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Kiran Kapila

Kiran Kapila

Mr. K. K. Kapila, a Civil Engineering graduate from the MBM Engineering College Jodhpur 1968 batch, is the Chairman and Managing Director of ICT Group Companies, head quartered in New Delhi. Intercontinental Consultants and Technocrats (ICT) Group is an ISO 9001:2008 certified, multi-disciplinary firm of international consultants, providing comprehensive professional consultancy services, for all facets of infrastructure projects. Mr. Kapila has strived to advance Civil Engineering and serve the ‘public good’ and enhance the stature of Civil Engineers and influence public policy in leadership roles as Chairman, International Road Federation, Co-Chair, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) – an apex national chamber of commerce in India and Member, FIDIC Executive Committee.

As a Chartered Civil Engineer, he is an eminent personality who holds several cognomens to his credit, a few of them are - Fellow and Chartered Engineer of the Institution of Engineers (India), Fellow, International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering.

Mr. Kapila has authored a large number of Papers published in various journals and is the recipient of a number of national and international awards. Some notable ones include - “Who is Who of the World in 1999-2000” (USA Publication); New Century Award as Member of “The GLOBAL 500” based upon his unique accomplishments and contribution to the Society by Barons Who’s Who (USA. He is also recipient of the Global Road Achievement Award for Road Safety instituted by Indian Road Federation (IRF) in the year 2007.

Mr.Kapila received the “STAR CEO OF THE YEAR” (medium enterprises) Award on 28th October 2010 instituted by “Business Today” and “Yes Bank”. He was awarded “Pride of India” Award on the occasion of “Pravasi Divas” by Indo-American Friendship Group on 9th January 2011 and “Meri Dilli Award 2010” on 5th February 2011 for the best Professional Services. On 10th March, 2012, he was awarded CIDC Vishwakarma Award 2012 for the category Industry Doyen by Construction Industry Development Council (CIDC). On 5th October 2012, he was awarded the prestigious “Niryat Shree” Award (for the 2nd time after 2003) for outstanding achievement in export of consultancy services for the year 2009-10 from the Hon’ble President of India.

For Mr. Kapila, growth of Consultancy Services in India is a matter of deep commitment. His vision is to put in place a mechanism to ensure that safety is an integral and inbuilt part of any infrastructure. The profession looks forward to Mr. Kapila’s leadership for the growth of Consultancy Sector and providing innovative solutions in the field of infrastructure Consultancy, bestowing benefits to the society at large.

Mr. Kapila cherishes a vision of nurturing exceptional talents in the field of Engineering and undertakes these through his active role in the MBM Alumni Association called JECOSA. Apart from nurturing talents, he is also working relentlessly for creating a place for the Engineering Profession in India through ‘’Enactment of the Engineers’ Bill’’.

Mr. Kapila, in his capacity as the Chairman, IRF, has launched a ‘National Mission’ along with the Union Ministry of Road Transport & Highways to reduce road fatalities in India, in line with the UN Decade of Action which envisages a reduction in road fatalities by 50% by 2020. He is relentlessly working for the cause of Road Safety not only in India, but in many parts of Africa as well as in other parts of the world.

The Future of Architecture and Engineering: A Q&A with ICT Group Chairman Kiran Kapila

Kiran Kapila
ICT Group
In an industry centered around innovation, the question always remains – what’s next?  To help answer this, we’ve launched a series of blog posts exploring the past, present, and future trends in architecture, engineering, and construction consultancies. Over the next few months, follow along with us as industry leaders share their thoughts. In this post we spoke to Kiran Kapila, Chairman and Managing Director of Intercontinental Consultants and Technocrats Pvt Ltd (ICT Group) headquartered in New Delhi, India. Mr. Kapila is a chartered civil engineer, Chairman of the International Road Federation, Co-Chair of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), and Member of the FIDIC Executive Committee. Mr. Kapila has strived to advance civil engineering and serve the ‘public good’ throughout his long and successful career. Q: What do you think is the most significant trend that will impact the future of the AEC industry in your region over the next 5 years? A: The future of the AEC industry in India will be governed by the consulting opportunities available, the procedure for the selection of consultants, the capacity building of personnel, a commitment to quality and competitiveness for all selections, and the streamlining of payment procedures. Q: How do you see the current role of AEC firms shifting, what do you think is causing that shift, and how must AEC firms react to survive? A: AEC firms must work to get policy issues adopted for all jobs with preference to Qualifications-Based Selection (QBS) or at least Quality and Cost-Based Selection (QCBS) for the selection of consultants. This will ensure due weightage to quality in selection and appropriate compensation for the services rendered. Whichever institution plays a dominant role in this regard will attract good experienced firms to work for them and deliver projects of high quality. Q: Knowing what you know today, are there things you would or could have done differently to prepare for or react to the Global Financial Crisis of 2008? Are there things that you are doing differently now because of the GFC? How have you evolved your processes or policies post-GFC? A: Post GFC, the overall opportunities available globally are reducing. To adjust, firms are reducing their staff strength, but at the same time trying to retain their capabilities through multitasking or collaborating with other firms through joint ventures or mutually beneficial collaboration in order to retain their market share. Q: What is the biggest challenge you are currently tackling within your firm or association? A: The biggest challenges facing our firm are: The burden of service tax, wherein a firm has to pay service tax, even if payments have not been received from clients. The retention of skilled manpower with limited opportunities available. The task of enlarging the scope of rendering services through partnership, etc. Q: How has your office environment changed, and how is your firm continuing to evolve your workplace environment, procedures, and technologies, to accommodate the evolving demands of the incoming millennial workforce? What considerations and changes are you making regarding collaboration, efficiencies, work/life balance, technologies, etc.? A: The office environment is moving towards automation, with the prevalence of IT, internet, software applications, etc. This ensures  our work force is fully up-to-date with the available technological solutions, in particular, with regard to the environmental sustainability. In addition, we are chartering new partnerships for enhancing skills in areas where in-house capabilities are not adequate. This post is part of a question and answer series with global industry leaders on the future of the architecture, engineering, and environmental consulting industries.