Professor Akintoye is currently Dean of Grenfell-Baines School of Architecture, Construction and Environment at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), Preston and hold the Chair of Construction Economics and Management. He is Fellow of both the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and Chartered Institute of Building and Past Chair of the Association of Researchers in Construction Management. In addition, He is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Financial Management of Property and Construction.

Professor Akintoye spent many years of his academic life engaged in teaching, research and academic enterprise directly linked to the economic formation, modelling and prediction of construction activities. He has gained international recognition for his scholarly work in the area of construction risk management and procurement, construction estimating and modelling, construction economics, and construction inventory management. He has over 150 academic publications and outputs and has been a keynote and invited speaker to conferences in China, USA, Brazil, Chile, Trinidad, Guyana, Europe (Lithuania, UK, Netherlands, Belgium, Greece, Ireland, Portugal, etc.), Hong Kong, Australia, Malaysia, Botswana, South Africa, UAE, Singapore, Nigeria, Ghana, etc.

He has continued to work very closely with industry in the UK and have established a robust international network of experts in many countries. He has served in various consultancy teams which have advised government institutions and private organisations on PPPs and PFIs across Europe and Asia. He has edited three published books in Construction Innovation and Process Improvement and Public Private Partnership.

Dr Graham Tipple is an independent consultant in housing and urban development. He has over 40 years’ experience in housing and urban development issues in developing countries at national and regional (city) level. He spent seven years working in Africa (Zambia and Ghana). He has successfully supervised 35 PhD students and co-supervised many more. He has published over a hundred papers on urban policy in Africa and the developing world in general.

Dr Tipple is joint editor with Ken Willis of “Housing the poor in the developing world: methods of analysis, case studies and policy”, London: Routledge (1991), author of “Extending themselves: user-initiated transformation of government-built housing in developing countries”, Liverpool: Liverpool University Press (2000) and many UN-Habitat reports, and joint author with Suzanne Speak of “The missing millions: homelessness in developing countries”, London, Routledge (2009).

Dr Tipple has been a consultant to the World Bank, UN-Habitat, UNCRD, ILO, The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, DFID (South Africa), CSIR (South Africa), South African Cities Network, Comic Relief and UK companies. Recent consultancies include five national urban housing sector profiles; State of Cities work in Iraq, Syria and South Africa; advising on housing and slum upgrading in Sub-Saharan Africa, and stocktaking urban housing in Sub-Saharan Africa, particularly Ethiopia. He is the author of the Housing chapter in the forthcoming World Cities Report and part of the team developing the Global Housing Strategy to begin in 2016. He is regularly invited to attend Expert Group Meetings by UN-Habitat.

Professor Parker joined the School of Commerce as the inaugural Professor of Property in November 2009 from private practice in Sydney. David has academic qualifications in property and is a member of each of the principal professional bodies in property and finance as well as being a registered valuer in several states and a licensed real estate agent.

He is currently an Acting Commissioner of the New South Wales Land and Environment Court, specialising in the resolution of property valuation and compensation matters, as well as being a member of the Consultative Committee to the Australian Accounting Standards Board. David is a member of the RICS Valuation Standards Board (International-London), RICS Valuation Board (Oceania-Sydney), Executive Director of the Pacific Rim Real Estate Society and Editor of the Pacific Rim Property Research Journal (ERA B rated).

David has held a range of senior management positions with ANZ Funds Management, Suncorp Metway Investment Management and Schroders Property Fund. He has also undertaken consulting roles with Cap Gemini Ernst and Young and AREIT analysis roles with Morningstar. As General Manager of the Australian Valuation Office, David implemented a business transformation programme that was highly commended in the Prime Ministers Awards for Public Sector Management.

Professor Parker is an internationally recognised research scholar, being the Editor of the ERA ‘B’ ranked Pacific Rim Property Research Journal. David has over 25 papers published in recognised refereed journals and has given over 45 conference papers, including three keynote addresses, with his most recent book, Global REITs: People, Process and Management, published in late 2011 and his next book on international valuation standards due for release in early 2013. David is a member of the Pacific Rim Real Estate Society, the UK Society of Property Researchers, the American, Asian and European Real Estate Societies and the American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association. He is also an editorial referee for both the Journal of Property Research and Property Management.

David is regularly called upon as an expert witness in property, valuation and funds management matters and consults extensively to both the private and public sectors.



Professor Ogunlana graduated in 1981 with an honours degree in Building from University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University), Ile-Ife, Nigeria. He also obtained a master’s degree in construction management from the same university in 1984. He was a partner in TOS Associates, a firm of project management consultants and a staff of the Department of Building, University of Ife between 1982 and 1986. He obtained a PhD in Construction Management at Loughborough University in 1989.

He joined the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) as Assistant Professor in 1990. He was promoted an Associate Professor in 1994 and full Professor in 2002 in AIT. Professor Ogunlana was the Chairperson for the academic senate in AIT between 2005 and 2007. He is currently the Chair of Construction Project Management at the School of the Built Environment, Heriot-Watt University.

Professor Ogunlana has an international reputation for research in the application of system dynamics simulation to construction projects and organizations. He is the author of over 180 scholarly publications in top-tier journals and refereed conferences. He is also the editor of the book “Profitable partnering for construction procurement” published by Taylor and Francis and “Training for construction industry development” published by the CIB/AIT and co-editor of “Joint ventures in construction (Thomas Telford) and “Public-Private Partnership in Infrastructure Development – Case Studies from Asia and Europe”( Bauhaus Universitat Weimar). His research work has been funded by the Canadian International Development Agency, European Union, Thai National Housing Authority, UNOCAL, Japanese Government, etc. His works on leadership were awarded Emerald Literati Award for two consecutive years (2009 and 2010) for the most outstanding paper in the journal “Engineering Construction and Architectural Management”.

Professor Ogunlana is the joint coordinator of CIB W107 Commission on Construction in Developing Economies and a member of the Editorial Board for over 10 internationally refereed academic journals including: Engineering Construction and Architectural Management, the International Journal of Financial Management of Property and Construction, International Journal of Energy Sector Management, International Journal of Construction Management, Journal of Engineering Development and Technology, Surveying and the Built Environment, Civil Engineering Dimensions, and Akruti Journal of Infrastructure. He has acted as external examiner for several top universities in the world.