Lead judges

Sokphea Young, Freelance Consultant

Sokphea Young holds a PhD and has more than 17 years of experience in social and environmental performance. Dr. Young has worked as a consultant for international consulting companies and advised commercial banks, private sectors, International Financial Corporation, Asian Development Bank, UN agencies, and other international organizations. In addition to consultancy work, Dr. Young has extensively researched and written about social and environmental politics, human rights and business, the political economy of natural resource governance, and corporate accountability.

Imo Ekanem, 1st Prize winner in 22/23, University of Greenwich

A current Mechanical Engineering student at the University of Greenwich. Also a member of the winning team in the 2023 Engineering for People Design Challenge, contributing to the ‘HealthPod’ project, which resulted in an enhanced appreciation for sustainable engineering. The experience of being involved last year will provide a unique perspective which will be utilised as a judge for the upcoming competition.

Charlotte Heffer, Senior Programme Manager, Energy Saving Trust

Charlotte is an experienced renewable energy, climate change and development specialist with more than 15 years experience in Africa, Asia and Latin America. In her previous role as Director of Global Partnerships Charlotte supported off-grid solar start-ups in the global south to develop and grow: she is well versed in identifying and overcoming the challenges of starting new initiatives in low-income, remote locations in the Global South.

Milly Hennayake, Senior Civil Engineer, Ove Arup Partners Ltd

Milly works in the water business and has worked on flood risk management and resilience projects from inception to construction. Milly has worked in Africa and South America with various NGOs, notably with Kounkuey Design Initiative working on placemaking projects centred on participatory design. Milly has also worked in Peru on a country-wide Reconstruction programme, to design and build new flood risk infrastructure to protect people and assets from flooding due to El Nino in addition to seasonal rain.

Mike Bray, Vice President Innovation, RS Group plc

I’m a political scientist by degree and post-grad qualification, who then went in a different direction and now have over 20 years’ experience with RS Components (the UK’s leading distributor of electronics, electrical and industrial components), holding a number of senior management positions in Product Marketing, Electronics and latterly Innovation. For the last seven years I have led the the development of our DesignSpark community and platform of resources, created for electronics and mechanical design engineers.

Hiba Khan, Civil Engineer, Mott Macdonald

Hiba is a Chartered Civil Engineer with experience in international development, sustainability, engineering design, stakeholder management and project implementation within the engineering, management and development consultancy, Mott MacDonald.

She sits on the Board of Trustees of the UN Global Compact Network UK, the world’s largest corporate sustainability and social responsibility initiative. While at university, Hiba lived in Battambang in Cambodia and worked with Teuk Saat 1001 on an Engineers Without Borders placement to deliver rural water treatment stations and community education.


Ellie Carey, EWB-UK Student Champion, University of Bristol

I have just finished my final year studying Engineering Design at the University of Bristol and am passionate about embedding sustainability at the heart of all Engineering! I specialise in Mechanical Engineering and am going to work in the offshore wind industry after University.  I was involved with the Engineers Without Borders society throughout my time at University with the role of Secretary and then as President of the chapter in Bristol. I have now been a Student Champion for EWB-UK for the last 2 years and intend to continue my involvement as I navigate my way into the working world!

Rachel Jones, Regenerative Solutions Director, Ramboll

I have worked in the engineering consultancy sector for most of my 30 year career. My roles have focused on creating more sustainable solutions for clients embedding sustainability into plans, strategies and projects to influence decisions and culture. I have particular technical experience in development of sustainable engineering design, Environmental Social Governance (ESG) strategy development and reporting, implementation and review, circular economy practices, training and facilitation.

Dara Than, Coordinator, Cambodian Society in the UK

I graduated MSc in International Money, Finance, and Investment from Durham University. My background was in entrepreneurship, finance, education, and the third sector throughout my career as well as involvement with the Cambodian Community as an executive member of CASUNIK responsible for coordination with the student community and external affairs with other ASEAN member communities in the UK. I am currently running my own business, Matcha Venture, both in the UK and Cambodia, specialising in Japanese Matcha and green teas.

Mike Sefton, Associate, Expedition Engineering

At Expedition I search for approaches to reduce carbon emissions on infrastructure projects and work systemically to scale these across the construction sector. I am part of the Institution of Structural Engineers Climate Emergency Task Group and support the Structural Engineers Declare activities. I am part of the growing regenerative culture within a cohort of built environment practitioners which I support through taking part in activities such as the Constructivist Regenerative Design Action Lab and the UKGBC’s A Sustainable Built Environment through Systems Change programme.

Nuh Cooper, Graduate Engineer, Spirax Group

Having completed an MEng in Electronic Engineering at the University of York, I am now a graduate engineer in the Global Graduate Leadership Development Programme (GGLD) at Spirax Group. I am currently in my second eight-month placement, focusing on digital skills, AI, automation, and inclusive development. I will begin my PhD in Responsible AI at the University of York in July. Additionally, I am the founding director of a social mobility non-profit.

Khadiza Bibi, 2nd Prize winner in 22/23, Manchester Metropolitan University

Participating in last year’s Engineers Without Borders Grand Finals’ competition, my team, EcoQuality, presented our ideas and engineered solutions. Showcasing our innovative engineering designs and collaborative skills through multiple pitches, this journey helped develop my problem-solving and team-working skills, which I believe are highly useful for students to gain. Returning as a judge for the competition this year allows me to support new talent within the community.

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Simon Krelle, Managing Director, Publitek

I am an Emech engineer who started my career with an apprenticeship. My first roles were in product design and production engineering, before I moved into technical business development and project management roles with companies including The TI Group and Panasonic Industrial Europe. For the past 20 years I’ve been with Publitek – a full-service marketing agency focused on supporting clients in the engineering sector. I am passionate about how engineering, and in particular electronics, is driving and enabling innovation and evolution in end markets that are pivotal for a sustainable future.

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Adam Ahmed, 2nd Prize winner in 22/23, Manchester Metropolitan University

I am a student who has just completed his bachelors degree in Electrical & Electronic University. I take pride in applying new technologies for a globally responsible future!

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