Connected Places Catapult appoints FIDIC CEO to its board

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Connected Places Catapult names FIDIC CEO Nelson Ogunshakin as new non-exec director.

The UK’s innovation accelerator for cities, transport and places, Connected Places Catapult (CPC), has added FIDIC CEO Nelson Ogunshakin to its board as a non-executive director.

The CPC team is comprised of a diverse group of people with extensive knowledge in cities, mobility, urban innovation, and transportation, all working together to create future-ready Connected Places and Ogunshakin is seen as a valuable addition to the organisation’s board.

Currently CEO of the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC), Ogunshakin has many years of experience working across the construction and infrastructure sector. He is also the investment committee chair of the ARM-Harith Infrastructure Investment $250m Funds and vice-chair of Transport for London’s programmes and investment committee and a member of the audit and assurance committee. He has also served on the Crossrail Limited board, where he chaired the investment committee for the £18bn east-west rail project in London.

Ogunshakin was also previously president and CEO of the UK Association for Consultancy and Engineering, the business organisation for consultancy and engineering firms in the UK whose members have a combined annual turnover of around £9bn, and he also served on the Greater London Authority’s London Infrastructure Delivery Board and co-chaired the UK National Infrastructure Plan Strategic Engagement Forum.

Commenting on his appointment as a board member of the Connected Places Catapult, CPC chair Professor Greg Clark said: “Nelson is a great addition to the Connected Places Board. His wealth of experience across the investment and infrastructure sectors will be a real asset to Connected Places Catapult and will further strengthen our future direction and I am delighted to welcome him to the board”.

Reacting to his appointment, Ogunshakin said: “I am thrilled to be joining the Connected Places Catapult board at such a pivotal time when innovation, digitisation and creativity are key to moving the industry forward towards achieving net zero. I am looking forward to working with the board and executive team, to leveraging my national and global corporate connectivity to assist with the delivery of the strategic plans and secure the UK competitive position in the global market.”