Development and Leadership of the World’s Megaprojects

Acquire a fresh perspective and rigorous new approach to how megaprojects are planned, delivered, and led by leading industry experts.

Sep 23–25, 2024



Weekly Effort

18 hours




Course Description

Join industry leaders and academics at Columbia University to gain in-depth knowledge and practical insights into managing and leading the world's largest and most complex construction projects.

Designed for leaders in both private and public sectors, this program offers practical insights and advanced knowledge essential for overseeing major capital projects worldwide.

Participants will engage with leading academics and industry experts, gaining access to cutting-edge tools and frameworks emphasizing practical application. You'll explore key aspects of megaprojects, learning from recent successes and failures globally. This immersive experience will also expand your professional network and enhance your career profile, culminating in a certificate from Columbia University.

Key Topics:

  • Strategic planning, execution, and delivery of megaprojects
  • Leadership vs. management in capital projects
  • Governance policies and organizational structures
  • Digital transformation and technological advancements
  • Case studies of global megaprojects

Who This Program is For:

  • Leaders in private and public sectors managing major capital projects
  • Professionals aiming to improve strategic project and program management skills
  • Senior executives in the construction and infrastructure industries

Participants Will:

  • Understand the successes and failures of recent megaprojects and immerse themselves in strategic management considerations.
  • Expand their connections, enhance their professional profile, and earn a certificate from Columbia University.

Program Details:

  • Location: Columbia University, New York City
  • Dates: September 23rd - 25th, 2024
  • Duration: Three-day intensive with interactive sessions
  • Features: In-person classes, networking events, and hands-on learning activities

What You Will Learn

This program equips participants with the knowledge and skills needed to navigate the complexities of megaprojects. By the end of the course, you will:

  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of successful megaproject planning, execution, and delivery.
  • Differentiate between leadership and management roles in large capital programs.
  • Recognize the unique characteristics of megaprojects compared to typical projects.
  • Learn effective governance policies and their implementation.
  • Discover how digital innovations can transform megaproject delivery.
  • Understand the impact of organizational structures on project success.

Presentations (Subject to change):

  • Industry Overview and Trends
  • Managing Megaprojects: Program vs. Project vs. Construction Management
  • Foundation of Program Planning
  • Showcase of Current US Megaprojects
  • Digital Transformation in Megaproject Delivery
  • Leadership, Organization, and Governance for Megaprojects
  • Global Megaproject Showcases
  • Lessons and Best Practices from Recent Capital Programs
  • Creating Legacy Impacts through Megaprojects

Focus Sessions:

  • The Gateway Program
  • New Terminal One at JFK Airport
  • Los Angeles 2028 Summer Olympics
  • NEOM in Saudi Arabia

Guest Speakers:

  • Gerard Bushell (Carlyle Airport Group)
  • Kris Kolluri (Gateway Development Commission)
  • Christopher Toomey (University of Southern California)
  • Bill Hanway (LA28 Olympic Games)
  • Murray Rowden (Turner & Townsend)
  • Anooj Oodit (Turner & Townsend)
  • Bob Prieto (Author of "The GIGA Factor")
  • John Williams (Bechtel)
  • Priya Jain (Mace)
  • Joe Marie (Parsons Corporation)

Special Events:

  • “Meet the Industry Experts” Lunch
  • Networking Reception
  • Certificate Ceremony


Ibrahim Odeh
Ibrahim Odeh
Founding Director of the Global Leaders in Construction Management at the Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics

Dr. Ibrahim Odeh is the Founding Director of the Global Leaders in Construction Management (GLCM) program at the Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at Columbia University. He is a unique combination of a strategist, academic, innovator, and entrepreneur. His work seamlessly merges the worlds of industry and academia, spans the global construction market, and provides leading construction firms with unique market insights; growth strategies; and advice on digital transformation and technological trends that are reshaping the construction and engineering industry. 

Companies that Odeh collaborated or worked with from an advisory perspective, consulting role, or research collaboration effort are: World Economic Forum, ExxonMobil, Turner Construction, Skanska, Parsons Corporation, The Vertex Companies, Dentons, AECOM, AI Engineers, WGI Engineering, Plaza Construction and many others. Odeh worked as an advisory committee member at the World Economic Forum on the “Future of Construction” project. 

