Mott MacDonald has appointed Edward Forrester as a future mobility planner in the UAE.
He will be responsible for developing the consultancy’s advisory services across the Middle East, particularly its interaction with transport policy and economic and social impacts.
Forrester will oversee projects involving autonomous vehicle trials, electric vehicle roadmaps, policies around developing connected and autonomous vehicles and advising government on mobility as a service.
“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,” said Andy Stevenson, Mott MacDonald’s future mobility leader in the Middle East.
“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.”
Forrester joins the consultancy from Atkins where he was a project manager and engineer, having led projects for Dubai government clients on self-driving and electric vehicle projects.
He will work closely with Professor Glenn Lyons, who was recently appointed chair of the consultancy’s global future mobility initiative.
Mott MacDonald has been at the forefront of future mobility transport systems in the UAE for the past 10 years. The company was the lead infrastructure design and transportation consultant for Masdar and technical adviser to Nakheel on the Palm Jumeirah Monorail.
It is currently working on the Group Rapid Transport system at Bluewaters in Dubai, a first of its kind in the world that will link the island to the city’s metro system.