Dr Anas Bataw

Dr Anas Bataw is the director of the Centre of Excellence in Smart Construction at Heriot-Watt University.

Dr Anas Bataw is Director of the Centre of Excellence in Smart Construction (CESC) at Heriot-Watt University, Dubai.

He has the overall responsibility of leading vibrant and collaborative initiatives by leveraging CESC industrial partners and expertise across Heriot-Watt University, with a strong emphasis on smart construction to transform the future of construction, and drive research and innovations in the sector. This is a unique model for collaborative, industry-led research engagement focusing on sustainability, wellbeing, productivity and performance. 

Anas also leads on representing CESC and Heriot-Watt among industry partners, professional societies and relevant external bodies in order to build collaborative research links with smart construction stakeholder organisations in the region.  

Anas has a proven track record in academia and industry collaboration in the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) sectors in the UAE, UK, Singapore, Malaysia, KSA, Qatar and India.  

He has strong entrepreneurial leadership skills in identifying, developing, building cases and implementing smart initiatives and AEC innovations that are responsive to the needs of rapidly growing organisations and disruptive industries. 

Before joining Heriot-Watt University, Dr Bataw has led renowned businesses and large-scale programmes across the region, where he contributed to the development and implementation of AEC and smart city innovations that shaped the markets in the GCC. 

Anas holds a PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Manchester. 

In his free time, Anas is a keen swimmer and cyclist and enjoys socialising with family and friends.