HE Shaikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, Minister of Oil, deputised Dr. Peter Bartlett, Chief Executive Officer of the Bahrain Petroleum Company (Bapco), to inaugurate the third edition of the Leadership Excellence Award for Women in the Oil and Gas Industry (LEWAS 2017) on Wednesday 11 October 2017, at the Bahrain International Convention and Exhibition Centre. It took place with the participation of leading women engineers from governmental bodies and institutions, oil and industrial companies and other related official and private entities in the GCC countries. With the purpose of improving communication and knowledge, and to learn the best practices used in the oil and gas industry in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region, this awarding was part of the Middle East Process Engineering Conference and Exhibition (MEPEC 2017).
During the opening speech, Dr. Peter Bartlett conveyed the welcome of His Excellency Shaikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, Minister of Oil, to the participating Gulf delegations wishing them good stay in the Kingdom of Bahrain, hoping that they would benefit from the scientific and practical papers that are presented in the sessions and in the events of the forum and achieve the intended goals from this conference.
Dr. Bartlett conveyed the compliments and congratulations of His Excellency Shaikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, Minister of Oil, to all the honourees awarded in the ceremony of the third edition of the Leadership Excellence Award for Women in the Oil and Gas Industry in the GCC countries, in recognition of their excellent& global standards performance as well as their initiatives during their careers. Bapco’s CE praised the efforts of the Leadership Excellence Award for Women (LEWAS 2017) headed by Mrs. Reem Al Ghanim, the efforts exerted by the team members and the jury. Over 200 applications across seven categories, the jury had an arduous task to decide on the final list due to the high level of achievements that have been extended to receive nominations from the United Kingdom, the United States of America and Africa.
Engineer Jihan Al-Merbati, Executive Director of the Sustainable Energy Unit at the opening session praised the promising statistics for the percentage of students in the fields of engineering, science, technology and mathematics in higher education, and the non-reflection of these percentages on job opportunities in these fields, in addition to the most important obstacles and challenges that limit their utilization and convert them to actual shares and participation in the work area.
On his part, Dr. Ahmed Ali Al-Sheryan, Secretary-General of the National Oil and Gas Authority (NOGA), extended the highest appreciation and gratitude to Her Royal Highness Princess Sabeeka bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa, the wife of HM the king of Bahrain and the Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Women. He lauded her decision to choose the Bahraini Women’s Day, the 1st of December 2017 to celebrate the Bahraini Female Engineers. He highly praised the unlimited support the Bahraini female engineer has in the public and the private sector by HRH, as well as her appreciation for the role of women and their valuable contributions in all fields of development. This forms a part of the activities of the Reform Program launched by His Majesty the King of Bahrain King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa.
The forum included a number of discussions and dialogue sessions attended by a distinguished group of speakers from the Gulf and international oil and industrial companies, including: Ms. Reem Alghanim, Division Head, Women Development and Diversity at Saudi Aramco; Ms. June Wispelwey, Executive Director of AIChE; Ms. Nada Al Mesfer, Quality Unit Head, Well Surveillance Group ,Kuwait Oil Company – KOC; Dr. Valery Eveloy, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering Department, The Petroleum Institute; Dr. Miasser Al Ghamdi of SABIC; Ms. Fatima Sharif of Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (GPIC); Ms. Esra Al Khadhar Al Hosani, Instrumentation and Control Engineer- Abu Dhabi for Onshore Oil Operations (ADCO); and Dr. Amal Jameel Fatani, President of Tata Consultancy Services Center.