Regional Leads

Meet the women behind Women in BIM – our regional leads are Women in their respective regions of the world. Not sure who to contact in your region? Use these links.

Susan is the Founder & Chief Customer Officer at Global E Training. She is passionate about education and is pleased to be involved in the training & development industry. She believes that education is the key to long term sustainability of our society, corporations and individual success. She is involved in education from applied vocational skills training to corporate training programs ranging from soft skills, languages, technical skills to online training development. 

Susan Brattberg

Regional Lead for Vancouver, Canada

Melanie has over a decade of experience working within a BIM environment and is Digital Delivery Lead at Jasmax, responsible for developing and leading the company BIM Strategy. She is a member of the N BIM Acceleration committee, contributing to the NZ BIM Handbook and BIM Industry Training Initiatives and is also the speaker manager for BILT ANZ. 

Melanie Tristram

Regional Lead for Wellington, New Zealand.

Nidhi is an accomplished Design Technologist/BIM Enthusiast/Architect and highly motivated successful implementer of Digital Technologies in Architectural space. Her area of expertise include Digital Delivery, Immersive technology, Strategic BIM Management, Project BIM Modelling workflow, Advanced content creation, Training and BIM advisory.

Nidhi Sharma

Regional Lead for Sydney, Australia

Architect and Postgraduate in "BIM in IPD", currently leads StratBIM, a service focused on the dissemination, training and implementation of BIM in Portugal. Has organized and participated in several events related to BIM and construction. As a Consultant, follows in an interventive way the development of BIM global adoption and normalization.

Cláudia Antunes

Regional Lead for Coimbra, Portugal


An early adopter of practical change and purposeful collaboration David is a Chartered Construction Manager by background and Global Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Information Management (Consultancy Director) for AECOM. He is a Trustee of the CIOB. "

Dave Philp

Regional Lead for Edinburgh, Scotland

Rachel Strauss is a co-founder of bimco, a BIM management consultancy providing support, training and BIM content for architectural, design and engineering firms. She brings a unique combination of documentation, heritage, technology and people skills to the BIM profession.

Rachel Strauss

Regional Lead for Melbourne, Australia

"Emma is Managing Director of Digital Built Consultants and has over 20 years’ experience in the AEC industry in Ireland and internationally. She is a Chartered Architectural Technologist and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Architectural Technology from TU Dublin, and a Master’s Degree in BIM Management from Middlesex University.

Emma Hayes

Regional Lead for Kimmage, Ireland

Nicoleta is an MSc architect with 15 years of experience in a variety of construction projects and team roles. She specializes in BIM training and implementation based on the integration of BIM process and Autodesk technology solutions in the design and construction process. She is actively involved in BIM research as a PHD student in UCL.

Nicoleta Panagiotidou

Regional Lead for Thessaloniki, Greece

Clarabel, a freshly graduate with a Bachelor of Science (Hons) Degree in Construction Engineering and BIM enthusiast. She gained working experience in a multidisciplinary company as an architectural assistant working on various projects. She presented her BIM work publicly and as a BIM enthusiast aims to do it more often.

Clarabel Versace

Regional Lead for Dingli, Malta

Amal is an accomplished leader with 25 years of project experience. Her portfolio of projects exceeds $2 billion in value and covers various market sectors, including mixed use, commercial, healthcare and hospitality. At Multiplex, she is spearheading projects' digital delivery strategies in North America.

Amal Mandanat

Regional Lead for Toronto, Canada

Joylyn M. Dela Cruz is the BIM Lead and Digital Specialist of Aurecon.

Joylyn has been responsible for the implementation and management of BIM on Middle East exemplar landmark Projects such as The Dubai Creek Harbour Tower, Expo 2020 CoEx Campus, Sharjah Digital Library and Riyadh Metro Project.

She holds a Civil Engineering degree.

Joylyn Dela Cruz

Regional Lead for Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Having spent over a decade working as an M&E CAD Technician, learning how to use Revit MEP in 2013 changed my life. Now, as an Associate at WYG, my role as a BIM Manager involves both strategic development and hands-on information and model management.

Kirsty Childs

Regional Lead for Manchester, United Kingdom

Vicki Holmes is a Learning Partner at Multiplex Construction, developing and delivering learning strategies to maintain and boost the digital and technical capabilities of the business.

Tom Kunsman

Regional Lead for Ohio, USA

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"Melissa has been with GSBS Architects since 2005. She helped the firm transition from AutoCAD to Revit and has continued her role there as BIM Manager, continually looking for better ways to do things. She has taught classes at Salt Lake Community College, participated in Autodesk ITF events in Boston and Shanghai, and is on the BCS Committee.

Melissa Thiessens

Regional Lead for Salt Lake City, USA

Lana brings a wealth of industry knowledge. She has worked both in design and construction, taught college courses, was a certified Autodesk trainer and had her own 3D coordination business. Since 2015 she has served as Vice-President for the Seattle Revit Users Group, one of the largest Revit users’ groups in the United States.

