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World Federation of Engineering Organizations
Formation1968; 55 years ago (1968)
Legal statusActive
HeadquartersParis, France
100 nations
José Vieira
President of WFEO
Logo of WFEO

The World Federation of Engineering Organizations (French: Federation Mondiale des Organisations d'Ingenieurs; WFEO) is an international, non-governmental organization representing the engineering profession worldwide.

Founded in 1968 by a group of regional engineering organizations, under the auspices of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organizations (UNESCO) in Paris, WFEO is a non governmental international organization that brings together national engineering organizations from over 90 nations and represents some 20 million engineers from around the world. WFEO is part of the United Nations system as an NGO in official relations with UNESCO (associate status) since its foundation, and as taking part in the work of its main bodies, mainly the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and its specialized agencies, notably the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, the United Nations Environment Programme. At the UN ECOSOC, WFEO co-organizes with the International Science Council the Scientific and Technological Community Major Group.

In 2019, based on proposal by WFEO, the UNESCO's General Conference approved the creation of the UNESCO World Engineering Day for Sustainable Development, to be celebrated on 4 March of each year. Since then, WFEO has been coordinating the related celebrations around the world, through its membership and partnering institutions.

Structure, membership, activities

The governing body of WFEO is the General Assembly. Between meetings of the General Assembly the affairs of the Federation are directed by the Executive Council. The business of the Federation is dealt with by the Executive Board, supported by the Executive Director. Actions the General Assembly, Executive Council, or Executive Board are by majority vote. WFEO's membership comprises a hundred member institutions, including national members representing a country, and international members representing either a global region or continent, or representing a branch of the engineering profession at the global scale.

Standing Technical Committees / Policy Implementation Committees

WFEO's main activities in specialized fields of engineering is carried out by its committees, which are hosted by national members for a four-year term.


WFEO body meets annually for the General Assembly or Executive Council, and the Committees' meetings. These meetings are framed by a conference, where non affiliated engineers can join. In general these meetings and conferences are held in November.

Last conferences
Year City Country Name of the conference Theme
2009 Kuwait City Kuwait Alternative Energy Applications – Option or Necessity
2010 Buenos Aires Argentina World Engineering Week (WEW) Technology, Innovation and Production for Sustainable Development
2011 Geneva Switzerland World Engineering Conference (WEC)
2012 Ljubljana Slovenia World Engineering Forum (WEF)[1] Sustainable Construction for People
2013 Singapore Singapore World Engineering Summit (WES)[2] Innovative and Sustainable Solutions to Climate Change
2014 Abuja Nigeria Nigeria, World Engineering Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure (WECSI)[3] Development of Sustainable Infrastructure in Africa
2015 Kyoto Japan World Engineering Conference and Convention (WECC)[4] Engineering: Innovation and Society
2016 Lima Peru World Engineering Conference ON Disaster Risk Reduction[5] Engineering: Disaster Risk
2017 Rome Italy World Engineering Forum[6] Engineering for humankind's heritage
2018 London UK Global Engineering Congress[7] Engineering for the Sustainable Development Goals
2019 Melbourne Australia World Engineering Convention[8]
2022 San José Costa Rica World Engineers Summit


WFEO's President is elected by the General Assembly for a two-years term, in the context of an immediate past president/president/president-elect system.

WFEO's presidents since its foundation
Years President Country
1968–1974 Eric Choisy Switzerland
1975–1986 Sadok Ben Jemaa Tunisia
1986–1991 A.Y Ishlinsky Russia (U.S.S.R.)
1991–1995 William J. Caroll US
1995–1999 Conrado Bauer Argentina
1999–2003 José Medem Spain
2003–2005 Dato Lee Yee Cheong Malaysia
2005–2007 Kamel Ayadi Tunisia
2007–2009 Barry Grear Australia
2009–2011 Maria Prieto Laffargue Spain
2011–2013 Adel Al-Kharafi Kuwait
2013–2015 Marwan Abdelhamid Palestine
2015–2017 Jorge Spitalnik Brazil
2017–2019 Marlene Kanga Australia
2019–2021 Gong Ke China
2021–2023 José Manuel Vieira Portugal
2023–2025 Mustafa Shehu Nigeria

International members


  1. ^, last visit on 29 March 2013
  2. ^, last visit on 29 March 2013
  3. ^, last visit on 18 September 2013
  4. ^, last visit on 29 March 2013
  5. ^ "Home". Archived from the original on 3 January 2019. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  6. ^ "Brochure" (PDF). 2017.
  7. ^ "Global Engineering Congress | Institution of Civil Engineers". Archived from the original on 16 November 2018. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  8. ^ "World Engineers Convention 2019 contribution goes beyond the economic benefits". 22 November 2019.