• Young Engineers / Future Leaders (YE/FL) is a Standing Committee of the World Federation of Engineering Organizations, which gathers together young engineers, students, and council members as official members from national engineering associations representing their country.–Zainab Garashi, Chair of YEFL (Kuwait)young-engineers-future-leaders(at)wfeo.org

Background

The World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO) Executive Board Meeting in Paris, France, (March 16-17, 2009), culminated in the acceptance of the Committee for Capacity Building (CCB) proposal to establish a Young Engineers/ Future Leaders (YE/FL) Task Group.

The YE/FL was to be constituted by young engineers of the WFEO member countries and its council members are to be official delegates by national engineering associations of WFEO countries. CCB’s goal is the involvement of young engineers in the world’s leading activities to gain and share knowledge and experience, and to get the YE/FL abreast of global policies, which prepares them to take on future leadership roles.

At the World Engineers Congress (WEC) in Kuwait, 2009 (“Alternative Energy Application Option or necessity?”), the CCB encouraged the WFEO member countries to organise their young engineers for participation at the first YEFL council meeting at the WEC 2010 held in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Aligning with the CCB YEFL vision, the Executive Committees of the engineering organizations of respective national member countries nominated and sponsored young engineers to the first YE/FL task group and council meetings in Argentina, September 2010.

Young Engineers / Future Leaders (YE/FL) is a now standing technical committee of the WFEO gathering young engineers, students and council members as official members from the engineering associations of national member countries.

Vision

YEFL STC strategy is an ongoing phased strategy that has gained awareness and full traction amongst young engineers in member countries and the support of WFEO member organizations. This is a journey we are happy to take, especially using the ongoing “International Strategic Planning Forums & Stakeholder Collaboration for Global Integration of Youth in Industry” that helps us to better appreciate the regional challenges faced by young engineers. We have held this forum for the Middle East (Kuwait), Asia-Pacific (Japan), South America (Peru), Europe (Italy), and Africa (Nigeria/South-Africa). The STC strategy is reviewed yearly to incorporate updates and learning from the most recent regional strategic forum.

A summary of the focus areas for the YEFL STC in short term (2015 – 2019) is to:

    • Accurately collate the peculiar challenges of young engineers across the regions of the world
    • Present a position paper clearly articulating these challenges and expectations with WFEO and other regional and national engineering societies and organization, and
    • Socialize the wider global community (UNESCO, UN, World Energy Council etc.) of YE position to enable more useful impact of young engineers in industry.