Lili Tao

Lili has more than 10 years’ experience in engineering and project management within various high-profile, multi-disciplinary infrastructures schemes across rail, metro and aviation sectors.

With projects spanning across multiple locations in the United Kingdom, Europe, Greater China and Southeast Asia, Lili Tao has led and managed project teams to deliver infrastructure programmes with high quality and sound commercial outcomes. Her expertise includes assessment, inspection, design and implementation of infrastructure schemes within operating railway and airport environments. In her current position as Client Director of Infrastructure for Aurecon in Asia, Lili is responsible for spearheading business growth, managing major projects and strengthening key client relationships.  She holds a Bachelor of Engineering (First Class) in Civil Engineering from Beijing University of Civil Engineering, and Architecture and Master of Science (Distinction) in Structural Engineering at University of Nottingham (UK). She is a registered member of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), UK and Chartered Engineer (CEng) of Engineering Council, UK, as well as a registered PRINCE2 practitioner, certified in Primavera6.

Tell us about your expertise and experiences in successfully bridging client expectations and bringing together multiple disciplines from small- to large-scale projects.

• Small project
Many years ago, I was responsible for inspecting a bridge in Corinth, Greece. It’s not a big bridge, but it is very special as it submerges under water so as to allow boats and land vehicles/pedestrians to share the waterway. Although it is a relatively small bridge, it was still quite a big job to manage the entire inspection—hiring professional divers, getting the technical documents translated from Greek to English and rounding up the multiple engineering disciplines to complete the inspection. Furthermore, that was in the pre-digital days and everything had to be hand-sketched on-site. I always tell my teams that there are no small jobs in engineering, only big challenges. And this is why I enjoy being an engineer.

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