Mada aims to reach its strategic goals with the help of its partnerships with high profile companies like AECOM

The Qatar Assistive Technology Center (Mada) under the umbrella of the Ministry of Transport and Communication has just announced that one of its gold sponsors for its new strategy until 2018 will be AECOM, a global engineering, consulting and project management firm with offices in the Middle East. Mada is a non-profit organisation dedicated to enabling persons with disabilities through the world of information and communication technology. The partnership with AECOM Middle East will support Mada in reaching its strategic goals and achieving its operational focus until 2018.

Maha Al Mansoori, CEO, Mada, said:

I would like to take this opportunity to thank AECOM for their support. As a non-profit organisation, we are always looking for partners to join us in delivering our key message and supporting persons with disabilities in reaching their maximum potential.’

‘When we empower persons with disabilities, there is no limit to what they can achieve. We want to support them tackle every aspect of life, from education to employment to entrepreneurship to independent living, by making the tools they need accessible through assistive technology and other means of access.’

Mada’s strategic goals and operational focus revolve around three key areas: education, employment, and community. In its mission to help persons with disabilities stay connected in a world that is increasingly dependent on technology, Mada has established four key functions offerings: relationships and partnerships, advisors and policy, direct services, and a centre of excellence. These functions together intersect to create value across the board for persons with disabilities in the country.

As a result of its efforts across its four core functions in each of its three focus areas, the nationwide awareness of persons with disabilities is naturally increasing. To keep up with the growing need for Mada’s services in Qatar, Mada will assign specific quantifiable targets for each of the four strategic objectives, and will regularly update them to help identify strengths and areas of improvement. These processes are made possible by sponsorship from partners, such as AECOM.

Jason Kroll, Senior Vice President, AECOM Middle East, said:

It is such an honour for us to be associated with Mada and to help them succeed in their noble cause in Qatar. We believe in Mada’s mission, in their key messages, and in their impact; and we would like to support them in creating a community that is absolutely accessible and inclusive for all, including those with disabilities..’

Kroll added:

AECOM considers itself a long-standing member of the Qatari community and we would like to give back to it in any way that we can.’

Ahmed Seyam, Technical Director, AECOM Middle East, said:

It is a pleasure to be allied with a worthy cause. Our team at AECOM is looking forward to supporting Mada in achieving its strategic goals and operational focus. This is a great initiative to empower and provide communities for people with disabilities. who have tremendous potential in making a change.’

‘AECOM is built to deliver a better world. We design, build, finance and operate infrastructure assets for governments, businesses and organisations in more than 150 countries. As a fully integrated firm, we connect knowledge and experience across our global network of experts to help clients solve their most complex challenges. From high-performance buildings and infrastructure, to resilient communities and environments, to stable and secure nations, our work is transformative, differentiated and vital. A Fortune 500 firm, AECOM had revenue of approximately US$18 billion during fiscal year 2015.’

Mada’s sponsorship benefits until the year of 2018 include opportunities to speak during official events organised by Mada, company information featured on Mada’s website, an appreciation award at the end of the sponsorship period, to be presented at a special event, and much more.