Attia Ali is an IRSE Licensed SSR Hardware Signalling Design Engineer working with Thales. She has over a decade of experience in working as a Design Engineer on various Ground Transportation – Sub Surface Railway Signalling Systems projects. She has earned a BEng in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and is working towards being a Chartered Engineer. Attia also holds a BA in Literature and Law and worked in the journalism industry prior to becoming an Engineer. Attia is the co founder of the Women in Thales network and organises many events within the workplace. She is also a STEM Ambassador and regularly participates in STEM events all over the UK.
Outside of work she volunteers for a local refugee charity and is the Events and Membership Manager for Pass the Mic Sis. She has helped organise venue space, events, speakers and Eid parties for the network from the very early days.
“For me PtMSis a platform where I get to meet new and existing members who are all of different ages and ethnicities. We all get to share our opinions and experiences with 1 common thread, Islam! Each month we speak about different topics which are relevant and current to us professional Muslim women.
It feels very rewarding to see positive changes in so many sisters and to know that I am a part of this great team who has made this change happen. I have also made lifelong friends which would not have been possible without PtMSis.”
As a professional Muslim woman, Sadiqa feels the need to represent her voice through becoming a positive role model for the future generation of Muslim and non-Muslim girls and young women. What is the legacy we want to leave behind?
Associate Architect and Urban Designer working at MEB Design Ltd on a range of community schemes. Sadiqa believes in ensuring each project brings value to those who experience the buildings, spaces and places we design.
Sadiqa is a Mentor and School Speaker for Muslim Women Connect‘s School Speaker and Mentor programmes, RIBA Student Mentor and Mosaic Secondary School Mentor for The Prince’s Trust. Recently she has become an Associate Lecturer at Oxford Brookes on their Management Practice and Law module in the Architecture Department.
In 2017 She founded and organised a series of events for professional Muslim women under the tag, Pass the Mic Sis. The online presence was established in May 2018.
“As professional Muslim women, I feel we need to represent our voices through becoming positive visible role models for the future generation of Muslim and non-Muslim girls and young women. We are taking part in a variety of different fields and aspects of community life on a daily basis and don’t get this type of exposure. PtMSis facilitates for a platform to share the accomplishments of Muslim women (both historic and contemporary) to provide the inspiration for others.
At the same time, it is also imperative for Muslim and non-Muslim boys and young men to see the contributions of Muslim women in society for a more holistic positive mindset change in our communities worldwide. This will garner more trust and respect for one another.