Leon Furstenburg, a professional engineer, is a Director of the Knight Piésold Group and is based in the Johannesburg office. He has over three decades of experience in water engineering, including the planning, design, and construction of large dams, water conveyances, pump stations, and hydroelectric power stations. He has been the project director, project manager, engineer, and/or FIDIC engineer on many large multidisciplinary water resources projects that were planned and/or developed in several countries.
Recent experience includes oversight of the design and construction supervision of the 1330 MW Ingula pumped storage hydroelectric project in South Africa and the 80 m high RCC dam in Namibia. He has directly managed and participated in numerous projects that have received outstanding recognition and awards for technical excellence. His hydropower experience is not limited to South Africa, as he assumes very strategic roles in the expert technical review of several hydropower projects on the African continent and beyond. Leon is highly experienced in the negotiation, establishment, and management of major joint venture consortia and partnerships that design and oversee construction of major, multidisciplinary international projects. He is and has been the FIDIC engineer for various dams.