To mark the launch of our 20th Anniversary programme, we’re delighted to be bringing together the Engineers Without Borders UK movement to celebrate everything we’ve achieved together over the last two decades.

During the evening, we’ll be diving into one of the competencies outlined in the Global Responsibility Competency Compass, as we hear from speakers on what it means to be an advocate in engineering. There will also be opportunities to meet and connect with others who are engaged with the movement over refreshments.

Learn more about our inspiring speakers below.

We expect this event to be heavily subscribed, so register soon to avoid disappointment!

Event details
  • Date: Tuesday 23 April 2024
  • Time: 18:00-20:30 BST
  • Venue: The Foundry, 17 Oval Way, London SE11 5RR

We’re pleased to be able to put on this event free of charge.

Join us!

Georgia Elliott-Smith

An environmental engineer, Chartered Environmentalist, and former UNESCO Special Junior Envoy for Youth & the Environment, Georgia started her career as one of UK construction’s first Environment Managers.

Founder and managing director of sustainability consultancy Element Four, Georgia now works with organisations such as Amnesty International, Nike, and the Bank of England, delivering her “disruptive sustainability” approach – a combination of best practice and activism that drives meaningful change in industry.

Known for her activism with Extinction Rebellion and She Changes Climate, in 2021 Georgia successfully challenged the UK government in the High Court over their failure to uphold the Paris Agreement. In 2023, she founded legal activist group Fighting Dirty with journalist, George Monbiot, forcing government to tackle pollution.

She has spoken at TEDxUCL, New York Times Climate Forward Conversations, Cambridge University Zero Festival, and BBC Women’s Hour.

Verel Rodrigues

Verel is a Climate Activist and an Environmental Campaigner with a passion for influencing sustainability and driving social change. He has campaigned with several movements such as Extinction Rebellion and Just Stop Oil, to raise awareness on the climate crisis, the need to end new oil and gas projects and to accelerate the transition to a regenerative future.

As the Campaigns Manager at Ecotricity, Verel designs and leads compelling campaigns that confront emissions in key sectors: energy, transport, and food.

Verel is passionate about systemic change and recognises the influential power of businesses in advocating for meaningful policy reforms. He harnesses the power of platforms like LinkedIn to galvanise community action and share insights on sustainability. Moreover, he contributes to political advocacy through his active involvement with the Green Party in Bristol, striving for a just transition to a greener, more equitable economy.

Yewande Akinola

Yewande is a Chartered Engineer, Innovator, Consultant, and Speaker with extensive experience in designing and constructing buildings globally.

Recognised as one of the 100 Most Influential Engineers in Europe by the Financial Times and Inclusive Boards, and the UK Young Woman Engineer of the Year by the Institution of Engineering & Technology, Yewande is committed to promoting diversity and innovation in STEM.

Yewande serves on the governing body at the University of Warwick, holds a Visiting Professorship at the University of Westminster, and has been awarded an MBE for services to engineering innovation and diversity in STEM. As Vice President of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, she also leads the Knowledge Services & Solutions board and chairs the Global Advisory Board of Warwick Business School.