Episode 14 – Naadiya Moosajee

Naadiya is a major global advocate for women in engineering. She is a civil engineer and a serial entrepreneur. She co-founded WomEng, an organization to promote women and girls going into engineering, and WomHub, an organization to support women entrepreneurs in STEM (science, technology, Engineering, and Manufacturing) in Africa. She is on boards of Unicef, B20, World Economic Forum, among others. She is a strong voice and advocate for women engineers globally.

Episode Notes

Music used in the podcast: Higher Up, Silverman Sound Studio

Acronyms, Definitions, and Fact Check

SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) – are the world’s shared plan to end extreme poverty, reduce inequality, and protect the planet by 2030. Adopted by 193 countries in 2015, the SDGs emerged from the most inclusive and comprehensive negotiations in UN history and have inspired people from across sectors, geographies, and cultures. Achieving the goals by 2030 will require heroic and imaginative effort, determination to learn about what works, and agility to adapt to new information and changing trends. (www.unfoundation.org)

UNESCO – UNESCO is the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. It seeks to build peace through international cooperation in Education, the Sciences and Culture. UNESCO’s programmes contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals defined in Agenda 2030, adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2015.

The Wing – Founded in 2016, The Wing is a growing community of women across the country and globe, gathering together to work, connect, and thrive. (www.the-wing.com)

B20 – Saudi Arabia will be hosting the fifteenth G20 Summit in Riyadh on 21-22 November 2020. It has decided to focus on the Business 20 (B20), making this one of the key engagement groups. The B20 group is assembled annually and consists of leading businesses from the G20 and other invited countries. The group works to develop and present its policy recommendations to the G20 presidency, in this case to His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince, to be considered in overall G20 joint communique. The role of B20 group is becoming more important than ever as the common glue across the G20 business community, amid an increasingly challenging business environment characterized by rising protectionism, populism, trade wars, and declining growth and productivity. (www.b20saudiarabia.org.sa)

Unicef – UNICEF works in over 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. (www.unicef.org)

Geotechnical Engineer – an engineering discipline that deals with soil and rock behaviour in an engineering perspective. It also involves assessing slope stability and the risk of landslides, rock fall and avalanches. See also the link to a film on geotechnical engineering on the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering’s (ISSMGE) website, with an accompanying description of the discipline. (www.ngi.no/eng/Careers/What-is-Geotechnical-engineering)

World Economic Forum – The World Economic Forum is the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation. The Forum engages the foremost political, business, cultural and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas. It was established in 1971 as a not-for-profit foundation and is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. It is independent, impartial and not tied to any special interests. The Forum strives in all its efforts to demonstrate entrepreneurship in the global public interest while upholding the highest standards of governance. Moral and intellectual integrity is at the heart of everything it does. (www.weforum.org)

What did Justin Trudeau teach before becoming a politician?- He obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in literature from McGill University and a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of British Columbia. After he graduated, Trudeau worked as a social studies and French teacher. (wikipedia)

WomEng – WomEng is an authentic values-driven organisation for women in engineering by predominantly women engineers who have developed programmes to address the issues facing women in the engineering sector from school level all the way through to industry. Being a dynamic organization, WomEng has been able to meet the changing demands and needs of the global engineering industry through effective lobbying, advocacy, capacity building and engagement of the sector. (www.womeng.org)

WomHub – WomHub is a boutique Imagineering Lab, Consultancy & Co-working Hub supporting female-led innovation and building diverse teams through our technology, consulting & advisory services. (www.womhub.com)

Africa Prize for Engineering and Innovation – The Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation, founded by the Royal Academy of Engineering, is Africa’s biggest prize dedicated to engineering innovation. It awards crucial commercialisation support to ambitious African innovators developing scalable engineering solutions to local challenges, demonstrating the importance of engineering as an enabler of improved quality of life and economic development. (www.raeng.org.uk)

Royal Academy of Engineering – We bring together the most successful and talented engineers from across the profession – our Fellows – to advance and promote excellence in engineering for the benefit of society. We have three strategic priorities: make the UK the leading nation for engineering innovation and businesses, address the engineering skills crisis, and position engineering at the heart of society. (www.raeng.com.uk)

Aspen Institute – drives change through dialogue, leadership, and action to help solve the greatest challenges of our time. (www.aspeninstitute.org)

What degrees do Fortune 500 company CEOs have degrees in? Engineering and business administration are the most common degrees among CEOs, and surveys have found that nearly 45 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs have majored in these two areas. (www.mbacrystalball.com/blog/2018/08/20/best-degree-become-ceo)

“A well behaved woman rarely makes history” – Laurel Thatcher Ulrich. (wikipedia)

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