I am Hamid Amir-Ahmadi. I came to NL in 2001 to start a ph.d. program in physics at university of Groningen. After a successful graduation and a short period of working in Panda project (collaboration of RUG and GSI). I got to know ASML in 2006, via my network. Although my field of study was very very different than the core competency of ASML, I had a good interview and they decided to take me and give me an opportunity. (How I did it in such an interview is something that I like to share with you as well.) That was the beginning of 10+ years of my career at ASML, where I deeply enjoyed. I started as design engineer and continued as senior design engineer and architect. Later in 2012, I was appointed as team leader and later project leader.
Back then in 2012, it was the period of time that still most of managements at ASML were Dutch and a very few from west Europe. It occurred to me at some specific situations to realise the importance of knowledge about cultural differences. I learned how the communication could be affected by your background culture. For instance, it has to do with the way you behave to a hierarchy or how open you talk and so on. That was the trigger to start following so many leadership and soft skill courses; such as influencing, negotiation, communication, team building and so on. However, there was alway something missing in those training which was how those skills could be affected by culture. Because, the trainers had no idea how the culture impacts all of those. So I had to go hard way and learn them by my own experience and some limited resources.
My highest point in all of those was when I got elected as the member of Work Council at ASML. In 2014, I stepped up for something that no other foreigner had done it before. I nominated myself for the election of Work Council. This is an honoured position because of two folds. First, you must be elected among other nominees. So you must have created a good image of yourself in years in your colleagues and you were trustworthy in their mind. Second, you could assist the highest management of the company in making the right decisions, which benefits both employees and company, as one.
All that experience and my personal care and interests for people brought me to the idea of Niushah. Being an expat, physicist, engineer, manager and up to member of Work Council, brought me a unique experience. Now with Niushah, I would like to share it all with you and stand next to you in your growth path to whatever is your career desire.