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Dr. Lutfi Al-Sharif, Director

Lutfi graduated in Electrical Engineering in 1987, and worked for two years as an electrical and electronic lift systems design engineer and then head of electrical department at the Jordan Lift & Crane Manufacturing Company.  He received his M.Sc. in Remote Lift Monitoring in 1990, and his Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence Applications in 1992 from UMIST (Manchester, U.K.).
          He was then appointed as Senior Electrical Engineer for Lifts & Escalators at London Underground, progressing to Chief Modeler for the Station Whole Life Asset Plans in 1997 and then Team Delivery Manager in the Station Systems Area (Electro-mechanical Assets) in 1999. He joined WSP as an Associate Director in 2001, leaving WSP in 2002 to form the vertical transportation consultancy Al-Sharif VTC.
          Lutfi is a Corporate Member of the IEE, Chartered Electrical Engineer, Co-Author of the CIBSE Guide D, Vice Chairman of the CIBSE Lift Group, Member of the Executive Team of the IEE's Building Electrical Technology Professional Network and Member of the BSI Subcommitte MHE 4/3/2. He has around 30 published papers in the area of vertical transportation systems.

Alan Groves, Associate

Alan has in excess of thirty years experience in the unique and complex industry of lifts and escalators, as an installation engineer/technician and for the last twelve years as a manager and consultant.  As project engineer and manager he has completed projects from conception design to commissioning and has delivered both short and long term installations.
            Alan most recently worked as technical advisor and author for the London Underground Chief Engineers Directorate producing their standards for Lifts, Escalators and Passenger Conveyors, as well as Automatic Fare Collection and Secondary Revenue Systems. 
            He is also a nominated consultant for the framework agreements of Pell Frischmann Consulting Engineers with Transport of London and the NYCT, New York City's Metro system.