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Atkins appoints Matthew Tribe as managing director for its planning, design, and engineering business in the Middle East


Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, is pleased to announce the appointment of Matthew Tribe as managing director for its planning, design, and engineering business in the Middle East, effective November 2021. Matthew also leads the company’s global technical network in master planning, urbanisation & cities, driving a virtual network of professionals to deliver value to its clients around the world.

“With over 50 years’ presence in the Middle East, Atkins has a proven record in delivering some of the region’s most iconic and complex projects. Strengthening our planning, design, and engineering business is key to meet the region’s growing needs and help countries achieve their national visions and net zero targets,” said Campbell Gray, CEO, Atkins, Middle East & Africa. “With his deep knowledge of the business and the region, Matthew will play a pivotal role in enabling, delivering and most importantly adding demonstrable value to our clients’ programs and portfolios.”

Matthew is a seasoned executive with 26 years of experience across the UK, Asia, Middle East, and Africa regions. Throughout his career, he has established an approach to master planning and urban design that delivers solutions derived from detailed analysis, understanding and appreciation of the evolving demands of modern life. Previously, Matthew was the Managing Principal for the Dubai Studio and Global Lead for Planning, Landscape and Urban Design at global architecture firm CallisonRTKL, where he played an instrumental role in the company’s growth. Before joining CallisonRTKL in 2014, he spent 18 years at Atkins departing as the International Master Planning & Urban Design Director, splitting his time between the UAE and the UK. His portfolio of projects includes the New Jeddah Downtown and KAAR Gateway Development in Saudi Arabia, The Grove Mixed-Use Development and Dubai Creek Harbour Master Plan in the UAE, and many other flagship projects in the Middle East.

“I’m excited to re-join Atkins and be part of shaping its strategic growth plans both globally and in the Middle East,” commented Matthew Tribe, managing director, planning, design, and engineering at Atkins. “The industry is going through a significant transformation where embedding human-centric design practices and adopting sustainable and data-driven solutions will be key to tackle current and future challenges and harness opportunities for growth on the long-term.”

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