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United Arab Emirates / Buildings / General manager

David Manfredi

David and The Inverted Pyramid, Louvre
David at The Inverted Pyramid in France
David at The Inverted Pyramid in France David at the Inverted Pyramid outside the Louvre Museum, France, 2013

"I would say there is an irrefutable professional consciousness and a desire to improve even the things already done well and that is inspiring."

Why did you choose to join Mott MacDonald?

I'd previously worked on projects with the buildings team in the Dubai office and found the work ethic and personalities a really comfortable fit with my previous firm’s approach and aspects that motivated me professionally. When the opportunity came up to join a practice that was not only much larger than the one I left but also much more diverse I was excited at the prospect of supporting the people I knew and others I would come to know in a more direct way. Mott MacDonald’s ownership model was also a heavy influence on my decision to join. I’ve always seen a logical connection between harnessing the collective energy of a vested interest rather than just turning up on the day. There can be great strength in that.

What is the best thing about your job/role?

There are a number of things which are probably best encapsulated by the word ‘diversity’. Working with local and international teams, across many countries and with various levels of sophistication in projects, clients and contractors is invaluable experience. It also means things are never dull!

How would you describe the culture of Mott MacDonald?

I would say there is an irrefutable professional consciousness and a desire to improve even the things already done well and that is inspiring. It has become more apparent to me since joining Mott MacDonald that the fastidious nature of engineers, which in addition to creating impressive work, generates enviable business systems.

How would you describe your role and responsibilities to friends or family?

Strategist, sounding board, protector, critic, bearer of good news (and bad), insulator, filter, poly-filler, glue.

When you’re not in the office where can you be found?

Jamming with my mates, writing songs, in the rehearsal room. Pretty much anywhere there’s a guitar.

If you could have any super power what would it be?

Sorry, do you mean another one….?

If you could have lunch with any three people who would they be and why?

David Gilmour (guitarist, Pink Floyd) – for a lesson.

Jack Welch (former Chairman, GE) – for a lesson.

The 2013 Australian cricket team – (for a good, long talking to…!)

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