Advisory Board

Martin Tillman

Director – Transport Planning , AECOM

Martin Tillman is Director at international engineering consultancy Aecom leading Strategic Planning and Advisory for the UAE and Oman.   He leads the disciplines of transport modelling, planning, transport technology, road safety, parking and freight.

Martin has lived and worked in the UAE for nine years, beginning with the management of the policy and planning work on the Abu Dhabi Surface Transport Master Plan for the Department of Transport.  Previously, Martin worked in the UK, Puerto Rico, Hong Kong, and Qatar.

He is currently working on Emirate and city wide master planning projects as well as providing advice for large scale development projects in the region.

Martin enjoys the challenge of providing innovative and value added advice for clients and consulting with stakeholders.  His key aims are to encourage sustainability, future proof concepts through appropriate measures, and to deliver a successful outcome.

Martin is a Fellow of the Institute of Transportation Engineers, Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, and the Institute of Highways and Transportation.

Akin Adamson

Regional Director, Middle East, TRL

Akin Adamson is TRL’s (Transport Research Laboratory’s) Regional Director for the Middle East, providing world leading Transportation Research and Consultancy to Public and Private sector organisations. He has extensive advisory and research experience across multiple industries including Transportation, ICT and Energy.

Akin works across the full range of TRL’s capabilities covering Road Safety, Transportation, Infrastructure, Sustainability and Testing & Assurance. He is the focal point for all projects in the Middle East region, spanning research, policy development, strategy formulation, solution implementation and performance measurement.

Previously he was a Global Head of Consulting at Nokia Siemens Networks and a Director at Telstra in Australia. He began his consulting career at A.T. Kearney in the UK and Australia, focusing on the Transportation and Automotive sectors.

He began his research career at London Business School in the Energy Sector and has lectured at both London Business School and the London School of Economics. He holds both UK and Australian citizenship, is based in Doha, Qatar but travels extensively throughout the Middle East region. He was educated at LSE, LBS and the University of Michigan, USA.


Taher Diab

Sr. Director Strategy & Planning / Secretary General , EEA, Dubai Supreme Council of Energy

27 years experience in Corporate Planning, Strategy Development, Performance Management, Project Management, Business Process Improvement and HSE & Quality Management Systems. Structured in approach and process development with focus on "buy in" to deliver intended results.

Strategic Business Planning & Performance Management System 
Feasibility Studies and Strategic Direction Development
Exposure to project developments in regional Oil & Petrochemical sector 
Business Process Improvement & Balanced Scorecard
Organizational Development & Management of Change
Corporate Governance & Risk Management (HAZID & HAZOP)
HSE and Quality Management Systems (ISO 9001, 14001 & 18001)

Achieved measurable improvements to critical business processes in relation to corporate strategy execution, business performance criteria, risk management, corporate governance and employees’ motivation scheme.

Designed and sucessfully Implemented Strategic Business Plans and incorporated divisional work plans with objectives & KPIs to support performance management system and business excellence.

Developed and facilitated a unified tool to measure performance across the various business entities. Designed specific BSC in line with strategic objectives and facilitated the implementation of BSC to key processes with aim of improving results and measuring business units’ performance. 

Designed and facilitated corporate guidelines and method for identifying financial, operational and projects risks and implementation of control measures to minimize threats.

Specialties: Strong communication, leadership & analytical skills with mentor approach to driving change management and business improvement. Experienced with Business Alignment to strategic planning and business development. 

Completed several projects aimed at Strategy development, Alignment, Workflow Processes, Performance Management, Organisation Structure and HR competency development.

Exposure to oil, gas and industrial sector.