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Raghda

Regional Communications Manager Middle East and Africa

Role title

Regional Communications Manager Middle East and Africa

Based

Dubai, UAE

Segment

Regional Platforms

Joined Evonik

2017

Study

Master in Business Administration

About Raghda
Role title

Regional Communications Manager Middle East and Africa

Based

Dubai, UAE

Segment

Regional Platforms

Joined Evonik

2017

Study

Master in Business Administration

Hey Raghda, nice to meet you! Let’s start: Why did you join Evonik?

Hi there! I basically joined Evonik, because when I applied, they offered me a career in a multinational environment with the responsibility of a broad and dynamic region - Middle East and Africa. This seemed a great opportunity to me to develop and work with great people from many different countries.

So it seems like team spirit means a lot to you, right? Could you explain your understanding of the term?

For me, team spirit is the feeling that you belong to the group that you work with and that you can achieve important goals together. I feel that very strongly with my colleagues especially in my current location in Dubai.

You said that you would like to achieve important goals together. What do opportunities mean to you?

Opportunities are the chances for us employees to learn and thrive as the organization itself grows, too.

Is working in a big company an advantage or a disadvantage? Why?

I started my professional life working for smaller companies and found that my preference is to have a career within a big organization. In an organization like Evonik, you get the opportunity to work with many people and you can access much more resources to do your job in the best possible way. In smaller organizations, there are often very limited resources, which can create obstacles in your daily advancement.

How do you handle failures professionally and personally?

I do not believe in the concept of failure. Things just sometimes work and sometimes do not work. Of course, I try to reassess my approach when something does not work as planned, but I think taking the concept of failure out of my head helps me in making a more objective and realistic assessment. The word failure is just too negative and brings along sentiments of guilt and embarrassment that are not fruitful.

Thanks! One last question: In large companies, speed and efficiency often represent important values. What do these values mean to you?

For me, speed means taking just the right amount of time to complete a given project in a way that is consistent with the external market. Speed also entails proper planning and allocation of resources to ensure you have the right results at the right time. Efficiency, on the other hand, stands for the best use of current resources, which are predominantly time and money.

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