Sekadi Phayane-Shakhane is a professionally registered engineer with over two decades of experience in the field of transportation planning and engineering.
Having recently been appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE), she brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience gained from a diverse and seasoned career in the civil engineering industry.
Her professional journey saw her gain experience in several eminent organisations, including Ninham Shand, SMEC South Africa and GA Engineers before going on to become a Non-Executive Director at Gateway Airport Authority and a Director at Refilwe Engineering Solutions. During this time, she worked on numerous high-level projects in the transport planning and public transport space, including the City of Tshwane’s integrated rapid public transport network.
These roles provided her with invaluable opportunities to refine her leadership and project management capabilities, coordinating large teams of engineering professionals and building
rapport with clients in both the public and private sectors.
Armed with a Master of Engineering in Transport Studies from the University of Cape Town, Sekadi has authored numerous national guidelines and papers, as well as a presented on public transport issues at both national and international conferences.
Her remarkable contributions have garnered widespread acclaim, with accolades such as the SMEC Young Professional of the Year award in 2013 underscoring her transformative influence within the organisation. Furthermore, her dedication to research and transport policy development was acknowledged through the prestigious Charley V. Wootan Award at the 2020 Transport Research Board conference in Washington DC.
Sekadi remains deeply dedicated to empowering communities, and particularly the youth, and is resolute in her commitment to making a difference in the lives of South Africans. She hopes to drive positive change, address societal challenges, and enhance the engineering profession’s impact through her work at SAICE.