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Message from the President
Dear members, associates, supporters, friends and partners of WFEO,

In front of you is the newest and the last WFEO newsletter of this special year. From this newsletter, you can see how our member organizations are working collectively with their consistent dedication and keep on making productive progress at this unprecedented time of both significant changes and challenges.
Engineers Australia organized the World Engineers Symposium (WES) to revisit selected best presentations in WEC 2019 – our last meeting together - and the changes occurred in the past year.
The Institution of Engineers of Kenya (IEK) has organized its annual conference with the support of WFEO and FAEO to discuss how to implement sustainable regional and local development agendas taking into account global best practices in context of COVID pandemic. The second World Forum on Science and Technology Development organized by China Association for Science and Technology (CAST) and sponsored by WFEO was successfully held under the theme of  “Trust, Cooperation and Development”, which has attracted an online audience of more than 26 million viewers. The 2020 World Conference on Science Literacy was also organized by CAST and sponsored by WFEO to enhance future public science literacy and to promote global anti-pandemic efforts.

December witnessed the success of the 2020 UNESCO International Forum on Artificial Intelligence  and the Futures of Education (AIED)  and the 2nd International Forum on Engineering Education. In these events, the collaborative efforts made by all parties on engineering education for sustainable development have been showcased and topics of AI skills for the futures of education have been discussed. The Joint Conference of FEIAP-WFEO-FAEO on Engineering Education Accreditation System and Capacity Building convened in Kenya and virtually engineering education experts from Asia and Africa to facilitate ideas and experience exchanges  on engineering education. ACE2020 - International Accreditation Conference in Engineering was successfully hosted by our Philippine colleagues. These events are in line with WFEO-IEA joint project to promote engineering education to meet the challenges of achieving the SDGs and to keep up with the 4th industrial revolution.

WFEO and its associate, the World Geospatial Industry Council (WGIC) came together through a webinar with the United Nations Expert Committee on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM), to discuss how cities can integrate geospatial technologies and Building Information Modelling to “build back better”, as part of the GEO-BIM 2020 Conference. WFEO also attended the annual WEEF and GEDC 2020 Conference, and Volume II of “Rising to the Top – Global Women Engineering Leaders share their journey to professional success” was launched on this event.

As Christmas and the New Year are approaching, on behalf of WFEO, I would like to wish all of you a healthy, successful, and productive year of 2021. WFEO calls for your engagement to prepare the World Engineering Day 2021 to showcase how engineering and engineers contribute to the achievement of the SDGs and to strengthen trust and collaboration with all actors to leverage science and technology to progress in practice towards sustainable development goals.

GONG Ke
President of WFEO
International Conference on Engineering Education Accreditation - ICEEA 2021
The WFEO national member Myanmar Engineering Council (MEngC) organizes an International Conference on Engineering Education Accreditation (ICEEA 2021, Myanmar) to be held virtually between 14 and 16 January 2021, from 12:30pm to 5pm Myanmar Time,daily (7am to 13:30 CET). The theme of the conference will be “Quality Engineering Education towards Sustainable Development”.

The conference aspires to bring academia from regional and international to share experience, erudite ideas, and insights from their engineering education and accreditation practice perspectives.

WFEO President Prof. Gong Ke and WFEO Past President Dr. Marlene Kanga will make a keynote presentation.

WFEO, World Geospatial Industry Council and UN Expert Committee on Geo-Spatial Information Workshop: Build back better cities with GeoBIM technologies
In a workshop that was part of GEO-BIM 2020 Conference last 4 December, WFEO and its associate, the World Geospatial Industry Council (WGIC) came together with United Nations Expert Committee on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM), to discuss how cities can use geospatial technologies and Building Information modelling to “Build Back better” for sustainable development.

The workshop highlighted the importance of advanced technologies in addressing many problems that cities currently face including the need to address housing, infrastructure transport climate change impacts and mitigate natural disaster risks. Speakers included representatives from industry, WFEO, WGIC and UN-GGIM.

The workshop discussed the case studies in the White Paper that was launched in July 2020 at the UN High Level Political Forum in July 2020 by WFEO, WGIC and UN-GGIM, as good examples of successful projects in smart cities.