Lana Gochenauer

Regional Lead for Seattle, USA

"Imelda graduated as Architect at UANL. She was in the 1st generation in México with CM-BIM Certification.
She has experience in BIM documentation for MEP for Workplace, Industrial and Residential typologies. She has extensive experience working with international building codes and requirements.
Imelda heads the MEP Documentation team at BIMmx."

María Imelda Espinoza Tristán

Regional Lead for Nuevo Leon, México

Carly is the Business Relationship Manager at South Australian surveying consultancy business, Alexander Symonds. Carly's experience is both creative and technical, allowing her to 'think outside the box'. Carly is involved with many South Australian councils and committees related to supporting and encouraging women in the construction industry.

Carly Zanini

Regional Lead for Adelaide, Australia

Bim Development and assessment of construction products at ITeC (2003-2014). Architect since 2000 working on new projects, refurbishing and building reports. Cooperant for housing reconstruction in Kosovo (2002). Aid worker in Haiti and Ecuador (1996, 1997, 1998, 2002). Internship in Catalonia Polytechnic University (1996-2000)."

Maria Elena Pla Cuyàs

Regional Lead for Barcelona, Spain

Erin Desman is the global marketing manager for BIM Technologies at ASSA ABLOY. Erin is a passionate advocate for interface design and user experience, and works closely with development and implementation teams on BIM tools around the world. She is involved in several organizations that focus on empowering women and girls in all industries.

Erin Desmand

Regional Lead for Arizona, USA

Omnia is an enthusiast for disruptive tech. Since 2009, she has been playing a leading role in BIM Implementation in the MENA/GCC region; transforming major building & infrastructure projects in Cairo, Riyadh, Doha, Manama, & Dubai. She is BIM Lead at the Roads & Transport Authority in Dubai, & maintains contact with a wide professional network.

Omnia Abada

Regional Lead for Dubai, United Arab Emirates

I am an Architect passionate about the opportunities that BIM provides to improve the projects´ efficiency and quality. I started my BIM journey in 2011 and since then, I haven't stopped of learning. After 5 years working as BIM Coordinator in London, I am back in my country in a unique moment; BIM will be mandatory for public projects in 2020.

Natalia Diaz

Regional Lead for Santiago, Chile

Sayazhan successfully completed her MSc in Construction Management and currently works for one of the largest contractors in Kazakhstan. Her research projects also was to investigate BIM in Kazakhstan's construction industry and she believes there is much work to be done and women's role in this space is crucial. 

Sayazhan Yeralina

Regional Lead for Republic of Kazakhstan

Belcky is an architect specialized in BIM for residential, industrial and comercial projects. She was the first Nicaraguan to be certified as CM-BIM by the AGC of America. She works as BIM Coordinator for Buildings at DSC+ Ingenieros. Through her project “BIM wears Prada” she highlights the female role in the Latin American AEC industry.

Belcky Torres

Regional Lead for Central America & Caribbean, USA

Belinda has over the past 13+ Years been leading teams in delivering BIM projects, pushing the boundaries of what can be achieved with different software platforms, leading experienced teams in delivering exceptional results for the client. She is GHD's WA BIM Lead, which is a strategic implementation and governance role within the organisation. 

Belinda Thompson

Regional Lead for Perth, Australia

Marie is an Applications Expert with IMAGINiT Technologies. She travels all over North America implementing and training BIM Software, processes and workflows to AEC professionals. 

Marie Williams

Regional Lead for North and South Carolina, USA.

Where to find us

Louise Kelly

Global Vice Chair

Rebecca De Cicco

Chair Australia

Vicki Reynolds (Holmes)

Attract & Promote Lead

Katya Veleva

Core Team Member

Lana H. Gochenauer

VDC Support Manager

Tom Kunsman

Regional Lead for Ohio

Melissa Thiessens

Regional Lead for Western US

David Philp

Regional Lead for Scotland

Nicole De Cicco

Core Team Member

Jenni Barrett

Core Team Member

Gergana Staykova

Core Team Member

Natalia Diaz

Regional Lead for Chile

Nicoleta Panagiotidou

Regional Lead for Greece

Omnia Abada

Regional Lead, MENA

Lyndsay Trama

Regional Lead for Brisbane

Rachel Strauss

Regional Lead for Melbourne

Nidhi Sharma

Regional Lead for Sydney

Jane Clancy

Senior Educator

Maria Elena Pla Cuyàs

Regional Lead for Barcelona/Catalonia/Spain

Cláudia Antunes

Regional Lead for Portugal

Kirsty Childs

Regional Lead for North West England

Clarabel Versace

Regional Lead for Malta

Carly Zanini

Regional Lead for South Australia

Emma Hayes

Regional Lead for Republic of Ireland

María Imelda Espinoza Tristán

Regional Lead for México

Joylyn Dela Cruz

Regional Lead for Middle East

Anria Erasmus

Regional Lead for South Africa

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