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Laurent Sourlin
African Business Manager for Bitumen

Laurent Sourlin is the African Business Manager for Bitumen and a member of Bituguard’s board of directors.Laurent, a French national, has studied, politics and marketing and holds an MBA from the Warwick Business School.

He has worked 27 years for Shell in Sales and marketing positions in Europe, the USA and Africa where he was previously managing the relationship with Vivo Energy.

Shell Bitumen has been through a transformation journey over the last 5 years, adjusting its offer to its customers by moving to an import model, creating a large, shared with customers depot (Black Rhino) while promoting qualitative products in the South African market.
Shell Bitumen has also grown its export sales to a large number of African countries, contributing to major infrastructure projects such as the Mombasa and Bangui airports, the road from Nouakchott to Rosso in Mauritania as well as several majors projects in the Indian Ocean, Guinea, and several other African markets.


Professor Imad L Al-Qadi
Grainger Distinguished Chair in Engineering and the founding Director of the Illinois Center for Transportation (ICT)

Professor Imad Al-Qadi is the Grainger Distinguished Chair in Engineering and the founding Director of the Illinois Center for Transportation (ICT). Prior to that, he was the Charles E. Via, Jr. Professor at Virginia Tech. A registered professional engineer, Al-Qadi has authored/coauthored more than 800 publications. Professor Al-Qadi has received numerous national and international honors and awards, including the NSF Young Investigator Award, the quadrennial IGS Award, ASCE James Laurie Prize, ARTBA Steinberg Award, TRR of the National Academies D. Grant Mickle Award, the ASCE Robert Horonjeff Airport Transportation Award, the ASCE Carl Monismith Award, APSE Distinguished Lecture, and the French Limoges Medal. He is a TRB Emeritus Member, AAPT Life member, and honorary professor at several universities around the world. He served as the President of the ASCE T&DI Board of Governors, The Academy of Pavement Science and Engineering Board of Directors Chair, and is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Pavement Engineering. He published numerous AASHTO standards and in 2010, he was elected as an ASCE Distinguished Member (the highest honor bestowed by ASCE).