Colleague Interview

A conversation with Dina Shabib, Managing Consultant

Dina Shabib, Managing Consultant, discusses how her career has grown and developed, shares why HKA is a stand-out employer to her, and reveals a specific piece of feedback that has stuck with her throughout her career.

Tell me about your background.

I am a civil engineer with 17 years of experience in the construction industry. I began my career as a site civil engineer, the profession I had always aspired to work in. Early in my career, I was working on a project that had disputes and eventually the parties went into arbitration. I was asked to support the project manager in preparing for arbitration, which gave me exposure to a whole other aspect of the construction industry.

After that, I began working as a contract administrator while employed by a company in Jordan. Being located on-site provided valuable experience that helped support my career development. I was able to advance to the role of claims consultant.

This year, I also enrolled in a master’s in construction law program.

What attracted you to your specialty?

I like working on a variety of projects with different people. I also enjoy analysing complex data to draw clear and simple conclusions that help clients overcome challenges and facilitate negotiations to reach a settlement.

What inspires you in your role?

I’m inspired by many things, including the desire to learn new things, the sharing of knowledge with other professionals, and the results of my work, but what motivates me the most is the desire to see how far I can advance and how accomplished I can be in my field.

Describe a typical day in your role.

I read documents, analyse data, discuss conclusions with my colleagues, and prepare reports.

I joined the ED&I committee, which is a new experience for me, and I really like being part of the group.

What do you think has been the reason for your success?

My dedication, ongoing learning, and ability to learn from my mistakes by taking on board constructive feedback have all contributed to my success.

What is a piece of feedback that has stuck with you throughout your career?

At my first job, my manager advised me to listen carefully to others in order to have a productive conversation. You have to be able to listen to understand, think, and form an opinion before answering. It’s important to fully understand what is being communicated.

Why is HKA a stand-out employer for you?

HKA has a great work environment and prioritises employee improvement. I have been with HKA for 8 months, and as a new joiner, others’ attitudes toward me have been overwhelmingly positive – very friendly and supportive.

I am also appreciative and pleased to have a female line manager who is knowledgeable, supportive, and willing to offer guidance. Women help women!

Getting to know you. What are your interests outside of work?

I love reading, travelling to explore new places, and from time to time, I like to adventure. I have done some solo traveling. In 2019, after doing a lot of travel across the region, I visited Malaysia as a solo traveler. I had a very different, yet incredible experience.

Last year, I went skydiving for the first time, it was absolutely thrilling experience!

If you want to find out more about joining HKA, contact or to arrange a confidential discussion or visit

Laura Fox-Oliveira, Recruitment Manager
Mohammed Osman, Recruitment Resourcer

This publication presents the views, thoughts or opinions of the author and not necessarily those of HKA. Whilst we take every care to ensure the accuracy of this information at the time of publication, the content is not intended to deal with all aspects of the subject referred to, should not be relied upon and does not constitute advice of any kind. This publication is protected by copyright © 2024 HKA Global Ltd.


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