Mott MacDonald in UAE adds Edward Forrester as future of mobility leader

12 July 2018

International engineering and management consultancy Mott MacDonald has appointed Edward Forrester as its Future Mobility Planner and Global Coordinator in the UAE, with Forrester to focus on future transport advisory in areas such as autonomous and electric vehicles.

In the face of rapid changes to how we move from A to B, companies and governments are increasingly exploring how the future will look. Consultancy firms, to provide clients with up-to-date considerations, have begun appointing specialists. In line with this trend, Edward Forrester has been appointed by Mott MacDonald as the Future Mobility Planner and Global Coordinator for the United Arab Emirates – supported by Glenn Lyons, the firm’s Chair of Future Mobility Initiatives.

The mobility industry is set for a shakeup as the focus on sustainability shifts demand away from personal vehicle ownership to a host of other options, from self-locomotion (walking, cycling) and public transport to carpooling and autonomous taxis. The shift in mobility is likely to impact a wide array of sectors, requiring expertise to identify how regional industries may be impacted by changes in how humans get from A to B.

One of the firms active in the space is Mott MacDonald. And one area of activity is the UAE, where the firm has for the past ten years worked on various transportation and infrastructure projects, including the Group Rapid Transport system at Bluewaters in Dubai and as the infrastructure design and transportation consultant for the Masdar public transportation system. More recently it has begun adding additional expertise to its ranks.Mott MacDonald in UAE adds Edward Forrester as future of mobility leaderJoining as the firm’s new mobility lead in the UAE, Forrester has previously worked for Atkins since his graduation with a Master of Engineering in Civil & Structural Engineering from the University of Liverpool in 2011. He was initially a Graduate Engineer, before, in 2013, being promoted to Highways Engineer and Project Manager – during which he worked on a number of projects in Qatar, the UAE and Azerbaijan. In 2015, Forrester took on the role of Project Manager and Engineer for the firm’s Intelligent Mobility unit, working out of Dubai.

The new appointment sees Forrester take on the role of Future Mobility Planner and Global Coordinator in the UAE for Mott MacDonald. He brings extensive experience in the region to the role and will focus on the development of future transport possibilities related to the rollout of autonomous vehicles, electric vehicle roadmaps, policies around connected and autonomous vehicles, and advising government on mobility, such as with respect to mobility as a service. The role will see him work with Professor Glenn Lyons, recently appointed as the firm’s Chair of Future Mobility Initiatives.

Commenting on Forrester’s appointment, Andy Stevenson, Mott MacDonald’s future mobility leader in the Middle East, said; “Edward’s civil engineering background and passion for technology and sustainability gives him the ideal balance for understanding and applying existing engineering principles to exciting and emerging transport technologies. His experience will add significant skills, knowledge and expertise to our existing team so that we’re perfectly placed to support our clients, develop our staff and deliver solutions that are fit for the future.”

Earlier this year, the firm appointed Chris Seymour as its Managing Director of its Middle East operations, which includes a regional headcount of around 1300 staff across the GCC and Iraq.

Carlos Ghosn's daughters get their career starts in strategy consulting

16 April 2019

With the Ghosn affair taking yet another twist, this time concerning allegations in Oman, the world’s media remains gripped.

A highly celebrated figure in Lebanon, the case of ex-Nissan and now ex-Renault head Carlos Ghosn has captivated the media round the world, with his re-arrest and detainment in Japan on further embezzlement charges last week – this time concerning allegations in Oman – delivering the latest twist in the saga. For his part, Ghosn continues to deny the charges, labeling the latest allegations of financial impropriety as “outrageous and arbitrary”.

Much of the media fascination stems from Ghosn’s remarkable story. Born to Lebanese immigrants in Brazil, Ghosn spent much of his youth in Lebanon before moving to Paris to pursue an engineering degree – and in almost no time arriving at the very top of the global automotive industry as a feted turn-around specialist, having rescued both Renault and Nissan from probable ruin. The other factor; a cultivated lifestyle of celebrity glamour.

Front and centre in that image was Ghosn’s young family, including a son Anthony and three daughters – Caroline, Maya and Nadine – who have all grown into their own spotlight in the international business and entrepreneurial worlds. And in line with that A-list background, all three of his daughters got their career starts at the crème de la crème of the strategy and management consulting world; prestigious MBB firms McKinsey & Company and BCG.The Ghosn family affair with the international consulting sector  The eldest Ghosn daughter, Caroline, joined McKinsey in 2007 following a BA in International Relations at Stamford University – before founding professional career network Levo in 2011 with three of her McKinsey associates. Her husband, Nicholas Flanders, CEO and co-founder of carbon reduction tech-company Opus 12, (and former COO of Levo), is likewise an alumnus of McKinsey – serving for three and a half years alongside Ghosn in the firm’s New York office.

Carlos Ghosn’s second daughter got her start at Boston Consulting Group.  A regonised name in luxury fashion as the founder and creative director of Nadine Ghosn Fine Jewelry, her brand counts and Beyoncé and the recently deceased fashion icon Karl Largerfeld among its celebrity clientele. At BCG, Nadine, who also graduated Stamford, served as an associate in the firm’s luxury and consumer goods practice before joining a management programme at Hermès.

Like her eldest sister, Ghosn’s youngest daughter Maya joined McKinsey’s New York office – spending over three years there as an engagement manager before departing in 2016. Maya is now Manager, Housing Affordability for the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative, founded by Mark Zuckerberg and Pricilla Chan to promote social equality. Incidentally, Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg, a former McKinsey consultant, has been a mentor to Caroline and also founded, where Maya first started out as an intern.

Carlos Ghosn’s son Anthony – who has now been embroiled in his father’s affair with accusations of money being funneled via Oman toward his financial services start-up, Shogun (where he is CEO but has not been accused of any direct involvement) – didn’t get his break at an MBB, but his step-brother, Anthony Marshi, the son of Carlos Ghosn’s second wife Carole Nahas, is a partner with BCG in New York according to French newspaper Le Figaro.