Nasra Agil

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Nasra Agil
نصرة العقيل
BornSomalia
NationalityCanadian
Alma materRyerson University
Occupationcivil engineer and entrepreneur

Nasra Agil (Somali: Nasra Cagil; Arabic: نصرة العقيل‎) is a Somali-Canadian civil engineer and entrepreneur. She has been involved in a variety of community service programmes and initiative, being awarded The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award - Canada.

Personal life[edit]

Agil was born in Somalia. She and her family later moved to Canada.[1] As a teenager, Agil helped launch various community service initiatives. She organized youth programs, survival skills workshops, educational plays and sporting activities.[1] For her tertiary education, Agil studied civil engineering at Ryerson University in Toronto. She graduated from the institution with Honours in 2005, earning a Bachelor of Engineering degree.[1] Nasra graduated at the top of her class at Ryerson University and is recorded as one of the first known women of Somali descent to earn an engineering degree in Canada. She also received the prestigious Golden Key International Honour Society Award for academic excellence.[2]

Career[edit]

Agil began her civil engineering career as a road inspector for the Transportation Services of the Toronto Municipality.[1] After a two-year period, she moved to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, which had evolved into one of the main global centers for major real estate development. In 2007, Agil joined Cansult, a Canadian engineering firm headquartered in Dubai and one of the largest industry operators in the Middle East. She later served as an advisor to Nakheel, the biggest real estate developer in the UAE. She was also a Senior Traffic Engineer for the Dubai Municipality's Roads Authority.[1]

In 2012, Agil returned to Somalia to contribute to the local post-conflict reconstruction process. She subsequently opened the country's first dollar store.[3]

Awards[edit]

In recognition of her societal work, Agil was presented The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award - Canada by the Governor General of Canada. She also received various academic awards for her scholastic achievements while still an honours student, including the Golden Key International Honour Society Award.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Omar, Farid (4 July 2011). "Nasra Agil: A Canadian civil engineer rises to next level". Digital Journal. Retrieved 2 March 2015.
  2. ^ "Nasra Agil: A Canadian civil engineer rises to next level". hiiraan Online: News and Information About Somalia. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  3. ^ "Happy International Women's Day". Somali Media Mapping. Retrieved 6 July 2014.