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Spread across over 60 cities, our team is a global collective of urban experts in design, architecture, engineering, civil, transportation, urban geography, real estate, landscape, communications, software development and so much more. These are the people defining the cities of tomorrow.

Supporting our global team of 2,600 difference makers is IBI’s Leadership team, setting out a compelling vision and guiding IBI Group towards the future.

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Zain Ali

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Transportation Engineering
Dubai, UAE

Zain Ali
#Associate Director | Practice Lead, Transportation Engineering# #Active Transportation# #Transportation# ## #Airports# #Transportation# ## #All# #Bridges, Roads & Highways# #Transportation# ## #Brownfield Development# #Development Engineering# ## #Bus Rapid Transit# #Transportation# #BRT# ## #Engineering# #Leader# #Light Rail Transit# #Transportation# #LRT# ## #Mobility+# #Transportation# ## #Multi-Modal Transportation# #Transportation# ## #Parking# #Planning & Urban Design# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Project / Programme Management# #Public Outreach# #Software as a Service# #SaaS# ## #Subject Matter Expert# #Systems Engineering# #Systems# ## #Terminals# #Transportation# #Transit Facilities# ## #Traffic Engineering# #Transportation# #Traffic Management# ## #Traffic Management# #Transportation# ## #Transit Oriented Development# #TOD# ## #Transit Planning# #Transportation# ## #Transportation# #Transportation Engineering# #Transportation# ## #Traveller Information# #Transportation# #511# #ATIS# #Advanced Traveller Information System# ##
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Middle East
https://www.linkedin.com/in/zain-ali-31116121/

Zain Ali has over ten years of experience specializing in the areas transportation planning, traffic engineering, safety and geometric design combined with extensive experience in urban and landscape planning. He has managed and led a wide variety of long-range and multi-modal transportation projects related to public transit planning, transportation master planning, travel demand modelling, traffic simulation modelling, transportation assessments and parking, both in Canada and in the Middle East. Zain brings a keen eye for devising ‘balanced’ transportation solution considering transportation-land use integration to create attractive, liveable and sustainable built-environments. Being an avid supporter of active transportation modes, Zain is actively involved in a wide-range of multi-modal mega development projects promoting context-sensitive design solutions across the Middle East region. Zain is a registered Professional Engineer in the province of Ontario, Canada as well as in UAE and a member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE).

#Middle East#
Steven Kresak

General Counsel & Corporate Secretary
Toronto, ON

Steven Kresak
#General Counsel & Corporate Secretary# #All# #Corporate# #Senior Management# ## #Senior Management#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/steven-kresak-5982591a/

Steven Kresak is the General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of IBI Group and is responsible for the corporation’s legal affairs worldwide. He leads the Legal, Compliance, Insurance and Corporate Governance functions.

Prior to joining IBI Group in 2014, Steven was Senior Vice President, Commercial Projects at Infrastructure Ontario, where he was accountable for the leadership, management and delivery of major projects and new business initiatives, including the optimization and sale of public assets in the transportation, manufacturing, rail and telecommunications sectors.

Steven practiced law at Goodmans LLP in Toronto. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (Magna Cum Laude) from the University of Saskatchewan and a Law degree (Distinction) from the University of Alberta. He is a former Editor of the Alberta Law Review. Steven was a finalist for 2016 Mid-Market Excellence Award of the Canadian General Counsel Association and has completed the SEALFIT XL program.

#North America#
Jay Deshmukh

Associate - Manager, Architecture
Toronto, ON

Jay Deshmukh
#Associate - Manager, Architecture# #All# #Architecture# #Civic & Government# #Institution# ## #Education# #School# ## #Healthcare# #Interiors# #Interior Design# ## #Learning+# #School# #Education# ## #Master Planning# #Planning & Urban Design# ## #Planning & Urban Design# #Strategic Planning#
Toronto, Ontario, North America
https://www.linkedin.com/in/jayashri-jay-deshmukh-41aa1a4/
At a time when educational institutions are transforming in response to rapid socioeconomic change, design retains the powerful potential to shape campus environments that spark curiosity, enable innovation, build partnerships and foster lifelong learning.

An award-winning architect with over 20 years of experience, Jay is a recognized thought leader and design lead for institutional architecture of varied scales and typologies. She focuses on the design, strategic thinking and planning for higher education projects, and engages meaningfully with clients, stakeholders and consultants to define and implement the project’s vision through place-centric design. She has experience in both design and project management for master planning and urban design, in addition to architecture for new structures, additions and renovations of diverse scales and complexity.

In addition to education projects, Jay’s diverse portfolio includes complex and innovative projects for healthcare, civic and corporate clients in Canada and overseas. Her projects have won local and international design awards and been published extensively. She is an active participant in Toronto’s design community, guest-teaching at local design schools and currently serving on the Board of Trustees at the Textile Museum of Canada.

