Pierre Genton

Dipl. Ing. EPFL/SIA - MSc - IMD - CEng FICE

72, Rue du Centre

1025 St-Sulpice

Lausanne Switzerland


Tel: +41 21 695 24 40

Fax: +41 21 695 24 44

pgenton@pmg-ing.ch


Formal Education

Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, Dipl.Ing/MSc (1969)

International Management Development Institute (IMD) Lausanne, Switzerland (linked to Harvard University and to the University of Lausanne; Program for Executive Development (1980)

Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the Institute of Civil Engineers (FICE), London, Great Britain

Nationality :

Swiss/Austrian

Languages :

French, German, English - all fluent; notions of Italian, Portuguese and Spanish.

Present Status :

Founder & Senior Partner of PMG Engineers and Economists, an office specialised in international arbitration, litigation for infrastructure & industrial projects and in the project management of multidisciplinary projects.

Arbitrator, DAB/DRB member, mediator, and Court Appointed Expert in litigation and arbitration proceedings such as the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the Vienna International Arbitral Centre (VIAC), the Euro-Arab Chamber of Commerce.

Since 2001 lecturer on International Construction Contracts and Prevention of Disputes at the Faculty of Law in Geneva (Master Business Law Programme of the Universities of Geneva and Lausanne).

Lecturer in the Master Programme of the Instituto Politecnico de Lisboa (IPL) / Massachusset Institute of Technology (MIT) in Lisbon/Portugal.

Delegate for Switzerland of the Dispute Resolution Board Foundation Inc.

Present and Past Key Assignments:

2008–2008

Member of an Adjudication Panel (ad hoc DAB) for a thermal power plant (Qatar)

2005-2009:

Member of the Dispute Resolution Board for EIB Building (Luxemburg)

2004-2009:

Chairman of the Dispute Adjudication Board for a hydroelectric project (Egypt)

2004-2008:

Member of the Dispute Review Board for the Karáhnjukar Hydroelectric Project (Iceland)

2004-2005:

Chairman of an expert panel assessing overall claims filed for the TGV in France

2001-2009:

Chairman of the group of international experts advising the Owner for the reconstruction of the world highest-pressure penstock of Cleuson-Dixence (Switzerland)

2000-2008:

Chairman of the Dispute Review Board (CCT) for a tunnel on the high speed railway (Italy).

2000-2005:

Member of the Dispute Review Board for the Mohale Dam, the transfer tunnels and ancillary works in Lesotho (Lesotho Highlands Development Project).

2000-2005:

Chairman of the International Chamber Commerce (ICC) Task Force on Dispute Boards.

2001-2002:

Mediator on the Musi - Hepp Hydropower Project in Indonesia.

1998-2003:

Commissioner appointed by the UN Secretary General for reviewing the construction claims arising out of the Gulf War (United Nations Compensation Commission).

1998-2001:

Member of the Dispute Review Board for the Xiaolangdi Multipurpose Dam. Project in China (1800 MW) for 3 engineering lots involving Chinese, French, German and Italian Contractors

1998-1999:

Chair of the panel entrusted with the critical review of the FIDIC “Silver Book” “EPC Turnkey Project Conditions of Contract” (French International Contractors - SEFI).

1996-1999:

Member of the Expert Committee on the 18 km Vasco da Gama Bridge over the Tagus River in Lisbon/Portugal, ruling on the disputes between the Portuguese Government as Grantor and the Portuguese-French-British Concessionaire. Sole Adjudicator between the Concessionaire and the Contractors.

1994-2000:

Member of the Dispute Review Board for the Lesotho Highlands Development Project in Lesotho (60 km of transfer and delivery tunnels).

1993-1999:

Member of the Supervisory Board for the New Alptransit Railway Lines (Gotthard tunnel, 57 km/Lötschberg tunnel, 38 km).appointed by the Swiss Federal Council (Ministers)

1990-2009:

Arbitrator, Court appointed expert, expert witness in various institutional and “ad hoc arbitration” cases in the construction industry, more recently in Albania, Cameroun, Georgia, Madagascar, France

Past Experience:

1981-2009:

Various assignments as arbitrator, member/chairman of DRB/DAB, court ap pointed expert, consultant, for over 30 cases in various large multidisciplinary projects of infrastructure (dams, motorways, tunnels, buildings, mass transit systems, railways) in Africa, Asia, Europe, Middle East and in industrial plants (pipelines/pumping stations in the oil sector, cement, fertilizer, textile factory, electromechanical equipment).

1981-1983:

Head of division at the Société Générale de Surveillance Ltd headquarters in Geneva. (SGS).

1978-1980:

Head of the group of experts assisting the Minister of Transportation in the planning and construction of the Manila LRT System (Philippines), Chief Engineer of a German-Swiss-Thai consultants' joint venture for the planning of the Bangkok Mass Transit System in Thailand.

1976-1978:

Director of Swiss Consultants in Iraq and project manager of the Swiss-German-Iraqi joint venture for the planning of the Rapid Transit System in Baghdad (Iraq)

1971- 1975:

Chief engineer at Electrowatt Engineering Services Ltd. for the planning and construction of various transportation systems, hydro-electrical schemes, tunnels and galleries in Switzerland (Head of the site supervision of the tunnel de la Clusette, site supervision of the works on the Göschenen-alpdam) and in other countries (Greece, Island and in Peru). Resident Engineer in Morocco with Electrowatt Engineering Services for the construction of two dams.

1969-1970:

Professor's assistant at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale in Lausanne.

Professional Affiliation:
  • International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), list of the Swiss Arbitrators.
  • International Arbitral Centre of the Austrian Federal Chamber in Vienna, list of the Arbitrators.
  • Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA).
  • London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA).
  • Swiss Chamber of Technical and Scientific Forensic Experts (CSEJ).
  • Dispute Review Board Foundation (DRB-F), Swiss Representative.
  • Swiss Association of Engineers and Architects (SIA) + list of judicial experts.
  • Institution of Civil Engineers London (ICE), Fellow.