Georges Alé

Founder & CEO // SDP Consulting

EIC Session: Africa´s Need of Sustainable Transport Investments

Georges Alé holds a PhD in Civil Engineering and an MBA from INSEAD.

He spent most of his 25 years of experience in management positions at Vinci Construction and Vinci Concessions in several African countries and in France, he joined Bouygues Group in 2018 as Managing Director of Colas Africa.

In 2022, he founded SDP, a Consultancy firm focused on infrastructure development in Africa. Georges’ ambition is to help reduce failure rates in the financing, design, construction and operation of infrastructure projects in Africa.

Richard Amor

Director Partnerships for Impact // EIB Global

EIC Session: The Role of the EIB in the EU Global Gateway Initiative

Richard Amor is Director of Partnerships for EIB Global, the European Investment Bank’s investment arm for operations outside of the European Union.

Prior to taking up his current position, Richard led the Corporate Finance team for EIB Global, with a focus on lending to the energy, ICT, agri-business and global health sectors across the world.

Before joining the EIB in 2007, Richard worked for the international law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in London, Tokyo and Frankfurt.

Benoît Chauvin

EIC President & Senior Vice President, Business Development // Colas

Closing Remarks

Mr Chauvin is a graduate of the ESTP and ENSPM Engineering Schools. He began his career in 1984 in the oil construction sector at Bouygues Offshore. He held several international management positions, first in overseeing offshore installation projects, then in managing major turnkey projects.

In 1998, he moved into an executive management role, overseeing functional entities in fields such as engineering, in particular as CEO of SOFRESID.

In 2012, he joined Colas as CEO of its energy subsidiary, SPAC, and then four years later was appointed Deputy Managing Director in charge of Africa. In 2018, he became head of the newly created Business Development entity within International Executive Management (excluding the Americas), and in 2020 he was appointed head of the Colas Group’s Business Development Department.

Philip Crampton

FIEC President & Joint Managing Director // G&T Crampton

Opening Remarks

Philip Crampton is the President of FIEC, the European Construction Industry Federation since May 2022. Previously, he was Vice-President of FIEC in charge of Communication since 2016.

He is Joint Managing Director of G&T Crampton Ltd, Ireland.  

Philip has served as President of the Irish Construction Industry Federation (CIF) in 2012/2013. Also at CIF, he was the Chairman of two key policy committees: the Procurement, Tendering and Contractual Policy committee and the Taxation, Investment and Public Spending committee.

Ines Ferguson

President // EFCA

EIC Session: Procurement as Key Enabler to Promote EU Global Gateway Objectives

Ines Ferguson is Business Development Director in TYPSA, a consulting engineering firm with 3,500 staff working in 35 countries, and the current President of EFCA, the European Federation of Consulting Engineers representing associations form 28 countries.

Ms. Ferguson holds leadership positions in International, European and Spanish organisations representing the private sector and is strongly committed to the green, digital and inclusive transformation of the business models.

She has extensive experience in tenders and projects financed by international donors and multilateral financial institutions related to infrastructure, energy and cities, and an in-depth knowledge of the procurement procedures and standards related to consulting services contracts.

She holds MSc. degrees in Corporate Sustainability and International Business and has a solid International management background.

Henrik Hololei


EIC Session: Sustainable Investments in the Transport Sector under the EU Global Gateway Initiative

Henrik is an economist by training and holds degrees from Tallinn Technical University and Aarhus University in Denmark.

He held various positions in the Estonian Government Office between 1995 and 2004 and was mainly responsible for coordinating the work for the Estonian accession to the European Union.

In 2001-2002, he was Minister of Economy.

In 2004, he moved to the European Commission as Head of Cabinet of Vice President Siim Kallas until 2013, when he became Deputy Secretary General.

In October 2015, he became Director-General for Mobility and Transport in the European Commission and in April 2023, he became Hors Classe Advisor for DG International Partnerships.

Katharina Knapton-Vierlich

Head of Unit Construction, DG Grow // European Commission

FIEC Session: Interactive Roundtable Discussion

Katharina Knapton-Vierlich joined the Commission's Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs in 2010, and she currently leads the "Construction Policy " unit. Its mission is to support the construction ecosystem in the transition to a resilient, sustainable, and digital future that will strengthen its competitiveness.

Before joining the European Commission, Katharina practiced law in Berlin, having started her professional career in academia. She holds law degrees from the Free University of Berlin (Ph.D.) and the University of Cambridge (LL.M.).

Nina Kreutzman

President Building Committee // European Federation of Building and Woodworkers (EFBWW)

FIEC Session: Interactive Roundtable Discussion

Nina Kreutzman is employed by Rakennusliitto, the Construction Workers’ Union of Finland, and has a Master´s degree in International Management from the HANKEN School of Economics. She is interested in Corporate Social Responsibility, issues related to labour mobility, social dumping and grey economy. 

Mrs. Kreutzman is currently President of the Building Committee at the European Federation of Building and Woodworkers (EFBWW).

Paola Malabaila

CEO // Malabaila & Arduino Construction

FIEC Session: Interactive Roundtable Discussion

Mrs. Paola Malabaila is an engineer. She is CEO of the family company Malabaila & Arduino s.p.A., which is active in civil and industrial, public and private construction in Italy and in France.

She is also Vice President of ANCE – President of the Council of ANCE Regional Associations and President of ANCE Piemonte and Valle d’Aosta.

As of 16 May 2024, she will represent Italy in the FIEC Steering Committee.

David Rose

Director // LACS Training


David has a 25-year track record of successfully developing and delivering tailor-made communication services for European advocacy associations, the corporate sector, European institutions, national governments, international organisations and NGOs.

An expert moderator and facilitator, he regularly runs high-level policy debates and invite-only EU stakeholder dialogues in Brussels and across Europe on industrial, energy, climate, environment, trade and health policy.

In parallel, David advises his clients in developing and evolving impactful national and European campaigns and their associated communication tools, as well as training their leadership teams and staff in impactful communication and influence.