Hisanao Kajiura CEng MICE

My career as a civil engineer has given me lots of great opportunities. I've learnt so much about international project management and how to handle technical and commercial difficulties. 

Hisanao Kajiura
Hisanao Kajiura

I've also worked on a range of projects over the years, have visited many places and experienced diverse cultures.

Being an ICE member has been invaluable in my job because it proves I have the competence to manage international projects successfully.

One of the most challenging projects I've worked on was the Djibouti Palace Kempinski Hotel in Africa. The hotel had to be built in the Red Sea (on reclaimed land), and be completed by a fixed date.

We came up with the solution of using pre-cast concrete walls. This allowed us to build to a high standard, achieve accuracy in the build, and meet the strict deadline. But there weren't any pre-cast systems in Djibouti, so we had to create the concrete walls from scratch.

Our strong teamwork and technical expertise helped us to finish the hotel on time. We must have impressed the local newspaper too as they called this project “the Miracle of Djibouti”.

I’m now back in Japan working for CBRE, and my main focus is on project management for international clients.

ICE fellowship is important to me, so I’m in the process of applying. This is also part of a bigger plan. I want senior civil engineers to support young Japanese engineers to join ICE and to develop their careers.

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