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A celebration of progression

This year, we celebrate 50 years of work in Indonesia, and for our managing director in the country, Enni Soetanto, this is quite a big deal.

But how did Enni get to where she is today and what influenced her to pursue a career in engineering?

Here’s her story...

My love for engineering came at a time when female engineers were a rarity.

Where it all began
I was born and raised in the northern part of Indonesia so I’m particularly proud to see how our country has progressed in recent years and how Mott MacDonald has been a part of this advance.

My love for engineering came at a time when female engineers were a rarity. From quite an early age I found myself enthralled by buildings and airports and wanted to work in a field to help make peoples’ lives easier. I soon left my home town in the pursuit of higher education and studied civil engineering at Parahyangan Catholic University.

The start of a fruitful career
After 28 years in the industry, I joined Mott MacDonald in 2007. At the time I was working on the Suramadu Bridge – the longest bridge in Indonesia – so I’d gained significant experience. What attracted me to Mott MacDonald was its PRIDE values, positive work environment and the fact that equality, diversity and inclusion is at the heart of our organisation.

Since joining I’ve enjoyed seeing our presence in Indonesia go from strength to strength and have had the pleasure of working on the Jakarta MRT – a project I am extremely proud of. As soon as I found out about this project, I knew it was one I had to work on. Jakarta MRT is our legacy for the future, it is now the backbone of the city’s transportation and has had a major impact on many lives.

Looking forward
What’s the future for Mott MacDonald in Indonesia? It’s exciting! In the next 50 years, Indonesia will still be learning and developing, and I believe Mott MacDonald will be one of the industry leaders in the country. It’s why I believe we should think about how we can develop and help local companies.

I see our future in our junior staff, 30% of whom studied abroad and who bring back fresh perspectives. I also sometimes think about my successor – my job is a challenging one! I think of who the right person for the job might be to continue our legacy and development here. A saying I live by is ‘you’ve got to think about big things while you’re doing small things, so that all the small things go in the right direction.’ It was written by American futurist Alvin Toffler and is apt for the industry we’re in.

I am proud I got to join Mott MacDonald's anniversary of 50 years of activity in Indonesia, and I hope the next 50 years will be even more successful.

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