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2019 AGM & Board Elections

How to vote

  1. Check you are a paid member as only paid members can vote. You can check this via your member dashboard
  2. Read the Capability Gap & Diversity Statement that supports the voting process by identifying the diverse and complementary skills the Board requires.
  3. Consider each application carefully before casting your vote. (Applicants are listed below in no particular order.) You may vote for up to two candidates.
  4. 12.45pm on 23rd November 2019 is the deadline for receiving proxy votes.

Meet the nominees for the 2019 EWB Australia Board Elections

Simon Bradwell

Professional Qualifications:
BEng, PhD, CEng, FIEAust, GAICD

Nominee Bio:
Dr Simon Bradwell is an experienced engineer and director for commercial and not for profit boards. He is a chartered engineer and fellow of the Institute of Engineers Australia. He is Managing Director at ebm-papst A&NZ, where he aims to combine engineering excellence with good economics, addressing climate change through energy efficiency. He has been recognised by his peers for Corporate Social Responsibility as well as championing the role of female engineers in his industry. Simon sits on the board of other charities and industry associations and has strong links with the engineering community across both Australia and New Zealand. He has direct experience of revenue raising and business and development growth, working as a professional engineer as well as a volunteer in Africa. Simon has lived and worked on four continents and has broad experience of cultural and community dynamics which is directly applicable to the development work carried out by Engineers Without Borders. Further details about Simon and his experience can be found on his LinkedIn profile

Are you a current EWB Australia Board Member?
Yes

What is your current role and why do you want to continue on the Board of EWB Australia?
Current role: Board member and revenue/income generation committee member. I would like to continue assisting EWB build links with the engineering industry and generate greater and sustainable income for organisational growth.

Watch Simon’s nominee video

Capabilities

Sectoral capability 1:
Corporate engineering bodies – Simon is the chair and director of three industry associations in the built environment and has strong links with the engineering industry across Australia and New Zealand.
Sectoral capability 2:
Major donors, trusts and philanthropic foundationsSimon is active in Engineers Australia as well as corporate and family engineering businesses. He has personal connections to business leaders throughout engineering and industry.
Technical capability 1:
Revenue and Income Generation – Simon is a successful business manager with 20 years of experience of business growth and revenue raising.
Technical capability 2:
Executive and people leadership development – Simon has managed organisations and teams from 5 people to 2,000 people across Australia and the APAC region.
Governance capability 1:
Current/ previous Director of large organisation (100+ employees) – Managing Director of ebm-papst A&NZ (currently, 35 people) as well as ebm-papst China (previously, 2,000 people).
Governance capability 2:
Strategic visioning and planning-Simon has created new businesses in engineering and development markets, providing market direction and strategic leadership. Graduated with the AU Inst of Company Directors in Governance and Strategy in ‘not-for-profit’ and ‘for-profit’ org.
Behavioural capability 1:
Embody and champion EWB’s values – Simon’s company has been recognised in the Top 10 companies for Corporate social Responsibility by Deloitte due to the company’s values and activity in promoting positive action for climate change and gender and cultural diversity in the workplace.
Behavioural capability 2:
Innovate insightfully – Simon has created energy efficiency initiatives and new business through diversifying into new industries, generating new revenue streams in the built environment.

Diversity

Do you bring other areas of diversity that you feel are beneficial to the governance of EWB Australia?
Yes -Simon has been recognised in commercial Australia and New Zealand for leadership in the areas of diversity and inclusivity.

Abdul Rehman Khan

Professional Qualifications:
Master of Structural Engineering

Nominee Bio:

The unique quality which I see in myself is the willingness to cease every opportunity I come across and give my best to whichever role I take up. I love multitasking and can easily get connected with people by making some meaningful connections in short time. Currently I work as a Structural engineer for Aurecon.

Apart from that I love to volunteer and always keen to meet new people. In past two years I have volunteered with over 10 different organisations and got connected with many amazing individuals. Working on different contractual roles, I was fortunate enough to work with engineering industry giants like Arup and Vicroads. Thereby, had a chance to explore the engineering industry and work with different engineers. This is the main reason I was able to easily move across different roles at the start of my career.

After founding Swinburne Engineering Student Society, I have been leveraging my connections and helping out students at my university getting connected with the industry and starting up their careers. I also sit on a board as an executive director of a non profit organisation at the age of 24 and this have been a greatest achievement on its own. On a broader scale, I do volunteer for Engineers Australia and currently represent every young engineer across Victoria. This is what I can bring to EWB board and give back to community through Engineering.

