A footballing frog fanatic, who impressed the judges with his drive to overcome childhood adversity and his passion for the facilities management industry, is the first recipient of a re-energised FMANZ Foundation scholarship.
Kamal Mcentee Amziane displayed ambition and energy, alongside clear enthusiasm and affection towards facilities management in his application and in his presentation to the FMANZ Foundation trustees.
“Despite the adversity I have faced throughout my life I always remain focused on my goals. For example, achieving strong results throughout school and university was very important to me. I have learned to persevere and how to adapt to my surroundings using my personal adversity to motivate myself to succeed,” Kamal said.
“Facilities management is such a large field and there is so much room for growth within the industry. I love that you can be creative and innovative in the way that you manage facilities in order to improve building efficiency by reducing energy consumption, improving sustainability and cutting costs,” he continued.
Kamal has already achieved a Bachelor of Property degree from the University of Auckland and will continue his academic journey at Massey University, studying part-time for a Graduate Diploma in Facilities Management. His last academic year showed a host of A-grades.
An alumnus of Keystone Trust, Kamal is working with Programmed after a summer internship with the company.
Building aquariums for his frogs, newts and fish, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and playing summer social football at Onehunga Mangere United take up Kamal’s spare time.
The FMANZ Foundation aims to be the leading incubator of diverse, excellent talent in Aotearoa by identifying outstanding New Zealanders and offering them grants to help pursue a career in facilities management. This includes people who are either studying, hoping to study, or early in their career, from backgrounds currently under-represented in the FM industry.
Find out more about the FMANZ Foundation scholarships here.