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Syed M. Ali ZAIDI

Syed M. Ali Zaidi


Professional profile

  • Proven leader in infrastructure sector with the Government of Alberta work experience in project management and program delivery strategies of some of the largest and most complex infrastructure initiatives, including Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs), both nationally and internationally.
  • Over 20 years of extensive and diversified experience of overall project management and support services including planning, procurement, and development of infrastructure such as, transportation, water and wastewater, housing, education, health, and other social and public infrastructure projects.
  • Professional Civil Engineer with a PhD with research focus on Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) from the University of Calgary; first Canadian to hold the ‘Certified Public-Private Partnership Specialist’ designation from the Institute of Public-Private Partnerships, Washington, DC.

Core competencies

  • Strategic and operational planning
  • Risk management and mitigation
  • Financial analysis and capital investment planning
  • Business case development and analysis
  • Data management and analysis
  • Contract governance and controls
  • Change management and leadership
  • Team management and motivation
  • Relationship management and networking
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

Academic Qualification

  • University of Calgary, Calgary: PhD. – Research Topic “Strategic Framework for Evaluating PPP Options”. 
  • Stanford University, California, USA: Stanford Advanced Project Management Program. 
  • Institute of Public-Private Partnerships, Washington, DC, USA: Certified Public-Private Partnership Specialist. 
  • University of Alberta, Edmonton: Management Development Program.
  • University of British Columbia, Vancouver: Master of Engineering (Construction and Project Management).
  • University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore, Pakistan: Bachelor of Science (Civil Engineering)

Professional experience

  • Ministry of Infrastructure, The Government of Alberta, Canada
  • Senior Director, Alternative Capital Partnerships 2022-To Date
  • Senior Director, Partnership Development (P3O) 2019- 2021
  • Director, Partnerships, Modernization and Compliance 2016- 2019
  • Director, Strategic Partnerships 2014- 2016
  • Transaction Specialist, Public-Private Partnerships (P3) 2012- 2013
  • Projects Engineer, Alternative Procurement 2008- 2011
  • Contract Document Specialist 2004- 2007


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