Are you a current EWB Australia Board Member?
No

Why do you want to join the Board of EWB Australia?
To use all of the experience I have gained over the years and give back to the community through Engineering. And also meet new people, learn and gain further board’s experience.

Watch Abdul’s nominee video

Capabilities

Sectoral capability 1:
Engineering industry bodies – Volunteering for Engineers Australia and representing them for over 2 years through multiple roles as a student ambassador & Young Engineers Australia committee member for Victoria.
Sectoral capability 2:
EWB members and volunteers – Volunteered as a student at Swinburne and also through Aurecon as a corporate galvaniser.
Technical capability 1:
Organisational governance and policy mechanisms – Compeleted Fundamental of Directors course with AICD

Technical capability 2:
Financial resourcing and cash flow management – 2 years of experience as an executive director of a not for profit organisation.

Governance capability 1:
Current/ previous Director of medium organisation (10-99 employees) – 2 years of experience as an executive director of a not for profit organisation Swinburne Student Life Pty. Ltd., which is a subsidiary company for Swinburne University of Technology).
Governance capability 2:
Current / previous Director of a member-based organisation – 2 years of experience as an executive director of a not for profit member based organisation (Swinburne Student Life Pty. Ltd.)
Behavioural capability 1:
Communicate purposefully – As a co-founder and secretary for an engineering society and demonstrated purposeful communication both internally and externally.
Behavioural capability 2:
Devote reliable time and energy to being an EWB Board member – Been volunteering most of the time and always give 100% to whatever I commit.

Arun Kumar

Professional Qualifications:
BTech (Civil Engineering), MSCE (civil Engineering) (Purdue USA); PhD (Purdue USA); Grad Dip in Management (RMIT)

Nominee Bio:
Emeritus Professor Arun Kumar has over 50 years of international experience in civil engineering, project management, construction, research and education .

Arun has worked with governments, communities and universities in Australia, USA and India.Arun’s International work as an adviser/ consultant to the World Bank for over 20 years spans several countries (China, India, Laos Cambodia, Vietnam, Africa), engaging with communities and working on civil projects, training, sustainability and institutional strengthening. He is well conversant with the need for appropriate technology relevant to communities in the developing countries. He has over 20 years of teaching experience developing curriculum, reviewing of degree programs as Professor, Head of School at RMIT, Professor at Queensland University of Technology. He is an expert reviewer for curriculum, educational Institution governance for Tertiary Education Quality & Standards Agency (TEQSA), Australian Government.He has been a member of the Boards of Engineering and Board of Education of the Institution of Engineers Australia. He has been Chair of the Management Branch of the Institution of Engineers, Australia; and served as member on several committees of the Institution. He is a fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia

Are you a current EWB Australia Board Member?
No

Why do you want to join the Board of EWB Australia?
With a strong engineering background, extensive international experience, strong teaching base and in leadership roles for over 30 years I will add value to the Board in assisting to realise its vision. Working with several International communities I strongly believe in improving the life of communities in developing countries and those that are disadvantaged. Having worked for over 50 years, I now want to give my time to a great cause that EWB stands for

Watch Arun’s nominee video

Capabilities

Sectoral capability 1:
International development – Over 20 years experience as World Bank Consultant working with communities in India, Cambodia, Laos Vietnam, Africa, China
 
Sectoral capability 2:
UniversitiesOver 20 years senior Management experience as Head of Department, Civil Engineering, Dean of Business (R&I), Academic Board RMIT, Academic Governance,
 
Technical capability 1:
Organisational governance and policy mechanisms – Over 20 years in senior management role at the University (RMIT); Independent Expert TEQSA

Technical capability 2:
Executive and people leadership development – Development and delivery of Senior Management training program at VicRoads, With the World Bank, training and leadership building program in Cambodia and Laos, mentoring staff at RMIT.

Governance capability 1:
Strategic visioning and planning – Development of vision of the School, action plan and implementation (10 years as Head); as Business Faculty Dean of Business Research and Innovation- vision and action plans. implementation and monitoring

Governance capability 2:
Organisational compliance – As Senior Executive at the University (RMIT) for over 15 years (Head, Associate Dean, Dean) focused on compliance with periodic review of work to ensure objectives are achieved.
 
Behavioural capability 1:
Innovate insightfully – As leader in education, researcher and civil engineer focused on innovative ways to achieve community focused outcomes, presently cluster consultant, innovative practice program, Engineering, Uni of Melb
 
Behavioural capability 2:
Demonstrate a sustainability mindset – Sustainability and resilience has been the focus World Bank projects (India, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, China, Africa) and Australia , past assessor for Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia