Dília Carmen Mondlane

Sponsored by: Van Oord

Studied: Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering at University of Zambeze

Based at: Nampula

Quick Fire Questions

Your favorite film?
The fault in our stars
Your preferred superpower
Your greatest fear:
Finally – You have just won $1,000,000 – what is the first thing you buy?
A big house and one Mercedes-Benz GLC coupé
Where in Mozambique did you grow up?
I’m from Xai-Xai. When I was 6 my parents and I moved to Nampula, I’m an only child. My mother is a Human Resources manager and my father is a banker.
What are your best memories from childhood?
My favourite memories from my childhood are from taking boat rides with my parents on the Limpopo river on my school holidays – they were great times!
What do you think are the biggest challenges facing industry in Mozambique today?
I think the biggest challenges facing industry today is the lack of qualified national workers. Many companies do not give young students the opportunity to prove that they have the skills and passion to learn and that they can contribute to the growth of the company.
How would your colleagues describe you?
My colleagues describe me as a determined, resourceful, generous, funny and ambitious person.

“I want to be a woman who is able to tackle challenges without fear. Women can take leadership positions and we are equally able to contribute massively to the growth of the economy.”

How would you like your career to progress over the next 5 years?
I would like to be working in a big company with a large dynamic and motivated team, where I can learn every day and solve problems. I would like to work in both offshore and onshore projects and have the opportunity to travel around the world working in different projects. I would like to be able to speak one or two more foreign languages and be able to explore the world. I think I will be a woman who will influence many other women.
What or who is your biggest inspiration?
My biggest inspiration is my father, he is my hero. He was raised by his older brother; when he was 16 he went to Cuba to study, he faced difficulties, got tuberculosis but even so he never gave up and studied and continued to struggle to win in life. I am proud of the man he is today, the man I call father, the man who teaches me to never give up and fight for my dreams.
What is your greatest achievement so far?
My greatest achievement so far is writing my final course thesis, I had many difficulties to build my compactor machine, but in the end my effort was worth it and I had good results.
Why did you decide to study engineering? What do you enjoy about it?
I always had the desire to build or to project something, I love things that challenge me and I found my identity in engineering. Engineering is an area that is constantly evolving, people are always looking for new things that benefit humanity, that’s why I decide to study engineering.
How would you encourage young people in Mozambique to study engineering?

To encourage younger people to pursue an engineering career, I would create lectures in primary and secondary schools to show the value of engineering and I would write comic books to them, talking about this profession and the opportunities they can have becoming Engineers.

I would explain that by doing engineering we become more creative, the job market needs more young people who want to make a difference with magnificent ideas and develop our country. If you want an exciting profession that can make the world a better place choose Engineering.