Engineering skills for humanitarian needs
Date & Time

6 November 2020
14:00 - 15:00 GMT

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Engineering skills for humanitarian needs

Date & Time

6 November 2020
14:00 - 15:00 GMT


Availability Places available

The Structural Awards present a webinar exploring how engineers can marry engineering skills with humanitarian needs.

​This webinar will focus on the skills engineers develop when they work on humanitarian projects.

Speakers will talk about their experiences and the skills they gained, both professionally and personally. 

Jo de Serrano, CEO of RedR will also give an update on the charity’s work, future direction and how you can get involved.

Learning objectives

  • Gain a better understanding of the humanitarian sector

  • Learn how you can utilise engineering skills in the humanitarian aid/response 

  • Learn about skills gained and developed as an engineer working in the humanitarian role and vice versa

  • Find out how to get involved with the disaster relief

Intended for

Engineers interested in the humanitarian response and disaster relief 

Structural Awards takeover

Join us throughout the day on Friday 6 November for a series of live webinars presented by the Structural Awards. Industry leaders and members of the judging panel will discuss and debate a broad range of topics including:

  • the art of persuasion and collaboration

  • engineering skills for humanitarian needs 

  • how the Structural Awards will evolve in response to the Climate Emergency

Live webinars - 6 November

10:00 - The art of persuasion and collaboration

The Structural Awards presents a panel discussion exploring how structural engineers can influence decision making.

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16:00 - The Structural Awards: an insiders view

Gain an insight into the Structural Awards judging process and hear from the experts about the future of the industry.

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Jo de Serrano

Jo is RedR UK’s CEO. She has worked in international development for almost 20 years. She worked for DFID’s Chase Operations Team for 13 years in humanitarian affairs and latterly as Senior Humanitarian Deployments Manager, for the deployment of surge capacity for humanitarian response. She was awarded an OBE in 2016 for her work in global humanitarian emergency response and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Portsmouth for her work in global humanitarian emergency response and international relations.

Andrew Lamb

Andrew is the global innovation lead for Field Ready, a humanitarian disaster-aid agency that helps provide on-the-ground solutions when and where they're needed. Andrew is a systems and information engineer, a former CEO of Engineers Without Borders UK and a current Shuttleworth Foundation Fellow. He's worked with a wide range of humanitarian innovation projects, donors and labs/incubators – and has a particular interest in scaling up innovations and aid-sector systems change. Andrew is a board member of RedR and the Appropedia Foundation.

Richard Luff

Richard, is a chartered engineer and MCIWEM and has been working as an independent humanitarian consultant for the last 9 years. In this capacity Richard has worked in short term coordination & programme positions, undertaken humanitarian programme reviews/evaluation, developed and ran training courses. This builds upon over 20 years working for Oxfam, DFID and UNICEF in a variety of roles from programme positions, through to general coordination and management. Richard has worked in over 40 different countries.


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RedR helps rebuild the lives of people affected by natural disaster and conflict by supplying engineers and other skilled professionals to humanitarian programmes worldwide. IStructE is a patron of the charity.

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