Managing Director – Middle East
DMT Middle East LLC
Hazem Hanafy is a chartered Civil Engineer, a fellow member of Engineers Australia and the chairman of Engineers Australia – United Arab Emirates Chapter. Hazem and four others started the Middle East Chapter in Doha – 2014. He’s currently managing the infrastructure operation for DMT GMBH Co. & KG in the Middle East.
How long have you been volunteering with Engineers Australia?
This is my sixth year! We started the Middle Eastern interest group of four people back in 2014. This has now grown to be an official chapter.
Why did you become a volunteer?
I felt I owed Engineers Australia something, as they really helped me to settle down in Australia in 2006.
I also feel for engineers! They need to get out of their normal job routines and experience something different. We help them to learn, network, and look forward to the following event.
What do you enjoy most about being a volunteer?
I like the team work involved as well as helping and mentoring people. I like to see people happy, and I believe that real happiness is in the eyes of others.
What has been your greatest achievement in your time volunteering with Engineers Australia?
I assisted numerous numbers of candidates in the past 5 years to get their qualifications recognised by EA as well as others to be chartered engineers.
How has your career informed your work as a volunteer?
In many places around the world, some would think managers are leaders. I have learned during the past years that leaders are few! It takes courage and self confidence to give up your own glory and recognise others for what they do. I learned in my industry that people are assets. That has helped me to mentor a lot of EA engineers here in the Middle East.
How do you balance work and volunteering?
I have a good team and we share the jobs equally before any event. My family knows my passion about the volunteering work and they also appreciate it.
What would you tell other members who are considering becoming a volunteer?
Keep your head up high and you won’t regret it.
Image: courtesy of Hazem Hanafy