To bring a fresh perspective to the direction of our initiative and expand our footprints across the continent and amongst diverse language groups, the BIM Africa Board of Directors will now be chaired by Kamal Ben Addou Idrissi. Mr Kamal takes the baton from Dr Sa’id Kori, the immediate past Chairman of the Board.

Kamal Ben Addou Idrissi is the General Manager of ETAFAT, a leading engineering consulting firm in Casablanca, Morroco. He is a Topographer Engineer and graduated from the Ecole Supérieure des Géomètres et Topographes – Paris in 1991. He has attended several training courses in management and business administration since 1999 when he occupied the post of Managing Director of ETAFAT. He has been leading the work on the quality process in accordance with the ISO 9001 standard to give ETAFAT access to certification since 2003. He also led the ETAFAT technological development project, as part of an ambitious investment policy to make ETAFAT accede to the rank of a national leader.

He has participated in several projects in Morocco and across Africa, particularly in Mali, Mauritania, Senegal and Côte d’Ivoire. He was a temporary employee at the School of Geomatic Sciences and Topographic Engineering of IAV Hassan II from 2010 to 2013. He has integrated the Scan to BIM process within ETAFAT’s activities since 2008 and then extended, since 2015, to BIM Infrastructures.

Two other individuals have also joined the Board of Directors for the incoming two-year tenure.

Abdullahi Saka is a Quantity surveyor by profession and a Doctoral Researcher at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Kowloon, Hong Kong. His PhD research is on developing a hybrid intelligent support system for BIM implementation in developing countries. He has research passion for artificial intelligence, big data, sustainability, MiC, and the African Construction Industry. He is currently the team lead for the BIM Africa Research and Development Committee and worked on bringing the African BIM Report (ABR) 2020 to reality. Abdullahi is an Associate Member, Hong Kong Institute of Project Management (HKIPM), a member of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) and Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM).

Lot Kaduma is a Project Architect and an advocate for digital transformation across the African Built sector, Lot has served as the Nigeria Country Representative at BIM Africa. He was responsible for steering the organization’s national outreach strategy and helped to engage and educate stakeholders in the Nigerian Construction Industry. Some of his notable contributions include the National BIM Roundtable 2019, and the West African Digital Construction Summit 2019 among others. Lot has also volunteered in different capacities which include the Nigeria Country Editor for the BIM Dictionary Project at the BIM Excellence Initiative; Program Manager for the BIM Africa Student Advocacy Programme (SAP); and an Editorial Team Member of the African BIM Report 2020. Currently, Lot is an Erasmus Scholar studying for the European Master in Building Information Modelling (BIM A+) at the University of Minho, Portugal.

Tasked with the role of coordinating the affairs of the initiative, we look forward to phenomenal growth in the African built environment leveraging collective guidance of the team.