To be successful and fulfilled in your personal and professional life, you have to build quality relationships. The same goes for companies. To earn repeat and new business, clients and potential clients must see that we deliver on our promises and provide superior project execution.

As the strategy and growth director for AECOM in Africa, I am responsible for expanding our business, ensuring the company is well known and has a presence in the continent’s emerging economies. I help hone in on how we can bring our various capabilities together to meet the specific objectives of our clients, and I serve as an ambassador for client and stakeholder relations, building our brand and reputation.

With a background in engineering (electrical instrumentation and control) and business management, a career in business development was a natural fit for me. I have first-hand experience in successful end-to-end project delivery, having led teams in a variety of markets, from metals and mining to rail, ports, and oil and gas. I love the engineering industry and what it can do to build up cities and nations, and I get great satisfaction from interacting with people and communicating the story of our company. We’ve been a part of so many game-changing and iconic projects around the world — our brand really speaks for itself.

Born in Zimbabwe, university educated in Australia, and now living in South Africa — I was always keen to work for a multinational company. I knew about AECOM from the days I lived and worked in Australia, and after moving to South Africa, an ex-colleague advised of the exciting projects AECOM works on. With a global brand and the ability to draw in experts from various practices, industries and geographies, I was excited for the chance to see what my career could be with the company.

My advice to young people is to experience as much as you can in the various work opportunities that are presented to you and learn as much as possible from mentors. Somewhere in that journey, you will discover your passions and find the tools to excel in them. AECOM is the kind of company that supports that journey!