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After six years at Engineers Without Borders Australia, Eleanor Loudon has made the decision to step down as Chief Executive Officer in June 2024. 

Eleanor leaves a legacy of scaling EWB’s work and bringing big-picture thinking to our organisation. Under Eleanor’s leadership, EWB doubled down on its in-country presence overseas and embarked on ambitious new projects in Australia, and in its training programs. She also steered the organisation through the challenging years of COVID-19.

We wish Eleanor all the very best for her next chapter and thank her for the energy, dedication and leadership that she brought to EWB over the last six years.

“After six years at the helm of Engineers Without Borders Australia, I have made the decision to step down on June 30.


With the 2030 strategy guiding us, we have matured as an organisation and focused on increasing our impact, inspiring hearts and minds, showcasing the possibility of engineering as a catalyst for critical change, and we have delivered important outcomes in communities in Australia and across the Asia-Pacific region.


I am still as much in awe of the deep devotion that everyone associated with EWB has to make a tangible impact. We don’t do things by halves and we don’t stop because it’s too far, or too hard, or too new. Our commitment to no-one being left behind runs deep.


We’ve stepped up to deliver large infrastructure projects, responded to emergencies, woven First Nations engagement and two-way knowledge sharing across all our programs in Australia, provided socio-technical consulting services, built teams of national engineers, and linked our engineering work with our university partners through project based learning and strategic research programs.  


We have matured and we have stepped up and I couldn’t be more proud of the organisation that I’m handing over in June.




Engineers Without Borders Australia will be seeking applications for the role of CEO shortly. As the leader of a dynamic innovative non-profit at the forefront of socio-technical engineering, the CEO will drive transformational change for communities, in Australia and internationally.

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