In 2017, he served for two years as an advisory board member at Financial Times - Future of Construction Summit on a similar initiative. He sits at several advisory boards and committees such as Multi.Green, Tough Leaf, Black BuffaloAI EngineersWGI EngineeringEnTech EngineeringGroup PMXTrunk Tools, and GrydSense. In 2021 Odeh was also appointed as an advisory board member at the GI Hub; in support of the G20 agenda, to connect the global infrastructure community and to share insights to facilitate delivery of G20 members’ economic, social and environmental outcomes through increased and improved infrastructure.

Odeh was also the first instructor to introduce in Fall 2016 the first Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) to educate global learners in the area of Construction Management under the Coursera platform. Number of learners registered for Odeh’s courses to-date reached over half a million from 190 countries with more than a million global followers! His courses ranked third globally under the business category on Coursera for several years. 

Odeh also delivered several keynote presentations in different countries globally in the area of digital transformation and the future of the construction industry such as the 1st Smart Construction Tech & Safety Expo in Korea, and similar talks in other world class events in several countries such as Dublin-IrelandMumbai-IndiaCartagena-Colombia, and London-UK. Odeh won several prestigious awards and recognitions such as the 2023 McGraw Hill Pathfinder Award, an award recognizes educators for innovative and inventive methods who are breaking new ground in their approach to education in global scale, and the Columbia University prestigious Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching; top honor presented to only five recipients from nearly 1,000 nominations. He was also named Top 20 Under 40 by Engineering News Records and Top 40 Under 40 by Consulting-Specifying Engineer. 

Odeh received his PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as well as he holds an MBA degree.

Tim McManus
Tim McManus
Adjunct Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering and Former Vice President in McKinsey’s Capital Projects

Tim McManus is a global expert on the development and delivery of major capital projects and programs and is an advisor to companies and governments involved with the planning, development, and delivery of major infrastructure, transportation, urban development, resiliency, and sports facilities capital projects and programs.  He is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Engineering, the Industry Advisor for the Global Leaders in Construction Management Program at Columbia, and a Lecturer at the Graduate School of Engineering at Northeastern University.

Tim is a member of Turner & Townsend's Americas Infrastructure Board, a UK-based project management company. Previously, he served as a Vice President in McKinsey’s Capital Projects and Infrastructure Practice, focusing on the development, financing, contracting, and delivery of mega projects and capital programs in infrastructure and other market sectors.

He currently serves on the Parsons Corporation's Critical Infrastructure Strategic Advisory Board, reporting to their President and Chief Executive Officer.  Tim was also a Senior Vice President and Director of AECOM’s Global Program Management Group for several years. He was part of the New England Patriots’ management team, leading the development and delivery of the team’s Gillette Stadium.  

In October 2023, Tim was inducted into the National Academy of Construction, recently appointed by the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority as an independent expert on their Major Construction Review Unit, and selected by Engineering News Record (ENR) to judge the 2023 Global Projects of the Year competition. 

Gerrard P. Bushell
Dr. Gerrard P. Bushell (Special Guest)
Chair of CAG Holdings and Former President and CEO of The New Terminal One (NTO) at JFK Airport

Dr. Gerrard P. Bushell has been the Chair of CAG Holdings since 2019, a dedicated investment company for airport infrastructure under The Carlyle Group. He served as President and CEO of The New Terminal One (NTO) at New York's JFK Airport, where he successfully led the project through lease and financial close, as well as design and construction phases, despite the challenges of a global pandemic. Under his leadership, NTO issued $2 billion in green bonds in December 2023 and achieved critical construction milestones, including the topping off of steel in March 2024. Dr. Bushell's vision for NTO emphasized delivering a top-tier international terminal and driving community, workforce, and minority & women-owned business enterprise goals. Additionally, Dr. Bushell is an adjunct Professor in the Department of Political Sciences at Columbia University.

Bill Hanway
Bill Hanway (Special Guest)
Executive Vice President and Global Sports and Social Infrastructure Leader at AECOM

Bill Hanway is an Executive Vice President at AECOM, where he leads global sports and social infrastructure initiatives. Trained as an architect, Bill specializes in large-scale regeneration projects and major sports event master planning. He currently heads the AECOM team for the Los Angeles 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games Plan and previously led the team that delivered the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Games and the London 2012 Games. Bill also advised the Tokyo Metropolitan Government on the Tokyo 2020 Games Plan and is leading the design team for the Intuit Dome, the new home of the LA Clippers. The Intuit Dome is planned for completion in 2024 and aims to be a net zero carbon project from its inception. Bill holds a Master of Architecture degree from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University.

