Ing. (Mrs) Carlien Bou-Chedid is a Structural/Earthquake Engineering Consultant with more than 30 years of experience covering a wide breadth of activities. She holds a BSc (Hons) in Civil Engineering from the University of Surrey, UK (1983) and an MSc in Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics from the Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine, London, UK (1999). On graduation, Ing. (Mrs) Carlien Bou-Chedid became the first Ghanaian female structural engineer when she joined the Architectural and Engineering Services Corporation (AESC), (1985-93). At the AESC, she was engaged in designing structures, supervising the work of contractors and managing engineering projects. Ing. (Mrs) Carlien Bou-Chedid has been actively involved in the activities ofthe Ghana Institution of Engineers from the early days of her Career.
She became the first Ghanaian female to achieve full Corporate Membership of the Institution in 1990 and in 1992, she was elected as the first female Council Member of the Institution. She later joined the staff of the Institution’s Secretariat as Director, Education and Training (1993-1998). After a period in private practice, Ing. (Mrs) Carlien Bou-Chedid returned to the Institution to serve as the Executive Secretary from 2003 to 2010, the first woman to hold this challenging position. Amongst other things, she can be credited with:
- Ensuring the formal registration of engineering students, supporting the activities of engineering student bodies and encouraging student participation in the Institution’s activities.
- Promoting collaboration with engineering organisations in West Africa and internationally.
- Promoting collaboration between categories of engineering professionals.
- Securing funding and undertaking advocacy action in support of the passage of an Engineering Council Act to regulate the practice of engineering in Ghana.
- Ensuring the establishment and functioning of the Technical Divisions of the Institution.
Ing. (Mrs) Carlien Bou-Chedid has authored technical papers on building construction, seismic risk and vulnerability of buildings in Ghana including a paper “Structural Failures within the City of Accra” which was awarded the prize for best paper during the third Conference on Structural Engineering Analysis and Modelling (SEAM3), Kumasi, July 1993. Ing. (Mrs) Bou-Chedid has also made presentations on Women’s issues at international meetings. She has been a role model for other females and has participated in several career counselling activities. She has also instituted awards for the best performing female and male engineers.
Ing. (Mrs) Carlien Bou-Chedid is a Fellow of the Ghana Institution of Engineers, a Member of the Ghana Earthquake Society, and a member of the first class of Housner Fellows of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI). She has served on several boards including the Road Fund Board and the Cape Coast Polytechnic Council. She currently serves on the boards of Women’s World Banking Ghana Ltd, North Ridge Lyceum and the CSIR College of Science and Technology (CCST)