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:

  • A 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 is a versatile and experienced engineering, management and project professional, with extensive expertise and experience in a range of engineering and project activities and application sectors.

A particular strength is Ian’s insight and understanding of how a holistic, structured and coherent approach, aligning the detail with the ‘big picture’ across technical and non-technical aspects, is key to project, PPP and engineering successful outcomes – which approach he applies and references as a Strategic Advisor and ‘Troubleshooter & Fixer’.

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

Ian’s strengths also include a pragmatic and realistic outlook and approach, sound business and commercial acumen, together with his abilities as an independent, objective and strategic thinker and facilitator.

His experience as a project advisor/consultant and project manager includes public/private partnerships (PPPs) (for example BOT). This includes independent advisory work, as well as strategy, structuring, planning, project and engineering management and bid/proposal management aspects for a technology-based application.

Ian’s ‘troubleshooting and fixing’ experience includes forensic engineering and consulting, and dispute and dispute resolution support. It also includes independent assessment, investigation and remedial advisory support pertaining to programme/project/engineering management and technical aspects.

His experience includes being an independent expert advisor/consultant and expert witness. Ian’s dispute resolution experience includes acting as an adjudicator.

Ian’s extensive ‘troubleshooting and fixing’ experience, and the acquired insights and expertise, is a key aspect and strength of his broader strategic advisory (and ‘troubleshooting & fixing’) capability – applicable to all stages of the project and engineering lifecycle, from the front-end through design and implementation, to operations and maintenance and closure.

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.

In addition to Ian’s broad-based strengths as a project, PPP and engineering generalist, he also 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 is an experienced facilitator, speaker, presenter and trainer, and author/co-author of numerous papers and articles.

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