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Transforming lives in Rwanda: bridges to prosperity

  • Lecture
  • Belfast
  • 26 November 2018
  • 18:15 - 20:00
Transforming lives in Rwanda: bridges to prosperity

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Rab Laverty (Graham) and Ciara Doherty (H&J Martin Construction) will present their challenges and learnings as Civil Engineers volunteering in Africa.

Rab and Ciara joined 8 other ICE Members from NI who travelled to Rwanda in May 2018 to construct a 46m suspension bridge for the charity Bridges to Prosperity (B2P).

The 10 strong ICE team supported by the B2P charity and local work force, successfully completed the project in 2 weeks providing lasting infrastructure to serve a community of up to 6,000 people.

On behalf of the team, Rab & Ciara will relive their experiences and will discuss the positive impact the trip had on their lives professionally and personally.


Rab Laverty

Rab graduated in 1998 with a BEng Hons in Civil Engineering from Queens University of Belfast, and gained CEng MICE status in 2006. The beginning of his career started off with NI Water, working on a data capture programme to enable digitisation of the sewer networks. He joined GRAHAM Construction as a Site Engineer, spending the first 5 years working on schools, public buildings and office developments.

In 2014, Rab moved into the Estimating Department where he currently holds the title of Estimating Director. He was involved in some significant infrastructure projects between 2005-2010, notably as a Section Manager on DBFO1 M1/Westlink in Belfast and Project Manager on the Peace Bridge in Derry-Londonderry.

Ciara Doherty

Ciara graduated in 2006, completing a BEng Hons in Civil Engineering from the University of Ulster and won the IStructE Student Prize for best performance in structural subjects. The beginning of her career was predominately spent within the utility sector. She worked for 7 years on a water mains rehabilitation framework and was a Committee Member for the Pipeline Industry Guild NI.

She previously worked as a Site Agent on a £16M Multi Storey Building project in Belfast. This 8 Storey Office development was delivered in 18Mths and obtained a BREEAM Excellent certification. In 2017, Ciara was Site Manager on £150M major building project in Belfast City Centre and was responsible for overseeing temporary works and large structures. Her current role is Project Manager with H&J Martin Construction with involvement on a £45M High Rise Residential Apartments in Manchester.

Event venue

Ulster Museum
Botanic Gardens
Belfast BT9 5AB
United Kingdom

For more information please contact:

Georgia Hamilton

e: [email protected]