Our Senior PM/CM and BIM (Building Information Modeling) specialist with over 20 years’ experience in the construction industry, is an expert in brown field developments and a pioneer in off-site construction methodology. As an engineer originally educated in the former Yugoslavia, Sado’s early career experiences took him to many countries, including large infrastructure projects in Iraq with Bechtel in the early days. He has extensive experience in brown field remediation projects in New York and Pennsylvania, as well as regional and state development projects with government involvement. Sado is a big fan of water polo; he speaks four languages fluently and nobody is a bigger supporter of BIM at the early development stage than he is.
Sandy is also a Senior PM/CM (Construction Management) specialist for us, as well as our Senior “QSer” (quantity surveyor) with oversight responsibilities on our projects performed by third parties. With over 30 years of construction management and quantity surveying experience in the Gulf region and the Balkans, Sandy has been working on and managing some of the largest projects in both regions. He was a team leader of projects such as the Queen Alia International Airport in Jordan, Emirates Golf Club in Dubai, the Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club and others. Sandy plays a great game of golf; he is a serious classic car aficionado – and yet he is very hands-on at a construction site.
As our government relations professional with over 25 years’ experience in the US government promoting commerce in over 15 countries, Jim also has years of experience with the Balkans. Upon retirement, he worked in the private sector in Eastern Europe as a financial consultant and board member, and facilitated an IPO on NASDAQ for a large start-up company in Poland. Jim is an early Thunderbird Bird graduate from the 60s; he was a parachutist in the US Army and spent many years with CARE implementing disaster relief projects in Asia and LATAM; in the US he was a director on the finance committee of the Prevent Cancer Foundation.
CFO and Risk Manager. Jim has over 35 plus years of auditing and financial advisory experience, and 25 years as a senior territorial partner of PWC in Bulgaria where he worked with clients to invest over one billion USD in that country alone. He has held numerous board positions in both the public and private sector; he was deeply involved with the NAFTA treaty process in an advisory capacity for the Canadian Government; and he has held numerous teaching assignments on subjects including budget management, M&As’ due diligence and risk management. He has been an avid Vegetarian for 30 years; speaks French and Bulgarian fluently; well-traveled and feels at home in numerous international locations.
CEO/ FOUNDER. Philip was the founder of the largest real estate advisory company in Southeastern Europe, Colliers International, which he sold to the NASDAQ-listed (FSRV) parent company back in late 2007 -- and is also the founder of Clean Earth Capital. Philip brings over 20 years of experience in the real estate industry from the region and abroad developing and advising on similar projects of the same magnitude. His company was awarded Real Estate professional advisor of the year for CEE/SEE three years running; he personally won 2xMIPIM awards in Cannes, CNBC Global, ULI Global and runner-up Aga Khan Award for 2013 together with Shigeru Ban. Married with four children; Educated in Denmark, France, US and former Yugoslavia; and held numerous elected positions in AMCHAMS through the SEE region.
Senior Financial Advisor. Michele brings over 25 years of investment banking and project finance experience to CEC. Her previous position was senior banker at EBRD for more than 18 years where she was responsible for the Property and Tourism team with commitments to the sector of over €2 billion supporting a total of €7.7 billion to 127 projects. Her responsibilities covered most of CEE, SEE and some CIS countries. Michele is a very seasoned emerging markets professional, with a keen focus on real estate opportunities in Africa as well. She started her career path in banking and finance in her home country Guyana and afterwards headed for London where she held senior positions in Credito Italiano, Bank of Boston and later EBRD.
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