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Africa’s most influential leaders recognised

Sonja de Klerk

Global engineering and infrastructure advisory company Aurecon announced that its head of quality, environment & sustainability, Sonja de Klerk, was chosen as the country winner for the SADC South 2018/9, in the Business & Professional Service sector of CEO Global’s Most Influential Women in Business & Government Awards.

The award identifies and recognises Africa’s most influential leaders to honour excellence in the public and private sectors.

“I’m honoured to be recognised as the Country Winner, especially in light of the impressive list of nominees this year. I can attribute this award to my passion for sustainability, innovation and mentoring,” says de Klerk.

De Klerk’s latest award follows a long list of impressive accolades.

In 2017, she co-authored the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC) Guide to the Interpretation and Application of the ISO 9001:2015 Standard in the Consulting Engineering Industry.

In 2015, she won the PDCA Women in Quality Individual Achievement Award, which recognises a woman in the quality profession for outstanding achievement and demonstrated leadership, together with a lasting commitment to promoting quality and making a change in her organisation.

She was also the Chairperson of ISO TC176 South Africa from 2014 to 2016 and represented South Africa at international plenaries during the development of ISO 9001:2015.

Upholding regulatory standards

At Aurecon, de Klerk is responsible for fostering and driving a quality and environmental culture throughout the company’s operations worldwide, while monitoring that customer, regulatory and relevant certification/accreditation requirements of the ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 Standards are met.

Also accountable for implementing GRI Standards-compliant Sustainability Reporting, she collaborates across multiple teams, senior executive management and the board of directors. Read more: Electrical engineers recognised at industry banquet

“I would like to congratulate Sonja de Klerk on this prestigious award. It is a testament to the type of leadership Aurecon attracts and the importance of striving for greatness,” comments Ferdi Nell, Aurecon managing director, Africa.

Babalwa Bungane
Babalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa - Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast.