The next generations of engineers need to understand the challenges our world faces and critically assess issues such as poverty, inequality and sustainability to be able make positive contributions to human development. This means that engineers need to understand how to comprehend and incorporate consideration for the impact engineering has on the social, environmental and economic dimensions of human development, we refer to this as ‘the global dimension in engineering’.

This video features key opinion formers within engineering industry and academia outlining the importance for engineers to comprehend the global dimension and the imperative for engineering educators to take up the challenge and embed the global dimension into engineering education now.


Speaker biographies(in order of appearance)


Neil Thomas

Neil Thomas, Managing Director, Water & Environment, Atkins

Neil is managing director for Atkins’ Water & Environment business in the UK; a 1,500 person consultancy and design business serving the UK’s regulated water industry, the Environment Agency, contractors, private sector developers, IFIs and a range of energy sector clients. Prior to his current role, Neil worked for more than 25 years on the design and management of major highway infrastructure projects and service-focused commissions, including Design, Build, Finance and Operate (DBFO) concession contracts. Neil has 30 years of engineering consultancy experience and is a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Member of the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation and a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Joanne Dutton

Joanne Dutton, Director of Access & Customer Engineering, Virgin Media

Joanne is Director of Access & Customer Engineering at Virgin Media. Having studied Physics at Durham University followed by a PhD in Semi Conductor Physics at Kings College in London, Joanne then joined Accenture in 1998 during the launch of digital TV in the UK. The next 7 years of her career were spent designing and building digital TV platforms throughout the UK and Europe alongside visiting Japan to help develop future set top boxes and high speed internet services. In 2004 she joined Virgin Media and was responsible for designing the network which now supports their superfast broadband products - the fastest in the UK. In her current role she is the first female director of engineering at Virgin Media and her team are responsible for the design and standards that deliver TV, broadband and telephony into people’s homes.

Peter Hansford

Peter Hansford FREng, UK Government Chief Construction Adviser

Peter is Chief Construction Adviser to the UK Government, a position he has held since December 2012. Peter has over 35 years’ experience in the development and delivery of major infrastructure projects, for government, public and private clients, consultants and contractors in the UK and overseas. He has worked on highways, railways and energy projects in the UK, on new town infrastructure in Hong Kong and has advised on infrastructure developments and capital investment programmes for numerous clients. Peter is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and a Fellow of the Association for Project Management. He served as the 146th President of the Institution of Civil Engineers from November 2010 to November 2011. He is a Visiting Professor in the Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management at University College London and Chairman of the charity, Engineers Without Borders UK.

Jon Samuel

Jon Samuel, Group Head of Government & Social Affairs, Anglo American

Jon is Group Head of Government and Social Affairs at Anglo American. He has responsibility for the development and delivery of policies, strategies, training programmes and guidance documents relating to the company’s host communities and governments. This work has included development and implementation of: the Anglo American Social Way, the company’s highly regarded management standards for social performance; the mining industry’s first standardised stakeholder complaints and grievance procedure; the Socio-Economic Assessment Toolbox (SEAT), Anglo American’s award winning guidance manual for community relations practitioners; and the company’s strategy for socio-economic development. Anglo American’s management of community issues has increasingly been cited as a benchmark for the extractive industries and the company consistently tops key industry rankings for social performance. In 2012 Jon was recognised by Business in the Community, one of Prince Charles’s charities, as one of 150 leaders who had made a significant contribution to responsible business practices in the UK in the thirty years since BITC was founded.

Jon Prichard

Jon Prichard, Chief Executive Officer, The Engineering Council

Jon was commissioned into the Royal Engineers in 1983 and served in various appointments in Germany and the UK during the subsequent 18 years. After a degree in civil engineering, he undertook a number of construction and engineering related roles, qualifying as a Chartered Civil Engineer in 1997. On leaving the Army, Jon joined the staff of the Institution of Civil Engineers in 2001, serving initially as Membership Director and then as Technical Director. In August 2007, he joined the construction consultancy High-Point Rendel as Resources Director, and was responsible for the delivery of the HR, QA and IT functions. He also provided consultancy advice to global civil engineering contractors on learning and development. In August 2010, Jon took over as Chief Executive Officer of the Engineering Council. He also joined the Board of the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education as a non-executive director in January 2012.

Nick Tyler

Professor Nick Tyler CBE FREng, University College London

Nick is the Chadwick Professor of Civil Engineering at University College London (UCL). He investigates the ways in which people interact with their immediate environments throughout space and time using a multisensorial technique known as Composition. This technique then guides design so that infrastructure, particularly in the urban realm, is able to interact with people in a number of ways in relation to their senses - vision, hearing, smell etc as well as other senses such as balance, fairness, ownership, fear and many more. He has projects utilising this approach in the UK, Japan, China and Latin America. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Fellow of the Transport Research Foundation and the Academy of Urbanism. He was appointed a CBE in 2011 for services to technology and elected Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2014.

Miguel Luengo-Oroz

Miguel Luengo-Oroz, Chief Scientist, UN Global Pulse

Miguel is Chief Scientist at UN Global Pulse, an innovation initiative at the Executive Office of the United Nations Secretary-General. This initiative harnesses Big Data safely and responsibly as a public good for sustainable development and humanitarian action. As the first data scientist at the United Nations, he has pioneered the use of big social, mobile and postal data to answer traditional development related questions. Miguel is the founding director of at the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid- a platform that leverages videogames and crowdsourcing for diagnosis of malaria and other global health diseases. Miguel is Ashoka fellow, graduate from Singularity University at NASA, holds a PhD and MSc in telecommunications engineering and a MSc in Cognitive Sciences.