Professor Kaka graduated in 1986 with an Honours degree in Civil Engineering. He worked briefly in the construction industry before undertaking postgraduate research in Construction Management at the University of Loughborough. On completion of his PhD, he joined the University of Liverpool as a faculty member, and was involved in a wide range of research and course development projects. In 2000, he joined Heriot-Watt University as a Professor of Construction Economics and Management at the school of the Built Environment. During the 8 years he spent at the Edinburgh campus of Heriot-Watt, he assumed a number of roles including leader of the Construction Management research group and Director of Learning & Teaching. In 2008, he was granted the William Watson Chair of Building Engineering and in 2009 he joined the Heriot Watt University Dubai campus as the Provost and Vice Principal (Dubai). Professor Kaka’s contribution to the transnational education in general and to the Dubai’s education hub in particular has been immense. With a student population of 4000 and a growing research culture, the Dubai campus is currently recognised as one of UK’s leading provider of transnational education.

Professor Kaka has an international reputation for research on the assessment, planning and control of construction projects. Author of more than a hundred research papers, he has held numerous funded research grants with impact demonstrated by the extent of citation and direct industrial application. He is a fellow of the RICS and member of the editorial boards of a number of international academic journals. He has supervised more than 25 PhD students to completion, many of which have developed into senior roles in governments, industry and academia.