Advisory Board

Benjamin Heydon

Landscape Consultant, Abu Dhabi Municipality

Benjamin Heydon is a Technical Landscape Consultant to the Municipality of Abu Dhabi City and has worked in the specialist field of landscape architecture for over 13-years. A graduate from the University of Canberra and currently completing a Masters with Heriot Watt University; his experience has been generated through extensive exposure to unique environments which has seen him work in sectors in Canada, Middle East, Australia and Africa. Past large projects include, Ceremonial Walk; Australian War Memorial, Atlantis Hotel; Palm Jumeriah, Yas Island Street Landscape and Racing Circuit and Sheikh Zayed Street (Salam Street).

His technical work includes developing Landscape Standards, Specifications and Technical guidelines in line with best practices. Through coordination with other government body stakeholders and driven by sustainable design he has been successful in introducing a focal shift for the use of native landscape planting within public realm projects.

Hrvoje Cindric

Associate & Middle East Urbanism Leader, ARUP

Hrvoje is an experienced, confident, committed and passionate Urban Planner and Designer. He has a proven track record as a designer, planner and project manager and has lived in the UAE for past five years.

Hrvoje has extensive experience in projects across Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, Asia and South America, working for public and private sector clients alike. He has worked on a wide range of projects from strategic frameworks to large greenfield master plans down to brownfield regeneration, urban design and place-making projects.

Hrvoje is fluent in Croatian, English and German.

Geoffrey Sanderson

Landscape Director, AECOM

Until recently Geoff was seconded from AECOM to Ashghal, Qatar as an advisor on public realm. He is now with AECOM Dubai as Specialist Landscape Architect and Horticulturist/Design Manager for  World Expo 2020 public realm.

 Geoff has more than 40 years professional experience both  in Australia where he won many design awards and 23 years in the GCC region  involved with significant projects including Expo 2020, Al Raha Beach, Abu Dhabi; Al Ain Landscape Strategy; Sh Zayed Museum Abu Dhabi; Islamic Art Centre Park, Doha; several aspects of the Lusail project, Qatar; Airport City, Doha; Oman Cultural Complex, Muscat; KSA landscape strategy and Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council, Public Realm Design Manual.

 Geoff has a particular interest in horticulture, landscape management, public realm design philosophy and cultural landscapes. He has chaired many conferences and presented papers on his favorite topics at conferences in Australia, GCC, Istanbul, Japan, Holland and UK