Our Team

A positive culture

The company culture at FC International is all about having a positive attitude, embracing new technology and innovations and treating peers and clients with respect.  Much of the success FC International has achieved is because we attract and retain the very best people who are experts in their respective fields. We do this by investment in on-going training programmes and sharing learnings across the business, as well as offering excellent remuneration and benefits.

 

Fouad El Chikhani
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Managing Director

Fouad El Chikhani

Fouad is the founder and Managing Director of FC International. He has over 17 years of experience in the construction industry in New Zealand and the USA in both commercial and infrastructure projects, with an amassed value of $2.4billion. Fouad originally trained as an architect and is passionate about working on legacy projects that will positively impact the future.

He has invaluable knowledge and expertise across 4 facets of the construction industry - claims & disputes, client representation, construction management and design & build. Fouad recognised the need for expert services that would add value for clients across all areas of construction claims and disputes, scheduling and planning, and management consulting.

Neville Cleveland
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Commercial Construction Solutions

Neville Cleveland

Neville has over 50 years’ experience as a commercial manager and financial controller within the construction industry. His experience is vast, having worked on numerous major civil and commercial projects, both nationally and around the globe. He has provided advice and support for the concept stages for developments and tender documentation. Neville began his career as a quantity surveyor and progressed through the industry into commercial management roles, leading quantity surveying teams on multi-million dollar projects. Neville’s broad work history in construction means he is able to provide sound advice for procurement, financial reporting and management of supply chains. He is proficient in negotiating amicable conclusions of contract deliverables and

Ahmed Ejaz
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Senior Scheduling Engineer / Delay Analyst

Ahmed Ejaz

Ahmed is a claim analyst with excellent communication, organisation and co-ordination skills. With over 15 years’ professional experience, Ahmed has successfully managed different aspects of projects including contract administration, claim reviews and detailed project schedules. He has handled reporting, highlighting concerns regularly and proposing mitigation strategies. Ahmed has also evaluated the detailed construction schedule submissions by various contractors in terms of suitability, schedule health and buildability. Ahmed has hands on experience in the evaluation of variation order requests and extension of time claims. He is fully conversant with Society of Construction Law Delay and Disruption Protocol and delay analysis techniques. In addition, he has experience working with various forms of

Don Karunaratne
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Senior Scheduling Engineer / Delay Analyst

Don Karunaratne

Don is an exceptional planning engineer with more than 18 years’ experience in construction planning and delay analysis for major building and infrastructure projects in Auckland, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Sri Lanka. His experience includes critical path analysis using detailed programmes and 4D planning and reporting, as well as contract administration, including extension of time claims, pre-construction planning and design review. He has recently worked for Fletcher Infrastructure as a Senior Scheduling Engineer in charge of the Waterview Tunnel project for NZTA. He is a professional, dedicated worker who picks things up very quickly. He is analytical, methodical and detail orientated, with great commitment to the task in hand.

Key projects: 

  • Waterview
Sumitha Valsakumar
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Planning Engineer / Delay Analyst

Sumitha Valsakumar

Sumitha has over 7 years of experience as a planning engineer in the construction industry. Sumitha has gained invaluable international experience in valuating Variations, EOT claims and solving contractual matters. She also stands out by her capacity in preparing project budgets, rate analysis and tenders.  Sumitha has great attention to details and is a team player with a can-do attitude which adds great value to the FC International team.

 

 

 

 Key projects:

Al Balagh Trading & Contracting Co. W.L.L, Doha:

  • Shooting Ranges at Lahsynia, Qatar (Project Cost:130 Million NZ Dollars)
  • Sendian Tower, Lusail City, Qatar (Project Cost:80 Million NZ Dollars)
  • Hamad Medical City-Simulation Centre, Qatar (Project Cost:90 Million NZ Dollars) Al Arabi Sports Club, Qatar (Project
Tai Lik Wong
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Planning Engineer/Delay Analyst

Tai Lik Wong

Tai Lik is a Mechanical Engineer with over 30 years of experience as a planning engineer. He has worked in multi-disciplines projects with multinational companies such as Shell Malaysia, Shell Brunei & Petronas Carigali Malaysia.  He has in-depth knowledge & hands-on experience in construction schedule monitoring and control. Tai Lik has successfully delivered various type of projects that range from USD 1 million to USD 2 billion. Tai Lik brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the team.

 

 

 

Key projects:

  • Project Services Team Leader -Shell Malaysia, Upstream International, Malaysia
  • Project Planning Team Leader & TA2 Planning-Shell Malaysia, Upstream International, Malaysia
  • Project Planning Team Leader & TA2 Planning - Brunei Shell Petroleum
  • Project Cost &
Maria De Stefano
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Technical Coordinator

Maria De Stefano

Maria is our Technical Coordinator with 6 years of experience. She coordinates on daily basis with the team and assist in conducting technical research and findings. Maria has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and she stands out by being a proactive and hard working person. She specializes in processes optimization, social media and change management.

 

 

 

 

 Areas of expertise: 

  • Research and analysis
  • Social media management
  • CRM management
  • Processes optimization
  • Change management
  • Staff support

  Skills: 

  • Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Power Point , Visio)
  • Xero Accounting Software
  • Capsule CRM System
  • Really Simple Systems CRM System

Qualifications and affiliations:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration
Hani Al Olabi
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Planning Engineer/Delay Analyst

Hani Al Olabi

Hani is a Civil Engineer with over eight years of professional experience in the Construction Industry, working as a Technical Engineer, Planning Engineer, Project Engineer, and Site Engineer. He has a vast international background in project management, planning, schedule monitoring & control and, delay analysis. Hani stands out by being a team player and a hard worker.

 

 

 

 

Key projects:

  • Construction of mixed-used Tower)-Al Mana Tower @ Doha Cornish Seafront, 250 meters high. (Project Value: 219,178,000 USD)
  • Construction of five-star Grand Centara Hotel -Al Dafnah(Project Value: 288,000 USD)
  • Construction of Jumana 2 Tower at The Pearl (Project Value: 82,191,780 USD)
  • Construction of two residential buildings) -Al Mansoura, Qatar (Project Value: 24,650,000USD)
  • Construction of commercial Building - Al
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