Tuesday evening at the Mann Student Center at the Yale School of Engineering & Applied Sciences, the Yale Chapter of Engineers Without Borders held their weekly meeting, and they took this opportunity to invite Mr. Leonardo Stoute, President and CEO or the LSI Group, as a special guest speaker.
Over the past 7 years, EWB-Yale has maintained a strong presence in Kikoo and nearby Roh, Cameroon, where they have built water storage tanks and a standpipe distribution system to enable thousands of people to have access to clean water on a daily basis. In close collaboration with the local communities, members of EWB-Yale have not only established and operated of the system, but also educated the people in the community as to proper maintenance and the importance of sanitation and its impact on health.
Weekly meetings often include regular updates from project leads within EWB, whose members are sub-divided into teams dealing with design, finance, and education and outreach. This week, regular business was followed by a brief introduction to the challenges and possibilities for sustainable engineering and energy technologies in Indonesia. A selected group of EWB members continued the conversation with Leonardo Stoute, President & CEO of the LSI Group, afterward over dinner at the nearby Timothy Dwight College dining hall.
The dinner setting was intimate, and the students had quality one-on-one time with Mr. Stoute. They asked about how his interest in Indonesia developed and inquired as to the mission and goals of the LSI Group. Mr. Stoute explained that his consulting work stemmed from a deep appreciation and gratitude toward the generous people of Indonesia, and how the arts and culture of that county first attracted him to it. He explained that the group’s mission is to assist people, through humanitarian, non-profit, and even business projects to improve their environment, health, education and commerce. At the end, the students thanked Mr. Stoute extensively for his time, and agreed to stay in touch to develop further connections.