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Arcadis celebrates Black History month via event programme

Arcadis celebrates Black History month via event programme

 October 19, 2021

Marked in the UK each October, Black History Month honours people and events in the history of the African diaspora. 

Reuel Abrams, a Director in Arcadis Infrastructure team, reflects on Arcadis' role in championing diversity and how the company has accelerated a number of initiatives such as the rollout out of a cultural change programme focussed on inclusivity and, at global level, has invested in a number of roles to drive cultural change and inclusivity.

"We’re delighted that the theme of Black History Month, Proud to Be, gives an opportunity to celebrate being Black or Brown, to inspire and share the pride people have in their heritage and culture," writes Reuel in an article for LinkedIn.

Embracing inclusive literature and inspirational keynote addresses 

Arcadis's programme for Black History Month began with a return of its popular Book Review and discussed Brit Bennett’s bestselling book The Vanishing Half (shortlisted for the Women’s Prize).

Arcadis also hosted a fun and informative quiz event, followed by two inspiring keynote conversations.

Anusha Shah presents engaging keynote address

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Arcadis Director Anusha Shah - and Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor at King’s College London on Climate Adaptation, Sustainability and Inclusive Design - addressed an engaged audience. Anusha is also a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and the third woman and only BAME succeeding Vice President in the institution's 200 years and is set to be its President in 2023 (subject to interim council elections). Anusha participates on various industry NetZero groups and represents Arcadis at the London Climate Change Partnership and 50L Home Initiative of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. A recipient of several awards including 2020 - Top 50 UK Women Engineers Sustainability Award and CECA FIR Inspiring Engineers Award 2019, Anusha is regularly invited to deliver keynote speeches at high profile industry events. She was recognized by Climate Reframe as one of the UK’s leading BAME voices on climate change.

An important conversation with Professor Nick Ossei-Gerning

Arcadis concluded its Black History Month activity with an important conversation from Professor Nick Ossei-Gerning - a Consultant Interventional Cardiologist at the Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Trust, a Professor of Practice University of Wales, and Professor of Cardiology and Pudendology UCC, Ghana. The author of a number of research publications covering a wide range of cardiovascular issues, he is also a leading authority on Vasculogenic erectile dysfunction (ED). He set up the world’s first truly multi-disciplinary team with international status to manage patients with ED. Nick helped set up Euracare Advanced Diagnostic and Heart Center in Accra, and was its Medical Director for 3 years. The Center has helped change the face of Cardiology in Sub-Saharan Africa. As an Interventional Cardiologist, Nick travels extensively to speak on the subject and during his address he recounted his dramatic 3,000 mile weekend dash to Accra in Ghana back in 2016 to save a life in unusually challenging circumstances. Nick also addressed general questions of heart health, factors signs to look out for, and aspects to improve heart health.

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