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The Federation of African Engineering Organisations announces the appointment of its first female President-Elect


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The Federation of African Engineering Organisations announces the appointment of its first female President-Elect

Abuja, Nigeria: As part of International Women’s Day, The Federation of African Engineering Organisations (FAEO) is proud to announce the appointment of its first female President-Elect, Ing. Carlien Bou-Chedid. The FAEO is committed to empowering women, both within the engineering community and beyond. This appointment will not only provide the FAEO with a strong, experienced female leader but we hope it will help to inspire other women and girls in the sector, opening doors and empowering them to take the next step in their career.

The FAEO is an international non-governmental organization and international member of the World Federation of Engineering Organizations, WFEO, representing Africa. FAEO is made up of 26 member countries in Africa at the moment and is positioned to get on board all the 54 counties in Africa in the next 2 years.

President-Elect of FAEO, Ing. Carlien Bou-Chedid who will be the president 2021 – 2022, is a Past President of the Ghana Institution of Engineers (2017-2018). She is a Structural Engineer with special interests in seismic risk reduction. From 2003 until 2010 she was the Executive Secretary of the Ghana Institution of Engineers and she has also worked for Ghana Government Consultants, the Architectural and Engineering Services Corporation. Carlien serves on the National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction and the Geological Technical Committee of the National Disaster Management Organisation. She holds a BSc (Civil Engineering) from the University of Surrey, UK (1983) and an MSc (Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics) from Imperial College, London, UK (1999).

Ing. Carlien Bou-Chedid said:
I salute all women on this day for their contributions to the wellbeing of our societies. I salute especially African women who have made it into the engineering profession. Many of Africa’s developmental problems will require engineering solutions such as the provision of clean water, electricity, sanitation, roads and telecommunication services. The potential for engineering to accelerate Africa’s development is so great that it is imperative for all the best talents on the continent to be engaged and this includes women. In addition, new technologies such as 3D printing, robotics and artificial intelligence are rapidly emerging that can be harnessed to transform African economies. The innovation and creativity required to realise the potential of these new technologies is more likely to be found by engaging a larger and more diverse pool of talents that have the required technical knowledge and skills. This pool must necessarily include African women engineering practitioners whose experiences are in many cases quite different from those of men and who may bring different perspectives to bear on issues. Although this need for diversity in the engineering workforce is now generally well recognized, the current pace at which women are joining the profession is very slow. Less than 20% of those engaged in science and engineering related fields on the continent are female, this is according to the organization, African Women in Science and Engineering (AWSE). On this March 8, 2019, International Women’s day, I would like to call on African governments to step up efforts to remove the obstacles to women’s participation in engineering so as to achieve gender equality in the profession within the shortest possible time.


International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

International Women's Day (IWD) has occurred for well over a century, with the first IWD gathering in 1911 supported by over a million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. Prior to this the Socialist Party of America, United Kingdom's Suffragists and Suffragettes, and further groups campaigned for women's equality.


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