EWB's Heidi Michael appointed EngExec
BlogEWB's Heidi Michael appointed EngExec


Heidi Michael, Head of Community Programs (International & Australia) for Engineers Without Borders Australia (EWB), has just received the prestigious Engineers Australia ‘Engineering Executive’ (EngExec) - Chartered Professional Engineer in Leadership and Management, which recognises eminent individuals in leadership and management roles in Australia’s engineering sector.

The exclusive status immediately communicates the well-earned prestige of leaders at the highest tier of their industry. As an invitation-only credential, it is reserved for members who have played a significant role in driving leadership and management as engineering professionals in Australia, and hold executive positions.

It adds to Heidi’s already impressive accomplishments. With over 14 years’ experience in the sustainability, water and sanitation industries in a variety of contexts in Australia and Asia Pacific region, Heidi is passionate about using participatory approaches to lead, manage and deliver quality, sustainable and appropriate solutions to communities. In addition to her newly acquired EngExec, she has a Bachelor of Engineering (Environment)(Hons) (University of Western Australia) and a Master of Science in Water and Waste Engineering (WEDC, Loughborough University, U.K).    

Heidi is currently Head of Community Programs (International & Australia) for Engineers Without BordersAustralia (EWB). For the last six years Heidi has led EWB’s International Programs, more recently including the ‘Engineering on Country’ Indigenous Australian program. During her tenure, she also held the position of Interim CEO for six months in 2018, and Country Manager Timor-Leste for three months in 2015. Heidi now leads a team of over 30 international staff and skilled volunteers across multiple countries including Australia, Cambodia, Timor-Leste and Vanuatu. Heidi holds a Board Director position for a national Timorese water and sanitation organisation, and this year Heidi was also appointed Board Chair of Oaktree, a youth-led international development organisation.

“Heidi’s commitment to the improvement of lives and communities through access to engineering solutions is unwavering. She is an inspiring leader of the engineering profession and a deserving recipient of the EngExec credential. One of her great achievements, through her work with EWB Australia, has been to influence the next generation of young engineers to contribute to a better world. This is true leadership – authentic, impactful and selfless,” said Alesha Printz, General Manager, Victoria, Engineers Australia.

Since 2015, 895 individuals have been appointed an EngExec, with just 11% of these female.

“It is quite humbling to be acknowledged in this way, and wonderful to be representing and promoting community-centred engineering, alongside those in the public or private sectors. Much of our work is focused on creating diversity, as well as strengthening capability in the sector, to ultimately ensure more appropriatesolutions are developed for communities and society more broadly. I hope that this recognition provides further encouragement to many engineers to apply their engineering skills and knowledge to enable extraordinary impact in communities,” said Heidi.