Workshop participants also discussed various aspects of the use of geo-spatial and building information modelling technologies and the elements for successful implementation of these technologies for sustainable cities.

Speakers at this important forum included:
  • Mr. Remco Takken, Associate Director: Partnerships & Industry Engagement, WGIC, The work of WGIC on AEC and Smart Cities
  • Dr Marlene Kanga, Immediate Past President, WFEO, WFEO and the collaboration with UN-GGIM and WGIC for Capacity Building in Geospatial technologies and BIM
  • Mr. Chee Hai Teo, UN Secretariat, UN-GGIM, Resilient cities and the relevance of geospatial technologies
  • Ms Ananya Narain, Deputy Director AEC and Market & Economy, WGIC, Integrated GeoBIM for resilient infrastructure (with a focus on cities)
  • Mr. Benoit Fredericque, Bentley Systems France, Data-driven building processes/ Connecting GeoBIM data
  • Mr. Frank Weiss, Oracle Construction and Engineering, Data-driven building processes/ Connecting GeoBIM data

For more information:

“Build Back Better Cities with implementation of Geospatial and Building Information Modelling Technologies” presentation by WFEO Past President Dr Marlene Kanga
GEO-BIM 2020 Conference speakers
GEO-BIM 2020 Conference website
WFEO WGIC UN-GGIM White Paper on Geospatial technologies and BIM
World Engineers Symposium
The World Engineers Convention (WEC 2019) that took place in Melbourne between 20 and 22 November 2019 was one of the most successful events co-hosted by Engineers Australia and WFEO. It attracted over 3,000 participants from 47 countries around the world.

In celebration of that success, Engineers Australia organised the World Engineers Symposium (WES) between 18 and 20 November 2020. The goal was to revisit some of the best presentations as voted by audiences and the changes that have occurred in the past year.

WES had six sessions based on six themes all of which aligned to one or more of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals,

Each day was themed as:
  • Greater Liveability
  • Future Ready
  • Climate Smart Engineering.

WFEO was pleased that four speakers who are all significant leaders were selected to present at WES. They were:
  1. Prof. Daniel Favrat, Vice-Chairman of the WFEO Energy Committee, Switzerland, “Energy Storage for a more Sustainable Energy Future”
  2. Dr. Tomas Sancho, Chair of the WFEO Water Working Group, "Spain, Floods and Drought Management"
  3. Dr Richard Coackley, Representative of the Institution of Civil Engineers UK to WFEO, "Contribution of Reducing Carbone in Water to meet SDG Goals and Zero Carbon Targets"
  4. Mr. Davide Stronati, Chair of the WFEO Committee for Engineering and Environment (UK), “WFEO Declaration of Climate Emergency”

WFEO Immediate Past President of WFEO Dr Marlene Kanga, and a Past National President of Engineers Australia, chaired the session with Prof. Favrat and Dr Sancho as speakers.


For more information:

“Energy storage for a more sustainable energy future” presentation by WFEO Vice-Chairman of the Energy Committee Daniel Favrat
“Contribution of reducing Carbon in Water to meet UN SDG’s and Net Zero Carbon Targets” presentation by Member of the WFEO Committee on Engineering for Innovative Technologies Richard Coackley
World Engineers Convention (WEC 2019) webpage
Engineers Australia website
Dr Sancho presents on the challenges for engineers at WES 2020
Prof. Daniel Favrat presents on renewal energy technologies at WES 2020
Philippine Technological Council ACE 2020
The Philippine Technological Council (PTC) and the Accreditation and Certification Board for Engineering & Technology (PTC-ACBET) organized the ACE2020: International Accreditation Conference in Engineering, as an online event between 16 and 19 November 2020.

The main theme was “Accreditation and QA: Leading Transformations Towards Inclusive and Sustainable Development”.

The Philippine Technological Council is the umbrella organization of thirteen engineering professional organizations (EPO) in the country each composed of engineering professionals within one particular engineering discipline. The PTC is a provisional signatory of the International Engineering Alliance.

