Tessa Mackay

Project leader, Hatch

Being the daughter of a diplomat meant that Tessa Mackay grew up all over the world. And for the next year, she'll be in Vancouver for the Hatch group as the project leader for sustainable development in the design group. She says her job is a perfect marriage between her love for the environment and engineering. With a BSc in civil engineering from the University of Cape Town, the outdoor enthusiast explains that an engineer will always find a solution to a problem. In essence,Mackay's day-to-day problem is finding the fine balance between the environment and the budget when it comes to large engineering projects or building mammoth plants. � Hendri Pelser

Lunch spot: Contessa, Rivonia, Johannesburg