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Arcadis female thought-leader speaks at women engineers event

 June 21, 2022

SheCanEngineer sees a top panel at its International Women in Engineering Day (INWED) celebration event with three engagig speakers, including Dr. Anusha Shah, Arcadis Senior Director for Resilient Cities discussing How a Diverse Team Leads to Better Innovation.

Innovators and inventors 

The theme for INWED is Innovators and Inventors and to celebrate, SheCanEngineer is hosting an evening the Barbican in London to celebrate women in engineering.

An industry leading speaker

Arcadis Dr Anusha Shah

Anusha is an expert on Climate Adaptation, Sustainability and Inclusive Design, and is a Non-Executive Director at the Met Office.

A Fellow with the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), Anusha is the third woman and only BAME person as Vice President in over 200 years of ICE’s history and is set to be President in 2023 (subject to final council approval). In 2021, Anusha was conferred an Honorary Professorship for knowledge transfer by University of Wolverhampton and Doctorate for her services to climate change in engineering by University of East London.

Anusha has specialization in Water & Environmental Engineering with over two decades of experience in designing, managing and leading projects and programmes both in the UK and internationally.

Sustainability achievements 

Anusha is also Past Chair of the Thames Estuary Partnership Board, a charity working towards sustainable management of the Thames Estuary. Anusha has held various roles at the ICE including youngest and first female Chair of ICE London and Co-Chair of ICE London & South East Diversity Task Force. She sits on various industry net-zero 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 panel discussions and for delivering keynote speeches at various high profile industry events. In 2020, she was recognised by Climate Reframe as one of the UK’s leading BAME voices on climate change.

Changing challenges into opportunity 

Arcadis International Women in Engineering Day

Anusha also received an Honorary Doctorate in engineering at the University of East London's Docklands Campus. 

She told graduates, "Each one of you is unique - your journeys and your experiences are going to be unique. Draw your strength and inspiration from your own journey, learn from others and while you're at it, please be humble and have lots of fun."

Drawing on her decades of experience that has taken her to the position of senior director of resilient cities UK at Arcadis, she said, "It's not always going to be an easy ride but I will tell you one thing: you can change every challenge into an opportunity to do something bigger, better and more impactful. 

"There's absolutely nothing you can't achieve if you set your mind to it and drive your life with the right values."

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