Why did you decide to join Mott MacDonald?
While studying for my MSc at Loughborough University, I came to know of Mott MacDonald, particularly the solar team. I heard good feedback regarding the work they do in the Middle East and worldwide. I was really impressed with the team’s achievements and their reputation in the photovoltaic (PV) market. I also came to know that a lot of the team members are Loughborough graduates and I became resolute that I wanted to be part of this team.
What is the best thing about your role?
Apart from being involved in projects worldwide, I get to fulfil my childhood dream, contributing to making my home country energy independent. Here at Mott MacDonald, we are involved in many projects in Jordan that aim to develop the country’s renewable energy infrastructure and reduce the country’s dependency on imported and expensive oil and gas. I also get to travel home for work, which is truly rewarding both on a personal and professional level.
How would you describe the culture of Mott MacDonald?
Mott MacDonald definitely feels like a big family living all over the world. Managers are very approachable and colleagues are very inspiring. It’s a professional, collaborative working environment.
How has your career progressed at Mott MacDonald?
When I joined Mott MacDonald I was given project managerial roles right away. I grew into the position and managed multiple projects at the same time. For the past two years I’ve been assigned as the portfolio manager for more than 10 projects in Egypt and although work can be hectic sometimes, I still find it rewarding and inspiring. I have recently been promoted to senior renewable energy engineer and I'm looking forward to what this new position will bring.
How many years have you worked for Mott MacDonald, and what has been your proudest achievement to date?
I’ve been working here for two and a half years. I felt very proud during the first year when I won the best paper award in my area of the business for the research I conducted on active network management of PV plants, but I felt even prouder when the year after I won project manager of the year for my portfolio manager assignment in Egypt.
Are you involved with any charities or do any volunteer work?
I am an active member of GoodGym, a very innovative initiative that combines physical fitness and voluntary work. On a weekly basis a group of fitness enthusiasts run a certain distance to reach a goal where they perform a charitable deed, whether it be gardening or painting the fence of a church in Brighton. From hanging curtains for people who can't manage it on their own, to shovelling a tonne of compost so people can grow vegetables - every GoodGym run is different.
Where is your favourite place?
Beachy Head in Eastbourne, whether I’m feeling up or down, lacking motivation or feeling upbeat, I often go to Beachy Head for some time off and to be myself. I find the place very inspiring and it gives me a sense of peace and serenity.
What inspires you at work?
It might seem conceited, but I inspire myself. I always try to be self-motivated; setting daily, weekly, monthly and lifetime goals and I always work towards them. I find the ability to do what needs to be done, without influence from other people or situations to be very rewarding. I am someone who can find a reason and strength to complete a task, even when challenging, without giving up or needing another to encourage them.