Shaping Africa’s future through innovation is key to future proofing the continent. Abbas is committed to helping clients create this future through solutions steeped in design thinking, creativity, co-design and systems.
In his capacity as community liaison for the World Design Organization (WDO), he engages with African design communities to harness the power of design as we work towards achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals. An integral facet of this is Afrikan Design Innovation, Aurecon’s design-led approach to the continent’s wicked problems, which Abbas was instrumental in developing.
A registered professional engineer, he has operated at a senior level within the local and international engineering consulting environment and was a founding member and CEO of Arcus Gibb (now Gibb).
He also served on the board of Facility Management Africa, a subsidiary of Rand Merchant Bank, and has been involved in numerous mergers and acquisitions as well as project initiation teams for major infrastructure projects in South Africa, including the Gautrain project in Gauteng and the N2 Gateway housing project in Cape Town.
Prior to his current appointment, Abbas was responsible for leading the businesses growth, strategy and sophisticated client offerings for Aurecon’s transport business in the Africa and Middle East regions.
Abbas, who holds Engineering, Project Management and Business Management degrees, is a certified Master Coach who is registered with the International Coaching Council (ICC).