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Brunel International Lecture Series Africa, Online

  • 08 June 2021
  • 17:00 - 18:30
Brunel International Lecture Series Africa, Online

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18:00 South African Standard Time

17:00 British Summer Time

Travelling virtually around the world, Seth Schultz will present his lecture alongside a regional panel of key industry thought leaders. From both a global and local perspective, they will debate some of the biggest issues facing the planet and the profession, before answering audience’s questions.

The 13th Brunel International Lecture Series was launched in London on 2 December 2020, and since then has visited four regions. The Africa regional lecture will be our fifth virtual event taking place on 8 June 2021.

Discover more about the lecture series.


  • Welcome from Owen Chirwa, ICE Country Representative for Zambia and Africa Chair
  • Panel discussion and Q&A session with audience, moderated by Prof. Dr. Sabih Gatea Khisaf, ICE UAE Committee Chair and Vice-President International
  • 13th Brunel International Lecture Series animation
  • Regional Presentation by Seth Schultz, Brunel lecturer


Seth Schultz, FICE, Brunel Lecturer

Seth Schultz

Executive Director of The Resilience Shift

Seth is executive director of The Resilience Shift, a global initiative focused on making the world safer through resilient infrastructure. Seth is leading work to accelerate the theory and practice of resilience for critical infrastructure systems. He has a long track record of building consensus and initiating change in sustainable development and urban resilience. With a 20-year career as a geologist and environmental scientist, Seth has worked with leading organisations to drive change in urban sustainability and raise awareness of the role of cities in tackling climate change. He is a founding partner of the International Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructure, a global coalition of organisations from across the engineering, investment, city and philanthropic communities.

Opening remarks:

Owen Chirwa, BEng. CEng. MICE MAPM

Owen Chirwa

ICE Country Representative for Zambia and Africa Chair

Owen is a Chartered Civil Engineer and a Member of the Association of Project Management with over 20 years’ experience in the UK and sub-Saharan Africa.

Owen has demonstrable experience in developing a wide range of projects from conceptual schemes to detailed design, including civil and structural engineering of highway structures, heavy civil structures, railway structures, commercial, residential, industrial and nuclear buildings.

As a Design Manager, Owen has managed projects related to the production of designs and drawings. This work encompassed overseeing internal design teams and external consultants, controlling the development of design concepts into detailed working designs for client verification and later for construction and final maintenance and operation, utilising UK CDM (Construction and Design Management) Regulations.

Owen has worked as Project Manager providing technical, managerial and commercial leadership and oversight to both individuals and project teams. Owen has worked on the following significant projects: Hinkley Point C, China/UK Nuclear Working Group, Eurotunnel Terminal Upgrades, High Speed 2 – Contracts C1 and Thames Tideway Tunnel. As Proposal Manager, he has coordinated and produced several proposals (RFI, ITT, RFP etc.) responses whilst assembling teams with the relevant skills required to win and deliver projects successfully.

Owen is ICE country representative for Zambia and Africa chair.

Chair: Prof. Dr. Sabih Gatea Khisaf, ICE UAE Committee Chair and Vice-President International

Sabih Gatea Khisaf

Dr. Sabih has over 37 years of experience in executing rail infrastructure and infrastructure development programs in the UK, Europe and most recently in the Middle East.

Dr. Sabih has been involved in infrastructure projects such as Heathrow Terminal 5 in London; Khalifa Port and Khalifa Industrial Zone in Abu Dhabi; Vasco da Gama Bridge in Lisbon; A13 DBFO Project and Metro operation in London; London Underground Tube Lines and in multi-mode transit systems designs (such as the Abu Dhabi’s US$ 32-billion Integrated Public Transport Program), Doha Metro and recently in Hyperloop Transportation Technologies in the MENA Region.

Dr. Sabih is a Charted Civil Engineer, Fellow of ICE, Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation and Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute in the UK. He is a member of ICE’s Trustee Board and is ICE Vice-President International and the Chairman of the ICE’s UAE Branch.

He sits on several Universities Industry Advisory Boards. He is an Honorary Professor at Heriot-Watt University.

Panelist: Fred Mukonoweshuro Msc, CEng MICE, CIWEM, MAPM

Fred Mukonoweshuro

ICE Country Representative for Zimbabwe

Fred studied civil engineering at the University of Zimbabwe, graduating in 2000 and becoming Chartered with ICE in 2007. After a year working in Botswana he moved to the UK for a post graduate study in water engineering.

Following his postgraduate study, he joined Grontmij (now part of Sweco) in 2002 as a water civil engineer before moving to Arup in 2005. With Arup, he worked on a wide-ranging water utilities, civil engineering and construction projects undertaking various roles from design engineer, contract administration, procurement and design management.

He is an associate director and water and infrastructure advisory lead for Arup, focusing on major project delivery, programme management, business development, framework management, complex stakeholder management and project integration. He has undertaken lead roles on major projects including Nine Elms Development, Thames Tideway Tunnel and Heathrow Expansion Programme.

