NFP CEO Steps Down
14 September 2015 at 12:19 pm
The CEO of Not for Profit, Engineers Without Borders, announced she has stepped down from the top position to lead the organisation’s new pro bono initiative.
After five years as CEO, Lizzie Brown will hand over the reigns at Engineers Without Borders (EWB) to concentrate on leading EWB Connect, a new venture for pro bono engineering.
A winner of last years 100 Women of Influence awards, Brown said she was excited to tackle the new initiative.
“My time with EWB has given me the opportunity to practice humility, compassion and collaboration. I took on the role of CEO because I had such a strong belief in EWB’s vision for a better world,” Brown said.
“My past five years as CEO have often been challenging, but also immensely rewarding and enjoyable. What I’ve enjoyed most is bringing new ideas and programs to fruition.
“I enjoy building support for new ideas and inspiring others to get involved. I would like to make this process a much bigger part of my work, and will have the opportunity to do this on a greater scale by focusing on EWB Connect's development.”
EWB Connect is designed to facilitate the provision of pro bono engineering services to community organisations and support the growth of a culture of pro bono work within the Australian engineering community.
EWB said that it would aim to connect community organisations with engineering and other technically specialised organisations that provide services on a pro bono basis.
Jane Hadjion has taken on the role of Acting CEO until Brown’s replacement is found.
Brown said the organisation was currently working on recruiting in-country managers and field volunteers to deliver its agenda of inclusive and sustainable development across South East Asia, negotiating significant, three-year partnership proposals with global engineering companies, working with numerous universities on engineering curriculum development and exploring post-graduate research collaborations and delivering design summits across Cambodia and India.
“Later this year, the 2020 EWB Strategy will be endorsed. It represents over 12 months of work by our members and reflects the strong foundation of experience, capacity and support EWB has developed,” she said.
“We have a culture of being innovative and bold in our approach to engineering a better world. I am confident that we’re heading in the right direction.”