Colleague Interview

A conversation with Nader Emile, Director

Nader Emile is a Director in our Jeddah office and a Testifying Delay Expert with extensive experience in Construction Engineering, Project Management, Project Planning/Controls, CPM Scheduling and Delay Analysis.

We spoke to Nader about his extensive background, why he thinks HKA is a stand-out employer, and his passion outside of the office.

Tell me about your background.

I’m a Civil Engineer with planning and project management background. I have then moved to the claims consulting and dispute resolution field, where I have been providing delay and disruption analysis, planning and contract advice, arbitration support and expert services.

I hold a master’s degrees in business administration and in construction law and arbitration. I’m also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and an Accredited Expert Witness with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

What sparked your interest in claims and dispute resolution?

After having spent 12 years working on the contractor side, I decided to explore something new.

Claims and dispute resolution is an area where analytical, communication and negotiation skills are required and can be further developed. I enjoy engaging with clients, project team members, and legal professionals to investigate the events, present arguments, and negotiate settlements. It is satisfying to be able to help find practical and fair solutions to complex issues.

Why is HKA a stand-out employer for you?

HKA stands out to me as an employer because it truly values its employees and invests in their growth and well-being. One aspect that sets HKA apart is its commitment to enabling employees to reach their full potential. Every skill and talent is recognised and put to good use, allowing individuals to contribute meaningfully to the company’s success.

HKA also genuinely cares about the physical and mental health of its employees. It understands that a healthy and happy workforce is essential for productivity and overall success. This is why it actively promotes wellness initiatives and flexible work arrangements. This focus shows that HKA is committed to supporting its employees in all aspects of their lives.

What is your favourite thing about supporting clients?

I enjoy supporting clients because I find great satisfaction in helping them overcome challenges and solve their problems. I also enjoy developing my clients’ team members by sharing my knowledge and expertise through providing advice or delivering training sessions. It’s fulfilling to know that I can make a positive impact and improve their overall experience.

Seeing the clients’ satisfaction and appreciation for the hard work and quality of deliverables is truly rewarding. It motivates me and the team to consistently provide outstanding support and ensure that the client’s experience with our services is exceptional.

What advice do you have for up-and-coming Claims Consultants?

Firstly, continuous learning and development is a key trait of successful professionals. The opportunities are numerous as this can be achieved by registering for courses or taking advantage of training programs available online.   

Additionally, working closely with senior colleagues is also a valuable opportunity to learn from their expertise and gain insights into the industry. Learning how to receive constructive feedback and use it to improve is an essential skill that will help career progression.

Lastly, keeping informed about industry developments and trends is essential. This can be achieved by attending conferences or webinars and networking with others in the industry. The field of claims consulting is constantly evolving, so one should always be ready to adapt and embrace new challenges. Being open to new experiences and leaving one’s comfort zone will lead to growth, both personally and professionally.

What is your favourite thing about living in Jeddah?

Living in Jeddah offers a unique sense of tranquillity and peace, much like the calmness of the Red Sea. The city’s serene atmosphere allows one to maintain a healthy work-life balance, thus enhancing the overall quality of family life. Moreover, the people in Jeddah are known for their friendly nature and willingness to lend a helping hand.

What are your passions outside of work?

My passions outside work revolve mainly around music.

Music has always been a significant part of my life, and I have been playing several instruments, particularly the piano since I was a young child, and later the flute. I also had the privilege of being a baritone singer in the Cairo Celebration Choir for 10 years of my earlier life.

To unwind after a long day of work, I find comfort in the evening by spending time with my digital piano at home (with headphones on). It allows me to recharge and immerse myself in the positive energy music brings. Engaging in music has enabled me to find balance in my life and explore creativity beyond the confines of my professional life.

If you want to find out more about joining HKA, contact or to arrange a confidential discussion or visit

Laura Fox-Oliveira, Senior Recruitment Manager, EMEA
Mohammed Osman, Recruitment Resource, EMEA

This publication presents the views, thoughts or opinions of the author and not necessarily those of HKA. Whilst we take every care to ensure the accuracy of this information at the time of publication, the content is not intended to deal with all aspects of the subject referred to, should not be relied upon and does not constitute advice of any kind. This publication is protected by copyright © 2024 HKA Global Ltd.


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