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Julia in Umbulan, Indonesia

Hong Kong / Environment / Associate director (environment)

Julia Chan

Why did you choose to join Mott MacDonald?

Mott MacDonald provides a variety of consultancy services including environmental impact assessment and ecological conservation was one of the aspects that the Hong Kong office was expanding at the time I applied for the position. I found Mott MacDonald would provide a good platform for applying what I have learnt in previous jobs and provide opportunities for exposure to high profile infrastructure projects to further expand my horizon in developing my career in environmental consultancy.

What is the best thing about your job?

I am an Ecologist which requires me to work outdoors and in the natural environment to collect baseline ecological information. This provides an opportunity to work in remote areas that I have never been, with scenic views and be close to nature, it makes it different from the general working environment in the office.

How would you describe the culture of Mott MacDonald?

As Mott MacDonald is a multi-disciplinary consultancy company, we work closely with different divisions in order to achieve client’s needs. We like to share our lessons learnt from other projects to minimize the risk in similar future projects.

How many years have you worked for Mott MacDonald, and what has been your proudest achievement to date?

I have been with Mott MacDonald for over 12 years. The proudest achievement to date is being the Project Manager for the Eco-hydraulics Study Stage 1 and Stage 2 projects, leading the team in designing ecological and landscape enhancement features, including a site trial for revitalising the concrete channels in Hong Kong. The enhanced river channel sections site trial has successfully transformed the concrete channel sections into more natural rivers that allows natural vegetation and aquatic wildlife to recolonize the river. The Project won the Silver Award for its sustainable landscape designs at the Hong Kong Institute of Landscape Architects Landscape Awards 2016.

What has been your favourite Mott MacDonald social event?

I enjoyed the cake baking classes organized by the social sport club of Mott MacDonald Hong Kong and shared the cakes with my family.

Do you have a hidden talent? If so what is it?

I was an amateur Latin dancer before I joined Mott MacDonald. I have performed on various occasions and have taken part in a Latin dance competition.

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