Carlien Bou-Chedid Heads Engineers In Ghana

Carlien Bou-Chedid (left) being sworn into office as the new female President of GhIE by an Appeal Court Judge, Justice Gertrude Torkornoo (right)

Carlien Bou-Chedid has been sworn-in as the new President of Ghana Institution of Engineers (GhIE).

She becomes the first-ever female President of the Ghana Institution of Engineers.

Ing. Mrs. Carlien Bou-Chedid, a product of Wesley Girls and Presec, Legon becomes the 49th President of the GhIE, replacing Ing. Dr. Kwame Boakye, immediate-past president of the institution.

She was sworn into office by an Appeal Court Judge Justice Gertrude Torkornoo at banquet held in her honour at Sunyani in the Brong Ahafo Region.

Ing (Mrs) Carlien Bou-Chedid is a structuralearthquake engineering consultant with more than 30 years of experience covering a wide range of activities.

She holds a BSc (hons) in Civil Engineering from the University of Surrey, UK (1983) and an MSc in Earthquake Engineering and structural Dynamics from the Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine, London UK (1993).

She became the first Ghanaian female structural engineer upon graduation and subsequently joined the Architectural and Engineering Services Corporation (AESC) (1985-93.)

President Carlien Bou-Chedid is a fellow of the Ghana Institution of Engineers, a member of the Ghana Earthquake Society and a member of the first class of Honor Fellows of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI).

She serves on several boards of institutions in the country.

Delivering her inaugural speech, Mrs Bou-Chedid expressed appreciation for being elected to lead GhIE, stating “I feel the weight of responsibility as I see the hopes and expectations of many, all wishing me well, urging me on and praying for me to achieve, but I know I am not in this alone. I have the support of the Women in Engineering (WINE), my past presidents and many others.”

Over the next year, she promised to operate under five thematic areas which include corporate governance, education and training, professional practice, among others, to keep the institution moving forward.

The Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection Otiko Afisa Djaba, on her part, congratulated the new president for defying all odds to attain her objectives.

She said her achievement would inspire other young female and girls to aspire for greater heights and congratulated the members of the institution for electing and accepting Mrs. Bou-Chedid as their new president.

A Business Desk report