2018 Advisory Board

Fawaz A. Alharbi

Head of Master Planning - Projects Development, Jeddah Economic Company

Fawaz, has over 17 years of practical experience which allowed him to obtain a diverse range of skills in his varied design, planning, infrastructure leadership and management roles. He was 1st trained as an architect and later as an urban planner, and has worked in both public and private sectors, which gave him the insight and the know-how to deliver.

He works now for one of the leading urban development companies in the region, Jeddah Economic Company. He joined the company back in 2012, this is when Jeddah Economic City was 1st conceived by HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin. His challenge was to materialize this complex vision for the city. During this period Fawaz utilized his diverse experience and skills in current international best practice design and planning trends for optimal professional output.

His key role in the company is to manage the planning and design aspects of the development, including, market studies, traffic and environmental impact studies and other related engineering tasks. This also includes all aspects of the design progress of the development and granting authorities’ permits for the project.

He is a frequent keynote speaker on topics ranging from master planning, infrastructure and mega projects.

Fawaz holds a B.S Degree in Architecture from King Fahad University of Petroleum and Mineral and a Master’s Degree in Community Planning and Economic Development from University of Cincinnati.

Don Sharp

Director of Landscape Architecture, Parsons

Don Sharp is a landscape architect with 25+ years of experience in the design of a wide variety of project types and scales including complex urban projects featuring high-quality, innovative public realm design and construction. He is a Licensed Landscape Architect in the USA, a past president of the Rhode Island Chapter of the ASLA and a Chartered Member of the Landscape Institute in the U.K. After earning a bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design, Don spent a year constructing prototypes of experimental earth-sheltered passive solar housing intended to be mass-produced in developing countries. After taking a summer course in Chinese Architecture, City Planning and Garden Design at Tsinghua University in Beijing, Don settled into ten years of local and regional practice in the USA.  During this time, Don also served as an adjunct professor of landscape architecture at Rhode Island School of Design, teaching a course in advance landscape construction. Don worked off and on for a total of over ten years as a Senior Design Manager, Project Director, and Design Director at Martha Schwartz Partners (MSP), a high-profile international design firm in Cambridge, Massachusetts and London, England, where his responsibilities encompassed virtually all aspects of professional practice. After a half year stint with internationally renowned garden designer Luciano Giubillei, Don moved to Shanghai for four years where he was a Landscape Design Director for Watershed and EADG. Most recently, Don served as Design Director at MSP, where he was responsible for concept generation, design direction, technical guidance, quality assurance, mentoring, and managing the team of 25+ designers in the MSP head office in London. At Parsons, Don oversees Parsons’ landscape activities in the Middle East and Africa. As a key member of Parsons’ newly formed Land Development & Buildings Division, Don is responsible for the technical and creative excellence of all landscape design and is responsible for developing the landscape group as a whole.

Nigel Eckersall

Director of Design and Development, VE Experts