ACE is the platform for the exchange of information and discussions on current developments in international and local best practices in engineering education, accreditation and quality assurance among higher education institutions, the professional organizations, the accreditation bodies, government agencies, among other stakeholders.

Delegates attended from the 13 member engineering organizations of PTC, engineering schools, and universities. International delegates attended from the 10 members of the ASEAN Federation of Engineering Organizations (AFEO), the members of the International Engineering Alliance (IEA) and the Washington Accord, the Federation of Engineering Institutions of Asia and the Pacific (FEIAP) and WFEO.
 
ACE2020 included the following topics:
  • Washington Accord – “Gold Standard” of Engineering Education Quality: Way Forward
  • Challenges, Opportunities, and Best Practices in Meeting the Requirements of Washington Accord
  • Emerging Benchmarks of Graduate Attributes and Professional Competencies
  • Developments in Engineering Education in the Digital Revolution: Accreditation Towards Mutual Recognition & Mobility
  • Teaching, Learning and Assessments (TLA) in Engineering Education: Challenges and Opportunities in Online Learning
  • Complex Engineering Problems and Engineering Activities (CEP/CEA) in the Context of a Washington Accord Engineering Program

WFEO President 2017-2019 Dr. Marlene Kanga was a keynote speaker on the Graduate Attributes and Professional Competencies (GAPC) Framework.
 

For more information:

“WFEO-IEA Project to Review International Engineering Benchmarks for Graduate Attributes and Professional Competencies for engineers of the future” presentation by WFEO Past President Dr Marlene Kanga
Dr Marlene Kanga Immediate Past president WFEO, presents at ACE2020
Speakers at Day 2
Institution of Engineers Kenya Conference
The Institution of Engineers of Kenya (IEK) in collaboration with the Engineers Board of Kenya organised it annual conference between 24 and 27 November 2020 in Mombasa. The event was supported by UNESCO, WFEO and the Federation of African Engineering Organisations (FAEO).

The theme of the conference is “Engineering a Post-COVID-19 Future: Implementing sustainable regional and local development agendas taking into account global best practices”. The conference has seven sub-themes:
  1. Engineering the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  2. Big Four Agenda and Vision 2030.
  3. Smart Cities and Intelligent Infrastructure.
  4. Development of National, County, and Regional Value Chains.
  5. 4th Industrial Revolution and Industry 4.0
  6. Academia, Research, and Development.
  7. Climate Change Resilience.

WFEO Executive Board members presented key note addresses including Immediate Past President Dr Marlene Kanga, President Elect Prof. Jose Vieira and Executive Vice President Eng. Mustafa Shehu.

The Conference was a hybrid event with in-person and online attendances and presentations. A highlight of the event was the launch of the Engineers Card in collaboration with the National Bank of Kenya and Visa and which will assist in identifying engineers.

The Third Women Engineers Summit was also held as part of the event, with the theme “Leveraging Opportunities for women Engineers”.
WFEO Immediate Past president Dr Marlene Kanga spoke at the opening session.

Other speakers included the Chair of the WFEO Committee for Women in Engineering, Ms. Yetunde Holloway.
 
Congratulations to The Institution of Engineers of Kenya and the Engineers Board of Kenya for the organisations of a very successful event in spite of the restrictions due to COVID-19.
 

For more information:

Full article
“Engineering for Sustainable Development – The Transformation we need in a Post COVID-19 world” presentation by Dr Marlene Kanga, Past-President of WFEO
“Engineering education and training are not costs but investments” presentation by José M.P. Vieira, President-Elect of WFEO
IEK President Eng. Nathaniel Matalanga and member of WFEO Executive Council, speaks at the opening of the Conference
Eng. Christine Ogut, Chair Women Chapter, Institution of Engineers Kenya, speaks at the opening session of the 3rd Women Engineers Summit.
Delegates at the IEK Conference in Mombasa
WFEO Past President Dr Marlene Kanga's Address at the IEK Womens Summit Opening
 International Forum on AI and the Futures of Education
The International Forum on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Futures of Education (AIED) 2020 was successfully held between 7 and 8 December 2020 in Beijing in a hybrid form, with the theme “Developing Competencies for the AI Era”. The Forum was co-organized by UNESCO, the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China, and the National Commission of the People’s Republic of China for UNESCO.

