10 Oct 2012Royal HaskoningDHV has appointed Naren Bhojaram (49) as director of its Rivers, Deltas & Coasts business line, effective 1 October 2012. Mr Bhojaram previously served as Royal HaskoningDHV's director for Southern and Eastern Africa.
The Rivers, Deltas & Coasts business line of Royal HaskoningDHV is focusing on providing solutions for the global water challenges such as climate change, population growth and urbanization in low lying delta areas. Mr Bhojaram: "Living with climatic extremes is becoming the norm. One moment we fear floods and extreme rainfall, the next moment we are faced with droughts and severe water scarcity." Royal HaskoningDHV is working together with clients and partners to develop innovative and sustainable water solutions for our planet. He continues "Our ability to work in harmony with our environment and to preserve our water resources will be key in ensuring the sustainability of future generations."
From 2006 to 2011 Mr Bhojaram served as CEO of Royal HaskoningDHV's South African subsidiary, previously SSI. He took the company through an impressive growth strategy to the current 1,000 employees. It was also in this position that he implemented the holistic approach to sustainability which included the Saturday School Initiative in 2007 where employees provide voluntary tuition in mathematics and science subjects to disadvantaged children. Some 780 children have taken part in the programme, of which 100 have since been admitted to university.
In November 2011 Mr Bhojaram was appointed as chairman of Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA), the association of South African engineering consultancies. He studied civil engineering at the University of KwaZulu-Natal from 1981 to 1984. He specialized in sanitation and water supply systems and the optimization of municipal services. In 2009 he completed the Advanced Management Programme at INSEAD (France / Singapore).
Mr Bhojaram will be succeeded in his position as director for Southern and Eastern Africa by Ms Nyami Mandindi, who has served as CEO of Royal HaskoningDHV's South Africa operations since December 2011. She is the first woman to lead the South African offices.