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Dr. Adiele Nwankwo

Parsons Brinckerhoff Americas, Inc. – Senior Vice President

Dr. Adiele Nwankwo is a strategic visionary leader and Management Consultant in infrastructure development and services. He is a senior executive and consummate transportation professional with 30 years of Public and Private sector experience. Dr. Nwankwo is recognized for his exceptional ability to develop, implement, and successfully manage engineering and planning studies/programs. He is also known for his effectiveness in building organizations, leading and managing people through open channels of communication and collaborative relationships. The possessor of excellent facilitation and mediation skills, Dr. Nwankwo has successfully facilitated and chaired several internal and external high-level meetings with government agencies, private-sector and non-profit organizations. He is a leader and decision maker with strong business, financial, engineering, people and client relationship acumen.  

Dr. Nwankwo has served in several high visibility and leadership positions in Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB) – a 14,000 people global infrastructure firm. Upon joining the firm in 1999 Adiele was made PB project director for a $10 million (USD) major freeway Reconstruction study with a construction cost over $1 billion. He successfully completed project Draft Environmental Impact Statement, section of the preferred improvement alternative and then became the Business Manager for PB operations in Michigan where he built solid PB operations that increased profit by a factor of nearly 30 in three years. In recognition of his outstanding skills he became District director for PB operations in 11 US Midwest states and doubled its profits in just 2 years. From 2006 to 2008, Dr. Nwankwo led the Central geographic district of PB comprising 23 offices in the states of Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Kansas, Nebraska, Minnesota, Missouri, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas, and Louisiana as well as Panama with annual consulting services revenue of $100 million, and maintained oversight of over 700 staff and several projects of over $1 billion construction budget each. Currently, He leads PB’s effort to bring greater value to the Metropolitan areas with strategic focus in infrastructure planning, assessment, operations and management. In addition to his functional responsibilities, he has chaired and participated in key PB committees that developed companywide strategic programs in Career Development, Diversity and Inclusion and Retirement Savings Plan.  

Prior to joining PB Dr. Nwankwo led the development and implementation of two $20 billion metro transportation investment plans for a metropolitan region of over 4.2 million people and managed a professional staff of at least 25. An innovator in planning applications, he initiated and completed the first GIS Transportation application in the state of Michigan and is credited with the development and implementation of a methodology for integrating traffic safety with regional transportation plans, for which he received the 1994 Traffic Safety Award for outstanding Contributions to improve traffic safety.  

Twice recognized, in 2006 and 2008, by the Career Communications Group as one of the Most Influential Blacks in business and technology, Dr. Nwankwo is trained in the fields of Economics, Civil Engineering and Urban Planning. He is engaged in several non-profit and pro bono work; ranging from chairing a mayoral transportation transition team to working with key local officials, business leaders and citizens to develop innovative transportation funding options to leading a group of US Transportation officials to Africa for infrastructure capacity building.

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