A successfully run event sponsored by Viscar Industrial Capacity Limited for practicing engineers and business consultants from various fields brought together senior engineers in the industry from both public and private sector to share knowledge and engineering leadership best practice. This event was set to steer the engineering profession for sustainable development, that saw over 100 engineers from different engineering fields attend. It was successfully run on 27th October 2016 at Nairobi Serena Hotel.
Figure 1 Attendees listening in to the speakers.
This forum attracted a rich variety of participants including Nairobi Water Co, Kenya Engineer, ODD – Max Engineering, Telcom Kenya, Kenya Power and Lighting Company (KPLC), Energy Intelligence Africa, Rift Valley Railways (RVR), Unitel services, Euronet Africa, Kengen/ Stem Africa, Tetra Pak, Kenya Orient, Alpine Coolers, Copycat Group, Access Kenya, The sun weekly, Jamii telecommunications, synthesys systems, Kenya news Agency, Kenya TU service, Schneider electric and ADB.
Figure 2 Eng. Stephen Olieka HR head of Safal Group.
The forum began with a presentation by Stephen Olieka, HR segment head of Safal Group, who spoke about Emotional Intelligence (EI). The ensuing discussions amongst all members who were present helped each person have the knowledge of emotional intelligence (EI). Coming out of the discussions were ability to self-awareness triggers and consequences of action.
Figure 3 Eng. Catherine Nyambala, Chief Engineer, Quality: Kengen Ltd.
The second speaker was Eng. Catherine Nyambala, Chief Engineer, Quality: KenGen Ltd. , Founder, Stem Africa. Who spoke about Engineer Success. Ensuing discussions with all the members’ present gain skills on how to become successful. Coming out of the discussions was the importance of continuous learning from various books and online plat forms, communication and digital presence. At the end of the presentation the participants were given the chance to engage and network with other members with some refreshments.
Figure 4 Mr. Oltesh Thobias, Certified coach and trainer.
The third speaker was Oltesh Thobias, international speaker, certified coach and trainer also working at the African Development Bank .Ensuing discussions with every member present helped in adopting change in the field and the society. Coming out of this discussion was career change. At the forum, the participants engaged with the speakers at the prospect of being in this adding value forum. The event was graced with small activities after every speaker with two participants walking away with a bag of chocolates and a book.
Figure 5 Eng. David Mulongo M.D, Viscar Industrial Capacity Ltd.
Eng. David Mulongo, Managing Director of Viscar, gave a talk challenging organizations to invest in engineers by creating learning opportunities, Engineers needing recognition and appreciate innovation as a motivational factor, Importance of engineers remaining relevant in their field and getting the right certifications followed by vote of thanks by Duncan Musundi, client management executive ,Viscar.
From the forum, the attendees got to conceptualize that in order to get ahead you need passion, self-evaluation and investing in your brand. This will guarantee you greater career success as well as business wise. Besides, to drive individual growth, its only by practicing what you learn do you get better.