e& leads as the Top Telecoms Employer Brand in Employer Brand Index 2024

Top Telecoms Employer Brand
e& leads as the Top Telecoms Employer Brand
  • e& UAE is the Top Telecoms Employer Brand in Brand Finance rankings
  • e& ranked 16th in the Top 20 employer brands across all categories in 16 countries
  • Achievement reflects the broader reputation of UAE as a global talent hub

LONDON, June 07, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — e&, the global technology group, attained the highest position in Brand Finance’s inaugural Employer Brand Report 2024 with its UAE entity ranking as the Top Global Telecoms Employer.

The group also secured the 16th spot among the Top 20 Employer Brands across measured employer brands across financial services, telco, media, and tech (TMT), oil, gas, and energy, professional services, retail, automotive, and fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the United States.

Ali Al Mansoori, Group Chief People Officer, e&, said: “This recognition as an employer of choice reflects the incredible dedication and passion of our people, who are our greatest assets. It also reaffirms our commitment to cultivating a unified company culture where every employee is empowered to think differently, experiment fearlessly, and innovate continuously. In today’s rapidly evolving landscape, having a talented workforce is more critical than ever.”

David Haigh, CEO of Brand Finance, said: “Middle Eastern telecom brands are increasingly overtaking their European and American counterparts as desirable places to work. This reflects the career opportunities and exciting technological developments created by consistent, high-quality investment in the Middle East.”

Leading the way in employer branding and talent development in UAE, the group scored highly across several considerations, including as a ‘prestigious brand,’ an ‘inspiring vision,’ ‘enjoyable and rewarding work,’ and a ‘well-managed and governed company.’ e&’s achievement reflects the broader reputation of the UAE as a global talent hub and the preferred destination for people seeking to shape a prosperous future.

“At e&, we are committed to equipping our team with the skills necessary to navigate and thrive in the digital age. Our vision is not just to keep pace with change, but to lead it. We are building a resilient, forward-thinking workforce capable of driving our company and our community towards greater heights. Our strategy includes comprehensive training programs, partnerships with educational institutions, and an environment that rewards creativity and bold thinking. We are dedicated to creating opportunities for professional growth and supporting our team as they develop the technological skills and mindset essential for the future,” added Al Mansoori.

The inaugural “Employer Brand Index” report showcases the world’s top brands with global and regional league tables. The research-driven study is the first of its kind, measuring internal and external perceptions of employer brands from 16 countries. The Index is derived from responses from an anonymous survey of the public across various industries conducted via independent online panels.

The Brand Finance 2024 Employer Brand Index follows the release in January of the global brand rankings in which e& UAE was rated the strongest telecom brand globally (AAA rating) and the strongest brand in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) across all categories.

Brand Finance is the world’s leading brand valuation consultancy. For more than 25 years, it has been bridging the gap between marketing and finance by evaluating the strength of brands and quantifying their financial value to help organisations of all kinds make strategic decisions. Every year, Brand Finance conducts more than 5,000 brand valuations, supported by original market research, and publishes over 100 reports that rank brands across all sectors and countries.

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Top 20 AI university graduates first Ph.D. cohort

101 graduates boost UAE’s AI ecosystem of research, development and commercial application advances – creating an AI tech hub of the Global South

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ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, June 07, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — His Highness Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, attended the Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence’s (MBZUAI) 2024 commencement ceremony on June 6, celebrating 101 graduates from 22 countries, receiving post-graduate degrees in key AI fields including computer vision (CV), machine learning (ML), and natural language processing (NLP).

The event was also attended by His Excellency Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology and Founding Chairman of the Board of Trustees of MBZUAI, and other dignitaries.

“Before many other countries recognized its potential, government-led policies encouraged the promotion of AI in the UAE,” Dr. Al Jaber said. “They nurtured the success of companies like G42 and large language models like Falcon. As a result, this small country is creating a world class ecosystem for AI talent and entrepreneurship. We are attracting major investment from tech leaders such as Microsoft and emerging as a significant hub for AI innovation and application.”

Dr. Al Jaber noted that the growth of AI is one of three megatrends shaping the future, alongside the accelerating pace of the energy transition and the rise of emerging markets and Global South: “The Class of 2024’s growing expertise will hold the keys to unlocking solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges. In fact, if we are to achieve the ambitious goals of the historic UAE Consensus agreed at COP28 in December in Dubai, AI must play a critical role.”

