Leading African planning, design, architecture and engineering team FBW Group has announced two senior promotions as it looks to further develop its presence in Kenya over the next 12 months.
Charles Nganga and MaryRose Akii have been promoted to Associate level. They are both based in FBW’s office in the Kenyan capital Nairobi.
Charles has been working as a senior consultant and department head and Mary Rose is also a department head and senior architect. They have played major roles on a wide range of high-profile projects led by the Nairobi office.
Their promotions come as FBW sees continuing post-pandemic growth, with a pipeline of work across its operations and opportunities throughout the continent.
The group is also looking to further grow its presence in Kenya as the tenth anniversary of the opening of its Nairobi operation approaches.
FBW, which has offices in Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda, also continues to invest in the development of the architects and engineers who will deliver Africa’s vision of green, sustainable urban growth. Its Kenyan office has played a key part in work towards the creation of a low-cost, affordable housing strategy for the country.
FBW Group Managing Director Paul Moores said: “We’re delighted to announce these promotions which highlight the strength-in-depth we have in all our disciplines and across the business.
“They further strengthen our management team as we look to increase our presence in Kenya and continue to expand into other parts of Africa as our pipeline of work in all sectors grows.
“Our people have a wealth of experience, and their range of knowledge ensures that we consistently deliver projects efficiently and cost-effectively, with our Nairobi operation playing a central role in work we are involved in across the continent.
“These well-deserved promotions are also recognition of the commitment MaryRose and Charles have shown, their importance to the group and the contribution they are making to FBW’s success.”
He added: “Talented people like these are our most precious asset. We work hard to grow and develop our young talent so they can play key roles in our portfolio of work and, beyond that, play their part in Africa’s development.”
MaryRose joined FBW in 2010 and became part of its Kenya team in 2019, arriving in Nairobi from the group’s Kampala head office in Uganda.
Her portfolio of work includes an ongoing health design project at a leading medical research centre in The Gambia.
She said: “One of the strengths of FBW is the way all its offices across East Africa work together to deliver projects and the interesting and varied work you are involved in as a result. The group is also heavily focused on sustainability and green design.
“I’m looking forward to continuing to develop and progress both professionally and within the business, playing my part in its continued growth.”
Charles joined FBW in 2018. Previously he had worked in the UK for more than a decade and studied at the University of Manchester.
During his time at FBW, he has worked on a range of high-profile projects, including several for Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA), the continent’s largest soft drinks bottler. He has also been part of the FBW teams delivering health and education projects in Rwanda and The Gambia.
Charles said: “The variety of projects you are involved in is one of the reasons that FBW such an enjoyable place to work.
“Career development is also important to the business and there are clear paths you can pursue. We’ve also got a strong supportive team at all levels of the business. People are here to see you succeed.”
FBW, which has worked for more than 25 years in Africa, is playing its part in growing its skills base and is also actively nurturing the development of young professionals in all its offices.
As well as an in-house intern programme and links with educational establishments, FBW’s commitment to professional development sees its young talent encouraged as they gain knowledge and experience on their career journeys.
FBW offers a wide range of in-house professional building and technical services. They include pre-design services, development consultancy, building appraisals and condition surveys, project management, architecture, civil and structural engineering, MEP engineering, telecommunication engineering, and other building consultancy services.
FBW has also built a strong track record in supporting British-based organisations to deliver international standards.
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