Tuesday, 18 June 2013

First female FM wins top Middle East award

Fawzeia Hamad Al Marzouqi, Emirati
Fawzeia Hamad Al Marzouqi, an FM manager with the Emirati government’s facilities services division, has become the first woman to win FM of the Year at the Facilities Management Middle East Awards in Dubai.

Fawzeia is seconded from the United Arab Emirates government’s Musanada division to Macro’s FM team, which is delivering FM services to hundreds of government buildings.

Musanada was set up by Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, president of the United Arab Emirates, in December 2007 as a shared service company serving government departments and agencies.
Fawzeia was recently appointed regional facilities manager of the western region and manages services delivery across a diverse portfolio, including schools, mosques and municipality buildings and other facilities.

Her primary focus is on the quality of service performance and maintaining a safe occupied environment. 

“For me as an Emirati woman, this is an honour, especially since I was shortlisted with four men,” she said. “This will inspire me in my career.”

Musanada and Macro are working on a long-term project to implement health and safety, as well as environmental programmes in Abu Dhabi. Fawzeia has taking a leading role in driving contractors’ compliance with regulations from the Abu Dhabi Environment Health and Safety Centre.

Fawzeia has also acted as head of the committee that worked on preparing a new strategy for service agreements with Musanada’s supply chain.

Musanada and Macro were jointly shortlisted for the Overall Facilities Management Company of the Year Award at the ceremony which took place at Jumeirah Emirates Towers in Dubai on 4 June. Macro is a property consultancy and facilities management company working with Musanada, with Macro staff embedded within Musanada. Macro International, Macro’s Abu Dhabi-based operation, won the contract last September. It oversees a portfolio of nearly 3,500 buildings used by government of Abu Dhabi departments and agencies throughout the emirate.

At the time of the contract award, Macro managing director Bill Heath said it was “the most significant FM transformation project seen in the Middle East today”. Last month, Heath became chairman of Macro Group, covering the US, UK, Europe and the Middle East- northern Africa (MENA) region. Heath, who remains managing director of the MENA region, set up the facilities management arm of the Mace Group in 2002. In 2007, he moved to the United Arab Emirates to launch Macro International, which also operates in Egypt, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait and Jordan. 

The company has grown from a staff of just two to more than 180 and has a turnover of around £14 million. 

In November 2008, FM World recognised Heath as one of the Pioneers of Facilities Management in the UK.

FM World; 18.06.2013