We are committed to realising the vision of EWB-SA

Our Board of Directors is made up of visionary minds that believe that young Africans have the agency to shape their future. The Board of Directors approves EWB-SA’s strategic and operational plans, annual budgets and financial reports. Every year at our annual leadership summit, chapters in good standing have the opportunity to elect one student representative to serve on the Board for a period of one year.

Jason Huang


I believe engineers are a key resource to the professional mix that is required for us to overcome our country’s many challenges. I believe EWB-SA offers young, up-and-coming engineers the opportunities to see the real-world value of their skills where they are really needed.  Being part of EWB-SA means joining a community of similarly minded engineers who have common interests and passions. I am excited about facilitating and contributing to the many great initiatives that EWB-SA’s chapters members drive and get involved in.

David Ming

Board Chair & Co-Founder, EWB-SA; Lecturer, Wits University

I believe that local knowledge, talent, and drive are most effective at solving local problems. EWB-SA is the platform that can assist our members with realising their vision.

James Hu

Talent Manager, Unilever South Africa

We can accomplish incredible results when we allow the constraints of our environment to shape our creativity rather than limit it. With a country rich in talent and constraints, I look forward to seeing what EWBSA can accomplish in partnership with the engineering community of South Africa.

Murendeni Matshinyatsimbi

Electrical Engineer, Hatch Goba

EWB-SA is led by young dreamers, who dream to transform their communities through engineering knowledge and skills. Our position is like that of a painter about to draw on a blank canvas. Over time the full potential will be revealed to the world. Who wouldn't want to be a part of this magic?

Vanessa Naicker

Head of Business Improvement, Anglo American

I’m excited and humbled by the opportunity to work with committed and passionate people, driven to make a difference and create positive social impact, through effective collaboration and applying their engineering skills.

Wiebke Toussaint

Co-Founder, EWB-SA; Executive Committee Member EWB-I

I believe in engineers and am convinced that South Africa and the African continent will flourish if we nurture an incoming generation of technically skilled people that are driven by their desire to make a positive contribution to society. EWB-SA provides that space and I am continuously inspired by the community we are building.

Paul Ssali

Mechanical Engineer, Aurecon - Design Thinking Portfolio

I still believe the best way to make lasting change, is to empower people who are willing to make that change.

Nomathemba Magagula

Sales Support Consultant at Caterpillar Southern Africa

We are building Africa, one block at a time. The development of resilient, resourceful and results driven African Young Leaders is critical to Africa's sustainable growth. I am privileged to be in the forefront of catalyzing access to leadership tools for our chapters & chapter leaders

National Student Chairs

As advisor to the board of directors, the National Student Chair represents all EWB-SA student chapters in our highest governance structure. The chair is elected in accordance with our election procedures and the position is rotated on an annual basis.

2018 - Ayanda Shongwe

Chemical engineering student, University of Pretoria

EWBSA is driving a revolution for young engineers to be the change they want to see in their communities.The student chapters form an integral part of the change EWBSA brings as the future engineers are learning through the work in chapters that the community is a very important stakeholder in engineering solutions and that a human centric solution approach is an important  skill for a great engineer. The passion for empowering communities from our student members and volunteers is the rocket fuel that keeps EWBSA going forward.

2017 - Muhammed Razzak

Mechatronics engineering student, University of Cape Town

EWBSA is community of young innovators committed to sustainable social impact. We help develop socially conscious, practically-orientated engineers. The training, development and organizational framework provided by the national chapter allows our community to make tangible impacts on many of South Africa’s most vulnerable communities- from building and installing bio-digesters in rural communities to IoT sensors for informal settlements. Our rapidly growing community is poised to change the face of Africa!

2016 - Paul Ssali

Mechanical engineering student, University of Pretoria

I believe that the best way to make lasting change, is to empower people who are willing to make that change.


Empowering Engineers to Empower Communities

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