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Malani Padayachee-Saman

CEO, MPA MOT, South Africa

Chief Executive Officer, MPAMOT

Member of Global Leadership Forum Advisory Panel, International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC)

Member of Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology Advisory Board, University of Pretoria

Member of Working Committee, BRICS Women’s Business Alliance

As trailblazer in the built environment in South Africa Malani founded the first women owned and led civil engineering consultancy. Over the past 26 years she has built the MPAMOT Group to a successful, high-performance company with a diverse, equitable and inclusive culture and a strong client-centric and service excellence focus.

She is an exemplary professional engineer and won the coveted SAICE Civil Engineer of the year award, reflecting industry recognition.

She is currently a member of the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC) Global Leadership Forum Advisory Panel, the BRICS Women in Business Alliance Committee and various other forums where she continues to spearhead transformation in the industry. In addition, Malani holds positions on the Engineering Advisory Board at two of the prestigious universities of South Africa. She is also a fellow of the South African Academy of Engineering (SAAE). She previously served on various boards including but not limited to the South African Institution of Civil Engineering, Board of the Engineering Council of South Africa and Consulting Engineers South Africa.

As signatory to the United Nations Women’s Empowerment Principles, she continues to advocate for transformation of the industry. Malani is also a member of the that optimise opportunities for female entrepreneurs across multiple sectors. 

In addition, she creates awareness about engineering as a career, mentors young engineers, newcomers in the industry and entrepreneurs that venture into their own consultancies.


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