Jo da Silva is a Director at Arup where she founded Arup International Development, a not-for-profit business which provides strategic advice and technical expertise to organisations committed to creating sustainable and resilient communities. She is a civil engineer whose career began in India and has subsequently encompassed the design and construction of buildings and infrastructure in four continents, as well as extensive experience working in post-disaster situations. She has particular expertise in improving access to essential services, low income housing and human settlements, urban infrastructure, post-disaster recovery and reconstruction, disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation.
Jo sits on the International Development Policy Group at the Institution of Civil Engineers and lectures at the Centre for Sustainable Development at the University of Cambridge. In 2009, she was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and in 2011 became an Officer of the British Empire (OBE) for services to engineering and to humanitarian relief. In 2012, she became the first woman to be selected by the ICE to deliver the prestigious, 9th International Brunel Lecture, entitled ‘Shifting Agendas: from response to resilience – the role of the engineer in disaster risk reduction’.