MBZUAI’s third and largest commencement celebrated the university’s first Ph.D. graduates in ML along with master’s graduates in ML (55), CV (28) and NLP (12) with students hailing from countries including UAE, Canada, United Kingdom, France, India, Vietnam, Pakistan, Ethiopia and Sri Lanka.

MBZUAI President and University Professor, Eric Xing, said: “MBZUAI’s Class of 2024 are the future leaders of technology, innovation, and creativity, they are equipped to accept the responsibility that comes with the stewardship of something so powerful and transformative. They depart us with the knowledge, skills, and a profound understanding of the opportunity before them – the chance to shape a future where AI serves humanity with compassion and unwavering ethical standards – they are ready to tackle the greatest challenges facing our world today.”

Five years since its inception, MBZUAI is now recognized as one of the world’s top 100 computer science universities and is ranked in the top 20 for its specializations in AI, CV, ML, NLP, and robotics (CSRankings).

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Hitachi Energy to invest additional $4.5 billion by 2027 to accelerate the clean energy transition

Order backlog more than tripled to over $30 billion since 2020 — More than double new investments in manufacturing, engineering, digital, R&D and partnerships across all major markets from 2024 to 2027 — Around $330 million in capacity expansion, modernization, and new build in Sweden, across all product portfolios with additional 2,000 employees — Global Technology and Innovation Center in India will increase to more than 4,000 employees to serve more than 40 countries

Zurich, Switzerland, June 07, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Hitachi Energy will invest an additional $4.5 billion in manufacturing, engineering, digital, R&D and partnerships by 2027, doubling the investments done in the last three years. This complements the recently announced $1.5 billion investment in April this year to ramp up global transformer production.

These investments will enable the company to meet customers’ commitments and market demand, increasing its global R&D, engineering and manufacturing capacity of transformers, high-voltage direct current (HVDC) and high-voltage products. It will also support the deployment of power electronics-based solutions, grid automation and software solutions, and services in line with the Hitachi Energy 2030 Plan.  Investments will also go into partnerships, supply chain, digitalization and automation, which are enablers to support capacity expansion and increase speed to market.

Electrification is pivotal to achieving Net-Zero goals and the energy transition requires innovative software solutions and services and a significant increase in the production of critical technologies for an expanded electricity grid. Integrating more renewable energy sources like solar and wind, alongside meeting the electrification demands of transport, buildings, industry, and other sectors, necessitates a secure and flexible grid infrastructure. According to IEA, the increased usage of Gen AI and the ever-growing quantity of digital data requires an expansion of data centers and the global electricity demand from data centers and AI could double towards 2026.

The company also announced today that it is investing around $330 million to expand and modernize its flagship factory in Ludvika and a new campus in Vasteras, Sweden, across all product portfolios. The Ludvika factory, with over 120 years of innovation, manufactures transformers, high-voltage products and HVDC systems, and will expand by more than 30,000 square meters. This will especially enable new manufacturing capacity of large transformers to meet the deliveries of key HVDC projects. A new campus in Vasteras will accommodate 1,800 employees, including an R&D center and a state-of-the-art production facility for grid automation. The workforce in Sweden will additionally grow by 2,000 to support the accelerating energy transition.

According to the IEA Report in October 2023: The recent clean energy progress we have seen in many countries is unprecedented and cause for optimism, but it could be put in jeopardy if governments and businesses do not come together to ensure the world’s electricity grids are ready for the new global energy economy that is rapidly emerging. This report shows what’s at stake and needs to be done. We must invest in grids today or face gridlock tomorrow.

“Electricity will be the backbone of the entire energy system and the change is happening faster than many thought possible. New business models, harmonization of designs, along with partnerships are key drivers for the increase in the pace of change,” said Claudio Facchin, CEO, Hitachi Energy. “The world is in a race to transform energy systems. Technology is not the bottleneck and electrification is creating unprecedented demand for power grids systems combined with digital solutions and services. As the market leader, we are responding with an unprecedented level of investment, people and innovation to meet that demand.”

Just in the last month, key HVDC projects were announced that are urgently needed to meet rapidly growing market demand. Underpinned by new scalable business models pioneered by Hitachi Energy, framework agreements were signed with RTE in France, RWE in Germany, Marinus Link in Australia, in addition to a service contract with Pattern Energy in the US. The company also announced the Sa.Co.I.3 interconnection between Italy and France, another industry-leading multi-terminal solution.

