCE).  He is a Civil Engineer graduated from the Federal University of Minas Gerais, and has a post-graduate degree in Economics Engineering from the Dom Cabral Foundation.

Mundia Muya (Zambia):

Mundia Muya is Professor of Construction Management and former Dean of the School of Engineering at the University of Zambia.  He is Past President of the Engineering Institution of Zambia and has served as Chairman of Lusaka Water and Sewerage Company Limited, National Housing Authority and Mulungushi International Conference Centre in Zambia.  He was director on the boards of Millennium Challenge Account Zambia, Zambian Road Development Agency, Zambia Centre for Dispute Resolution, Road Contractors Company Limited, National Council for Construction, Engineering Registration Board and a trustee on the Kafue Gorge Regional Training Centre Board. He was Founding Executive Committee member of the Zambian Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and member of the Expert Group of the Network of African Science Academies.  He is a civil engineer and has a PhD in Construction Management and an MSc in Construction, both from Loughborough University in the UK and a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Zambia.  He is a Fellow and Life Member of the Engineering Institution of Zambia, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building of the UK, Fellow of the Zambia Academy of Sciences, Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Jaime Santamaría-Serrano (Colombia):

Jaime Santamaría-Serrano was Treasurer of the World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO), Past Vice-President of the Pan American Federation of Engineering Societies (UPADI), and member of its Anti-Corruption Standing Committee.  He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Pan American Academy of Engineering, and is a member of its Anti-Corruption Committee.  He is former International Director of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and past member of its Committee on Global Principles for Professional Conduct which developed ASCE’s zero tolerance policy on corruption. He is Past Vice-President of the Colombian Society of Engineers and member of its anti-corruption programs. He is a civil engineer, with over 50 years’ experience, specializing as project manager in hydropower, highways, bridges and mass transportation projects. He has a Master’s Degree in Structural and Soils Engineering from the University of Illinois, a Bachelor in Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh, a title of Civil Engineer from the Universidad de los Andes, Colombia, and diplomas from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Japan International Cooperation Agency.  He was awarded the Colombian distinction “Julio Garavito Merit Order” by the Colombian Transportation Ministry, in recognition of his professional record and community services.

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Updated on 11th April 2020

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