South Africa Final Judges

Luke Hutchinson: Operations Manager, DC

Luke’s experience includes technology development, sustainability consulting, entrepreneurship and solar photovoltaic energy.  He has worked for Statistics South Africa, Nokia, Tellumat and Conco Energy Solutions.  He has worked for Statistics South Africa, Nokia, Tellumat and Conco Energy Solutions. He is currently the Operations Manager at DC Go – a solar energy company the provides electricity to informal settlements.

Simon Sizwe Mayson: Enabler at Makers Valley Partnership, PhD Student at University of the Witwatersrand

As an aspiring ‘changemaker’, Simon works to enable a Wellbeing Economy in ‘Makers Valley’, Johannesburg inner city, by reducing inequalities and increasing sustainability through partnership-building, mixed income developments and early childhood development.

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Christopher Muaku: Distiller at Primal Spirits Distillery

Christopher is a chemical engineer, entrepreneur and innovator his mission is to use his knowledge, skills and resources to help people both locally and internationally.

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Irshaad Vawda: CEO Engineers Without Borders South Africa

A creative-thinking, analytically-strong and ECSA registered Industrial Engineer with a strong System Engineering background, and experience in large and small energy projects in various leadership roles and companies. Passionate about leveraging “hard” engineering disciplines together with “soft” social approaches to create innovative, efficient, resilient and responsible businesses and infrastructure.

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UK Grand Finals Judges

Jayesh Chavad: General Manager, UK Operations & Sales at Gestra AG

An engineering graduate from UCL, Jay has over 20 years experience in the field of Industrial Steam and Processes. He has held various positions of increasing responsibility ranging from technical, sales and management.

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Thobile Chittenden: CEO Makers Valley Partnership

Thobile Chittenden is committed to see a Johannesburg that works. She spends her days driving social and creative change within the Makers Valley.

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Dr Ellie Cosgrave: Lecturer, Urban Innovation and Policy

Dr Cosgrave is Director of the Urban Innovation and Policy Lab at University College London where she specialises in engineering and social justice.

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Katie Cresswell-Maynard: Chief Executive Engineers Without Borders UK

After studying mechanical engineering, Katie worked as an engineering consultant at global firm Arup. Now as Chief Executive, Katie has overall responsibility for the organisation to achieve its strategic aims and all aspects of operational performance.

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Simon Flatt: CEO Publitek

A degree-qualified electronics engineer, Simon has over 30 years of experience in deep-tech B2B marketing communications and has been Publitek CEO since 2017.

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Zoe Haseman: Vice President Global Sustainability at Jacobs

Zoe has more than 19 years of international experience in sustainability efforts, working across both public, private and start-up sectors. In her current role at Jacobs, she is creating and implementing a new global sustainability strategy to help deliver Jacobs’ vision of providing solutions for a more connected, sustainable world.

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Isabella Mascarenhas: Vice President, Grass Roots at RS components

Isabella is Vice President, Grass Roots at RS working with students and young professionals globally to develop and enhance their employability skills and career prospects.

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Simon Sizwe Mayson: Enabler at Makers Valley Partnership, PhD Student at University of the Witwatersrand

As an aspiring ‘changemaker’, Simon works to enable a Wellbeing Economy in ‘Makers Valley’, Johannesburg inner city, by reducing inequalities and increasing sustainability through partnership-building, mixed income developments and early childhood development.

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Mariapaola McGurk: Managing Director at The Coloured Cube

Mariapaola is a creative entrepreneur in Johannesburg, South Africa who strongly believes in collaboration, partnerships and creativity methodologies to grow and better our society.

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Hector Mgiba: Cultural Curator at the Xquizified Movement

An Artipreneur and one of the amazing minds behind NinetyFour Colours which is a holding company for Xquizified Media, Sneakers 4 Change, World of Words and the annual Social & Creative Youth Expo.

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Andrew Mines: Managing Director of the Global Watson Marlow Fluid Technology Group

Andrew is currently Managing Director and Member of the Spirax-Sarco Engineering plc. His previous role was as Global Executive Vice President of Construction Products Illinois Tool Works (ITW) where he lead the $1.7bn Global Construction Products Business.

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Christopher Muaku: Distiller at Primal Spirits Distillery

Christopher is a chemical engineer, entrepreneur and innovator his mission is to use his knowledge, skills and resources to help people both locally and internationally.

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Professor Jeremy Miller: Group Research and Solutions Development Manager at Spirax Sarco, FIET, FInstR

With over 30 years’ experience in developing energy-related products, bringing to market, and providing both technical and business expertise. Proven success with commercial developments in refrigeration, steam, pharmaceutical, chemical, food, beverage, medical/biological tissue storage, engineering, power transmission, liquid natural gas, and fire suppression. Inventor of 128 patents.

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Siyabonga Ndlangamandla: Farmer(Bsc.Biological Sciences) Board Member at Makers Valley Partnership

Working in a social and creative space, focusing on ideas surrounding food security and innovative methods in the agricultural industry. Based in the Makers Valley the fastest growing economy in the creative enterprise, Siyabonga works with networks to create a well being economy.

