Joud joined the Oliver Wyman London office in 2016, having never set foot in England before. With a degree in Computer and Communications Engineering from the American University of Beirut in Lebanon, she knew she wanted a career that involved both technology and business and found just that in the firm’s Core Consulting Group.
After a year of consulting, Joud affiliated with Oliver Wyman Digital, where she is now an Engagement Manager focused on creating innovative, robust, and scalable solutions for our clients, leading multidisciplinary teams.
Recently, Joud has taken on the role of a product manager, for a retail solution deployed at multiple clients. Where she has been leading a global team of software engineers and designers. “No two days are ever the same due to the nature of my job and the project,” she notes.
I love working among super-intelligent colleagues who combine amazing critical thinking skills with a practical approach to problem-solving. It’s a collaborative environment where we all learn from each other.
A strong believer that delivering diverse and successful solutions require having diverse teams, Joud is on the committee for the London Chapter of EMPOWERED, Oliver Wyman’s network for racial ethnic, and cultural diversity. Through this role, she is helping to foster an inclusive workplace and recruit hires from diverse backgrounds. Additionally, she has participated in several mentoring programs such as MissionINCLUDE and the 30% Club, which she says helped her to take on new challenges and “choose courage over comfort.”
I’m proud to work somewhere with a culture that helps people flourish. Oliver Wyman puts a great degree of trust in those it hires, and myself and my peers had the opportunity to work directly with senior clients from the very beginning of our time here.
As for what’s next, Joud notes that the digital and technology sector is changing so rapidly, that it’s hard to know what her future holds. “So long as I continue to learn, grow, and face new challenges I will be happy with my career,” she explains. She is determined to keep developing herself as a manager and as a person, and to be inspired by amazing women. “My hope is that one day, having put all my heart and energy in what I do, younger women could look up to me and call me inspiring,” she says.
There are a lot of transferrable skills that professionals can bring to a career in technology, without knowing coding and programming, Joud notes. “If you are passionate about a topic, then try to be courageous to step into the unknown.” Outside of work, Joud enjoys travelling and visiting new cities – both in and outside of the UK – as well as playing basketball, swimming and playing piano. In 2019, she was the winner of the TechWomen100 Award.