EWB Australia’s CEO Lizzie Brown named one of Australia’s most influential women

Lizzie Brown, CEO of Engineers Without Borders Australia (EWB), has been announced as a winner in the 100 Women of Influence Awards in the Social Enterprise/Not-For-Profit category.

The awards run by The Australian Financial Review and Westpac and chosen by a nine-member judging panel, recognises and showcases influential women across Australia. Lizzie Brown said she is incredibly honoured to be chosen in the social enterprise/not-for-profit category for her role at EWB.

‘EWB partners with communities in Australia and internationally to facilitate meaningful and lasting change through volunteerism,’ Ms Brown explained. ‘We use our engineering knowledge and resources and work with local organisations, engineers and the wider community to address a lack of access to basic human needs such as clean water, sanitation and waste systems.   ‘I became involved with EWB as a volunteer during its early days in 2004 as I believed in our vision in ensuring everyone has access to engineering knowledge and resources required to lead a life of opportunity and free from poverty. ‘We aim to connect, educate and empower people through humanitarian engineering.’

Prior to joining EWB, Ms Brown worked for multi-national companies in the water sector in Australia and overseas. However, her passion in making a difference in the community through humanitarian engineering and being awarded the Chief Executive Women Leadership Scholarship and a Churchill Fellowship led her to become CEO of EWB in 2010.

Today, Ms Brown leads a movement of 15,000 people and engineering companies working together to improve the quality of life in developing communites through humanitarian engineering. Within 10 years, EWB will shift to a movement of 350,000 humanitarian engineers and designers across Australia and the Indo-Pacific region. EWB has come a long way since 2002 when a group of engineering graduates became inspired to make a difference and improve the living conditions of disadvantaged communities with their engineering skills.

In 2014, for the second consecutive year, EWB has been chosen as the official sole charity partner of the 2014 Sydney New Years’ Eve celebration. Visit here for more information

The 100 winners have been selected across 10 categories – board/management, innovation, public policy, business entrepreneur, diversity, young leader, global, social enterprise or not-for-profit, philanthropy and local/regional. Find out more information about 100 Women of Influence and to see the full list of winners. Ten category winners and an overall winner will be announced at a gala event in Sydney Town Hall on Wednesday 22 October.