#North America#
Jeremy Siviter

Associate
Alexandria, VA

Jeremy Siviter
#Associate# #All# #Operations# #Research & Development# #Revenue / Tolling# #Transportation# ## #Systems# #Traffic Management# #Transportation# ## #Transit Technology# #Transportation# #ITS# #Intelligent Transportation Systems# ## #Transportation Engineering# #Transportation# ## #Traveller Information# #Transportation# #511# #ATIS# #Advanced Traveller Information System# ##
Alexandria, Virginia, United States of America

Jeremy Siviter has managed a wide variety of ITS research, design, implementation and operation projects and has extensive experience in electronic revenue collection, transit technology applications, traffic management systems and traveller information systems. Jeremy’s skills range from detailed technical analysis and testing through set-up and management of customer service operations.

Lynn Lindley

Studio Associate
Brighton, UK

Lynn Lindley
#Studio Associate# #Acute Care# #Healthcare# ## #All# #Ambulatory Care# #Healthcare# ## #Design Build# #Education# #School# ## #Healthcare# #Higher Education# #School# #Education# ## #Interiors# #Interior Design# ## #Mental Health Care# #Healthcare# ## #Project / Programme Management# #Research & Development# #Subject Matter Expert# #UK Regional#
Brighton, United Kingdom, Europe

Lynn is the UK Interior Designer Lead and studio Associate with a wealth of design experience, principally in healthcare and education. She has extensive knowledge designing specialist interiors, specifically within the field of mental health, senior care and dementia.

With a profound understanding of the psychological and emotional impact colour, texture and light can have on our health and wellbeing, Lynn strives to produce dynamic, supportive and therapeutic environments that provide optimal levels of therapy, care, and treatment.

Working closely with the client group, she is highly skilled at communicating ideas and providing inspiration and innovation through design workshops and user meetings. Lynn is experienced in developing effective art and wayfinding strategies, and producing signage design and brand identity as an intrinsic part of the design proposal.

Passionate about research and innovation, Lynn collaborates with industry experts to improve and develop new products and design solutions resulting in a number of award-winning interiors. She has contributed to publications and presented at conferences on designing for dementia.

Salvatore Birritteri

Associate Director
Los Angeles, CA

Salvatore Birritteri
#Associate Director# #All# #Architecture# #Multi-Modal Transportation# #Transportation# ## #Planning & Urban Design# #Subject Matter Expert# #Terminals# #Transportation# #Transit Facilities# ## #Transit Facilities# #Transportation# ## #Transit Oriented Development# #TOD# ## #Transportation#
Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Sal Birritteri is an Urban Designer with 13 years of experience working on a broad base of multidisciplinary projects. Most recently he has worked on projects that are transit related. These projects include the design of facilities such as passenger shelters, stations and intermodal terminals and have required involvement from conceptual design to construction supervision. His experience on past projects and his training as an Architectural Technologist have given him a strong background in architectural building science. His design and project management skills enable him to effectively see a project from visioning through to construction.

Yong Kang

Director | US Sector Lead, Buildings
Los Angeles, CA

Yong Kang
#Director | US Sector Lead, Buildings# #All# #Architecture# #Design Build# #Hospitality# #Commercial# ## #Leader# #Living+# #Residential# ## #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Office# #Commercial# ## #Office Lead# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Project / Programme Management# #Residential# #Retail# #Commercial# ## #Strategic Planning#
Los Angeles, California, United States of America
https://www.linkedin.com/in/yong-j-kang-aia-60281a11/

As the US Sector Lead, Buildings, Yong Kang is responsible for overseeing the strategy, growth and development of the company’s new and existing business for IBI Group’s architectural, engineering and interior design practices nationwide. Bringing over two decades of proven experience in leading and managing major projects, Yong is a recognized leader in his profession. He is internationally recognized for having led the design of more than 15 million square feet of complex building environments for his clients throughout North America and Asia including multi-national conglomerates.

Yong is a licensed architect and is actively affiliated with numerous professional organizations including: the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Urban Land Institute (ULI), the Southern California Development Forum (SCDF) and the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) amongst others. Yong holds a Master of Architecture from Syracuse University.

#North America#
Stelios Pelantakis

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Land Engineering
Dubai, UAE

Stelios Pelantakis
#Associate Director | Practice Lead, Land Engineering# #All# #Civil Infrastructure# #Development Engineering# #Engineering# #Project / Programme Management# #Revenue / Tolling# #Transportation# ## #Subject Matter Expert# #Transit Technology# #Transportation# #ITS# #Intelligent Transportation Systems# ## #Transportation#
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Middle East

Stelios Pelantakis counts over 22 years’ experience in Infrastructure Engineering and Intelligent Transportation Systems. Since joining IBI Group in 2000 he has worked for projects in Greece, UK, Lebanon, United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. Stelios is Practice Lead for Land Engineering projects in Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates.

