Ian McKechnie

Ian McKechnie

Chief Executive Officer – CEO & Principal Advisor/Consultant


Ian McKechnie is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Engenamic, and Principal Advisor/Consultant.

Ian holds a BSc(Eng)(Electrical & Electronic) degree from the University of Cape Town.

He is:

  • registered Chartered Engineer [CEng] with the Engineering Council (UK).
  • A registered International Professional Engineer [IntPE(SA)] on the International Register of Professional Engineers (South African section) of the International Professional Engineers Agreement (IPEA, previously known as the Engineers Mobility Forum (EMF)).
  • A registered Professional Engineer [PrEng] with the Engineering Council of South Africa.
  • A Fellow of the IET – Institution of Engineering and Technology [FIET].
  • A Fellow of the South African Academy of Engineering [FSAAE].
  • A Fellow of the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers [FSAIEE].
  • A Senior Member of the IEEE – Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers [SMIEEE]
  • An Associate of the Association of Arbitrators (Southern Africa) [AAArb].

Ian is a Past President (2007/8 term) of the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE). He is a past Council Member of the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA), appointed by the Minister of Public Works (2009-2012 term).

Ian is also the managing director of Engenamic Innopro & MWA (parts of the ‘Engenamic family’).

In addition to his advisory/consulting (including expert) services, Ian’s services are offered internationally as a conciliator, mediator, adjudicator, expert determiner or arbitrator, and on dispute avoidance/adjudication boards (such as DABs and DAABs) or other dispute resolution panels.

Ian McKechnie has extensive experience and expertise as a versatile engineering professional, in a range of engineering and project activities and fields:

He has a range of experience as a project consultant and project manager, both of conventional projects as well as public/private partnership (PPP) type projects (for example BOT projects). He has been responsible for pioneering work in Southern Africa in the application of public/private partnerships to technology-based projects.

Project strategy, structuring and planning, with a “bigger picture” perspective, is a particular interest and capability.

Ian has gained extensive systems engineering experience during his career and is a firm proponent of the systems engineering philosophy.

He also has a range of experience in fields such as forensic engineering and consulting, dispute investigation and/or resolution support, and programme/project/engineering management & project/technical assessments, investigations and remediation, including as an expert consultant and expert witness. He also has engineering dispute resolution experience including as an adjudicator.

Ian’s multi-disciplinary and discipline-specific experience and exposure spans various application sectors including power/energy, mining/resources, aviation infrastructure/systems, communications/ICT, oil & gas/petrochemical, industrial, infrastructure, environmental assessment, construction, and electrical and electronic systems and infrastructure, including defence systems.

He has a particular interest and expertise in various niche and specialised technical areas. In this respect he has also collaborated with Wits University over a period of many years in respect of research, applications engineering, and training, where he has been appointed as an Honorary Research Fellow. He also serves as a Research Advisor for the African Centres for Lightning and Electromagnetics (ACLENet).

He is the author/co-author of numerous peer-reviewed papers, technical/project management articles and conference papers/presentations in SA and internationally. He is an experienced speaker, presenter and trainer.

Ian McKechnie is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Engenamic, and Principal Advisor/Consultant.