My name is Ezio Marchetti and I am the new Group Leader of EWB KTH. I am an italian passionate student, 25 years old, and I moved to Stockholm in August 2017 for my Master Degree in Structural engineering. Together with my studies, I also work as an intern at Sweco and since September 2018 I am involved in Engineers Without Borders, and I love it! My first steps in the organization were as Head of Finance and Economics which was absolutely interesting but after only few months there has been the occasion to become the Group Leader of this amazing team, and the answer was obviously positive. It is definitely a challenge, and it implies many responsibilities, but at the same time it is rewarding and I am getting to learn much more than I could expect! In my freetime I love to spend time outdoor, in the nature, possibly with my camera. I am also trying “my best” to be much as possible climate-neutral. Something more? I love challenges, especially sportif ones! In 2018 I managed to run my first full marathon, up north in Tromso, and to complete the Vasaloppet, as a “real” Swede! For 2019, more is gonna come!
Why did you choose to get involved with EWB? I joined EWB KTH because of my interest towards the organization. When I applied I did not have a clear picture of the role I wanted to have, but I knew I wanted to contribute with the energies! I wanted to feel part of it and help to improve and develop it with enthusiasm, method and dedication.
I was selected for the role of Head of Finance which I really enjoyed. Then, by the circumstances, I was asked to take over the role of Group Leader because of my dedication and enthusiasm. I felt really honored and it was an obvious choice to accept it. In this way, I have even more chance to give my contribution to make the organization better.
What is it like being part of EWB KTH?
In one word; great! To be honest, the atmosphere in the group is amazing! A lot of positive energy! Of course everyone is busy in life, but the enthusiasm that the group spreads is super motivating. I have rarely been in such a nice working environment. You never need to ask for help because there is always someone offering it before you ask! It is definitely much easier being the leader of such a group! In this regard, apart from the weekly lunch meeting. I am trying to introduce monthly social meetings, to have the possibility to enjoy some more time together.
What does team Group Management do?
As the Group Leader, I have amazing opportunities to meet a rich network of students and professional engineers throughout Sweden and abroad, as well as to gain the invaluable experience of leading a medium-sized organisation.
The group at KTH consists of around 50 active members, and works primarily with International Projects, Inspire Youth programs in Stockholm to help encourage young people into engineering and technology, and campus events to inspire and broaden KTH students’ perspective on engineering.
The role implies for sure dedication and time, but I feel passion driven in doing this, so then it does not feel heavy at all. The main responsibilities are:
Leading the organisation according to the framework set out by Engineers Without Borders Sweden
Making key decisions about the direction of the organisation
Being the main point of contact between the local Engineers Without Borders group and the national organisation
Ensuring that the group provides for its members, and that the membership is maintained and ideally grows
Overseeing all activities on campus
Chairing weekly meetings, and delegating responsibilities within the Management Team