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Andrew O'Sullivan: Chief Engineer at Black & Veatch

Highly qualified and experienced Electrical, Instrumentation, Control and Automation (E&ICA) Chartered Engineer and Chartered Manager, with a proven track record in the water and utility sector.

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Greg Rowsell: Engineering Professor Council Board Member at Harper Adams University

Engineer, Senior Lecturer and Programme manager at Harper Adams University. Conducts research on Developing Student Centred Learning in Engineering using Technology.

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Sarah Ryan: Funding and Foundation Advisor, Socio-Economic Development Team Social Performance at Anglo American

Sarah has 10+ years of experience working in international development for organisations such as Marie Stopes International and the Aga Khan Foundation and has managed various projects across Central/South Asia, sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East.

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Julia Safiullina: Investment Manager at Iona Capital

Julia’s role is to drive investments to completion and monitor assets performance as a Board Director. Her focus is EfW infrastructure in the UK.

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Jon Samuel: Group Head, Responsible Business Partnerships at Anglo American at Anglo American

Jon’s work focuses on continuing to ramp-up our socio-economic development work, pursuing financing opportunities in the sustainability space, and building on Anglo American’s leadership position in responsible mining standards. Jon also leads the company’s engagement with socially responsible investors investors and is Anglo American’s lead representative at the International Council on Mining & Metals.

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Sivasakthy Selvakumaran: Engineering Fellow and Co-Founder & CEO of BKwai

Sakthy is a Chartered Civil Engineer, Cambridge University Engineering Fellow and Co-Founder of BKwai. She has worked internationally in design, construction, remote-sensing and international development.

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Rorisang Sojane: Community Development Intern at the Makers Valley Partnership

Rorisang is an aspiring urban practitioner passionate about the urban management and governance practices to make better cities for all.

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Dean Stephens: Group Head of Mergers & Acquisitions Spirax-Sarco Engineering plc

Chartered mechanical engineer, who joined Spirax Sarco as a development engineer in 1992. During his time with the company, he has progressed through positions in Production Planning, Engineering Management, Operations Management and Strategic Projects.

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Professor Colin Turner: Interim Dean of Learning Enhancement

Interim Dean of Learning Enhancement and Professor of Engineering Education at Ulster University, and the President of the Engineering Professors’ Council.

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Irshaad Vawda: CEO Engineers Without Borders South Africa

A creative-thinking, analytically-strong and ECSA registered Industrial Engineer with a strong System Engineering background, and experience in large and small energy projects in various leadership roles and companies. Passionate about leveraging “hard” engineering disciplines together with “soft” social approaches to create innovative, efficient, resilient and responsible businesses and infrastructure.

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US Grand Finals Judges and Panellists

Clare Haas Claveau: Chief Consulting Programs Officer at Engineers Without Borders USA

Clare Haas Claveau, PE, is the Chief Consulting Programs Officer with Engineers Without Borders USA. In this position, she leads the Community Engineering Corps program that pairs pro-bono engineering services with underserved communities across the US. Clare has worked in the environmental industry for over 25 years providing a diverse range of management and engineering services. Clare holds a MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Marquette University and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota.

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Anand Pattani: Vice President of Black & Veatch

Anand Pattani is a Vice President and Project Director at Black & Veatch. He joined the company in 1998 and has been involved with design, engineering, project and construction management for power generation, water desalination, oil & gas projects. Anand has a Masters in Chemical Engineering and is a licensed professional engineer.

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Randolf Waters: Director, Global Partnerships & Branding

Randolf is Director of Global Branding & Partnerships at Xylem. His work also includes strategy, marketing, business development, and government relations. He works closely with the International Water Association (IWA) advising the Board of Directors and the Young Water Professionals program. During university he led a EWB-Peru clean water project.

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Melissa Montgomery: Chief Design & Build Programs Officer at Engineers Without Borders USA

Melissa Montgomery serves as the Chief Design & Build Program Officer at Engineers Without Borders USA. Her team oversees more than 350 projects in 40 countries around the world.  She is a registered Professional Engineer in civil engineering, and worked as a consultant for 10 years prior to serving as a US Peace Corps volunteer in Peru, where she served as a Water and Sanitation volunteer for over 2 years. Melissa is passionate about social justice, education, and addressing poverty through engineering solutions, all of which she has been able to do during the last 6.5 years with EWB-USA. When not dedicating time to EWB-USA, Melissa likes to spend as much time as possible with her dog, Mr. Bowie.

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Jackie O’Brien: CEO, Engineers Without Borders USA

Jackie O’Brien is the CEO of Engineers Without Borders USA. In her role as CEO, she oversees country offices in Africa, Central and South America, and EWB-USA’s work in the US connecting underserved communities with engineering expertise. Jackie brings thirty years of experience working in the corporate engineering world across the Americas, Europe and Asia with stretches at Vigor, Arconic, and Alcoa to her position. She holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from The Ohio State University and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University. Jackie served as EWB-USA board member from 2018-2020.

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Greg McKenna: Director of Field Engineering and Training at Arconic Foundation Judge

Greg McKenna joined Kawneer/Arconic in 1982 and has had various engineering and research roles within the company.  He is currently the Director of Field Engineering and Training and holds 13 patents relating to products used in building cladding and façade systems. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech and is a licensed engineer in Georgia.

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