Dr. Marlene Kanga AM is a chemical engineer and a past president of Engineers Australia. She is a board member of Sydney Water Corporation and Director of iOmniscient Pty Ltd which has developed patented software technology for intelligent video analytics systems. She is also a board member of Innovation Australia which has oversight over the Australian Department of Industry, Science and Innovation R&D, venture capital and other programmes to support innovation, and is Chair of its R&D Incentives Committee, the largest support program for innovation in industry in Australia.
Dr. Kanga has served the World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO) for many years. She has been a member of the Executive Council and Special Advisor to the WFEO President for the Asia Pacific Region, chair of a sub-committee for capacity building for natural disaster risk management and deputy chair of the Committee for Disaster Risk Management. She is also chair of the World Engineers Convention (WEC 2019) to be held in Melbourne.
Dr. Kanga is an Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers, an Honorary Fellow of Engineers Australia, a Fellow of the Academy of Technology Science and Engineering and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
She was the FEIAP (Federation of Engineering Institutions in Asia and the Pacific) Professional Engineer of the Year in 2014 and listed among the Top 100 Engineers in Australia in 2013, 2014 and 2015 and the Top 100 Westpac Women of Influence in 2013.
Dr. Kanga will formally take the role of President of this international organization in December 2017 for a two year term.