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From Qatar to the world stage: leading female engineer one of select group at global diversity forum

L-R: Louise Adams, Genevieve Stockwell

L-R: Louise Adams, Genevieve Stockwell

11 December 2012 - Aurecon’s Genevieve Stockwell, a Qatar-based, leading female engineer, was recently one of a select group of international delegates and dignitaries to attend the prestigious 4th Annual Women in Leadership Forum, held 21 - 22 November in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

As Operations Manager for our Qatar office, Genevieve and four other Aurecon representatives were some of the 250 people invited to attend, representing leading organisations from around the globe.  Aurecon was proud to be an official Supporting Partner of the event.

Themed 'Inspire, Influence and Innovate,' the forum included a series of inspirational keynote addresses from high-profile female leaders, interactive panel discussions and networking sessions, which will all centre around advancing women in the economy and increasing their business opportunities in the workforce.

Genevieve said the event was an invaluable opportunity to share experiences with and learn from peers and gender diversity champions from around the world. 

“The speakers covered a diverse range of topics all relevant not only to women in leadership but to business and social environments of today,” Genevieve said.

“The panel discussions offered great insight into some of the specific problem areas that the Middle East faces and it was enlightening to hear the viewpoints from inspiring women and men on how these problems may be addressed. The discussions ranged from entrepreneurship and innovation to diversity and champions for change.

“For me, the conference reinforced that gender diversity is not just good corporate social responsibility, but more smart business.”

Genevieve is a Project Management Professional with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters in Project Management from the University of Pretoria in South Africa. She joined Aurecon’s Dubai office in 2007 and has worked her way up in the traditionally male domain of engineering to take on the role of Operations Manager for the Qatar office.

Genevieve credits her career growth to her own determination and Aurecon’s commitment to maximising their talent pool by attracting, retaining and developing female talent.

Abbie Wright, Diversity Manager at Aurecon, said the organisation has a strong commitment to delivering a global diversity strategy that identifies opportunities for the greater attraction and retention of a diverse workforce.

“The success of our diversity programme is directly linked to our ability to analyse our workforce demographic and identify where gaps exist. We can then implement and measure the success of programmes and activities aimed at increasing a diverse pipeline into senior positions,” said Abbie.

The reviews of Aurecon’s other participants were equally positive, with all gaining valuable knowledge from the lessons learnt of peers in leading global organisations.

“The event was very insightful, offering opportunities for different industries to interact, share ideas and gain more understanding of the challenges. The guest speakers were well chosen to provide representation for a wide industry base.”
Tanya Potgieter, Civil Engineer, United Arab Emirates, Aurecon

“The event provided an intriguing insight into the impact of women on political, cultural and economic development in the Middle East from a number of different perspectives with a key focus on the potential for women to influence their local economies through greater empowerment and in particular greater involvement in the employment market.”
Louise Adams, Country Manager, United Arab Emirates, Aurecon

“There were some really interesting discussions on business in the Gulf as viewed and influenced by women, with notable focus on governance, change and innovation. There was real urgency around mobilising the full talent pool available to us as a society.”
Adrian Jones, Regional Manager, Middle East and North Africa, Aurecon

“The forum provided me with a very good insight into the current problems and issues faced by women in general. This was particularly interesting as we could relate to them as some of the issues were specifically relating to the Middle East market.  It also gave me an insight into the journey undertaken by many successful women leaders to reach success.

I also attended the Think Tank session on Diversity in the Middle East - the best and worst practices. After attending this and hearing about other people’s experiences in their organisations, I felt that Aurecon was definitely on the right track with our diversity initiatives, being strongly supported by our leadership team.”
Betsey Mathews, Human Capital Consultant, United Arab Emirates, Aurecon

“It’s a great event that provides the opportunity for women to meet, learn and gain different views from experienced leaders from different companies.”
Christina Miranda, Administrator, United Arab Emirates, Aurecon

To find out more please contact

Betsey Mathews 
Human Capital Consultant - UAE



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