James Fitzgerald

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Here's the deal - I'm from Melbourne. I grew up in the west. I was lucky to grow up in the rough and tumble of a lower-middle class suburb where I learnt so much about diversity - cultural, socio-economic. I'm thankful for the opportunity.

With a combination of luck and diligence, I swindled a position at University of Melbourne where I studied engineering and arts. I loved it. I also learnt a lot about privilege. I'm enjoying my life with my girls (Monika and Bianka), working as a humanitarian engineer with EWB Australia, and I'm living back where it all began - Footscray.

/....ji 0I'm driven by a passion to create positive social change in the world.

I'm on a mission to change the culture of engineering in Australia to one where all engineers consider the long-term implications of their work and pro bono engineeri is the norm.

As a student and then a professional civil engineer working in the corporate sector, he says he “always wanted to use my skills for good, but unlike the legal or medical profession, it was hard to find ways to do this.” He joined EWB to help find ways to harness the huge potential for people to contribute their skills, and moved through a series of volunteer roles including President Victoria Region and board member before becoming Director of Tribe in 2014.

“With everyone considering their social impact more,” James says “the future for humanitarian engineering in Australia is diverse, exciting and full of opportunities.” He is inspired by “working in an inclusive, collaborative organisation and with some of the best people in the industry to mainstream humanitarian engineering.”

  • Work
    • WorleyParsons
  • Education
    • B Engineering (Civil)
    • B Arts (Political Science)