Kris Kolluri
Kris Kolluri (Special Guest)
Chief Executive Officer at the Gateway Development Commission

Kris Kolluri is the Chief Executive Officer at the Gateway Development Commission and the President and CEO of Camden Community Partnership, Inc., a non-profit focused on designing and implementing resident-driven, equity-minded infrastructure and social projects. Kris has extensive expertise in project development, financing, and implementation, honed through roles in the United States Congress, state government, and the private sector. He is a board member of the Southern New Jersey Chamber of Commerce and the Rowan University Board of Trustees.

Joe Marie
Joe Marie (Special Guest)
Senior Vice President at Parsons Corporation

Joe Marie is a Senior Vice President at Parsons Corporation, bringing over 38 years of experience in the planning, design, construction, operations, and maintenance of transportation systems worldwide. Joe currently serves as the Project Executive for the Hudson River Tunnel Delivery Partner team. His career includes leading the design, construction, testing, and start-up of transit systems in cities such as Boston, New York, Pittsburgh, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Waterloo, and Cologne. He has published numerous articles on transit technology and systems integration and has lectured at prestigious institutions, including Yale University, MIT, and the University of Toronto.

Bob Prieto
Bob Prieto (Special Guest)
Chairman & CEO of Strategic Program Management LLC

Bob Prieto is the Chairman & CEO of Strategic Program Management LLC, focusing on improving capital efficiency in large construction programs. Previously, Bob was a senior vice president at Fluor and the Chairman of Parsons Brinckerhoff. He has served on the boards of several engineering firms and authored nine books and over 900 papers on program management. Bob's industry involvement includes the ASCE Industry Leaders Council and the National Academy of Construction, and he has served on advisory boards for several universities.

Christopher J. Toomey
Christopher J. Toomey, P.E. (Special Guest)
Senior Leader and Advisor on Infrastructure and Resiliency

Christopher J. Toomey is a seasoned senior leader with a diverse background in program, project, and construction management. His expertise includes emergency and disaster response and reconstruction operations in challenging environments. Chris has served nearly 26 years in the US Army Corps of Engineers, retiring as a Colonel. He has advised on capital planning and infrastructure resiliency for various sectors, including energy, transportation, and housing. Chris is known for his disciplined, mission-oriented leadership style and has lectured at institutions such as Yale University and MIT.

John Williams
John Williams (Special Guest)
President for Infrastructure in the Northeast US & Canada at Bechtel

John Williams is Bechtel’s President for Infrastructure in the Northeast US & Canada. He oversees the operational performance and growth of the business in the transportation and digital sectors. John previously served as Bechtel’s General Manager for Infrastructure in the UK & Ireland, where he successfully expanded the company into new markets. He also led the integration and upgrade of the Crossrail project in London. Before joining Bechtel, John held senior positions within the UK Government and the private sector, providing policy advice and leading strategic initiatives.

Matt Palmer
Matt Palmer
Executive Director - Lower Thames Crossing

Matt Palmer brings nearly 30 years of experience in design, project and program management, and business change. He has held leadership roles in client, consulting, and delivery organizations. He has a proven track record as a senior executive across major organizations and investment programs both in the UK and internationally.

Currently serving as the Executive Director for the Lower Thames Crossing, Matt is adept at turning strategy into delivery and building strong customer and stakeholder relationships in challenging environments. Known for his inspirational leadership, he has a history of building and motivating high-performance teams.

Previously, as Heathrow's Development Director from March 2016 to July 2020, Matt led the creation of a £14 billion scheme to deliver a third runway at Heathrow. This role involved balancing affordability, community, and environmental issues in an urban location, while managing conflicting interests from local and national governments, businesses, and airlines. Notable achievements include establishing the program organization and supply chain within three months, creating a collaborative, integrated design team, and delivering the UK's largest and most complex DCO planning application, including the most extensive public planning consultation and environmental impact assessment in the UK.

 Katharina Ferguson
Katharina Ferguson
Supply Chain Development Director - Lower Thames Crossing at Highways England

Katharina Ferguson is a senior leader with extensive experience in government and private sectors, including nuclear, transport, energy, and commercial property. As the Supply Chain Development Director for the Lower Thames Crossing Programme, she leads efforts to set new standards in infrastructure delivery, focusing on sustainability and carbon reduction.

Previously, Katharina led the procurement for the Lower Thames Crossing, integrating carbon reduction and social value, resulting in contracts that reduced embedded carbon in construction by over 50%.

Before National Highways, she held senior roles in various infrastructure programs, managing key public and private stakeholder interfaces. Katharina's leadership drives innovative and sustainable practices in the UK's construction and transport sectors.

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