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Ibrahim Odeh

Professor at Columbia University

New York, United States

Professor Ibrahim Odeh is the Founding Director of the Global Leaders in Construction Management (GLCM) program at the Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at Columbia University. He is a unique combination of a strategist, academic, innovator, and entrepreneur. His work seamlessly merges the worlds of industry and academia, spans the global construction market, and provides leading construction firms with unique market insights; growth strategies; and advice on digital transformation and technological trends that are reshaping the construction industry. Companies that Odeh collaborated or worked with from an advisory perspective, consulting role, or research collaboration effort are: World Economic Forum, Turner Construction, Skanska, Parsons Corporation, The Vertex Companies, Dentons, AECOM, AI Engineers, and Odeh worked as an advisory committee member at the World Economic Forum on the “Future of Construction” project. In 2017, he also served for two years as an advisory board member at Financial Times - Future of Construction Summit. He sets on several advisory boards such as EnTech Engineering, AI Engineers, Group PMX, Open Insights, Multi.Green, Flash Labs, and Black Buffalo. In 2021 Odeh was also appointed as an advisory board member at the GI Hub; in support of the G20 agenda, to connect the global infrastructure community and to share insights to facilitate delivery of G20 members’ economic, social and environmental outcomes through increased and improved infrastructure.
Odeh was also the first professor to introduce in Fall 2016 the first Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) to educate global learners in the area of Construction Management under Coursera platform. In the first four years of this project the number of learners registered for Odeh’s courses reached over 175,000 from 190 countries with more than half a million global followers! His courses ranked third globally under the business category on Coursera from 2017 to 2019. Odeh also delivered several keynote presentations in different countries globally such as the keynote talk at the 1st Smart Construction Tech & Safety Expo in Korea and similar talks in other world class events in several countries such as Dublin-Ireland, Mumbai-India, Cartagena-Colombia, and London-UK. Odeh won several awards and recognitions such as Columbia University Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching; A top honor presented to only five recipients from nearly 1,000 nominations. He was also named Top 20 Under 40 by Engineering News Records and Top 40 Under 40 by Consulting-Specifying Engineer. Odeh received his PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as well as he holds an MBA degree.

Available For: Advising, Authoring, Consulting, Influencing, Speaking
Travels From: New York
Speaking Topics: Future of Construction and Infrastructure; Strategy Management; Digital and Technological Trends in Construction

Ibrahim Odeh Points
Academic 60
Author 0
Influencer 76
Speaker 0
Entrepreneur 20
Total 156

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Company Type: Individual
Minimum Project Size: Undisclosed
Average Hourly Rate: Undisclosed
Number of Employees: Undisclosed
Company Founded Date: Undisclosed

Areas of Expertise

Digital Transformation
Entrepreneurship 33.00
Future of Work
Management 31.02
Project Management 36.53
GovTech 31.95
Smart Cities 87.52
Digital Twins 37.45
PropTech 31.56

Industry Experience

Engineering & Construction
Higher Education & Research


1 Founder
Founding Director – Global Leaders in Construction Management (GLCM) – Columbia University
January 01, 2011
The Global Leaders in Construction Management (GLCM) is a Strategic Management Research Initiative founded at Columbia University in 2011 by Professor Ibrahim Odeh.

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Tags: GovTech, Smart Cities, Digital Twins

1 Instructor
Instructor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
August 01, 2009
Teaching introductory core course in construction engineering and management titled CEE422: Construction Cost Analysis (Fall 2009) for graduate and undergraduate students (class of 70 students). The course is an introduction to the application of scientific principles to costs and estimates of costs in construction engineering; concepts and statistical measurements of the factors involved in direct costs, general overhead costs, cost markups, and profits; the fundamentals of cost recording for construction cost accounts and cost controls.

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Tags: Management, Smart Cities, Project Management

1 Media Interview
How to Avoid Cost Overruns and Delays When Building Big Infrastructure Projects
Columbia News
January 11, 2022
President Biden has pledged to overhaul the nation's fraying infrastructure, but big public works projects in the United States are notorious for delays and cost overruns. Columbia News spoke with three experts at Columbia Engineering about how to ensure that projects finish on time and on budget.

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Tags: PropTech, Smart Cities, Project Management

1 Professor
Professor, Columbia University
Columbia University
January 01, 2021
Prof. Odeh teaches courses in the area of construction engineering and management at the department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at Columbia University in topics related to Project Management and Entrepreneurship.

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Tags: Entrepreneurship, Smart Cities, Project Management

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