Students escape Cairo chaos thanks to FM director

Clare Wait from Georgetown Uni, Qatar helps to evacuate 15 students

Clare Wait, director of building operations, Georgetown University, Qatar.
Clare Wait, director of building operations, Georgetown University, Qatar.

An FM director from Georgetown University, Qatar, has helped to evacuate 15 students whose lives were threatened by the civil unrest in Cairo, Egypt.

Clare Wait, director of building operations, was part of the emergency response team that found flights for the group and organised accommodation and transport to seek refuge in one of the buildings that she manages on campus.

Wait is in charge of the management of all facilities for the Georgetown Branch Campus Building, and comprising just over 100 residential units, immigration for staff and faculty, housing leasing and allocation. She has been in the job for six months.

“I helped to get the students into emergency residences. They are from our Washington campus and luckily we had the contacts in Egypt to secure their safe release.

“This was the closest place to evacuate them to. They will spend a few days here before going back to the US. We have the facilities here to accommodate them. The rescue was a joint effort between our finance team and senior management involving four different operations.

“My job was to sort out the visas, immigration, accommodation for them. I look after all housing for the students and the facilities. Three of our villas were unoccupied. I bought sheets and bedding for them. It’s been an interesting experience.”

Wait was formerly independent facilities consultant, Emcor; VP facilities, Etihad Airways; and senior manager, Sama Dubai.

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