#Middle East#
Catherine Thibault

Associate - Manager, Transportation Planning
San Diego, CA

Catherine Thibault
#Associate - Manager, Transportation Planning# #Active Transportation# #Transportation# ## #All# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Transportation# #BRT# ## #Civic & Government# #Institution# ## #Community / Recreational Facilities# #Institution# #Civic & Government# ## #K-12 Education# #School# #Education# ## #Land Use Planning# #Planning & Urban Design# ## #Living+# #Residential# ## #Master Planning# #Planning & Urban Design# ## #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Mobility Hub# #Transportation# ## #Mobility+# #Transportation# ## #Parks# #Institution# #Civic & Government# ## #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# ## #Planning & Urban Design# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Project / Programme Management# #Public Outreach# #Research & Development# #Seniors Communities# #Residential# ## #Smart Cities# #Strategic Planning# #Transit Planning# #Transportation# ## #Transportation# #Transportation Planning# #Transportation# ##
San Diego, California, North America
https://www.linkedin.com/in/catherine-thibault-53059b1b/

Experienced Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the architecture & planning industry. Skilled in Project Management, Sustainable Development, Analytical Skills, Policy Analysis, Sustainability, and Data Analysis. Strong outreach and communication professional with an Academic Master Degree focused in Urban Planning from University of McGill.

#North America#
Meriem Sakrouhi

Project Designer
New York, NY

Meriem Sakrouhi
#Project Designer# #All# #Architecture# #Living+# #Residential# ## #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Residential# #sAVe App#
New York, New York, United States of America

Meriem Sakrouhi is an architectural designer who studied architecture in Barcelona. In 2013, she transferred to Chicago’s College of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology. She believes that architecture is a powerful tool that showcases human feelings and emotions, and is interested in using innovation to create a positive, impactful and bold transformation that builds these experiences to everyone.

Kanchan Nautiyal

Associate - General Manager
New Delhi, India

Kanchan Nautiyal
#Associate - General Manager# #All# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Transportation# #BRT# ## #Civic & Government# #Institution# ## #Data Centre# #Commercial# #Office# ## #Education# #School# ## #Energy# #Information & Communications Technology# #ICT# ## #K-12 Education# #School# #Education# ## #Learning+# #School# #Education# ## #Light Rail Transit# #Transportation# #LRT# ## #Living+# #Residential# ## #Mobile Technology# #Transportation# ## #Mobility+# #Transportation# ## #Municipal Services# #Civil Infrastructure# ## #Operations Centre# #Transportation# ## #Project / Programme Management# #Smart Cities# #Systems# #Systems Engineering# #Systems# ## #Terminals# #Transportation# #Transit Facilities# ##
New Delhi, India, Asia
https://www.linkedin.com/in/kanchan-nautiyal-24105211/

Ms. Nautiyal holds a Master’s degree in Electrical & Computer Engineering and a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics & Communication Engineering. She has over 13 years of experience in the field of Broadband Communication, Fibre optic Networking, and Telecommunication Engineering working on global projects including in Canada, USA, North Africa, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Montenegro, and India among others. Ms. Nautiyal has a diversified experience of inside and outside plant communication systems design to support voice, data and video services for a mix of private, municipal and government clients. She has been involved in complete lifecycle of projects including stakeholder’s consultation, detailed designs, bid process management, construction and contract supervision and commissioning. Further, she has an extensive experience in designing and implementing Intelligent buildings and Smart Communities and has worked directly with agencies looking to push broadband communications deeper into rural communities, such as York Telecom Network (Canada) and Bharatnet Broadband (India).

William Sanabria

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Infrastructure
Toronto West, ON

William Sanabria
#Associate Director | Practice Lead, Infrastructure# #All# #Bridges, Roads & Highways# #Transportation# ## #Civil Infrastructure# #Engineering# #Environmental Assessment# #Development Engineering# ## #Project / Programme Management# #Subject Matter Expert# #Transportation# #Transportation Engineering# #Transportation# ## #Water / Wastewater# #Industrial# ##
Toronto West, Ontario, Canada

William Sanabria has over 24 years of experience in the management of transportation design and construction projects in the areas of highways, freeways, arterial roads and urban streets, as well as, storm and sanitary sewers. His design work includes all aspects of highway and municipal infrastructure, including Class Environmental Assessments, roadway, drainage, roadside protection, utility coordination, drafting and contract documentation. William has a sound knowledge of relevant legislation, including the Occupational Health and Safety Act, and applicable codes and standards, including York Region Design Standards and Guidelines and Ontario Provincial Standards.

He is fluent in both English and Spanish and is a member of the Transportation Association of Canada Geometric Design Standing Committee.

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