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Julia in Umbulan, Indonesia

Hong Kong / Environment / Principal environmental consultant

Julia Chan

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Umbulan Spring Environmental and Social Impact Assessment
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Umbulan Spring Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Julia and colleague Gary Chow at the field with the villagers for the Umbulan Spring Environmental and Social Impact Assessment.

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 10 years. The most memorable achievement to date is seeking the first EIA approval for a comprehensive development project with wetland restoration near the ecological sensitive habitats. The project proponent has retained the environmental team in providing support services in the detailed design and construction stage. We are also the environmental team responsible for the environmental monitoring and auditing for the construction till the operation of the project.

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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