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Meet the President of ASAQS
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Dr Stephan Ramabodu

Dr Ramabodu's first practical experience of the QS profession was as QS student at B&L Bloemfontein, while studying for a BSc Quantity Surveying degree at the University of the Free State (UFS).

After graduation, he became a junior lecturer at the university and did private work for contractors or QS firms to gain further experience. In 2006, he joined the construction consultancy, Davis Langdon, as a director and in 2008, left to start his own business, Ramabodu & Associates. He was also reappointed as lecturer at UFS, where he completed a Master's degree in 2005.

Thereafter, he was promoted to Senior Lecturer at UFS, and also elec ted as Senior Vice-President of ASAQS.

He is now Senior Lecturer at the University of Pretoria's Department of Construction Economics and has established a new personal company, QS-Online.

The new ASAQS president came from a particularly disadvantaged background, and had to do gardening work to pay for his high school studies. Spurred on by the promise of a bursary if he managed to matriculate, the young Stephan managed just that, and enrolled at UFS for a generic BSc degree which he changed to BSc QS studies after an uncle, who worked on a building site (and gave his young nephew money for transport and food) had introduced him to the Quantity Surveying profession.

Dr Ramabodu, who obtained a PhD at UFS in 2014, includes in his main aspirations as leader of ASAQS transformation, including gender equality; marketing the profession; research; and "providing the ultimate service to ASAQS members".

The Board of the ASAQS asked Dr Ramabodu to stay on for a second term and he graciously accepted and thus continues to lead the organisation to mid-2018l.