CW Awards 2017: First-ever Rising Star of the Year crowned

ConstructionWeekOnline reveals the winner of its Rising Star of the Year Award, which was presented at the Construction Week Awards 2017 in Dubai

Find out which nominee scooped Rising Star of the Year at the <i>Construction Week</i> Awards 2017.
Find out which nominee scooped Rising Star of the Year at the <i>Construction Week</i> Awards 2017.

Atkins’s Shweta Kishor Dhansinghani was named Rising Star of the Year at the Construction Week Awards 2017.

One of two brand new categories introduced at the 2017 event, this award is designed to recognise the individual, aged 30 or below, who has demonstrated the greatest level of professional development during the past year.

Dhansinghani only embarked on her career as an engineer in 2014, as part of Atkins’s graduate training programme. In just three years, she has helped her employer to deliver regional megaprojects including Marsa Al Seef, Habtoor Polo Club, and Dubai Opera.

One judge was particularly impressed by Dhansinghani’s efforts to digitise the construction process, transforming Atkins’s workplace into a completely paperless environment.

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Speaking after the presentation of her trophy, Dhansinghani, who is an information and communications technology (ICT) and security engineer at Atkins, said: “I’m still in disbelief. It’s amazing. I feel on top of the world. Thanks to Construction Week and Atkins for giving me this opportunity.”

Commenting on the importance of recognising young talent, Dhansinghani called on the Middle East’s construction industry to create more accolades for those just starting out. She continued: “In the early stages of your career, when you have this kind of motivation, it pushes you to work really hard and to aim for the best.”

Compass Project Management’s Chris Hunter was named this year’s Highly Commended Rising Star.

Other shortlisted nominations included Mott MacDonald’s Ahmed Abas; Drake & Scull International’s (DSI) Farah Sulaiman; Arabtec’s Karim Elnabawy; Atkins’s Neha Nikhat; and Faithful+Gould’s Shyam Visavadia.

An independent panel of judges, comprising eight of the Middle East’s foremost construction experts, selected winners in 14 categories at the Construction Week Awards 2017.

The event was supported by Gold Sponsors ALEC, HPBS, HBF, EB, National Engineering Bureau (NEB), and Union National Bank (UNB); Silver Sponsors Arabtec, Depa, Future Metro, and WME Consultants; Category Sponsors Construction Computer Software (CCS), DeSimone Structural Engineers, JLG, Kone, Multiplex, and Ramboll; Social Media Partner, WSP; and Post-Event Celebration Sponsor, BAM International.

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