Nyamko Sabuni this year's Diversity Director
Swedish business magazine Chef appointed Nyamko Sabuni, ÅFs Vice President Sustainability, as winner of this year's Diversity Director at the annual gala, March 19.
The purpose of the prize is to highlight good examples of managers who, in their leadership, have purposefully and strategically worked on the basis of the company's values in order to promote diversity in a broad sense at their workplace and challenge standards.
In their motivation, Chef, especially highlighted:
"In a time when we need role models that show courage, Nyamko Sabuni has - not only integrated diversity and inclusion matters into ÅF's growth strategy - but also taken on fruitful actions like 'Ladies Month' - a month when only women are hired, which substantially increased both awareness and the number of female applicants. Nyamko doesn't take No for an answer, she feels setbacks are incentives to try harder and succeed. She has a strong belief in her own abilities, and that change is possible."
- At ÅF Pöyry, we are committed to recruiting the best talents to deliver sustainable solutions which delight our clients. I am proud that we are investing in a culture of modern leadership, where we recruit on the basis of competence and expertise. Being recognised as Diversity Director of the Year, is reflective of all the great work that the whole team is doing here, to embrace these important issues as part of our everyday life.
Nyamko Sabuni, Vice President Sustainability ÅF
Sweden and Swedish companies need more engineers and in recent years, ÅF has been working actively to find newly arrived and foreign-born engineers - via regular recruitment routes but also the internship program New Immigrated Engineers. Since the program was launched, 150 trainees have been accepted, and the majority have been employed at ÅF after the end of the internship period.
In order to attract and recruit more engineers, 2016 Amir Nazari was employed as Diversity Coach, and under his leadership, the recruitment of newly arrived and foreign-born speed took off. During the spring of 2018, Sofia Klingberg was hired as ÅF's second Diversity Coach, based in western and southern Sweden, and together they will develop and scale up the recruitment work.
About “Chefgalan 2019”
Business Magazine Chef is awarding this year's leading leadership efforts. The prize for the Chief of the Year is awarded in six different categories and the Honorary Award of the Year.