The International Forum convened education and technology experts from around the world to discuss AI skills for the futures of education and AI as a common good for education.

WFEO President Prof. GONG Ke made the keynote speech “AI and Education- pursuing positive interaction of them” on the special session: Consultation on the Futures of Education (available by clicking in the below video, approximately at 38 min.)

The AIED Forum 2020 follows up on the International Conference on AI and Education (Beijing, May 2019) which resulted in the first international consensus on AI and education, the Beijing Consensus.
 

For more information:

All video recordings of the Forum
International Forum on AI and the Futures of Education website
Concept note of the Forum – In English / In French / In Chinese
International Forum on AI and the Futures of Education
WFEO President Prof. GONG Ke addressing at the forum
World Conference on Science Literacy 2020
The World Conference on Science Literacy 2020 was successfully held on 8 December 2020 in Beijing, with the theme “Improve Public Science Literacy, Promote Global Anti-pandemic Effort”.

The conference is organised by the China Association for Science and Technology (CAST) and supported by WFEO, UNESCO, the International Science Council (ISC), and The World Academy of Sciences for the advancement of science in developing countries (TWAS).

23 international, national and regional science and technology organisations and experts from around the world joined the conference to talk about how to enhance public science literacy and science in the fight against COVID-19.

Prof. GONG Ke, on behalf of WFEO, addressed at the opening ceremony, saying “On every frontline of combating this deadly pandemic, innovations through science, technology and engineering have played crucial roles.”

“The science literacy of the public, and especially for decision-makers, are of vital importance. Scientists and Engineers are obligated to help to promote science literacy of all. They are responsible to promote public awareness of scientific facts, concepts and process. They are responsible to answer public concerns and answer their questions. And they are accountable for public trust.”

“WFEO would like to join our hands with CAST to promote public knowledge and capabilities in fighting against the pandemic and in coping with the various threats and risks faced by humankind, to transform our world by implementing the UN 17 SDGs, and to build back better from the pandemic.”

For more information:

Full article
WFEO President Prof. GONG Ke addressing at the opening ceremony
Shamila Nair-Bedouelle, Assistant Director-General for the Natural Sciences of UNESCO
World Conference on Science Literacy 2020
World Forum on Science and Technology Development
The second World Forum on Science and Technology Development, with the theme of “Trust, Cooperation and Development” was successfully held between 8 and 9 November 2020, in Beijing, which has attracted an online audience of more than 26 million viewers.

This forum was organized by WFEO national member, the China Association for Science and Technology (CAST), the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE), and was sponsored by WFEO, UNESCO, the International Science Council (ISC) and the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST).

Prof. GONG Ke, president of WFEO, addressed at the opening ceremony, stressing the importance of “Trust, Cooperation and Development” in the context of the pandemic and the unstable international situation and saying “WFEO would very much like to work with all to build and strengthen trust among the world’s scientific and technological community, to promote cooperation to meet the global challenges to the whole mankind, and to leverage science and technology to accelerate the actions of delivering sustainable development goals.”

Mr. WAN Gang, President of CAST, Ms. Shamila Nair-Bedouelle, Assistant Director General for the Natural Sciences, UNESCO, Prof. Daya Reddy, President of the International Science Council, also addressed at the opening ceremony.

For more information:

Full article
World Forum on Science and Technology Development website
Programme of the Second World Science and Technology Forum
Prof. GONG Ke moderating the plenary session
Some of the experts attending online
The onsite video recording of the high-level dialogue
The Zoom video recording of the high-level dialogue
International Forum on Engineering Education 2020
The 2nd International Forum on Engineering Education co-organized by the Chinese Academy of Engineering, and the UNESCO Category II Centre, the International Centre for Engineering Education (ICEE), Tsinghua University, was held between 2 and 4 December 2020.

The Forum had the theme of “Environment and Sustainable Development“, and included presentations and discussions on aspects of engineering education including topics on water environment and water ecology, climate change and blue sky action, environment and health, sustainable chemical engineering and the future, engineering education for sustainable development.

