Presidential Inauguration

Author: Andreas Markides Posted: 21 June 2017

The day had finally arrived, my Presidential Inauguration! Following the Council and AGM I was delighted to receive my presidential chain. Following Steve Rowsell’s amazing presidential year, I am proud of the opportunity to help lead the Institution at such an exciting time. I gave a brief presentation on my childhood and education, career to date and I introduced my presidential theme for the year, which is Creating Better Places.

Andreas as President

I believe that transport planning and highway engineering are extremely important professions as they can actually shape the world we live in. Therefore my presidential theme choice is, on the one hand a celebration of what we do and on the other hand a reminder that we must strive as an Institution and as professionals to Create Better Places.

Apart from Highway Engineering, one of my passions is poetry. Those of you that were at my inauguration in June will have heard me quote from the poem ITHACA by a modern Greek poet called Constantine Cavafy.
 
For those of you who are not classicists, Ithaca was the island home of Odysseus, one of Homer's heroes who had fought at Troy. It then took Odysseus 10 years of adventures and travelling before he was able to return to his island Ithaca and his dutiful wife Penelope.
 
Here is the whole poem, recited by none other than Sean Connery! ITHACA poem

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