Abdul Samad (Sami) Kazi “As a researcher, I often work with technocrats. The biggest challenge at times is to make them look and think beyond computers, process diagrams, models, tables, and numbers. Create a bridge between the skilled force and those that sit in the head office in front on computers - a bridge that supports conversation, dialogue, and learning.”

“Some complex looking problems have very simple common-sense solutions. Children always let you know that there is more than one solution to a problem. They inspire you with their creativity, they teach you to forgo self-imposed constraints. Most of all they remind of the most valuable lesson of all times: you learn from experience.”

“In financial management, we talk of ROI as return on investment. So in knowledge management, we see ROI as return on ‘intellect’ or return on ‘intelligence’.”

“Success and power in the new world order will be based on the capacity to continuously learn from one's own experience and that of others. The ability to co-create, innovate on demand will dictate success and failure.”

Dr. Abdul Samad (Sami) Kazi, senior research scientist at VTT, the Technical Research Centre of Finland is a Civil Engineer by profession, and Construction Manager by area of specialisation. His main areas of interest and expertise include construction and project management, construction IT, virtual organisations, knowledge management, groupware solutions, and inter-enterprise collaboration. Sami has industrial experience and maintains close links with the construction industry throughout his research. He has been involved in several EU projects (each project having a budget ranging from 500,000 to 5,000,000 Euros) on construction IT, virtual organisations, and knowledge management, including GLOBEMEN, CONCUR, Procure, eLEGAL, OSMOS, prodAEC, eCOGNOS, ICCI, VOSTER, ROADCON, NESKEY, eProCon, KnowledgeBoard, MOSAIC, etc.

From a national research perspective, Sami is actively involved with the industry on soft issues in KM in addition to the identification and development of IT infrastructures to support the same. Sami is also engaged in a technology transfer initiative (transfer of information exchange using 4D models based on product data technology) between Finland and Portugal. He has furthermore served the European Commission in various capacities, as an evaluator for Knowledge Management and eGovernment proposals in the IST (Information Society Technologies) programme, reviewer of IST projects on knowledge management, construction, mobile devices, and expert evaluator for portfolio of knowledge management projects (more than 20) in the IST programme.

Sami has conducted research in several areas including: project planning and control, computer based training, construction management, knowledge management, system dynamics, construction IT, information modelling, product and process modelling, cost planning and control, Internet based technologies, groupware tools and technologies, mobile communications, information modelling, mind mapping, concurrent engineering, virtual enterprises, organisational learning and assessment. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering, and a Master of Engineering degree in Construction Engineering and Management from the Middle East Technical University, Turkey, and the Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand respectively. Sami is listed in the Marquis Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, 7th edition (2003-2004), in the International Biographical Centre's 2000 Outstanding Scientists of the 21st Century, 2004 edition, and was chosen for distinguished standing and conferred with an honorary appointment to the research board of advisors of the American Biographical Institute. He is a proud member of the Entovation E100 Global Knowledge Leadership network.

Sami is of Pakistani origin and was born to Asadullah and Khurshaid Kazi on the 18th of July 1969. He was married to Sajida on the 20th of June 1996 and is the proud father of two sons: Nabeel Haani (born on 25 August 2000) and Shumail (born on 10 July 2002). His academic, research and industrial career spans, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Thailand and Finland. Sami currently resides with his family in Espoo, Finland.