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  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sunday, January 24, 2016

    Atkins Joins AmCham Abu Dhabi ‘WOMEN ACHIEVE’ Initiative

    Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. – AmCham Abu Dhabi announces that Atkins has become the latest signatory of WOMEN ACHIEVE, an innovative program established by its Women in Business Committee that promotes the professional advancement of women. The program was developed to encourage companies and organizations to give women more opportunities to advance their careers by offering them positions of greater responsibility and leadership.

    Atkins is now the 43rd organization that has joined an expanding list of leading companies that support the WOMEN ACHIEVE initiative including AECOM, Al Noor Hospitals Group, AMIDEAST, Bechtel, BrandMoxie, Boeing, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, ExxonMobil, Institute of Management Accountants Middle East, Lockheed Martin Global Inc., Louis Berger, Mubadala GE Capital, New York Institute of Technology, Northrop Grumman, Parsons, Squire Patton Boggs (MEA) LLP, Raytheon International and others. As a supporter of the WOMEN ACHIEVE program, Atkins reassures its commitment to provide a work environment that is favorable to women’s development by empowering women to refine their leadership skills and flourish in their respective jobs and areas of expertise. Moreover, Atkins pledges to provide greater opportunities for women’s participation in training and career advancement.

    “One of the key objectives of Atkins and Faithful + Gould is promoting the recruitment, development and retention of the women in our business. We also continue to make a concerted effort across our Middle East business to develop women leaders who can strive in the field of engineering, architecture and management consultancy. We constantly aspire to provide and sustain a healthy gender balance, proactive capacity-building and ongoing career advancement of our talented women," said Guy Arguin, Regional HR Director, Atkins - Middle East. "Our Middle East Women’s Business Network is one of the major initiatives we have established to achieve this aim by spearheading a number of internal and external initiatives that support knowledge sharing, networking and the advancement of women in the work place. We are pleased to be signing the WOMEN ACHIEVE pledge and committing to empower women to be leaders in their fields, and to promote their participation in key business areas." Robert S. Harward, Chairman of AmCham Abu Dhabi, remarked, “We are delighted to have Atkins Middle East sign WOMEN ACHIEVE. AmCham Abu Dhabi is proud to support innovative initiatives, such as WOMEN ACHIEVE, that foster positive change in the business community.”

  • Left to Right: Guy Arguin, Regional HR Director, Atkins - Middle East; Heather Smith, Chairperson, Women in Business Committee, AmCham Abu Dhabi

    Established in January 2013, WOMEN ACHIEVE emphasizes seven key ideals, which direct companies towards acquiring a supportive work environment for the professional advancement of women. These ideals include encouraging women to grow through training, shadowing, coaching, mentorship and internship programs, as well as considering female candidates for new opportunities and the support of ‘rising stars’ into leadership positions. WOMEN ACHIEVE also encourages the induction of women to serve on boards of various organizations and advocates the importance of fair remuneration for female employees.

    Participation in WOMEN ACHIEVE is open to entities of all sizes. Companies that are interested can elect to become signatories by contacting AmCham Abu Dhabi. Interested participants may also visit AmCham Abu Dhabi’s recently launched Women Achieve website, and pledge their company online to support the advancement and empowerment of women in the workplace. For more information, visit www.WomenAchievePledge.org. In addition, WOMEN ACHIEVE signatories receive a certificate of acknowledgement from AmCham Abu Dhabi for their support and are eligible to use the WOMEN ACHIEVE seal on their communication collateral.

  • Front Row Left to Right: Theresa F. Weber, Executive Director, AmCham Abu Dhabi; Heather Smith, Chairperson, Women in Business Committee, AmCham Abu Dhabi, Guy Arguin Regional HR Director, Atkins - Middle East; Lesley Desport, Associate Director and Chair of the Women's Business Network, Atkins. Middle Row Left to Right: Jules Lewis, Member, Women in Business Committee, AmCham Abu Dhabi; and Atkins Staff: Alicia De Haldevang, Marketing Communications Manager; Clare Evans, Principal Consultant; Nada Mogharbel, Senior Communications Manager; James Guild, Design Centre Director; and Elias Sayah, Board Member, AmCham Abu Dhabi. Back Row Left to Right: Ayah Yamani, Graduate Engineer, Atkins; Dareen Zoughbi, Member, Women in Business Committee, AmCham Abu Dhabi; and Atkins Staff: Laura Smagin, BIM Manager; Ghassan Ziadat, Regional Director; Samantha Pietrus, Senior HR Advisor; Steven Batchelor, Regional Director Faithful+Gould; Phil Malem, Managing Director Power & Renewables; and Ben Thompson, Head of Communications.

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    Notes to the Editors: For press inquiries contact:

    Heather Smith, Chairperson, Women in Business Committee, AmCham Abu Dhabi, T: +971 2 497 8354, Email: [email protected] Nada Mogharbel, Senior Communications Manager, Atkins, M: +971 52 212 7501, Email: [email protected] com

    About Atkins:

    Atkins is one of the world’s most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies and builds long-term partnerships to create a world where lives are enriched through the implementation of their ideas. With a total of 18,000 people worldwide; 2,500 staff in the Middle East support regional clients in the property, rail, infrastructure, advisory services and energy sectors. Faithful+Gould, a subsidiary of the Atkins group, provides integrated Project Management, Programme Management and Cost Management Consulting services throughout the Middle East across the property, transport and industry sectors. Atkins has been active in the Middle East for over 40 years, with offices in Qatar, U.A.E., Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Oman. For more information, visit www.atkinsglobal.com

  • About WOMEN ACHIEVE:

    WOMEN ACHIEVE is an initiative by AmCham Abu Dhabi’s Women in Business Committee to support the advancement of women into positions of higher responsibility and leadership within companies and organizations. WOMEN ACHIEVE focuses on seven key ideals that direct companies towards acquiring a supportive work environment for the professional advancement of women. The ideals include encouraging women to grow through training, shadowing, coaching, mentorship and internship programs, considering female candidates for new opportunities and promoting ‘rising stars’ into leadership positions. WOMEN ACHIEVE also encourages women to serve on corporate boards and supports fair remuneration for female employees. For more information about WOMEN ACHIEVE, please contact [email protected]

    About AmCham Abu Dhabi:

    AmCham Abu Dhabi (the trademark of the American Business Group of Abu Dhabi) is a member of the global network of American Chambers of Commerce. The AmCham Abu Dhabi mission is to promote commerce, investment and goodwill between the United States of America, the membership, the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and the United Arab Emirates. AmCham Abu Dhabi is an independent, not-for-profit association comprised of Fortune 500 corporations, small and medium sized companies and prominent business leaders and entrepreneurs. AmCham Abu Dhabi provides a uniquely situated platform through which executives pursue and discuss issues impacting business operations between the U.S. and U.A.E. Substantive government advocacy programs, educational and networking programs and customized business service are just a few of the many benefits AmCham Abu Dhabi provides its members. Through the support of its members, AmCham Abu Dhabi has become the recognized voice of U.S. business in Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates. For more information, visit: www.AmChamAbuDhabi.org

    AmCham Abu Dhabi P.O.Box 43710, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates T: +971.2.631.3604 F: +971.2.633.0489 E: [email protected] www.AmChamAbuDhabi.org

    Please do not respond to this email; this is an unmonitored account. For inquiries, contact the AmCham Abu Dhabi office.

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