12 October, 2016

Northrop Grumman, American Chamber of Commerce Abu Dhabi Explore Professional Development Platforms for Emirati Women

Northrop Grumman, American Chamber of Commerce Abu Dhabi Explore Professional Development Platforms for Emirati Women

12 October 2016

Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. - Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) is continuing its support of the American Chamber of Commerce Abu Dhabi (AmCham Abu Dhabi) Women in Business Committee to explore professional development platforms in the U.A.E. Northrop Grumman is proud to be an official sponsor of the Women in Business Committee. The additional funding will support more events, workshops and personal development opportunities and deliver on the key ideals of AmCham Abu Dhabi’s WOMEN ACHIEVE initiative.

“Our partnership with the Women in Business Committee has helped us raise awareness of the STEM [science, technology, engineering and mathematics] fields as the careers of the future. We believe U.A.E. women have an unprecedented opportunity to look at these fields seriously, develop their skills and get ready for new opportunities,” said Walid Abukhaled, Chief Executive, Northrop Grumman Middle East. “We believe strongly in diversity, inclusion and equal opportunities, values we share with WOMEN ACHIEVE. We will continue to remain at the forefront of these values and we are keen to see more organizations coming onboard.”

“We thank Northrop Grumman’s leadership and support of the WOMEN ACHIEVE program. We firmly believe in investing and in continuously supporting future women leaders, especially those thriving in STEM fields. Through this partnership it is our hope that we continue to build bridges and create opportunities for our WOMEN ACHIEVE Ambassadors,” said Dareen Zoughbi, Chairperson, Women in Business Committee, AmCham Abu Dhabi. “Northrop Grumman has set the stage for all of us and raised the bar of commitment to the advancement of women in the workplace.”

Left to right: Walid Abukhaled, Middle East Chief Executive, Northrop Grumman; Sharief Fahmy, Chairman, AmCham Abu Dhabi.

In 2014, Northrop Grumman was one of the first companies to support the WOMEN ACHIEVE initiative. In 2015, Northrop Grumman was named the WOMEN ACHIEVE Champion for its outstanding work in promoting STEM fields to women, particularly Emirati women. The honor was given to the signatory deemed to have been the most active in upholding the seven principles of the charter over the past two years. The initiative celebrated its third anniversary in 2016.

Left to right: Dareen Zoughbi, Chairperson, Women in Business Committee, AmCham Abu Dhabi; Sharief Fahmy, Chairman, AmCham Abu Dhabi; Walid Abukhaled, Middle East Chief Executive, Northrop Grumman; Claire Peacock, Office Manager, Northrop Grumman; Gillian Arnott, Business Development Manager and Business Conduct Officer, Northrop Grumman; Suhair Abdullah, Administrator and Translator, Northrop Grumman.


About Northrop Grumman Corporation: 
Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in autonomous systems, cyber, C4ISR, strike, and logistics and modernization to customers worldwide. For more information, visit

WOMEN ACHIEVE is an initiative by AmCham Abu Dhabi’s Women in Business Committee to support the advancement of women into positions of higher responsibility and leadership within companies and organizations. WOMEN ACHIEVE focuses on seven key ideals that direct companies towards acquiring a supportive work environment for the professional advancement of women. The ideals include encouraging women to grow through training, shadowing, coaching, mentorship and internship programs, considering female candidates for new opportunities and promoting ‘rising stars’ into leadership positions. WOMEN ACHIEVE also encourages women to serve on corporate boards and supports fair remuneration for female employees. For more information about WOMEN ACHIEVE, please contact

About AmCham Abu Dhabi:
AmCham Abu Dhabi (the trademark of the American Business Group of Abu Dhabi) is a member of the global network of American Chambers of Commerce. The AmCham Abu Dhabi mission is to promote commerce, investment and goodwill between the United States of America, the membership, the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and the United Arab Emirates. AmCham Abu Dhabi is an independent, not-for-profit association comprised of Fortune 500 corporations, small and medium sized companies and prominent business leaders and entrepreneurs. AmCham Abu Dhabi provides a uniquely situated platform through which executives pursue and discuss issues impacting business operations between the U.S. and U.A.E. Substantive government advocacy programs, educational and networking programs and customized business service are just a few of the many benefits AmCham Abu Dhabi provides its members. Through the support of its members, AmCham Abu Dhabi has become the recognized voice of U.S. business in Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates. For more information, visit:  

For press inquiries contact:
Dareen Zoughbi, Chairperson, Women in Business Committee, AmCham Abu Dhabi, T: +971 52 928 6066, 

Merwat Hussein, Account Executive, Hill+Knowlton Strategies, T: +971 56 175 4217, 

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