Gwarega Dambudzo

With a background in social and economic infrastructure delivery as an engineer, I redirected my energy into mentoring owners of small and medium-sized businesses to formalise their structures, comply with legislation, improve operations and financial performance, manage risk, and build strategic partnerships. An MBA qualification helped me to hone these skills while leading and managing a consulting engineering practice I founded more than ten years ago. I am passionate about entrepreneurship, business strategy, governance, stakeholder engagement and risk management, skills I am ready to deploy on any Board as a non-executive director. On the topical nexus of environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG), I believe diversity and inclusivity are beneficial to organisations and should be leveraged responsibly without destroying the value-creating capacity of the organisations.

What is your best advice for people on how to recruit great team members? by Gwarega Dambudzo

Gwarega Dambudzo

A positive attitude is vital to teams’ performance, be they project teams, sports teams, or company boards. The adage that a chain is as strong as its weakest link is valid here. While relevant qualifications and experience are essential, the impact of a member’s attitude is significant. We have witnessed …

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What coming technological advancement do you expect to have the biggest impact on your business? by Gwarega Dambudzo

Gwarega Dambudzo

Last time I mentioned Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies as part of the game changers in the infrastructure sector. Examples of such AI technologies include advanced AI-oriented drones for providing real-time construction site imagery and 3D lidar scans. Moreover, deploying highly accurate 3D laser scanners for on-site surveying and inspections results …

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What misconception do people outside of your industry hold about it? by Gwarega Dambudzo

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One of the misconceptions held by people outside the infrastructure sector is that the sector is over-reliant on overstretched public funding. While this may be true for some social infrastructure classes, the overstretched government funding allows listed companies to exploit governments’ disinvestment from critical infrastructure assets. Governments’ privatisation of airports, …

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What makes you most optimistic about the future of your industry? by Gwarega Dambudzo

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Population growth continues to drive the demand for infrastructure delivered by the built-environment sector. Recent and ongoing technological innovations in the sector make me optimistic about the industry’s future. We have seen 3-D printing being piloted and adopted in building construction, and it is poised to be a game changer …

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What belief do you hold about your industry that is not shared by many? by Gwarega Dambudzo

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I believe going green is an economic opportunity and not a burden for the construction industry. Considering the sector’s high energy demand and carbon intensiveness, the sustainability focus presents massive opportunities. The sector accounts for 39% of global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions and contributes about 40% of all municipal solid …

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