A Forum on Engineering Education for Sustainable Development was held on 4th December and included speakers from UNESCO, WFEO and the International Engineering Alliance. The Forum was an opportunity to showcase the collaborative work being done, including with ICEE as a partner.

The Forum was Chaired by Prof Wu Qidi, Director of the International Centre for Engineering Education (ICEE).

Speakers at this Forum included:

Panel Speakers:
  • Dr Peggy OTI-BOATENG (Director, Division of Science Policy and Capacity-Building, UNESCO)
  • Dr Marlene KANGA (Immediate Past President, WFEO)
  • Prof. Elizabeth TAYLOR (Chair, the Washington Accord, International Engineering Alliance)
  • Prof. ZHENG Qinghua (Vice President, Xi ‘an Jiaotong University)
  • Dr LI Ming (Senior manager, Education and Training Division, Human Resource Department of China Academy of Space Technology (CAST)
  • Dr REN Nanqi (Member of CAE; Vice President, Harbin Institute of Technology)
  • Dr WANG Shuiguo (President, XuetangX)
  • Mr ZHOU Shuhua (President, Huahe Capital)

An interesting discussion followed the presentation with questions from researchers at ICEE and other delegates.


For more information:

“UNESCO-WFEO-IEA Project Review International Engineering Benchmarks for Graduate Attributes and Professional Competencies for engineers of the future and for sustainable development” presentation by WFEO Past President Dr Marlene Kanga
Speakers at the On Line Forum on Engineering Education for Sustainable Development
Dr Peggy Oti-Boateng speaks on the importance of engineering education for sustainable development
WFEO YEFL Webinar series "Engineering the Future" No3 - Volunteering for the Future
The WFEO Committee on Young Engineers / Future Leaders organised the third webinar on "Volunteering for the Future" of its series "Engineering the Future" on 8 December 2020.

Engineers have a unique skill-set which can be valuable in a range of different areas. This session shared the experiences of young engineers who are committed to volunteering in their local communities and around the world to inspire the next generation and share their engineering expertise to make a difference.

Panelists shared background and their volunteering experiences.

Speakers:
For more information:

Video recording of the WFEO-YEFL Webinar ‘Engineering the Future’ #3 Volunteering for the Future
WFEO-YEFL Webinar “Engineering the Future” #2 Climate Action
WFEO-YEFL Webinar “Engineering the Future” #1 Resilience and Sustainability for Young Engineers
WFEO Committee on Young Engineers / Future Leaders website
Speakers at the WFEO YEFL Committee Webinar #3 "Engineering the Future – Volunteering for the Future"
WFEO YEFL Committee Webinar #3 "Engineering the Future – Volunteering for the Future"
FEIAP-WFEO-FAEO Jointly Host Conference on Engineering Education
The Joint Conference of the Federation of Engineering Institutions in Asia and the Pacific (FEIAP), WFEO and the Federation of African Engineering Organizations (FAEO) on "Engineering Education Accreditation System and Capacity Buildings" was successfully held on 7 November simultaneously online and offline at the Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU), Xi’an, China.

Prof. Gong Ke, President of WFEO, Huang Wei, President of FEIAP, and Martin Manuhwa, President of FAEO, attended and addressed the online meeting respectively. Engineering education experts from Malaysia, Singapore, Zimbabwe, Rwanda and other countries have shared their views and experience in engineering education with more than 100 participants via online webinars.

Gong Ke, in his speech, pointed out that improving the quality of engineering education is significant for the achievement of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations. He also conveyed a message of solidarity on behalf of WFEO to welcome the cooperation between FEIAP and FAEO and said that WFEO is the platform providing opportunities and supports to member organizations to help each other to improve the quality of engineering education and enhance engineering capability buildings.

For more information:

Full article
Prof. Gong Ke, President of WFEO, Huang Wei, President of FEIAP, and Martin Manuhwa, President of FAEO
KLESF Webinar Careers of Young women engineers
A webinar showcasing the careers of young women engineers involved in careers that advance sustainable development was hosted by the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering at the Kuala Lumpur Engineering Science Fair (KLESF) on 18 December 2020.

