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On the spot

Name: Colum Wilson

Age: 32

Qualifications: Graduated from Durham University in 1989. MSc in civil engineering from Swansea in 1990-1991. Chartered civil engineer since 1996.

Current job: Relief worker with Medecins Sans Frontieres for the last year based in the Indonesian archipelago Previous employment: Trained as a journalist with Construction Weekly between 1989 - 1990, before joining Gibb where he worked in the heavy civil engineering and water divisions for seven years, with postings in Sudan and Kyrgyzstan.

Other ventures: A three month sabbatical with Health Projects Abroad, a small NGO in East Africa, convinced him to move into engineering relief work full time.

While there he wrote In quest of Livingstone - a journey to the four fountains (NCE 22 April 1999) and in 1999 resigned from Gibb to work full time for MSF.

The future: 'I intend to stay with MSF for the foreseeable future, as it is a really stimulating work.'

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