on June 25th, 2024

Based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT) student, Mistreselasie Abate, has made it his duty to not only give back to the community but to foster exemplary humanitarian efforts in Dubai and South Sudan.  

Mistreselasie Abate’s journey from studying at EIT to leading significant infrastructure projects in Dubai and South Sudan reflects a commitment to impactful societal development.  

As he pursues a Doctor of Engineering, his roles as Project Manager for the World Food Programme in South Sudan and Professional Civil Engineer at the National Engineering Bureau in Dubai have been pivotal.  

From constructing essential roads and residences to aligning projects with organizational goals, Mistreselasie’s work underscores the transformative power of infrastructure in enhancing community access, economic growth, and resilience. Discover more about his contributions and insights in this exclusive Q&A session. 

A Conversation with Mistreselasie Abate 

Mistreselasie Abate
Mistreselasie Abate

Can you provide more details about your role as the Project Manager for the World Food Programme project in South Sudan? 

As the Project Manager for the World Food Programme in South Sudan, I led the construction of the Kuajok-Lunyaker 50 km gravel road.  

This EU-funded project aimed to improve regional traffic flow and community access to essential services. My responsibilities included project planning, scope definition, budgeting, and schedule development.  

I managed construction activities, ensuring quality standards and stakeholder engagement while implementing risk response strategies. Successfully closing the project upon acceptance, I compiled project insights and documented lessons learned before project archiving. 

Can you give us more details about your role as a Professional Civil Engineer at the National Engineering Bureau in Dubai, UAE. 

As a Professional Civil Engineer at the National Engineering Bureau (NEB), I oversaw the G+24 Mama Shelter Residences project in Business Bay, Dubai. This Accor Group development required meticulous project planning and design collaboration with architects and engineers.  

My role encompassed structural analysis and design, ensuring compliance with Dubai’s building codes and regulatory standards. Managing quality control, project timelines, and resources, I mitigated risks and oversaw regulatory approvals for a safe and sustainable construction process. 

How do your studies at EIT contribute to your ability to manage such significant infrastructure projects?   

Studying at EIT prepared me exceptionally well for managing these major infrastructure projects. EIT’s rigorous curriculum provided deep technical expertise in civil engineering, crucial for ensuring structural integrity and regulatory compliance in high-rise developments. 

The institute’s emphasis on project management equipped me with the skills to coordinate resources, manage stakeholders effectively, and navigate challenges in diverse environments. EIT also nurtured my problem-solving abilities and enhanced my communication and leadership skills, essential for leading teams and achieving success in complex projects. 

In what specific ways did the construction of the Kuajok-Lunyaker gravel road and G+24 Mama shelter Residences in Dubai improve connectivity and access for the local communities?  

The Kuajok-Lunyaker Gravel Road has been instrumental in transforming the region through improved transportation, enhanced access to essential services, and strengthened social cohesion.  

By reducing travel times and costs between Kuajok and Lunyaker, the road has facilitated easier movement of goods and people, benefiting local businesses, farmers, and residents alike.  

Moreover, its improved infrastructure has directly contributed to better access to healthcare, education, and markets, effectively addressing community needs and promoting socio-economic development.  

Additionally, by creating greater interaction and collaboration among previously isolated communities, the road has strengthened social ties and facilitated cultural exchange, enriching the fabric of local society. 

The G+24 Mama Shelter Residences in Dubai have reshaped the urban landscape in Business Bay, offering residents and visitors enhanced urban accessibility, economic stimulation, and vibrant community engagement.  

Located strategically, the development provides easy access to amenities, transportation hubs, and commercial centers, thereby improving convenience and quality of life. Its impact extends beyond infrastructure to stimulate local commerce, tourism, and job creation, bolstering the economic vitality of the area.  

Furthermore, the residences serve as a hub for social interaction through shared spaces and cultural events, enabling a strong sense of community and inclusiveness among residents.  

How did your project align with the goals and objectives of the World Food Programme and National Engineering bureau, and how did it contribute to addressing food security issues in the region in South Sudan? 

The projects I managed with the World Food Programme (WFP) and National Engineering Bureau (NEB) were aligned with their organizational goals and effectively addressed food security issues in South Sudan. 

With WFP, the focus was on improving infrastructure to provide essential aid and services to remote communities affected by conflict and food insecurity. This included enhancing access to food markets, medical supplies, and educational resources, aligning closely with WFP’s mandate for emergency response and humanitarian assistance. 

At NEB, projects like the G+24 Mama Shelter Residences in Dubai contributed to urban development goals by providing accessible housing and commercial spaces. This development stimulated local economies, creating jobs and fostering community engagement, which are integral to sustainable urban growth and development. 

Lastly, in what ways do you believe your work in Dubai and South Sudan exemplifies the importance of giving back and contributing to societal development? 

My work in Dubai and South Sudan has focused on driving societal development through impactful initiatives: 

In South Sudan, infrastructure projects like road construction have empowered local communities by enhancing access to essential services and economic opportunities, fostering self-reliance, and improving overall quality of life. 

In Dubai, projects such as the G+24 Mama Shelter exemplify our commitment to sustainable development and social cohesion. By creating inclusive spaces that promote social interaction and cultural exchange, these projects enrich community engagement and diversity. 

Addressing humanitarian needs in South Sudan, particularly with the World Food Programme, has been crucial. By providing critical infrastructure and emergency assistance, we’ve alleviated suffering, built resilience, and supported long-term recovery in conflict-affected areas. 

Through these efforts, I aim to contribute to lasting positive impacts, promoting resilience, inclusion, and sustainable development in diverse communities. 

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