Dr. Reiko Abe
President of ORIENTAL Consultants Part of ACKG ltd
I have been involved in various overseas projects, starting from Norway Undersea Tunnel Project, Taiwan Shinkansen (bullet train) project, Qatar National Master Plan Study, Delhi Metro India and Bangalore Metro Projects, Kiev Metro Projects Ukraine and many others, currently working for Jakarta Metro, Indonesia.
Especially from 2007 I was involved in large-scale yen loan projects in India as an expert in charge of quality control of underground construction. In India, there are many problems that are unimaginable to happen in Japan. This is exactly why we can show our strength as consultants. Although it is important to complete the project by making full use of technology, it is also our task to convey the importance of not only the technology but also the maintenance and management. In addition, although India is rather acquisitive in learning new technology, many places are unconcerned about the safety management and environmental improvement. Japan is a world-class country for safety and environmental management; we are also responsible for the important task to continue to teach it.
Furthermore, I was appointed to be the President of OC Global India’s office since October 1st, 2014. Isn’t it a rare opportunity for a woman to be the president in this field? In our company, even though there is no precedent, if a person is considered qualified, there is the chance to press forward. I have used this chance to let myself grow.
In India, there are many large-scale projects of roads and energy-related such as railway. Indian Subsidiaries are planning to hire more than 100 local engineers for Dedicated Freight Corridor Project and I am in charge of leading this organization. Moreover, we shall also strive in getting new projects and exploring new fields. Here in India, difficulties and challenges are back-to-back. I am looking for fellow challengers whom are interested in this large market, India.