Tony Christian | Director, Cambashi
Tony Christian brings to Cambashi wide-ranging experience in engineering, manufacturing, energy, and IT. His early career was
in technical R&D roles, after which he moved into computer-aided engineering. Christian’s subsequent roles included divisional
head of the IT subsidiary of a major international engineering and construction company and leadership of teams developing
and implementing state-of-the-art manufacturing control systems at British Aerospace. More recently, Christian was a director
of the U.K. Consulting and Systems Integration Division of Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), where he led a consulting and
systems practice for manufacturing industries. He was also services and technology director at AVEVA Group plc, where he was
responsible for all product development and the company’s worldwide consulting and managed services business.
Christian has a B.Sc. degree in mechanical engineering and an M.Sc. degree in engineering acoustics, noise, and vibration from
the University of Nottingham.
Kevin Baxter | Energy and Industries Editor, MEED
Kevin Baxter is energy and industries editor at MEED, which has been providing business intelligence for the Middle East
since 1957. He has covered the energy sector in the Middle East for the past five years and worked as a business journalist for
The Times of London.
Baxter’s key sectors that he covers include hydrocarbons, petrochemicals, metals and mining, and general manufacturing. He
also covers the global energy and petrochemicals markets, chairs hydrocarbons conferences for MEED, and writes about Saudi
Arabian politics and economics.
Alison Premo Black, Ph.D. | Senior Vice President & Chief Economist, American Road &
Transportation Builders Association (Washington, D.C.)
Dr. Alison Premo Black joined the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) in August 2000. She
serves as senior vice president and chief economist for ARTBA, and deputy managing director of the contractors division and
oversees the Transportation Investment Advocacy Center program. Dr. Black manages ARTBA’s contractor chapter relations
and membership development activities.
Dr. Black and her economics team are responsible for over 70 studies examining national and state transportation funding and
investment patterns, including the association’s landmark economic profile of the transportation construction industry, state
bridge condition profiles, and annual modal forecast. She completed her Ph.D. in economics at George Washington University
and holds an M.A. in international economics and Latin American studies from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced
International Studies (SAIS). Dr. Black graduated magna cum laude from Syracuse University.
About the 2014
Be Inspired Awards Jurors