He is the past chairperson for the Zimbabwe Institution of Engineers (ZIE) UK branch which has over 150 UK based Zimbabwean educated engineers. During his tenure he jointly hosted a successful Zimbabwe Investment Conference with ICE at One Great George Street.

He is active in the major projects space and currently serve as a programme committee member for the Major Projects Association (MPA), UK. He is also the current senior vice chairperson for Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) London Metropolitan Branch.

His involvement with ICE dates to 1998 when he joined as a student member whilst studying at the University of Zimbabwe, a key moment in his life which he describes as the driving force behind his decision to move to the UK to study and work. He is a proud recipient of the ICE Quest Continuation Education award, having received the award in 2001. He was also recognised for his service in engineering when he was awarded the SKF Award in 2011 by the ZIE (HQ).

He holds a Master of Studies (MSt) in interdisciplinary design for the built environment (IDBE) from the University of Cambridge. He is a corporate member of CIWEM, Association of Project Management (MAPM) and Zimbabwe Institution of Engineers (MZWIE).

Panelist: Finlo Paish BSc. CEng FICE

Finlo Paish

ICE Country Representative for Ghana

Finlo has over 45 years’ experience as a contractor project director in many locations worldwide. He has delivered many projects and recently led the new Tema Port Expansion project construction in Ghana.

Finlo graduated from Birmingham University with a degree in Civil Engineering in 1975 and started working overseas for Taylor Woodrow International. He worked on roads, airports, water plants, and ports as a project director in locations worldwide including the Far and Middle East, Africa, Caribbean and South America.

In 1993, Finlo joined Midmac Construction in Qatar and assisted them in delivering LNG facilities in Ras Laffan, an airport, and power stations as director of construction.

In 1998, Finlo joined Biwater International and worked on a number of significant design and build water and sewage jobs worldwide, before as project director for Carillion helping to develop Cairo Festival City.

As head of construction for APM Terminals he oversaw the redevelopment of Callao Port in Peru, and recently led the new Tema Port Expansion Project construction.

Panelist: Dr Sean Philips

Sean Philips

Head of Unit Focusing on Structural Reforms, The National Treasury, South Africa

Sean has honours, masters and PhD degrees in engineering and a Master of Management in public and development management.

He has spent more than 20 years working in senior management positions across the three spheres of government. He has been head of Department of the Limpopo Department of Public Works and Roads; chief operations officer of the national Department of Public Works; director general of the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation in the Presidency; CEO of the Municipal Infrastructure Support Agency; and managing director of the Johannesburg Road Agency.

He spent several years working in the Government Technical and Advisory Centre in National Treasury, supporting various efforts to improve government performance.

Recently he has worked on the Infrastructure Fund at the Development Bank of Southern Africa, and since September 2020 he has been the head of the Operation Vulindlela unit in National Treasury.

The common thread across his career has been his interest in how to improve government performance.

Panelist: Eng. Dr. Dorothy Okello

Sean Philips

Dean, School of Engineering at Makerere University, Uganda

Eng. Dr. Dorothy is dean, School of Engineering at Makerere University, Uganda; and a researcher with netLabs!UG, a research centre within the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering whose model is to strive for a balanced critical mass of research, innovation and commercialisation in communications and networking. She is also director of Innovation at ResilientAfrica Network (RAN), Makerere University School of Public Health. Supported by USAID, RAN seeks to identify and scale innovative solutions that will strengthen the resilience of African communities.

Dorothy holds a B.Sc. Eng. (Electrical - First Class Hons.), Makerere University, an M.Sc. Electrical Engineering, University of Kansas, United States (Fulbright Scholar), and a Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, McGill University, Canada (Canadian Commonwealth Scholar). She is a member of the Uganda Institution of Professional Engineers (UIPE), where she served as President from 2016 – 2018 (being the first female to serve as President). She is also duly registered with the Engineers Registration Board (ERB) of Uganda, and a member of IEEE.

Dorothy is a leader with over twenty years of diverse experience in teaching, researching, as well as conducting projects and contributing to policies including serving on diverse boards in education, telecommunications/ICT, banking and innovation. She is an activist in the area of getting more women, small-scale enterprises and rural communities engaged in the innovation for development – with an ability to understand and balance both community and technology objectives.

Panelist: Owusu Antwi Boasiako

Owusu Antwi

Representative of ICE Student Chapter Ghana

Owusu Antwi Boasiako, is a civil engineer with three years of work experience with private clients and consultants supervising multinational contractors on heavy marine and civil infrastructure projects. In his role he was responsible for delivering sustainable projects with FIDIC packages (Red and Yellow Book) implementing the project with adherence to safety and environmental plans.

Currently, Owusu works as a project manager for Euphoria Consult and has held this position for the past 11months. Before that he was an undergraduate construction engineer at Tema LNG Terminal Company for 18 months and undergraduate QA/QC officer at Aecom for 9 months.

Owusu also held a position as a president for the Accra Institute of Technology civil engineering student association. Owusu is a representative of ICE Student Chapter in Ghana.

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United Kingdom

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