Africell MD Shadi Gerjawi Highlights Vital Role of Engineering at SLIE Symposium

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By Foday Moriba Conteh

Shadi Gerjawi, Managing Director of Africell Sierra Leone, emphasized the pivotal role of engineering in national development, describing it as the “architect of our future” during a four-day symposium organized by the Sierra Leone Institution of Engineers (SLIE). Held at the New Brookfields Hotel in Freetown, the event themed “Contemporary Approaches to Engineering Education and Practices” gathered engineers from across Sub-Saharan Africa, including Liberia, The Gambia, and Kenya.

The symposium, which occurs every four years, aims to induct new members into the engineering profession and promote discussions on the latest trends and practices. This year’s event focused on engineering’s significant impact on societal development and the importance of continuous learning within the field.

Gerjawi underscored the importance of such gatherings, stating, “These events are crucial as they help engineers understand the relevance of their profession and how it can be used as a problem-solving tool in society.” He highlighted that engineering is fundamental to sustainable national progress and encouraged engineers to integrate interdisciplinary knowledge to enhance their impact.

Gerjawi also reaffirmed Africell’s dedication to supporting education and entrepreneurship, particularly in digital technology, to help individuals realize their potential. “Our focus on digital technology education is part of our commitment to equipping people with skills needed for the future,” he said.

Additionally, he pointed out Africell’s efforts to promote gender diversity within engineering, noting, “We pay special attention to female engineers, which serves as a motivating factor for more women to join the profession.”

The symposium concluded with a renewed commitment from participants to leverage engineering for national development and inspire the next generation of engineers to innovate for the betterment of society.


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