Quantity Surveyor: Sanjay Amin
Based in Barbados since 2006, Sanjay Amin is Director of BCQS International, a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in London.
Educated in Kenya and the United Kingdom, Amin is a keen squash player who cannot live without his curry.
RL: Why did you choose to become a Quantity Surveyor?
SA: My father was a civil engineer in Kenya and when I was at school in Durham, England, I decided to work in the same field albeit in a different discipline. Also, the opportunity to work overseas was greater than in other professions.
RL: Who was your first mentor?
SA: A fine English gentleman by the name of John Dalton. I started working for Gardiner and Theobald (one of the largest QS practices in London) in 1984 and he was the partner I reported to. He was a traditionalist and taught me a lot about how to practice as an independent chartered QS.
RL: How is your field changed in recent years?
SA: In recent times, the QS has become more focused on management of not only costs but also overall project management. There is also greater emphasis on due diligence, risk analysis, contract management and value engineering.
RL: How have new technologies helped you?
SA: The preparation of bid/tender documents has simplified and communication is instant, so it is easier to work on projects in remote locations.
RL: What new projects do you have on the horizon?
SA: In Barbados, there are several resort projects currently in the pipeline and we also have some commercial office developments which are due later this year. As a company, we recently opened an office in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and the future in Latin America is looking bright with clients such as Credit Suisse, Marriott and Hyatt.
RL: What is your proudest achievement?
SA: On a business level, helping make BCQS an independent and trusted brand name in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean region. On a personal level, educating and raising two boys in three different countries over the last eighteen years (the task is not quite completed yet!). As well as assist in the struggle against apartheid in South Africa in the 70s, 80s and early 90s.
RL: What inspires you today?
SA: The hope and aspiration of some leaders and philanthropists that poverty will one day be eradicated in both the developed and developing nations around the world.
What are the five things you cannot live without?
My wife; honesty; a home made curry once a week; exercise (squash, walking, swimming); and good friends.
To learn more, visit www.bcqs.com
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