Professor Khalid Al Marri

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Professor Khalid is the dean of research at the British university in Dubai. Professor Khalid is proclaimed for setting high standard of accomplishment by holding the first PhD award in Project Management in the region. Professor Khalid has an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Arizona and master’s degree in engineering management from the Catholic University of America. Professor Khalid holds the credential of having produced, through a doctoral program, the first framework for developing projects through public private partnerships (PPP) in the UAE. This framework is the first to lay the foundations for a standardized PPP practice in the UAE for practitioners. It highlights the most important factors for the success of PPP projects, such as value for money, risk sharing and allocation, renegotiations, and the roles of the public and private parties. Professor Khalid is also credited for developing a framework for establishing a nuclear research reactor project in the UAE through the utilization of public private partnerships, which was one of the first frameworks for PPPs in research reactor projects in the world and followed strict safeguards and required full awareness of nuclear safety, security & control of nuclear materials handling.