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14th Brunel International Lecture: Africa

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28 November 2022
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Overview

The ICE, together with the International Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructure (ICSI), invite you to the Africa region lecture of our 14th Brunel International Lecture series. Building on previous series, resilience and sustainability in infrastructure development will remain the main theme of the 2022-24 programme.

This lecture will focus on challenges, opportunities, engineering solutions, and best practice examples specific to Africa.

Hosted by our new 2022/23 ICE President Keith Howells, this lecture will highlight the importance of climate equity and support for cities in emerging economies and identify capacity deficits in Africa that should be prioritised to ensure the development of equitable, sustainable, and resilient infrastructure. We will also hear about innovative engineering solutions that advance implementation of sustainability and resilience in infrastructure in Africa.

In addition to a keynote address by Vera Bukachi, African Urban Development Expert, UCL and UN-Habitat, Keith Howells will moderate the interactive panel discussion. The expert line-up includes:

  • Yolanda Chakava, Infrastructure Adviser at UK Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office
  • Martin Manuhwa, Chair, Committee on Engineering Capacity Building at the World Federation of Engineering Organizations
  • Mike Theobald, Director, Energy Transition, WSP

The wider series will shine a spotlight on equitable, sustainable, and resilient infrastructure challenges around the world and showcase what engineers globally are doing to help address that challenge.

Mitigation and adaptation efforts are both necessary for tackling climate change impacts, however the latter is often overshadowed by the former. It is important to tackle climate change impacts that are felt now, whilst preparing for the future with resilient infrastructure.

The lectures will provide a platform for dialogue with high-profile leaders across the globe, while focusing on practical engineering issues in tackling climate change at the local level.

Sponsored by:

AtkinsRéalis

AtkinsRéalis

AtkinsRéalis is a world-leading professional services and project management company dedicated to engineering a better future for our planet and its people.

With support from:

International Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructure (ICSI)

International Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructure (ICSI)

This coalition continues to broaden participation across other stakeholder communities to accelerate innovation, adoption and scaling of strategic resilient and sustainable infrastructure solutions built upon a commitment to tangible and collaborative action.

Speakers

Vera Bukachi

Vera Bukachi

UCL and UN-Habitat

african urban development expert

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Vera Bukachi

An experienced leader, action researcher and project manager in international development, and an advocate for social justice in the urban built environment, especially for underserved communities in Africa. Her main expertise is in impact research, development advisory consulting, non-profit leadership, teaching and advocacy on urban development issues in the global south.

Keith Howells

Keith Howells

Institution of Civil Engineers

president 2022/23

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Keith Howells

Keith Howells is the 158th President of the ICE.

Having graduated in civil engineering in 1974, Keith joined one of the founder members of the Mott MacDonald Group and spent the first 10 years of his career in infrastructure design and project management, mostly in the water and transport sectors. On completing an MBA in 1986, he became involved with the planning, feasibility, and financial and economic analysis of projects, principally in the water and environmental sectors. Over the next decade he worked on numerous projects funded by the international finance institutions as well as by UK government bodies.

Keith has built career long experience in the planning, study and design of hydraulic structures, hydropower, urban drainage, sewerage, water supply and river engineering schemes. He has worked in numerous countries as well as in the UK. He ran the firm’s Water and Environment business from 1997 to 2002, before becoming the Group Managing Director in 2004, directing the firm’s expansion in North America and Australasia. Keith became Chair of the Group’s Executive Board in 2011, responsible to shareholders for the performance of the company and its strategic direction – a role he continued until mid-2019.

Keith was on the board of the Association for Consultancy and Engineering from 2011 to 2015, and its Chair in 2013; he was a member of the CBI’s Construction Council from 2013 to 2019; and a member of the Cranfield School of Management Advisory Board from 2012 to 2020.  He is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, a Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Yolanda Chakava

Yolanda Chakava

UK Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office

infrastructure adviser

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Yolanda Chakava

Yolanda is a development professional, with over 20 years’ experience in delivering infrastructure, urban and research programmes (10 years focused on East Africa).

As a UK Chartered Civil Engineer with a PhD (Cranfield University) in urban water supply, Yolanda has a unique blend of practical engineering and academic experience in private and public sector environments, with a strong delivery track-record. Yolanda currently leads FCDO Somalia’s infrastructure and urban portfolio.

As an active Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Yolanda promotes Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in schools, encouraging more young girls in into engineering. Yolanda is passionate about diversity and inclusion and is a published children’s’ book author.

Martin Manuhwa

Martin Manuhwa

World Federation of Engineering Organizations

chair, committee on engineering capacity building

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Martin Manuhwa

Martin Manuhwa is an electrical and energy consultant engineer and is currently the Managing Director of Zimbabwe Africa Infrastructure Development Group (ZAIDG) a company that specializes in Engineering Procurement and Construction Management (EPCM). His engineering practice is in energy, construction projects, work-site project implementation and management.

Martin teaches part time Engineering graduate students at the Zimbabwe National Defense University and has taught MBAs and MBLs at the University of Zimbabwe and Bindura University of Science Education respectively.

His research interest is in the use of Management Information Systems in construction and project management, and he is currently a Doctoral Associate at the University of Cape Town where he is researching on the link of ICTs in the Industrial 4.0 Revolution and Productivity in Engineering Projects.

He sits in the advisory Council of the London based Global Infrastructure Anti-Corruption Centre (GIACC). Martin has previously worked for ZESA and Lon-Rho in various capacities in his engineering career. He is the Past President of the Southern African Federation of Engineering Organisations (SAFEO), and also the Zimbabwe Institution of Engineers (ZIE). He is the immediate past President of the Federation of African Engineering Organisations.

Mike Theobald

Mike Theobald

WSP

director, energy transition

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Mike Theobald

Mike has over 30 years’ experience in the Power, Energy, Industrial and Infrastructure sectors.

Mike joined WSP in 2021 to lead the firm’s Energy Transition sector, which incorporates Net Zero, Low Carbon Generation and Carbon Capture, Renewables and Conventional Generation.

Mike provides leadership across the above sectors with responsibility for strategic planning, growth and integrated team delivery, and is also member of WSP’s UK and Global Energy Leadership team. Mike also frequently engages with the UK Government, contributing to the Net Zero APPG as well as consulting with MPs on a range of energy related matters.

During his career Mike has developed experience across merger & acquisition, turnaround, advisory, operations, partnering and end to end project delivery.

For more information please contact:

Elena Arrobbio