The World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO) will have Engineer Nathaniel Matalanga sit in their Executive Council. This is after the Honorary Secretary of the Institution of Engineers of Kenya (IEK) won the seat last weekend.
WFEO is the umbrella body that represents the engineering profession worldwide since 1968. Engineer Matalanga becomes the first Kenyan to ever be elected into the global professional body.
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IEK attributed Matalanga’s election to confidence in the Kenyan engineering profession. It’s a sign that our engineers are doing well to an extent of gaining world recognition.
“This is the first time a Kenyan has won a seat on the executive council as a national member representative. Kenya and Africa are expected to benefit big from Matalanga’s representation as he is expected to bring the continent and Kenya to the discussion table during the WFEO council meetings,” Said the IEK in a statement.
Engineer Matalanga is among six other national representatives who will run the organization for the next four years. The others come from Italy, China, Spain, India, Costa Rica and Lebanon. WFEO presidency was this time round won by Engineer Jose Vieira, a Portuguese.
Matalanga, who is also a structural engineer at Ngasi Consulting Engineers, a company he owns, has an experience of about 30 years in engineering. His new position in the WFEO is not only an individual win, it is a big achievement not only to the Engineers Board of Kenya (EBK) but also to the country at large.
He has been very vocal on matters regarding professional engineering in Kenya. He believes tough rules and strictness are necessary for dignity in the field of engineering. This is a field that goes beyond college education qualification. That is why IEK has to ensure that graduate engineers coming from the EBK go through a three year mandatory training period.
It is after the three years that the engineer is upgraded (upon application) to become a corporate member of IEK and automatically get into the EBK membership register as a professional engineer. Engineer Matalanga’s effort in the field has also yielded, this time round, the yield is global.
World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO) will gain much from this Kenyan professional. The election is a great opportunity for development even to Kenya. Congratulations Engineer Matalanga.