Back with its second virtual edition, the LEWAS Symposium, held on 23 November 2021, revolved around the theme “Re-engage, Re-Learn and Re-inspire." We invited speakers from Saudi Aramco, BASF, ART Hydroprocessing, and more to discuss upskilling and reskilling, the future of work, digitalization, and sustainability. Attendees from all over the world also had a chance to connect with professionals from energy and beyond.
There is a new world of energy unfolding in front of our eyes of renewables and zero-carbon that will open tremendous opportunities for women everywhere and especially in our region. We as women should embrace these opportunities and prepare young engineers for this new world.
At the symposium, Sara Akbar, Chairperson & CEO from Oilserv shared her journey spanning over 35 years in the oil and gas industry.
Panel Discussion - The Future of Work; Forever Changed
While the ability to work from home has been a Godsend for working parents allowing them to keep their children and jobs safe during the pandemic, it has also exacerbated a deeply ingrained gender inequality. It also showed us that adapting employees’ skills and roles to the post-pandemic ways of working will be crucial to building operating-model resilience.
Hissa Al Hajeri, SVP Talent Acquisition from ADNOC, Dianah AbdulJabar, Head of Career Development from Saudi Aramco and Dr. Rania N Ghamdi, Director of Talent Services from Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare discussed how leaders can reskill and upskill the workforce to future-proof their businesses in the post-pandemic era.
Insights Session - Beyond Energy How We Can Be More Sustainable?
Even though women’s roles and interests in energy have been well-documented, the energy sector still has miles to go in terms of gender balance and this could be difficult when new challenges or opportunities emerge such as sustainability.
Helen Hill, MEA & India Regional Strategy Manager from Johnson Matthey, Udo Huenger, Vice President - Middle East & Egypt from BASF and Allyson Anderson Book, Vice President of Energy Transition from Baker Hughes shed light on how sustainable energy, digital transformation, and green energy can create more opportunities and benefits for women.
Empathy lies at the heart of a productive future of work — unless business leaders remain blind to the facts.
Pierre Bismuth, International Expert in Human Resources discussed what the strategic and operational intent of business leaders must be to deliver a favorable outcome for both employees and employers, allowing flexibility, and delivering and demanding equitable treatment and opportunity.
Insights Session - Leading Through an Uncertain Economy and Challenging Times
Economic uncertainties and unpredictable circumstances are omnipresent in the business world. The pandemic and its implications that we are still facing, globally, has exposed the fragility of many businesses. The pressure is on them to re-shape their strategy and restructure their organizations to deliver better, lasting results for all their stakeholders. Companies need to rise to the occasion, respond to immediate challenges, re-engage and motivate employees, while balancing family life in between.
Dr. Sara Livazovic, Senior Research Specialist from Dow Chemical Company and Bruno Tombolesi, General Manager – EMEA & India from ART Hydroprocessing shared their experience on how they lead through challenging times and competed successfully in volatile markets.
When the workload increases, it forces people to put in long hours leading to burnout. This has increased tremendously after the pandemic. Schwartz, the founder of the Energy Project, describes in his article how establishing simple rituals for the four key dimensions (the body, emotions, mind, and spirit) can build energy, leading to striking results across organizations.
Shanta Eaden, Chief Operating Officer from ALLY Energy shares her story of grit and determination and what she learned.
Panel Discussion - How Can Leaders De Stress and Re Energize the Workforce After the Pandemic?
The pandemic has turned the old rules of the workplace into new ones; it increased the need for empathy, compassion, and it accelerated the need for new ideas and solutions. This has forced us to think closer inside us, about how we can re-energize ourselves and our organizations to restore and sustain our energy before the crisis.
During this session, Hadyah Mohammed Fathalla, Board Member from nogaholding, Cyntressa Dickey, EY Global and Americas People Advisory Services - Energy & Resources from Ernst & Young (EY) and Andrew Davies, Business Development & Optimization Director from SATORP have discussions on what they have done to unleash the full potential of their team and what they have done to recharge themselves after the pandemic.
Interview - Words of Inspiration LEWAS 2021 Awards
We congratulate the shortlists of the LEWAS Awards 2021 and hear from Zainab Alali, Reservoir Engineer from Saudi Aramco, Dr. Basma El Zein, Founder and Director General of Governance and Sustainability Center at the University of Business and Technology, Dr. Hayat Abdulla Yusuf, Assistant Professor and PCAP Program Coordinator from the University of Bahrain and Alex Malouf, Corporate Communications Director MEA from Schneider Electric on their story, role models, highs and lows.