Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is responsible for creating the long-term vision and strategy for the Council and its members. The Board oversees the governance of the Council, including the annual audit of operations and finances, and develops programs to ensure the continued growth of the Council and its long history of serving professionals and academics involved in the development of tall buildings and urban habitats internationally.

The Board of Trustees is comprised of members that fill industry “seats” reflective of the Council’s diverse membership:

• Government
• Investor / Funder / Insurer / Legal
• Occupier / Tenant
• Owner / Developer
• Sustainability
• Letting Agent / Property Management
• Project Management / Cost Consultant

• Contractor / Construction
• Architecture / Interiors
• Urban Design / Planning / Infrastructure
• Engineering
• Materials / Systems Supplier
• CEO (Ex Officio) / Academic

Steve Watts
Chair

Steve Watts

Partner, Alinea Consulting

London, United Kingdom

Industry Seat: Project Management / Cost Consulting

Charu Thapar
Trustee

Charu Thapar

Regional Director; Regional Director, JLL

Mumbai, India

Industry Seat: Letting Agent / Property Management

Antony Wood
Trustee

Antony Wood

Chief Executive Officer, Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

Chicago, United States

Industry Seat: CEO (Ex Officio) / Academic

Scott Duncan
Trustee

Scott Duncan

Design Partner, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Chicago, United States

Industry Seat: Architecture

Mounib Hammoud
Trustee

Mounib Hammoud

CEO, Jeddah Economic Company

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Industry Seat: Owner / Developer

Shonn Mills
Trustee

Shonn Mills

Global Director, High Rise, Ramboll

Singapore, Singapore

Industry Seat: Urban / Infrastructure

Kam Chuen (Vincent) Tse
Trustee

Kam Chuen (Vincent) Tse

Managing Director, Building MEP, China Region, WSP

Hong Kong, China

Industry Seat: Engineering

Shaofeng Wang
Trustee

Shaofeng Wang

CEO of International Operations, China State Construction Overseas Development Co., Ltd.

Shanghai, China

11 February 2021

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat mourns the loss of Leslie Earl Robertson, the CTBUH Chairman from 1985 to 1990, who died early Thursday, 11 February 2021.

24 March 2018

CTBUH Board of Trustees Travels to Hawaii

The CTBUH Trustees from Chicago, New York, London, Mumbai, and Hong Kong gathered to attend the main annual Trustees meeting.

2 June 2017

Two New Members Sought for Expanded Board of Trustees

The CTBUH is now seeking two individuals to join its highest decision-making body, the Board of Trustees, following a decision to expand it from 9 to 11 members.

25 March 2017

CTBUH Board of Trustees Travels to Costa Rica

The CTBUH Board of Trustees was in Costa Rica for their twice annual meeting and to support a chapter event and a signboard ceremony for the country’s tallest building.

16 October 2016

CTBUH Board of Trustees Set the Agenda for 2017

The Board of Trustees held their second meeting of the year in conjunction with the 2016 Conference to discuss the Council’s plans for 2017.

14 July 2016

CTBUH has named its 2016 Fellows and two Lifetime Achievement Award recipients: Dr. Cheong Koon Hean of the Singapore HDB, and Ron Klemencic of MKA.

11 March 2016

CTBUH Board of Trustees Gather in Venice for March Retreat

The CTBUH Board of Trustees held its first meeting of the year, reviewing 2015 accomplishments, 2016 plans, the upcoming China Conference, and more.

1 July 2013

Board of Trustees Names Two Fellows

Two individuals have been named as Fellows of the CTBUH: Ahmad Abdelrazaq of Samsung C&T Corporation and Felino Palafox Jr. of Palafox Associates.

21 January 2009

CTBUH Board of Trustees Inaugural Meeting

The new CTBUH Board of Trustees met at CTBUH Headquarters for their inaugural meeting. The seven people who currently make up the board were all present at the meeting.

Board Member Qualifications

  • Board members must have a high profile in the industry, with an established track record of contributing to the inception, design, research, construction, occupation or operation of the built environment.
  • Maintain the highest ethical standing in the industry.
  • Represent a company or institution which is a CTBUH organizational member in good- standing, preferably at the Supporting Contributor level.
  • Willingness to advocate for, and work to grow, the Council and support programs to serve members.
  • Meet the qualifications of an open and available industry sector position on the Board, advancing the international remit and diversity of the Council.
  • Demonstrates leadership experience with nonprofit or association boards and/or have a track record of strong engagement with the Council.

Board Member Responsibilities

  • Initiate, drive, and contribute to relevant Council initiatives, including conferences, awards, research projects, committees, programming, and publications.
  • Evaluate CTBUH Assemblies & Committees activities relevant to designated Board seat’s discipline, ensuring suitable representation and output quality.
  • Attend the twice-annual Board Meetings (held in conjunction with the two annual CTBUH Conferences – the Tall + Urban Innovation Conference in the Spring and the International Conference in the Fall—complimentary registration is provided).
  • Steer specific Board of Trustees ad-hoc committees established to progress strategic, time-sensitive Council issues.
  • Serve as a spokesperson for the Council and promote its mission and goals, including representing the Council at regional events.
  • Serve on the annual Awards Jury determining the Tall Building 10 Year Award, and the two Lifetime Achievement recognitions: Lynn S. Beedle Award and Fazlur R. Khan Medal.
  • Ensure the fiscal success of the Council’s programs by recruiting major sponsors and at least five new, high-level members a year.
  • Commit 40+ hours per year to CTBUH Board of Trustees initiatives (not including event attendance or time devoted to a specific initiative).