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Veronica Swamy, Senior Project Manager in the WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff Auckland office talks about her time in the African Wilderness and Life on Mega Projects

‘Carpe Diem’ is a Latin aphorism meaning to ‘seize the day’, a mantra Veronica Swamy, Senior Project Manager in the WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff (WSP|PB) Auckland office has taken with her in life and career.


An ‘obsession’ for animals and an avid humanitarian, Veronica has jumped at opportunities to volunteer in the African wilderness.

Roles with the African Lion Research Trust and the Botswana Orphan Project have created many treasured memories. She has cared for endangered baby Lion cubs (pictured above), has helped to construct education facilities at the orphanage, has successfully climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and also met her now husband, the Viking Warrior, Jakob, whilst observing mountain gorillas in Rwanda.

Starting her career with WSP|PB in 2009, Veronica states:

‘I have thrived on the ability to take my career wherever I have desired.  Environment, Water, Property, and Transport through Perth, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and back to New Zealand I have grown with the empowerment, exposure and experience of opportunities well taken’.

Despite mega project works across the ANZ region including the $4 billion Victorian Desalination Plant and the $32 million Waterview Alliance Tunnel, her current role as Project Manager for City Rail Link serves as her signature project for one simple reason:

‘It is being built right outside my office window, I can literally see the unique and innovative designs being constructed every day.’

Veronica, has recently taken an opportunity to relocate to the WSP|PB Stockholm office in Sweden. Starting in March, she is excited to learn her fourth language (and attempt to work in it) and eagerly awaits the smart, innovative, solutions driven opportunity that is working with our Nordics team.

Another example of the ever opportunistic females here at WSP|PB, we wish Veronica all the best for her upcoming Swedish relocation and hope that she returns to our ANZ business in the future.

‘Carpe Diem’ Veronica.