Engineers Without Borders UK welcomes new CEO

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Engineers Without Borders UK, which looks to put global responsibility at the heart of engineering, has appointed John Kraus as CEO.

Most recently Executive Director of the International Geosynthetics Society, Kraus has 30 years of experience in international relations and leadership in sustainability.

Formally of RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors), where, as Head of Sustainable Urbanisation, he originated the World Built Environment Forum, Kraus also spent 18 years at the Foreign and Commonwealth office. With roles including Chief of Staff (Climate Change) and Head UN Human Rights Team, he drove initiatives to help move the climate debate beyond environmental forums and embed it in broader foreign policy thinking.

Commenting on his appointment, Kraus said: “I have spent much of my career trying to bring sustainability into wider, structural conversations. We stand at a crossroads where the planetary boundaries are being tested as never before. Our response must be nothing short of a sustainability revolution.

“Engineers can lead the way. At Engineers Without Borders UK, our aim is to equip and embolden professionals to embed responsible choices into their work to ensure an equitable environment for all people and a sustainable future for our planet.”

Kraus joins Engineers Without Borders UK at a crucial moment for the organisation. Following the recent launch of its new nine-year strategy, it is aiming to broaden partnerships within the sector and upskill 250,000 people in globally responsible engineering practices over the next decade.

Engineers Without Borders UK is part of a global movement of over 60 Engineers Without Borders organisations which looks to encourage the engineering community to work together to take action in putting global responsibility at the heart of engineering.