Finalist: Moreblessing Barker

Civil Engineer Executive

I am an Infrastructure Expert with over 33 years’ experience (19 of which were spent in Sub-Saharan Africa) in developing and delivering infrastructure programmes and strategies (£400-600m). I have an MSc in Highways Engineering and Management from the University of Birmingham, UK. I am a member of Chartered Institute of Highways & Transportation, Prince 2 qualified, BSI Lead Auditor trained, commercially competent and politically astute. I have led large multi-disciplinary teams varying from technical professionals, direct labour, consultants, sub-contractors, and supply chain (20 to 300 staff) providing both operational and strategic leadership. I have held national level leadership roles as: Major Projects Procurement team leader, Head of Civil Engineering for England, Head of Roads and Freight. I led the development and delivery of complex high value programmes e.g. Highways England’s major projects Procurement Strategy (£5 billion Collaborative Delivery framework), developing pipeline programmes for future investments through government’s Road Investment Strategy. I have held various senior leadership and advisory roles both in the UK and Sub-Saharan Africa. I am currently Infrastructure Expert at the Common Markets for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) in Zambia leading a seven-country programme on cross border infrastructure to facilitate trade in the COMESA region. In over 33 years of my career, I have acquired transferable skills through leading various infrastructure programmes including research, construction, maintenance, procurement, developing policies and strategies. This experience makes me an asset to any organisation.

Cross Border Infrastructure Expert: COMESA.

Works in close collaboration with relevant seven national authorities and the Cross Border Technical Advisors, carrying out border infrastructure needs assessment at the five border posts in order to establish on this basis, detailed and costed activity plans for each border post with clear targets, timelines and outputs; Preparing, negotiating and ensuring subsequent monitoring of the Sub-Delegation/Grants Agreements signed with the National Authorising Offices in the targeted countries.


•Successfully reviewed initial strategic outline business cases for the five targeted border posts and enhancing the evidence to validate the baseline position for the pipeline programmes.

•Successfully carried out detailed needs assessments at 5 targeted border posts and identified seven sites for the provision of cross border markets for small-scale cross border traders.

•Successfully carried out End-User Requirements consultations with stakeholders from the Member States and developed the related Concept Designs for the prioritised infrastructure.

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