SPEAKER SERIES: URS

The MBA International and AUEB Energy & Sustainability Club had the honor of inviting Mr. Eddie Foster, General Director in Greece of URS Corporation and Mrs Stella Fox, Country Manager in Greece of URS Corporation, to share with i-MBA students their knowledge and experience on managing large scale infrastructure projects in Greece and abroad. The discussion took place on Friday, June 15th, during the course “Project Finance” conducted by Dr. Dimitris Psychogios.

URS is one of the world’s leading engineering and environmental consultants, offering professional planning, engineering and architectural design, environmental, construction and construction management services throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland, Continental Europe, India, the Middle East, the Americas and Asia/Pacific regions. URS Corporation has more than 47,000 employees in a network of offices in more than 40 countries. URS provide particular expertise in the following markets: Government, Infrastructure, Industrial & Commercial and Energy.

URS rankings:

  • #275 on FORTUNE’s List of America’s 500 Largest Companies
  • #2 on Top 500 Design Firms in the world
  • #10 in Power & Energy in the world
  • #6 in Petroleum and Industrial, #1 in Bridges, #2 in Highways, #2 in Transportation, #2 in Airports, #2 in Pipelines, #3 in Aerospace, #4 in Mass Transit & Rail, #4 in Marine & Port Facilities in the world

Mrs. Stella Fox presented the structure and basic principles of the project finance process in large scale energy projects. Additionally, she referred to the different stages of engineering consulting and especially she shared with the audience her experience in Gas Fired Power Plant construction projects in Greece.

Mr. Eddie Foster covered the topics of modern trends in project finance/management and the role of Independent Engineer in a concession (E65 Kentrikis & Ionia Odos Concession Project). In addition, he explained the strategy of URS in large scale infrastructure projects referring to optimal procedures and practices, the different types of contracts (PPP and FIDIC) e.t.c. Finally, Mr. Eddie Foster described the challenges and innovations in the Diyar Al Muharraq Project in Bahrain.

In the end, on behalf of URS Corporation Greece, both Mrs. Fox and Mr. Foster congratulated MBA International and AUEB Energy Club for their commitment in innovation and experiential learning, bridging effectively the gap between business education and real-life challenges.

Dr. Dimitris Psychogios, instructor of “Project Finance” course, and Mr. Dimitris Sarantopoulos, director of AUEB Energy Club, thanked the two executives of URS and they promised to continue the close collaboration with URS in order to light more fields of engineering consulting in the future.