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Aurecon engineer to attend the Global Solutions Summer School in Berlin

Aurecon’s Civil Engineer, Mayra Hartmann, has been selected to attend the Global Solutions Summer School initiative in Berlin.

Civil Engineer Maryra Hartmann will have the rare and prestigious opportunity to engage with global leaders, Nobel laureates, industry experts and leading students from around the world about the most pressing global issues

22 May 2018 - Aurecon’s Civil Engineer, Mayra Hartmann, has been selected to attend the Global Solutions Summer School initiative in Berlin. Top graduates from around the world are invited to participate in five days of seminars and lectures focused on providing independent economic and social policy solutions to global governance.

The Summer School also includes attendance at the G20/G7 Global Solutions Summit, which will bring together leading global policy-makers, business leaders, think tank representatives and constructive NGOs sharing the common aim of finding solutions for global challenges. Agenda topics include a wide range of topics from business to public policy. Hartmann is particularly interested in topics that relate to the work that global engineering and infrastructure advisory company Aurecon does in Africa, including infrastructure development, sustainable solutions, cooperation with African partners and the future of work and education.

Currently completing her Masters of Business Administration at the UCT Graduate School of Business, Hartmann will have the rare and prestigious opportunity to engage with global leaders, Nobel laureates, industry experts and leading students from around the world about the most pressing global issues.

“My career demonstrates my commitment to improving the lives of Africans. Our continent faces a multitude challenges and collaborating with people who are focused on international cooperation and finding innovative ways to solve problems can be the catalyst to conceiving sustainable, long-term solutions,” she says.

Hartmann completed her BSc in Civil Engineering at the University of Cape Town in 2010. After participating in Aurecon’s Graduate Programme, she worked as an aid worker and independent consultant for several international organisations, including Save the Children and the International Organisation for Migration. Her work focused on delivering WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) and shelter solutions to populations affected by natural and man-made disasters.

Before returning to Aurecon in 2017, she also worked as a programme officer for Slum Dwellers International, which fights to end global urban poverty.

At Aurecon, she continues her efforts to improve the lives of the urban poor as a project manager for human settlements projects as well as infrastructure design engineering.

“I’m excited about taking the challenges Africa faces to a global stage and testing my ideas with fellow participants at the Summer School and current world leaders. Representing Africa, our complex stories, and our emerging talent is truly humbling and I hope to build strong and lasting relationships with future world leaders,” says Hartmann.

The G20 and G7 are coalitions of nations that address significant international issues and they are known as the major policy-makers capable of promoting or disrupting political and economic stability. She hopes to reaffirm how crucial it is to involve engineers, technical experts and creative thinkers at this level.

“Solving the world’s problems can’t happen in silos. As a global infrastructure advisory and engineering consultancy, Aurecon can make a valuable contribution as a thought and action leader by taking part in discussions and decisions that could have a global impact. This platform is the ideal place to keep us in touch with the pulse of forward-thinking developments across the globe,” says Hartmann.

Equity, social justice, and the empowerment of women in Africa are some of the key things that drive Hartmann and she sees the competition for scarce resources as one of the greatest challenges facing nations today.

“Natural resources, human resources, and financial resources are becoming increasingly scarce and many people are living in subpar conditions. I’m privileged to be able to pursue my passion for helping to solve these problems in a technical and innovative way. I look forward to the Global Solutions Initiative’s Summer School and I can’t wait to bring what I learn back to Africa,” concludes Hartmann.

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