Governments, industries, and consumers are accelerating the switch from fossil energy to electricity to power transport, building heating and cooling, and industrial processes. Decision-makers and operators require real-time grid data for insights and collaboration. Digitally enabled transformers, switchgear, substations, converter stations, Lumada Asset Performance Management and digital twin data platforms like IdentiQ™ are critical for a more sustainable, flexible, and secure energy system. The company is also leveraging synergies between Hitachi Energy and Hitachi Digital to provide the unique position across IT, OT, product and service capabilities to support our customers throughout the entire lifecycle.

About Hitachi Energy 
Hitachi Energy is a global technology leader that is advancing a sustainable energy future for all. We are advancing the world’s energy system to be more sustainable, flexible and secure and we collaborate with customers and partners to enable a sustainable energy future – for today’s generations and those to come. Hitachi Energy has a proven track record and unparalleled installed base in more than 140 countries, serving customers in utility, industry, transportation, data centers and infrastructure sectors. With innovative technologies and services including the integration of more than 150 gigawatts of HVDC links into the power system, we help make the energy value chain more efficient, making electricity more accessible to all. Together with stakeholders across sectors and geographies, we enable the digital transformation required to accelerate the energy transition towards a carbon-neutral future. Headquartered in Switzerland, we employ around 45,000 people in 90 countries and generate business volumes of around $13 billion USD.

About Hitachi, Ltd.
Hitachi drives Social Innovation Business, creating a sustainable society through the use of data and technology. We solve customers’ and society’s challenges with Lumada solutions leveraging IT, OT (Operational Technology) and products. Hitachi operates under the 3 business sectors of “Digital Systems & Services” – supporting our customers’ digital transformation; “Green Energy & Mobility” – contributing to a decarbonized society through energy and railway systems, and “Connective Industries” – connecting products through digital technology to provide solutions in various industries. Driven by Digital, Green, and Innovation, we aim for growth through co-creation with our customers. The company’s revenues as 3 sectors for fiscal year 2023 (ended March 31, 2024) totaled 8,564.3 billion yen, with 573 consolidated subsidiaries and approximately 270,000 employees worldwide. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at https://www.hitachi.com.


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Nouvelle présidence à l’AMEC

LONDRES, 06 juin 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — L’association internationale pour la mesure et l’évaluation de la communication, ou International Association for the Measurement and Evaluation of Communication, ci-après « AMEC » annonce avoir désigné une nouvelle Présidente.

L’AMEC, le plus grand organisme professionnel mondial de renseignement et de veille médiatique, annonce avoir nommé Raina Lazarova, cofondatrice de l’organisation mondiale de veille médiatique Ruepoint pour un mandat de deux ans à compter de juin 2024. Dans ce rôle, elle dirigera le Conseil d’administration de l’AMEC qui poursuivra l’exercice de sa mission axée sur la définition, la promotion et le développement des meilleures pratiques en matière de mesure et d’évaluation de la communication, de recherche, d’analyse, d’éclairages et de renseignements dans l’environnement si volatile de la communication.

La passation officielle a eu lieu lors de l’ édition 2024 du sommet mondial de l’AMEC, qui s’est tenu à Sofia du 21 au 23 mai. L’événement a rassemblé plus de 200 professionnels issus des secteurs de la communication, des relations publiques, du milieu académique, de la recherche et de l’analyse.

Le Président sortant, Aseem Sood, PDG de la société Impact Research and Measurement Pvt témoigne : « Je me réjouis de passer le flambeau à Raina Lazarova à l’issue de mon mandat de deux ans. Sa vision et ses idées novatrices sont essentielles à la croissance et à la réussite futures de l’AMEC, et font d’elle la meilleure pilote possible à cet égard. J’ai toute confiance en ses capacités. Sous sa direction, l’AMEC continuera son essor et enregistrera des succès encore plus importants. À l’issue des délibérations qui se sont déroulées lors de la dernière réunion du Conseil d’administration organisée à Sofia, le Conseil a établi la liste des domaines clés sur lesquels se focaliser, ainsi que le plan stratégique pour les deux prochaines années. Je conserve mon siège au Conseil d’administration de l’AMEC, et j’exercerai une attention toute particulière au développement d’un calendrier éditorial teinté de leadership éclairé à son attention. »

