Our Women’s Month celebration continues as we meet Project Manager Ginika Egwuonwu, whose broad construction project experience, problem solving skills and innovative approach to cost management makes her a versatile and valuable member of the team.
Ginika holds a Bachelors in Science Quantity Surveying (Hons) and Masters in Building Science from Wits University. Through her research on “Improving project success through Contractor-Project Manager planning in South Africa: a competency framework approach”, Ginika is currently carving out a niche area in building construction cost risk management.
Tell us a bit more about what YOU bring to the Profica team?
I spent my formative years outside of South Africa, and even though I have been in South Africa for almost 15 years, the primary lens in which I view situations is influenced by my upbringing in a different cultural context to South Africa – it has its pros and cons. I would like to believe that I bring a never give up attitude (fortitude of mind), stubborn resilience and a solution-driven mindset amid obstacles. On the more technical side, my background is in Quantity Surveying, so I tend to be cost sensitive and contractually minded on projects.
This Women’s Month, what is your dream for women in your industry?
I would like to see more women being authentically themselves in the way they execute their duties, without having to conform. To put things into context, there should be nothing wrong with the expression “You run like a girl.” It should be a compliment, it should mean that your style of running is a reflection of who you are and not a limitation of what you can do.
How does Profica elevate the work and might of great women within the organisation?
Without trying to sound like a 1950s car salesman, Profica has a good mix of different demographics within the organisation. Profica respects and celebrates the contributions of women, this is reflected in our teams.
We believe Profica is what you make of it, and that is because one of our core values is being entrepreneurial. If you have bright ideas that work well for the business and yourself, that’s a real win.