Babak believes that sustainable and resilient urban communities can be achieved, but it takes true innovation and world-class technology. As the principal water resources engineer for Stantec in the Middle East, Babak advocates this belief to both clients and his team.
Babak is a recognized authority in the application of sustainable urban drainage systems and water-sensitive urban design, particularly under the unique conditions of the Middle East. Babak has a Ph.D. in civil engineering–water resources, with a focus on resilience strategies for flood risk management, and has spent more than 20 years leading the design of sustainable infrastructure for communities in Australia, UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Africa and Iran.
He is currently leading the design and delivery of the $2.5 billion Dubai Deep Tunnel Stormwater System, which will provide sustainable drainage for new large development areas in Dubai, including the site of Al Maktoum Airport and Expo 2020. He also recently completed a major flood management study in Saudi Arabia and has had major contributions to the Dubai Sewerage, Drainage and Irrigation Master Plan and the Qatar Integrated Drainage Master Plan.
He was also formerly the head of the Department of Water Resources Studies and Research at the national Water Research Institute of Iran, responsible for strategic applied research and specialised consultancy projects in water resources.