Pour la nouvelle Présidente, Raina Lazarova, « C’est un grand honneur d’avoir été élue Présidente du Conseil d’administration de l’AMEC. Organisme majeur du secteur, l’AMEC maintiendra ses opérations de promotion envers les bienfaits de la mesure et de l’évaluation de la communication tout en retournant de la valeur à ses membres et à tous les acteurs du secteur de la communication. La déferlante de l’IA générative est synonyme de l’entrée du secteur de la communication dans une nouvelle phase fascinante. À ce titre, l’AMEC assume ses responsabilités et fournira les éclairages et l’accompagnement nécessaires à la profession pour qu’elle embrasse les nouvelles technologies.

Johna Burke, Directrice générale de l’AMEC, ajoute « L’élection des administrateurs du Conseil international est renouvelée chaque année pour permettre à chaque membre de s’engager et de faire entendre sa voix au moment d’analyser les projets complexes majeurs de notre secteur. En revanche, l’élection à la présidence n’est renouvelée que tous les deux ans. Pendant la période de transition, nous célébrons la direction et les contributions de Monsieur Sood en tant que président sortant, et nous accueillons Madame Lazarova, qui est bien connue de nos services. Elle travaille déjà sur les efforts de collaboration nécessaires aux membres de l’AMEC pour naviguer en eaux inconnues lors des deux prochaines années, pour qu’ils puissent apprendre les uns des autres et tirer profit de l’expérience collective du plus grand acteur du secteur des renseignements média. »

L’AMEC réunit une communauté mondiale de plus de 200 organisations partenaires, y compris des entreprises de veille et d’analyse médiatique, des agences de relations publiques et de communication, des marques et des cabinets d’étude de marché. Elle se décline sur quatre continents, à savoir la région EMOA, l’Asie-Pacifique, l’Amérique du Nord et l’Amérique latine.

L’association s’efforce d’appuyer l’industrie mondiale de la communication au moyen de ressources éducatives gratuites et de conseils non moins gratuits sur les meilleures pratiques à adopter dans la double optique de relever les normes et démontrer la valeur des relations publiques et de la communication à l’échelle mondiale.

L’AMEC est à l’origine de plusieurs ressources en matière de meilleures pratiques incontestablement reconnues, notamment ses « principes de Barcelone », ou Barcelona Principles (versions 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0) et son cadre d’évaluation intégré, ou Integrated Evaluation Framework (IEF).

Pour en savoir plus sur l’AMEC, rendez-vous sur : https://amecorg.com.

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AMEC Anuncia Nova Presidência

LONDRES, June 06, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — A International Association for the Measurement and Evaluation of Communication (AMEC) (Associação Internacional para a Medição e Avaliação da Comunicação) anunciou o nome da nova presidente da associação.

A AMEC, maior órgão profissional de inteligência e insights de mídia do mundo, anunciou que Raina Lazarova, cofundadora da organização global de inteligência de mídia Ruepoint, assumirá o cargo por um mandato de dois anos a partir de junho de 2024. Como Presidente, Raina Lazarova liderará o Conselho de Administração da AMEC, dando continuidade à sua missão de definir, promover e avançar as melhores práticas de medição e avaliação de comunicação, pesquisa, análise, avaliação, dados e insights em um cenário de comunicação em rápida mudança.

A cerimônia oficial para a transferência do cargo ocorreu durante a 2024 AMEC Global Summit on Measurement, em Sófia, de 21 a 23 de maio, que contou com a presença de mais de 200 participantes presenciais, incluindo comunicadores, profissionais de relações públicas, acadêmicos e pessoas envolvidas na indústria de pesquisa e análise.

O Presidente que passou o cargo, Aseem Sood, CEO da Impact Research and Measurement Pvt. disse: “Após um mandato bem-sucedido de dois anos como Presidente da AMEC, tenho o prazer de entregar as rédeas da liderança à Sra. Raina Lazarova. Sua visão e ideias inovadoras fazem dela a pessoa ideal para guiar a AMEC no seu próximo capítulo de crescimento e sucesso. Estou confiante de que, sob sua liderança, a AMEC continuará a prosperar e alcançar realizações ainda maiores. Durante a recente reunião do conselho em Sófia, o Conselho da AMEC deliberou e estabeleceu as principais áreas de foco e um plano estratégico para os próximos dois anos. Continuarei a atuar como membro engajado do Conselho de Administração da AMEC, com foco específico em liderar o desenvolvimento de um calendário editorial de liderança de pensamento para o conselho.”

