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Yuli Doulala-Rigby

Business Development & Chief Civil Engineer at Tensar EH

Yuli is a Chartered Engineer (CEng) and a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (FICE) with 25+ years’ experience in a variety of geotechnical and civil engineering projects. Her work experience includes working as a tunnelling engineer for Balfour Beatty/AMEC JV at the Jubilee Line Extension Tunnelling project in London, UK (1995), as a geotechnical engineer for Mouchel Asia Limited in Hong Kong (1996-2005) and as the Chief Civil Engineer for Tensar International, the inventor of polymeric soil reinforcing and stabilising geogrids (2005-present).  Yuli is based in Tensar’s UK HQ and for > 10 years she held the overall responsibility of the Tensar Eastern Hemisphere Design Team with offices in Germany, Holland, France, Russia, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, India, Malaysia, Indonesia and China and representatives in Africa, Australia and New Zealand. While she is still involved in delivering training, and holds a high-level, project-specific advisory role, she has diverted her focus largely towards Business Development and educating the Industry globally on the benefits of geosynthetics in Construction. 


Yuli is a past Chair of the UK Committee of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS), an elected member of the British Geotechnical Association (BGA) Executive Committee and has authored and delivered several publications about reinforced and stabilised soil around the world. She is a judge for the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Engineering Awards, the UK Ground Engineering Awards and she is the co-ordinator and a judge of the Baroness Platt of Writtle Awards on behalf of the Worshipful Company of Engineers, of which she is a Liveryman and a Court Assistant. She is a registered STEM Ambassador and a Governor of Welbeck Defence Sixth Form College. She is the first female Engineer in the North West of the UK to apply for and obtain Fellowship of the ICE in September 2011 and the first non-military engineer, to become a Fellow of the Institution of Royal Engineers (FInstRE) in May 2018.