Having served in a variety of roles in his career span of 18-years with GE, as current GM for FieldCore Middle East and Africa region Taher Abujoudeh leads more than 1,300 women and men responsible for generating over half of the region’s electricity.
Besides advocating equal opportunities for women and men to work side-by-side in the field services industry to build a better world, he is also a staunch champion of safety, integrity and quality – three of FieldCore’s four core values (inclusion being another).
Taher Abujoudeh, General Manager for our Middle East and Africa (MEA) region, was honored with the Women Empowerment Award at the 6th Middle East Maintenance and Reliability Conference (MAINTCON) taking place in Bahrain until Wednesday.
He received the award during a gala dinner last night (November 28, 2022) for his efforts as a devoted champion for inclusion and diversity (I&D).
The award is bestowed on female or male leaders in industry who empower women as key change-makers, helping them excel and create a positive work culture within their industry. It was introduced at MAINTCON for the first time this year by the Gulf Society for Maintenance and Reliability (GSMR) as part of its Women In Industry and Asset Management (WIAM) focus.
Taher has been recognized for his actions as an I&D advocate who not only talks the talk, but also walks the walk through constantly driving a diverse culture in which talented female industry professionals feel empowered to realize their full potential and add greater value to FieldCore’s customers.
The WIAM Committee – established by GSMR to manage and adjudicate three new major award categories introduced this year as an extension to the GSMR Excellence Awards associated annually with the conference – had shortlisted Taher for, among other achievements, his support to help fulfil a proud moment for Saudi Arabia and FieldCore MEA by having inducted the region’s first female field engineer-led outage in Dammam. This not only showcases diversity in action, but also transforms the women in the outage team into role models for many other female talent in Saudi Arabia (and beyond) who are turning to new opportunities to make a difference in the real world.
“I may have received the award in person, but in reality it goes to every female in FieldCore, Gas Power and the entire GE-family, and also their male colleagues. Thank you to all of them for winning this award,” Taher said after accepting the award.
“The achievements making the award possible are not mine alone. None of them would have been imaginable without the joint commitment to our customers by all the women and men who make up our organization. I am truly thankful for and proud of the caliber of people across every function who are in our team,” he added.
“I further dedicate this award to all mothers, wives, daughters, sisters, and nieces who pursue equal opportunities regardless of what they do, where they work or live in the world. I hope they will be inspired and encouraged to never give up building a better future for all women.”
Taher has publicly committed to narrowing the gap between male and female field services employees in the future and he promised to ensure that female employees get opportunities and respect they deserve.
He has also set a personal goal to ensure more outages led by all-female crews in MEA. And because what ‘Taher says, is what Taher does’, within three days of having received his award, MEA’s first all-female-led outage (already in the planning for several months) is scheduled to kick off on December 1 in Egypt.