Don Ward



Don Ward has been Chief Executive of the CIB for four years. The CIB is a not-for-profit NGO established in 1953 with the support of the United Nations. It is the world’s foremost platform for international cooperation and information exchange in construction and built environment research and innovation.

Don was previously chief executive of the UK best practice and knowledge transfer organisation Constructing Excellence for 12 years, and its international arm for 5 years which included two years based in the Middle East. Other CEO roles have included the European Construction Institute (2017-19), Design Build Foundation and Be (2001-2006) and the Construction Industry Board (1996-2001). His early career was at the UK’s Building Research Establishment (BRE) where he led work on energy efficiency in housing.

Don has 40 years’ experience of innovation and best practice in the built environment sector, specialising in policy making, industry change, strategic procurement, supply chain integration, collaborative working and sustainability in housing, buildings and infrastructure. He has provided strategic advice at government and sector level in over 30 different countries.