KLESF is an initiative with various programmes and activities that aims to promote interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) among primary and secondary school students.

The KLESF partners comprise of the ASEAN Academy of Engineering and Technology (AAET), The Institution of Engineers Malaysia (IEM), Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT), Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (TARUC) and Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR).

The event usually attracts young students from around Kuala Lumpur. However, it was held in virtual format in 2020 due to COVID-19.

The presentations of the young women engineers will inspire young girls to consider engineering as a career.  A recording of the presentation can be viewed in this page.

For more information:

KLESF website
The webinar recording
 
Speakers at the KLESF Webinar, 18 December 2020
 
Launch of Rising to the Top Book II
The International Federation of Engineering Education Societies (IFEES) launched Volume II of “Rising to the Top – Global Women Engineering Leaders share their journey to professional success” at their annual WEEF and GEDC 2020 Conference, held virtually between 16 and 19 November.

A number of the authors from Volume I and Volume II spoke about their journeys and the issues facing women engineers around the world. The webinar featured WFEO Immediate Past president Dr Marlene Kanga, Prof. Lidia Zakowska, Poland and a member of the WFEO Committee for Women in Engineering and Prof. Niranjanie Ratnayake, a Past President of WFEO National Member, the Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka.

The second edition features many women involved with WFEO as a result of their nomination by WFEO Immediate Past President Marlene Kanga. Prof. Hans Hoyer, Executive Director, IFEES has acknowledged her contribution, as follows: “For this, our second edition, I was fortunate to be able to get it started by working closely with Marlene Kanga, an important global engineering leader based in Australia. She played a key role as we identified other women leaders and new voices to contribute their stories.”

Prof Hoyer, a tireless advocate for the advancement, of women engineers states:
“The goal of the first and second editions of Rising to the Top is for a new generation of female engineering leaders to be inspired by their peers. Equally important is that many of our male colleagues are sure to be positively impacted as they read about the unique journeys honestly shared within these pages. My hope is that this second edition will trigger even more men in the profession and in engineering education to seriously reflect on how they can be more effective, engaged, and sensitive in terms of supporting women in their leadership roles—regardless of what culture they live in.”.

We are proud of the achievements of the women engineers who are active at WFEO and its partners who are featured in Volume I and II, and congratulate them all for their achievements. They include (in alphabetical order):

Volume 1:
  1. Prof Dawn Bonfield, Deputy Chair WFEO Committee for Women in Engineering
  2. Dr Marlene Kanga, Immediate Past President WFEO

Volume 2:
  1. Ms Valerie Agberagba, former Chair WFEO Women in Engineering Committee
  2. Prof. Raida Al Alawi, Bahrain Society of Engineers
  3. Ms Carlien Bou-Chedid, first female FAEO President 2021-2023
  4. Ms. Maria Teresa Dalenz Zapata, Past president UPADI
  5. Ms Irene Campos Gomez, Former Minister for Housing Costa Rica, Past president UPADI
  6. Ms Gail Mattson, President INWES, 2017-2020
  7. Ms. Jun Hada, founder, Women in Science and Engineering, Nepal
  8. Ms. Reine Essobmadje, Member WFEO Committee for Women in Engineering, Cameroun
  9. Ms Ariunbolor Purvee, Founder Women in Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics, Mongolia, Chair INWES Asia Pacific Nation network 2020-2023
  10. Prof. Niranjanie Ratnayake, Past president, Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka
  11. Dr Lydia Tansinsin, Past President Philippine Technological Council, Winner, WFEO Women in Engineering Award, 2019
  12. Dr Khin Sandar Tun, Chair, Women in Engineering, Myanmar Engineering Society
  13. Prof. Lidia Zakowska, Member WFEO Women in Engineering Committee, Poland

Copies of the book can be purchased from this link.

For more information:

Rising to the Top Book II webpage
International Federation of Engineering Education Societies (IFEES) website
 
Launch of Rising to the Top Volume II, Virtual event
Top L to R: Prof Lidia Zakowska, Dr Soma Chakrabati Organizing Committee for Rising to the Top, Prof Niranjanie Ratnayake
Bottom L to R: Dr Marlene Kanga, Prof Cristina Trois, Prof Reem Sabouni
 
FIDIC special webinar "Recovery with integrity" for UN’s International Anti-Corruption Day
WFEO partner the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC) hosted the special webinar "Recovery with integrity" for UN’s International Anti-Corruption Day on 9 December 2020.