A nova presidente eleita Raina Lazarova disse: “É uma grande honra ter sido eleita presidente do conselho de administração da AMEC. Como entidade líder do setor, continuaremos a promover os benefícios da medição e avaliação da comunicação, ao mesmo tempo em que agregamos valor aos nossos membros e à vasta comunidade de comunicação. O advento da IA generativa resultou em um momento muito interessante para o setor de comunicação, e a AMEC reconhece seu papel em fornecer liderança de pensamento e apoio à profissão na utilização de novas tecnologias.”

A CEO da AMEC, Johna Burke, disse: “Temos eleições para Diretores do Conselho Internacional todos os anos, o que garante o engajamento e a representação dos membros à medida que consideramos as iniciativas complexas e importantes do setor. Realizamos uma eleição especial para o cargo de Presidente a cada dois anos. Durante esta transição, celebramos a liderança e as contribuições de Aseem como Presidente e damos as boas-vindas à Raina, que é uma defensora da comunidade AMEC. Raina já está trabalhando em colaborações que permitirão que os membros da AMEC possam navegar pelo conhecido e pelo desconhecido durante os próximos dois anos como um coletivo para aprender uns com os outros e se beneficiar da experiência global do mais amplo ecossistema da indústria de inteligência de mídia.”

A AMEC representa uma comunidade global de mais de 200 organizações, incluindo empresas de monitoramento e análise de mídia, agências de RP e comunicação, proprietários de marcas e empresas de pesquisa de mercado. A associação tem filiais em quatro continentes – EMEA, Ásia-Pacífico, América do Norte e América Latina.

A AMEC se esforça para apoiar o setor de comunicação global com recursos educacionais gratuitos e orientações das melhores práticas sobre como planejar, medir e avaliar o desempenho, para que possamos elevar os padrões e promover o valor da RP e da Comunicação em todo o mundo.

É a organização fundadora dos recursos de melhores práticas proeminentemente aceitos, adotados e aplicados, incluindo os Barcelona Principles (Princípios de Barcelona 1.0, 2.0 e 3.0) e a Integrated Evaluation Framework (IEF) (Estrutura de Avaliação Integrada) usados em todo o mundo.

Para mais informação sobre a AMEC, visite https://amecorg.com.

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Nyamira County Benefits From Climate Change Adaptation And Mitigation Funding

Nyamira County is implementing adaptive mechanisms to mitigate effects of climate change in the area courtesy of the Financing Locally Led Climate Action (FLLoCA) programme.

The Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources led by County Executive Committee Member (CECM) John Matiang’i has initiated programmes of construction of dams for water harvesting, desilting dams, protection of water springs and installation of solar powered pumps to supply residents with clean water for domestic use.

‘The FLLoCA programme has enabled us to start drilling boreholes in various identified wards within Nyamira some of which include Nyansiongo, Mekenene, Magombo, Rigoma, amongst other, desilt the existing dams which were filled during the flooding seasons in the months of April and May, and protection of water springs where fetch for domestic use and animals for drinking,’ Matiang’i confirmed.

He further said the county has also initiated urban greening with the FLLoCA programme where they plant trees in all u
rban and town centres within the county to increase tree cover, improve carbon sink and create a cool green ambience in Nyamira town centres.

‘We are still sensitizing residents against planting eucalyptus trees which are detrimental to the environment, cause a lot of disputes amongst people due its effects on crops and endanger water catchment areas because they are heavy water consumers for their fast growth,’ the CECM said.

Matiang’i pointed out that other types of trees apart from eucalyptus were equally economically viable because apart from timber, there were other trees like bamboo that are used to make several products and they have no waste at all.

He appreciated the Kenya Forestry Services (KFS) for their support of always providing tree seedlings and initiating various tree nurseries in schools and other public institutions to ensure that ‘we always have enough seedlings to plant and reclaim our environment which has speedily deteriorated mainly by human actions’.

Though Nyamira County has surp
assed the 30 percent national tree cover target, majority of trees grown are eucalyptus, reason why the county government in partnership with other relevant stakeholders like the KFS are sensitizing residents, and starting up tree nurseries for the right kind of trees to ensure they are readily available to plant and nurture for a green environment and combat effects of global climate change.

Source: Kenya News Agency