Meet this year's ICE President's Future Leaders

This year ICE President’s, Ed McCann, Future Leaders will be working on a variety of projects.

Ed, through shortlisting and video interviews, chose the following eight candidates to be his Future Leaders for the year.

In addition to working alongside ICE staff members on the project, they will be spending some quality time with Ed.

Asil Zaidi

Asil Zaidi

Engineer, London Bridge Associates

What are you most looking forward to during your year as a Future Leader?
I am looking forward to meeting motivated, curious, and driven individuals to form lasting connections. Hopefully, form a blueprint for the future movers & shakers of the ICE and above all explore new technical perspectives on civil engineering together with other future leaders. Most of all face some new challenges and later have fun with the team on overcoming them.

Emma Zikun Wei

Emma Zikun Wei

Graduate Civil Engineer, Mott MacDonald

What are you most looking forward to during your year as a Future Leader?
I am honoured to be working alongside ICE President Ed and other future leaders to address the issue of productivity in the civil engineering industry. I believe there are a lot of potentials to improve efficiency and accuracy in many sectors. Higher productivity can ultimately contribute to our road map to carbon net-zero. I am looking forward to learning about some of the revolutionary initiatives and getting involved in discussions with other leaders and experts in the industry.

Karina Augustine

Karina Augustine

Graduate Tunnelling Engineer, COWI UK

What are you most looking forward to during your year as a Future Leader?
I am looking forward to collaborating with leaders in the industry and learning from their experience to drive the achievement of Net Zero 2050 and the Sustainable Development Goals. I hope my fellow Future Leaders and I can learn from each other and contribute to solving the issue of infrastructure productivity, which is Ed’s focus for the year. Hopefully our projects will be impactful towards the engineering and wider community and will allow me to place greater focus on sustainability in my future career.

Kristina Dahyaraj

Kristina Dahyaraj

Design Engineer, Robert Bird Group

What are you most looking forward to during your year as a Future Leader?
I’m thrilled to be part of this year’s scheme, working alongside President Ed McCann and fellow Future Leaders to address the imminent issues facing the construction industry, as well as the global community. I am particularly looking forward to contributing to this year’s project, ‘Optimal Infrastructure’ and working on initiatives to help drive change within the industry to deliver a more sustainable world. This is a great opportunity for professional and personal growth and the experience will benefit me immensely.

Lara Lightfoot

Lara Lightfoot

Graduate Engineer, Story Contracting

What are you most looking forward to during your year as a Future Leader?
Getting a place on the Future Leader’s scheme has given me an invaluable opportunity to gain new perspectives of the institution and industry, meet civil engineers in sectors and positions that I wouldn’t interact with otherwise, and to see the inner workings of the ICE. Working alongside the other likeminded and motivated Future Leaders, I’m eager to develop our ideas on how to improve the global infrastructure productivity problem, and to become an all-round, better, civil engineer.

Panagiotis Stratos

Panagiotis Stratos

Structural Engineer, SNC Lavalin Atkins

What are you most looking forward to during your year as a Future Leader?
I am excited and honoured to be selected as an ICE Future Leader. Working alongside my fellow Future Leaders, under the guidance of our president Ed McCann, I believe we can make significant steps to bring into fruition his vision of optimising the infrastructure sector. I am looking forward to being part of the discussions conducted with senior industry figures, which will broaden my insight into our industry and communicate my ideas on developing new policies and strategies that could help our sector.

Peter Simmons

Peter Simmons

Temporary Works Co-ordinator, Morgan Sindall

What are you most looking forward to during your year as a Future Leader?
I am excited to meet and work alongside people from across the industry, including Ed McCann and the other Future Leaders. I believe this is a great opportunity to continue the drive to improve the sustainability of civil engineering. The ICE is one of the most respected engineering institutions in the world and it will be a privilege to be a part of its role in shaping the industry. I hope that our generation of engineers will help leave a legacy of leaving the world in a better state.

Rhona Kerr

Rhona Kerr

Structural Engineer, Buro Happold

What are you most looking forward to during your year as a Future Leader?
I’m really excited to be working with Ed McCann in his year focusing on ‘Optimal Infrastructure’, I hope that we can build on the work that has been done by Rachel Skinner with her ‘Shaping Zero’ agenda and continue to push the industry towards our 2050 target. Infrastructure plays a huge role in carbon emissions and optimising our new and existing assets is going to be key to driving positive change. I’m looking forward to being able to contribute to this with the other future leaders.

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