Johnny Seikaly

Johnny Seikaly

Presentation: Building a Better Tomorrow by Engaging Stakeholders

Abstract: All projects must consider, design, budget, schedule, quality, availability of resources and method of project execution to accomplish a capital construction project. Stakeholder engagement is often a missed opportunity when planning these projects. Overlooking the importance of stakeholder engagement not only creates multiple challenges on meeting the project objectives, but also falls short of maximizing the project outcome beyond the bricks and sticks.

To be successful in project management, one must have a full and complete understanding of every aspect influencing the outcome. Many factors are glaringly considered direct and are a no brainer when it comes to creating a project schedule and budget. For example, most construction projects require an architect, a variety of engineering subconsultants, a contractor, subcontractors, materials and a labor force. Other direct influences to consider are permitting, approvals, coordination of utility providers and logistics around the site. You may even take it a step further and consider how materials will access the site, especially in tight urban setting.

The indirect factors having influence over the success of a project, involve stakeholder engagement and management. Who are the stakeholders? This should be one of the first questions a project team should consider. In fact, prior to winning the contract for a project, one should understand the stakeholder landscape. Stakeholders are any person, organization, government or business potentially benefitting or being affected by the delivery of this capital project.

In this presentation, we will explore identifying, engaging and managing stakeholders to maximize outcomes, not only to meet project goals, but also enhance the community the project serves. The key take-aways are: 1) Meeting project goals requires coordination and collaboration among direct and indirect stakeholders; 2) Importance of understanding the community expectations; and 3) Maximizing economic development opportunities via the project.

PMI Talent Triangle: Leadership

Biography: Johnny utilizes his 20 years of international economic and community development experience to maximize the positive economic impacts of capital projects in the DMV. As Director of Contracts and Compliance, Johnny leads MCN Build’s community engagement and economic inclusion efforts. His experience working in post-conflict and recovery environments allows him to enter communities, including ones hostile to outside developers, and develop relationships with constituents in order to jointly identify and overcome barriers to entry for local individuals and businesses that can serve the project’s needs.

Prior to joining MCN Build in 2018, Mr. Seikaly was a serial entrepreneur. From 2014 – 2018 he founded and ran a social enterprise that created markets for small food makers in the DMV. From 2007 – 2014 he founded and ran Key Development Services (KDS) in his native Lebanon. KDS worked with international agencies and NGOs to design, monitor and evaluate economic development initiatives throughout Africa, the Middle East and central Asia. Prior to 2007, Johnny worked for Development Alternatives, Inc. (DAI), a large USAID-contractor, in the US, Iraq, Indonesia, Afghanistan and the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

Johnny has a B.S. in Business Administration from the American University.