I would like to share with you this good news received last night from a friend in Kyoto, Japan.
I’m sure you’d be pleased to know we have a Lady from a Parsi family heading the
World Federation of Engineering Organization (an organization under the auspices of UNESCO)
For details please see report below.
Marlene Kanga elected as PRESIDENT of World Federation of Engineering Organization
The World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO), the peak body for all the various national Institutions of Engineers around the world operating under the auspices of UNESCO, had its Annual General Meeting in Kyoto in the first week of December 2015 at the Kyoto Convention Center. This is in the same hall where the Kyoto Protocol on Climate Change was signed back in 1995.
Representing the Institutions of Engineers in 98 member countries with a total membership of over 20 million engineers, WFEO drives a number of worldwide programs from improvement in the processes for managing natural disasters to ensuring the global mobility of engineers by ensuring the quality of degrees from different engineering universities.
Dr Marlene Kanga from Australia has just been elected the next President of WFEO at the Kyoto Convention. She had proposed an agenda of reform to drive WFEO’s 20 million engineers to contribute more actively to all the changes that society needs to make as it embarks on the challenges of this century and to give them a greater voice in world affairs.
Dr Kanga won a solid mandate for the changes she was proposing winning the election with more than a two thirds majority including unanimous support from the countries in Africa, the Asia Pacific and Europe and from a majority of the countries in the Americas.
She will be the second woman to preside over WFEO in its 50 year history. A Chemical Engineer from IIT Bombay with further degrees from Imperial College. London and Macquarie University in Sydney, Marlene also heads the Australian Government’s multi- billion dollar R and D Incentives Program as well as being on the Board of a number of public and private organizations.
She is the mother of the famous Australian pianist Zubin Kanga and the daughter-in-law of the architect of Navi Mumbai, Adi Kanga.