Ben Jackson

head of project and development services dept


Ben Jackson is currently the head of the project and development services team for JLL in the UAE. He brings over 14 years’ experience to JLL including eight years in the UAE. Jackson joined JLL in 2014 to head the UAE business and over the past three years, the team has had considerable success, growing to nearly 100 projects, cost and development managers delivering projects in the real estate sector with a combined value $5bn. Jackson joined JLL from Aecom where he ran the commercial projects team. Prior to his time at Aecom, Jackson previously worked for EC Harris in the UAE and London.  He is a trained architect and has also worked for KPF and Michael Squires & Partners.

Mark Raymont


Pinsent Masons

Mark Raymont is a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England & Wales and has been admitted as a Solicitor of the High Court of Hong Kong. He has also been awarded higher rights of audience in the Courts of the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC). He is a partner in Pinsent Masons and is based in the Middle East, having previously spent five years in the Hong Kong office and a similar period in our London office. He has over 25 years’ experience in advising a wide range of clients in the refining, process, oil & gas, construction & engineering, energy, and power sectors and specialises in advising clients on contractual and commercial matters involving complex, large-scale projects in the Middle East/Asia Pacific Regions. Raymont has significant experience of leading teams on large and/or complex issues and disputes involving the use of a multiplicity of dispute resolution mechanisms including arbitration, expert determination, mediation, and other forms of ADR as well as in the High Court. 

Barry Peter Wormald



Barry Wormald is a chartered mechanical engineer with extensive experience in the building services industry, in contracting, consulting, and client representative role, in various parts of the world, including UAE, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Oman, Russian Federation, and India.
He has gained substantial experience in all aspects of design and construction during his career, and his innovative thinking nearly always leads to more efficient cost-effective solutions in the projects he is involved in.
He serves on both the CIBSE/ASHRAE scientific committee and AIRAH technical committee. He was chairman of the committee, which wrote the first Australian commissioning standards for AIRAH (DA27 & 28) and has been the recipient of numerous awards.
He has presented at a number of industry conferences on many subjects, including sustainability and improving the efficiency is design and construction.

Daniel Hardwick

Head of project management


Dan Hardwick is the head of project management for CBRE in the Middle East and brings over 20 years’ experience, of which 13 have been in the region. He leads a diverse team in multiple countries covering all aspects of construction and development, having led projects in the UK, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Kuwait for major international clients. Hardwick is a chartered surveyor and chartered builder who has previously worked with companies like AECOM and Mace.