We are looking for two member-elected trustees with experience in the following:

  • Influencing or advocacy, ability to shape opportunities to influence policy, industry and drive the Engineers Without Borders UK vision forward.
  • Community / movement building, understanding of the way movements grow, shift power, and create change.
  • Engineering innovation, knowledge of engineering and technology and how it impacts on human development.

Explore the biographies below and cast your vote by 23:59 on Tuesday 16 November. Learn the outcome of this vote during our AGM on Wednesday 17 November.

Akaraseth Puranasamriddhi

Akaraseth works as a Researcher at the University of Cambridge and UCL where he supports research on solutions to mitigate climate change and social and economic inequality. He previously worked at the United Nations Development Programme helping governments towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. As a Member Elected Trustee, Akaraseth’s priorities would be to strengthen connections and promote greater collaboration within the Engineers Without Borders UK community to harness the passion and knowledge of the membership. Through our collective and ongoing engagement, we can accelerate the movement in embedding global responsibility into studies and practice, together delivering sustainable and equitable change through engineering.

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Alan Brown

I am a professional engineer with multidisciplinary experience and am currently Senior Lecturer at Ulster University. My research includes low-cost drinking water treatment for less developed regions and reactor design for CO2 reduction. I am passionate about Global Responsibility and am starting a project to embed Globally Responsible Engineering and evaluate its effectiveness in transforming engineers’ attitudes. I have volunteered with a development NGO, working on global justice and debt campaigns. As a Trustee I would bring inderdisciplinary engineering and UK regional perspectives, combined with excellent communication, change management and educational leadership experience to support the already excellent team.

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Ami Singh

I strongly believe in the ethos and actions Engineers Without Borders UK is actively implementing and the positive change the organisation is making. I want to be a part of that change and believe I have the influence, knowledge, charisma and drive to be an effective board member. I have extensive experience in engineering and strategy development over the past 17 years and have sat on the shadow board for a FSTE 100 UK company. I volunteer to play a leading role in the inclusion and diversity committees for various institutions including as a BAME officer for a university. More recently I was made a Fellow of the IET, including role as a professional registration advisor and place on the IET council. I have always focused on encouraging innovation by acknowledging and respecting our differences.

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Cara Mulholland

Using the passion I learnt from Engineers Without Borders UK influencing responsibility at the heart of global engineering, I’ve spent 10 years instilling the same ethos into UK projects through the maturing social value movement. I have worked between academia and industry developing new ways to approach and evaluate built environment projects, and see momentum for more UK based practice to learn from appropriate, alternative, innovative engineering and technology solutions which Engineers Without Borders’ has pioneered internationally. Having led stakeholder initiatives across all levels of seniority in industry, influencing policy and practice, I look forward to involving engineers at all levels with Engineers Without Borders UK.

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Jonathan Fashanu

I’m a chartered civil and structural engineer that has been passionate about global responsibility and sustainability. Having worked internationally for a few years, I understand the challenges faced with the transfer of technology and the barriers that developing countries face to level up. I started DASH, an integrated architecture and engineering firm to deliver low-impact homes in the UK. I am also on the board of the Association for Black and Minority Ethnic Engineers (AFBE-UK) which promotes racial equity and representation. Coming from a mix of backgrounds, I am well placed to represent the diverse cohort of our members.

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Maryam Lamere

As a long-standing member of Engineers Without Borders UK, I went from setting up the first Engineers Without Borders UK Chapter 12 years ago, to leading an influential role as an academic incorporating Global Responsibility into the Engineering Education via the Engineering for People Design Challenge. I am standing for the position of Member Elected Trustee as a natural next step in my commitment and passion for Engineers Without Borders UK’s work. I am now finalising my PhD on an innovative technology that tackles sanitation issues whilst providing electricity to those in need, the PEEPOWER. I believe these experiences make me the right candidate for driving Engineers Without Borders’s vision forward.

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Milly Hennayake

Engineers Without Borders UK has influenced me and my career over the last decade. As a former student volunteer and professional, I want to represent members to shape and implement the new strategy and to embed global responsibility at the heart of engineering.

I’ve managed Arup’s relationship with two strategic charitable partners so have experience of working with organisations to create opportunities and to enable change, as well as fundraising. At Arup I’ve helped to shape a grassroots sustainability movement and influenced leadership to achieve a vision. I’ve worked with several institutions and NGOs to promote engineering education since university.

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Stephen Turner

Engineers Without Borders UK was a large part of my development as an engineer. In 2014, I completed a six month Engineers Without Borders UK placement, and remained involved as the National Student Network Coordinator, assisting committees building chapters at their universities. These experiences helped me realise the importance of globally responsible engineering, and what motivated me personally. Now, I am an engineer influencing organisational policy, recruitment and education at a union with over 150,000 members, many of which are engineers, scientists and technicians. I’ve implemented ideas there that Engineers Without Borders UK can adapt for growing the movement, and I would like to give back by sharing them.

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