Leading consulting engineering and infrastructure advisory firm Zutari has appointed Vishaal Lutchman as its new Managing Director of Transport, with effect from 1 April 2022. Vishaal joins Zutari from the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE), where he was CEO since 2020. During these two years, he steered SAICE through a time of great challenges within the organisation, the industry, and the country, while having to endure the consequences of a regressive economy exacerbated by the devasting effects of the pandemic on the profession.
Vishaal has always had a passion for civil engineering, with a particular focus on building strategic teams, mentoring, training, and developing young engineers. He has played a key role in its advancement by providing innovative solutions for professional career growth, advocating for the protection of the profession and reconnecting infrastructure stakeholders, and leveraging such relationships towards a common development agenda.
Vishaal is a professional engineer with over 22 years’ experience in the leadership and management of businesses related to infrastructure development. His technical and advisory skills were nurtured mainly within the maritime and rail disciplines. As an executive, Vishaal has focused on integrating organisational strategy, operations, and technical capacity with future-fit engineering solutions.
Before his role at SAICE, Vishaal was Director of the maritime, aviation and rail business at WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff. Prior to that, he spent five years with RoyalHaskoningDHV as Director of the Maritime and Freight Advisory group. As Deputy Chief Engineer at Transnet, he oversaw the parastatal’s capital and port infrastructure projects across all ports in the country.
He is well versed in providing advisory and consultancy services for infrastructure projects in Africa, having worked in South, East, and West Africa. Vishaal’s qualifications include an MPhil in Leadership, an MBA, a Diploma in Business Management, a BSc Civil Engineering degree, and a Diploma in Civil Engineering, among others. He is currently completing his PhD in Urban Studies at the University of Johannesburg.
“Our clients are committing greater investment to improve transport infrastructure. We are confident that, with his vast experience in the field, Vishaal will bring innovative thinking and strong leadership in implementing and managing complex and critical projects for us,” says Zutari CEO Teddy Daka. Vishaal will be based in Tshwane and be part of the Zutari Executive Committee.