Corruption thrives in times of crisis and the ongoing global pandemic has not been an exception. During the Covid-19 health crisis, fighting corruption can mean the difference between life and death; adequate food or hunger; having a roof over your head or becoming homeless.

More than 250 people attended the webinar, entitled “Recovery with integrity”, discussed how the global construction and infrastructure industry can work together and unite to combat corruption, writes FIDIC communications advisor Andy Walker.

Introducing the event, FIDIC president Bill Howard from the USA said that he was delighted to see FIDIC reaching out once again with its online webinars. He highlighted the global cost of corruption – up to $4 trillion a year – which he said was a massive amount and something that FIDIC condemned totally.

For more information:

Webinar highlights an industry united against corruption
 
FIDIC special webinar "Recovery with integrity"
Podcast of Dr Marlene Kanga on lifting STEM expertise across the board
In Board Level, the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) podcast ‘Women in Focus’, award-winning journalist Catherine Fox speaks to leading female directors about their journey to the boardroom and the ‘one thing they wish they’d known’.

Through a launching each week in October and November 2020, guests share their pathway to becoming a director, key influences, roles models and lessons learned along the way – including the one piece of advice they wished they had known before embarking on a leadership career.

In episode 13, Catherine interviews Dr Marlene Kanga, WFEO President 2017-2019, on the role of women, especially engineers on company boards.

Courtesy of Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD)

For more information:

"Dr Marlene Kanga on lifting STEM expertise across the board" podcast
Podcast transcript


 
Back story: Dr Marlene Kanga, WFEO Past President - Interview by Engineering & Technology
Australian engineer Dr Marlene Kanga, AM FTSE HonFIEAust HonFIChemE, is the immediate past president of WFEO representing 100 nations and some 30 million engineers. With a background in chemical engineering, she is now a keen advocate for the promotion of diverse and inclusive groups within engineering around the world, and here expands on a topic that is very close to her heart.

Shini Somara: Tell us about World Engineering Day.

Marlene Kanga: As president of the World Federation of Engineering Organisation, I advocated for Unesco member states to declare 4 March every year World Engineering Day. It is dedicated to communicating the impact of engineering and spreading the message that if you want to change the world, become an engineer. Engineers have the skills to make change. We also need more women to make a contribution. I think understanding the purpose and importance of engineering to communities is vital for selling engineering to women.

The full interview is available in this page.

By Shini Somara. Courtesy of Engineering & Technology, published Thursday, November 12, 2020
 
WFEO President attended the Sweden-China Top Scientist Dialogue & Memorial Gala Dinner in the Spirit of Nobel
President Gong Ke and Ambassador Helena Sångeland
 
WFEO President Gong Ke attended the Sweden-China Top Scientist Dialogue & Memorial Gala Dinner in the Spirit of Nobel as invited by Ambassador Helena Sångeland of the Embassy of Sweden in Beijing on 10 December.

The Memorial Gala Dinner was hosted to celebrate the Nobel Day 2020 under the theme of “Research, Innovation and Sustainability” and, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this is the first time for Nobel Dinner held in a distributed manner in different places of the world instead of gathering together in Stockholm. The high-level dialogue, being the most important and inspiring part of the dinner highlighted the importance of research and innovation in this time of challenges and uncertainty.

For more information:

Full article
 
Reine Essobmadje elected first Vice President of the Cameroon Association of Employers (GICAM)
Congratulations to Reine Essobmadje, member of WFEO Committee on Women in Engineering and founder of Evolving Consulting, for having been elected first Vice President of the Cameroon Association of Employers (GICAM - Groupement Interpatronal du Cameroun) during their General Assembly, that has been held on 16 December 2020.

Reine Essobmadje is the first woman to hold the position of 1er Vice-Président of GICAM.

For more information:

GICAM website
L'Afrique en Réveil Facebook page
 
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