Directors and secretaries group signals closer working with member associations to strengthen FIDIC

FIDIC's directors and secretaries advisory council is playing a key role in engaging with member associations.

International engineering federation FIDIC will be working ever closer with its 100+ member associations around the world to strengthen the federation’s communications and organisational impact on the global stage.

The latest meeting of FIDIC’s directors and secretaries’ advisory council on 30 November 2018 in Geneva, saw members pledge to redouble their efforts to more effectively get FIDIC’s message across to key stakeholder on a number of key issues. Members discussed best practices for the management of associations, the continuous development of conferences to attract more C-suite participants and an enhanced communications strategy for the promotion of FIDIC policies and standards in the industry. Members also discussed revamping the structure of the advisory council to ensure effective advice to FIDIC staff on key federation matters.  

The meeting also agreed that John Gamble, president and CEO of the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies Canada (ACEC), would succeed Andrea Šehic, executive director of the Association of Consulting Engineers of Serbia, as chair of the advisory council in September 2019.

Andrea Šehic, current chair of the FIDIC directors and secretaries’ advisory council, said: “Our latest meeting on 30 November 2018 was a great success and all members left really inspired to continue the work of the group. Especially at a time when the industry is changing, working closely with our member associations is crucial in ensuring that FIDIC is response to and in tune with our key stakeholders so we can punch well above our weight on the world stage. I am delighted that we have such a devoted team to pursue changes and develop FIDIC’s work even further.”

FIDIC chief executive Nelson Ogunshakin said: “The role of the newly created FIDIC directors and secretaries’ advisory council (D&SC) is critical in ensuring that the FIDIC board have a structured approach in engaging its 100+ member associations on the strategic direction and operational aspects of the federation.

“Andrea Šehic from Serbia has done a fantastic job since she was appointed as the inaugural chair of the council in Jakarta last year, filling the role with passion, enthusiasm and great energy. I am delighted that we will have John Gamble of ACEC as the elected vice chair to take over from Andrea in Mexico in September 2019. John has vast knowledge, wide political, public advocacy and communication experiences and I am sure that he will enhance the D&SC’s activities. I look forward to working with both Andrea and John as we progress with the FIDIC transformation programme over the coming years.”