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Dr. Hasan Akbar Kazmi

posted Aug 12, 2014, 11:11 PM by Alumni Affairs | Office of Advancement ‎(OADV)‎   [ updated Sep 23, 2018, 6:02 PM ]

Full Name
:     Dr. Hasan Akbar Kazmi                                 

Present position/ title:


Regional Manager (India & Bhutan), SMEC INTERNATIONAL PTY. LTD; Board Director/ Managing Director, SMEC INDIA PVT. LTD., 2015-2018.


How AIT degree helped you in achieving your career potential/goals

-       Both during master and doctoral studies, AIT provided me with a toolkit of analytical capabilities that I could apply to various technological industries. Outside of class, I found additional intellectual opportunities.

-       My days in AIT were the most important part of my life. They transformed me and my perspective. My initial days in AIT were tough due to my vegetarian food habit and change in system. I was then prepared to temporarily let go of things I used to do and have in my country and this opened my mind for a whole new experiencean experience that enriched my life.

-      Impressive and overwhelming caliber of my fellow students, allowed me to raise my own bar and my sights that I could do anything.  I started out with the belief that intelligence as well as ability are expandable, not fixed. This led them to make connections across disciplines.

-    AIT professors did not dictate how a process should be performed. Rather they taught me how to determine which method would be most appropriate given the circumstances. My professors had high expectations, thereby giving us a sense of confidence and helping us learn and achieve. AIT was the pre-eminent place which gave me exposure to the one of the world's best knowledge and deeper understanding of engineering, and leadership.

-      I also took advantage of the wonderful multinational experience at AIT. Using these resources helped me adapt faster and better to a new culture and it definitely gave me a greater perspective in my professional career. Networking is probably one of the most essential and useful skills what AITians have.

-      Finally, AIT gave me confidence and helped me to draws a road map for how I could get the most out of AIT, no matter where I go.



-        Doctor of Engineering (D. Eng.), Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Bangkok, Thailand. 1991.

-        Master of Engineering (M. Eng.), Division of Water Resources Engineering, Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand. 1977.

-        Bachelor of Engineering, University of Allahabad, India, 1975.

Career/Accomplishment record after graduation from AIT:

-      Board Director/ Managing Director, JPS Associates Pvt. Ltd., India, 2011-2015.

-      Chief Executive Officer /Board Director, SNC-LAVALIN INFRASTRUCTURE PVT. LTD. (a member of SNC-Lavalin Group of Canada), 2007-2011.

-     Country Director, DHV GROUP OF THE NETHERLANDS. Board Director/ Managing Director MDP CONSULTANTS PRIVATE LTD (Indian subsidiary of DHV Group), India, 1998-2005.

-     Various Positions including Deputy Managing Director, SOUTHEAST ASIA TECHNOLOGY CO. LTD. (SEATEC), Bangkok, Thailand, 1991-1998.

-    Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Civil & Irrigation Engineering, Postgraduate Department of Agricultural Engineering, ALLAHABAD AGRICULTURAL INSTITUTE, India. 1977-1991.

-     Pool Officer (Class One Officer), COUNCIL OF SCIENTIFIC AND INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH (CSIR), Ministry of Human Resources, Government of India. 1977.


Dr. H. A. Kazmi has over 35 years of experience in company management, regional cooperation, strategic business planning, engineering, project management, teaching and research. He has been active in development in many countries and international relations. He is familiar with multilateral development bank's operational policies and Public-Private-Partnerships (PPP) projects. He participated in the formulation of corporate policies; analyzed information on economic, political and development issues and policy changes in emerging countries; and was responsible for formulating and implementing a country strategy and program for multinational firms. His experience in management and leadership includes: planning and careful nurturing employee-friendly workplace culture; creating, motivating, leading professionally diverse and multicultural teams of highly-qualified professionals and facilitating cross functional communication and collaboration. He facilitated and guided Business Unit (BU) leaders in formulating new vision and strategic direction that successfully repositioned divisions as differentiated competitors in mark, delivering bottom-line targets and helps colleagues to work effectively with clients.

Born in Allahabad, India, Dr. Kazmi has an excellent education background and his meritorious academic records include many international scholarships. He received technical and management trainings at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), India; Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), Tasmania, Australia and the University of Nijenrode, the Netherlands.

He held various senior decision making positions in transportation, tunnels water & environment, urban development, power, natural resources related companies. Throughout his long career, Dr. Kazmi has overseen some of most prestigious projects in transportation (highways, expressways, bridges, railways, mass transit, airports & ports), tunnels, urban water & environment, irrigation and water management, urban and regional development, special buildings, agriculture & natural resources, HV transmission lines and hydropower sectors in different countries. He was instrumental in securing and managing successful implementation of many contracts for mega projects and strategic assignments.

Dr. Kazmi has been extensively involved in professional activities and he is member of various national and international professional societies and committees.