PeterBoswell.com works with partners and associates, including Bricad Associates and Vandergraf International, in applying advanced business development techniques to market and project assessment, document delivery, brand protection, management training, and private-public development aid.
PeterBoswell.com's senior partner is Dr. Peter Boswell who until 2011 he was the General Manager of the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC) that represents globally the consulting engineering industry's three million staff through national Member Associations in over 100 countries.
Peter was born in Kisumu, Kenya, brought up and educated in Kenya and received an MA and a PhD in materials engineering from Cambridge and MIT, respectively.
He was a Rotary Fellow for Africa for graduate studies and before starting his professional career he worked for two years as a UK Volunteer Overseas for the UN High Commission for Refugees in Burundi and then as an assistant manger on Rukinga Ranch in Kenya.
His PhD minor requirement was in Management Information Systems at the MIT Sloan Scool of Business where he carried out the computer simulations for the groundbreaking Club of Rome The Limits to Growth report.
He was a process engineer with Ford at the company's development centre in Dearborn, Michigan where he worked with teams developing materials and process technologies for lightweight, high-toughness, wrought steel and cast aluminium alloys for the automotive and aerospace industries.
He then become an Australian mining industry Australian Government Research Fellow attached to the University of Brisbane, Australia, specialising in the production and application of wear resistant materials for mining and process equipment. Towards the end of his fellowship he was attached to the University of Brisbane Dental School where he established materials research facilities for dental materials.
In 1979, he joined Anglo American's Johnson Matthey at its development centre in the UK, becoming Principal Engineer and specialising in process plant for automotive catalysts, fuel cells, industrial platinum products, precious-metal based dental and medical products, and rare-earth alloys, notably alloys for permanent magnets. Dr Boswell received management training in Risk Management, Quality Management and Environmental Management.
Following joint projects with Battelle, he joined Battelle-Geneva as the Section Manager, Process Engineering, responsible for designing and implementing advanced materials processing facilities for major international clients in Japan, the US and Europe. Multi-million dollar projects were based upon patented process technologies that were brought to the production scale following feasibility and prototype evaluation. The main application areas were net-shape processing technologies electronic and magnetic materials, wear-resistant materials and medical and dental materials.
In 1986, Dr. Boswell joined the European Physical Society, Geneva, as the Director responsible for publications and public relations, and editor of Europe's most widely circulated English-language physics publication Europhysics News.
He joined FIDIC in 1998 as General Manager in the federation's Secretariat in Lausanne, Switzerland, before it moved to Geneva in 2003.
His activities with FIDIC mainly involved the commercial aspects of the federation's worldwide activities that include contracts, publishing, training programmes, event management, industry surveys, and business development.
He is a Chartered Engineer (UK), EurIng and EurPhys, and a member of professional materials engineering associations in the US, UK and Australia.
Dr Boswell's trains regularly for FIDIC on Environmental Management Systems, Project Sustainability Management, Project Procurement, Integrity Management, Quality Management, Integrated Performance Management, Business Development, Professional Services Agreements, and FIDIC Conditions of Contract, these topics being modules in the FIDIC Guides to Business Practice, Contracts and Procurement Manuals. He continues to be involved in trainer assessment programmes in China and East Africa. He is an FIDIC Accredited Trainer for Quality Management and Environmental Management and is the coordination presenter for the recently launched FIDIC Urban Sustainable Management System series of webinars.
On behalf of the FIDIC Sustainable Development Committee, Dr Boswell represents FIDIC for several international activities and programmes organised by the WTO, ILO, ISO, UN Environment, UN Habitat, GIB, iISBE, and Sustainable Building Alliance relating to sustainable construction and infrastructure. For example, he is a member of the Standards Commitee that develops the Global Investment Basel Foundation's SuRe sustainable infrastructure standard which recently launched an online training programme for procurement professionals.
He also remains an Associate with Bricad Associates, Switzerland, as a business development adviser, and with Vandagraf International , UK and Switzerland, that specialises in security solutions for brands, labelling, packaging, products, and documents. In association with Bricad, the manages the FIDIC-EFCA Consulting Engineering Survey and the FIDIC-EFCA online platforms which support the FIDIC Project/Programme Sustainability Logbook and the new Urban Sustainability Management System based on the ISO 37101 sustainability in communities standard.
Following his retirement from FIDIC in 2011, Dr Boswell has been active in setting up UsitawiNetwork clubs in Switzerland and collaborating on Usitawi projects in East Africa. A major part of this work has been to re-establish cocoa estates and forest sanctuaries in Tanzania and to establish computer training centres in Zanzibar.
Peter is English-speaking and speaks fluent French and Kiswahili. He lives in St. Cergue, close to Geneva, Switzerland.