Engineering heroes – today and tomorrow

For International Women in Engineering Day 2021, we are showcasing seven brilliant female role models from across the world at Ramboll – who we think are superheroes. They deliver ingenuitive and inspiring projects with sustainability at their heart and play an important role in shaping a thriving society. 

Only a fraction of female students globally select STEM-related fields in higher education – 8% for engineering, manufacturing and construction courses (World Economic Forum).

If you’d like to help inspire the next generation, download our Superhero colouring book for ages 7+. 

Get to know our heroes better below.


Catherine Grant – Senior consultant, Australia. AKA Captain Community

If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be? --- “I would like to see more empathy in the world. The ability to put yourself in someone else’s shoes is, I believe, really critical to creating a more hopeful future”.  

Read Catherine's interview

Jessie Tan - Buildings project director, Singapore. AKA Super Structor

What was your favourite game as a child? --- “I role-played with my sister. I would imagine myself as a teacher or a mother and would dress in my mum’s clothes with a feather duster in my hand, pretending to give a lecture”.

Read Jessie's interview

Kaya Patel – Graduate rail engineer, UK. AKA Rail Rocket

What were your favourite subjects at school? --- “My favourite subjects were Maths and Art. I liked Maths because it was always so satisfying getting the right answer at the end of a long calculation, and Art allowed me to show off my creative side”.

Read Kaya's interview

Larisa Maya-Drysdale – Associate manager, Denmark. AKA Green Star

How have you helped support others in creating better outcomes for them or wider society? --- "I have been part of several NGO’s to raise awareness about female inequality in Mexico, giving me the chance to talk to many young girls who feel powerless."

Read Larisa's interview

Montserrat F. Telseth – Buildings divisional director, Norway. AKA Electro

How does Ramboll support you in being your best self at work? --- "Ramboll gives me the space and support required to develop my division and myself as a leader, and by supporting my initiatives helping us achieve the best results."

Read Montserrat's interview

Philippa Spence – Managing director, UK. AKA Captain Climate

What do you love most about your role? --- "Holding a position that allows you a platform to lead & inspire a talented group of people to achieve great things is an immense privilege & responsibility – it is this that makes me love my job."

Read Philippa's interview

Swati Shah – Director Buildings, India. AKA Design Dynamo

What’s your favourite project you have worked on? --- "We are currently working on a Museum project in Delhi, which is a complex design and ambitious in its sustainability objectives - it is fast becoming my favourite one so far!"

Read Swati's interview