Ibrahim Odeh is currently the research director and founder of the Global Leaders in Construction Management (GLCM) research initiative at Columbia University. The main objective of his team (GLCM) is focused on: (1) studying major challenges faced by the management team in international construction projects; (2) analyzing and studying the international construction market industry; (3) developing a SWOT and PEST analysis of these markets; and (4) building a comprehensive database of major best practices and lessons learned in managing signature global construction projects. Odeh did some studies as well as has on-going studies at several countries with a high focus on the GCC region. Odeh is also teaches courses in the area of construction engineering and management at the department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at Columbia University. He received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering with a concentration in Construction Management from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He also holds an MBA degree with an emphasis on Finance from Minnesota, USA. He serves as a member of several boards and committees such as CG/LA infrastructure; Columbia Global Centers; and C3 Summit. His specialties focuses on: Global Construction; Program Management; Project Management; Construction Management; Project Control; Project Finance; and Business and Program Development.