Abdelaziz Belherazem normally lives with his family in Germany, but the physicist with a doctorate in mechanical engineering is often away on business. An expert in waste and resources management, Abdelaziz looks back to almost 40 years of professional experience in a large number of projects in the Middle East and North Africa. He is motivated by his commitment to make the world a better place by using resources more carefully as well as systematic recycling.
Abdelaziz’s capabilities cover the full range of project management and he plans, tests and monitors the construction of waste treatment and disposal plants. His customers are mostly local utility companies and municipalities funded by international donors such as Germany’s public development financing organization Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW) and the GIZ Society for International Cooperation. That Abdelaziz will be traveling a lot in the future is already beyond doubt. At the moment he is working on a major project in Egypt where he is planning and implementing investments in the waste management of the cities of Assiut and Qena.
Which one of CDM Smith’s core values do you identify with most and why? Teamwork, because we need to work together to effectively improve things.
Why CDM Smith? To make a difference. I work with lots of people driven by the same motivation at CDM Smith. We will need to develop a new way of thinking while taking good care of the planet for humanity to survive.
What does “listen. think. deliver.” mean to you? First, the ability to listen between the lines and understand problems and requirements often left unspoken. Next, the ability to apply professional skills, knowledge and the right tools for the job towards developing an ideal solution to meet these requirements. And finally, the ability to present the solution in a way that is clear and easy to follow.
What makes your life richer? I like to spend time with my family.