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Meet Rachi Ibrahimia Picardo, Head of Department, Mozambique

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​We are more like a family than a workplace.

​My overall role as Head of Department here in Mozambique is supervision of the Social Studies Department, where we are a total of 20 consultants. I began working at Austral back in 2005, a small local company, before it was acquired by COWI in 2007. 

I did my six-month internship at Austral and when it ended, the Head of Department, who I eventually replaced, decided to hire me. This job entails a lot of responsibility, but as a professional you have to be willing to develop, and we are truly given that opportunity here at COWI.
Becoming a part of COWI required us to adopt international standards and a completely different way of working. Now I have colleagues who are almost 10,000 kilometres away but who are less than a mouse-click away if I need their help.

You can rely on the expertise of your colleagues from all around the world and the only effort it takes is the effort you put into contacting them. Because of this network, we can play with the big players both here in Mozambique and internationally.

The good thing about COWI’s way of doing business is that we don’t feel that headquarters is just pushing work and projects on us. We are still doing our own thing, but we can get support whenever we need it. This support network is crucial for the success of a big company like COWI.

The work environment here is one of the main reasons why I have stayed on for so long. I really like my colleagues. We have an informal way of interacting and working together, which is great. We have an environment where you can rely on each other, and I would say that we are more like a family than a workplace.

What excites me most about my job is the challenge it presents. We always have new, exciting and crazy things to do. I get to work with projects outside my educational field and now I can also develop my managerial skills. You are always exposed to challenges and learning new things.

COWI is a place to grow and a place where you can stay for a long period without getting into a rut. This is what I tell people, when we hire them. The work environment and the opportunity to solve challenges and learn new things are what make COWI stand out.



Head of Department

Joined COWI


Educational background

Rachi Ibrahimia Picardo holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Public Administration from the Eduardo Mondlane University in Mozambique, as well as a Master’s degree in Social Development Studies, which he completed at the Italian University of Bologna.

LAST UPDATED: 08.05.2017