Engineers Australia has announced the appointment of Dr Raj Aseervatham as National President and Board Chair.
Dr Aseervatham has more than 35 years’ professional experience, starting his career as a civil infrastructure engineer in local and state government. He has worked in two ASX 50 mining companies and one ASX 50 energy company, consulting and audit/assurance firms in Australia and overseas and is a twice-published author on organisational leadership.
“I am excited to lead Engineers Australia as we continue to deliver on our current strategy; one that is designed to take us well into the next decade,” Dr Aseervatham says.
“I am also enthusiastic about bringing the culture of engineering into everyday conversations and making it more relatable to the human experience. From classrooms to dinner tables and loungerooms, I hope we can inspire the next generation of engineers. The role engineering plays in meeting a broad spectrum of societal needs, and addressing critical threats such as climate change, is so crucial to human progress and wellbeing.”
Engineers Australia CEO Romilly Madew AO says Dr Aseervatham is well equipped to lead the organisation.
“Raj brings extensive engineering knowledge and leadership experience to the role,” she says. “He is an accomplished senior executive with a long Australian and international career and is an experienced board director. He was admitted as an Engineers Australia Fellow in 2012 and joined the board of Engineers Australia in 2019.”
Madew has also thanked departing National President and Chair Dr Nick Fleming for his “profound” contribution to the organisation, both as a board director from 2017 and chair from 2021.
“Nick has been a wonderful advocate for the profession and has amplified the voice of engineers through his role,” she says. “Working with the board and the executive, he has driven an organisational strategy that will determine the path of Engineers Australia for many years to come. As a leader he has challenged us, urged us to look at diverse ways of working and what it means to have an impact.”
Dr Aseervatham will start in the role on January 1, 2024.