Professor Ammar Kaka is the Provost of Heriot Watt University Dubai Campus. Within Heriot Watt University, he holds the position of Vice-Principal and the Professor of Construction Economics and Management. In 2008 he was also allocated the title the William Watson Chair of Building Engineering. Professor Kaka’s contribution to the transnational education in general and to Dubai’s education hub, in particular, has been immense. With a student population of 4000 and a growing research culture, the Dubai campus is currently recognised as one of the UK’s leading providers of transnational education.
Professor Kaka has an international reputation for research on the assessment, planning, and control of construction projects. Author of more than a hundred research papers, he has held numerous funded research grants with impact demonstrated by the extent of citation and direct industrial application. He is a fellow of the RICS and a member of the editorial boards of a number of international academic journals. He has supervised more than 25 Ph.D. students to completion, many of which have developed into senior roles in governments, industry, and academia.