Danai Magugumela

Ms Magugumela is the Managing Director of Bosch Stemele, a South African owned consulting engineering firm.

She graduated with a BSc. Civil Engineering from Prairie View A&M University in America in 1991. Following graduation she joined the Texas Department of Transportation (USA) as an Engineer in Training: Geometric Design 1991 - 1993.

In 1993 - 1994 she pursued MSc studies at Texas A&M University in America while working as a Graduate Research Assistant. Her thesis was on performance properties of rubber-modified asphalt concrete using lab and field data from a test section built on an interstate highway. She obtained her MSc. Civil Engineering in 1995.

From 1995 to 2001 Danai worked for consulting firms in the field of Roads and Geotechnical Engineering, starting as Assistant Resident Engineer on Special Maintenance of the N1 in the Western Cape (Dwyka to Leeu-Gamka). Over a number of years she took on specific roles in Pavement Design, as well as Project Engineer roles for Provincial Roads in the East Rand, municipal streets in Soweto, and on the Nelson Mandela bridge project for SANRAL and the City of Johannesburg.

During this period she obtained her PrEng status and also advanced in Management to Divisional Director and subsequently to Board Director.

From 2002 – 2006 Danai joined the Municipal Infrastructure Investment Unit as Project Manager and was subsequently promoted to CEO in 2004.

2006 – 2012 Danai was appointed CEO of BKS (consulting engineers). Under her leadership BKS was transformed to majority black ownership and grew in staff and turnover, on the back of mega projects completed by the firm for the 2010 World Cup. She led the business to being acquired by the multinational firm AECOM, in November 2012. Subsequent to this Danai joined Bosch Stemele and has served in the MD role since February 2014.

A past Board member of SANRAL, Ms Magugumela is a Fellow and is currently Vice President elect of SAICE. She is also a Council Member of Consulting Engineering South Africa (CESA). She serves on the council of the University of Pretoria and is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment & IT (EBIT).

She is married, and has two teenage sons.