Peter Nzabanita of Engineers Without Borders USA. Photo by: Rebecca Root

ALICANTE, Spain — While attention to detail, creativity, and maths skills might come to mind when thinking about the attributes of a good engineer, for Peter Nzabanita, senior program engineer with Engineers Without Borders USA, the most useful skills to have are networking and communication.

Based in Uganda, Nzabanita splits his time between Kampala and trips into the field. He has been with the NGO — which focuses on education and the implementation of sustainable engineering projects — for just three months, but has over 10 years of engineering practice in the water, sanitation, and hygiene space. A civil engineer by training, he’s previously worked in both emergency and development contexts with the International Organization for Migration and World Vision.

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  • Rebecca Root

    Rebecca Root is a Reporter and Editorial Associate at Devex producing news stories, video, and podcasts as well as partnership content. She has a background in finance, travel, and global development journalism and has written for a variety of publications while living and working in New York, London, and Barcelona.