Performance Control Division, Business Development & Optimization Department (B&O), SATORP
R&D Portfolio Manager, KAUST Catalysis Center
Amal ALSubaie is an Oil Accounting Engineer in the Business Development & Optimization Department (B&O) in Saudi Aramco Total Refining and Petrochemical Co. (SATORP). She is responsible for the verification and monitoring of the refinery consumption of raw imported products and the final products for exports. She was also a member of the Business Continuity Management System (BCMS) at SATORP.
During her time at SATORP, Amal has served as Assistant Treasurer. In addition to her main duties, she has also served as a member of the medical committee at the company. Prior to joining SATORP, Amal served as Corporate Credit officer in Global and Multinational Corporate Banking at SABB bank. She also served as Financial Planner in SABB investment funds.
Claudia Janse van Rensburg
Diversity and Inclusion Specialist, Saudi Aramco
Account Manager, ART Hydroprocessing
Dr. Jenn is an Industrial and Organisational Psychologist who specializes in Diversity and Inclusion, with an emphasis on global generations, biases, and strategic D&I initiatives. She has experience in a variety of industries, including cancer clinical trials, automotive, and manufacturing.
Dr. Jenn has also spoken at the LEWAS conference (2020 “The Psychology of Bias”), been a guest lecturer at the University of Sydney Business School in Sydney, Australia (“D&I in the Middle East”), and has presented at GROW (Gulf Region Organisation for Women) on the subject of bias. This is her fourth time on the LEWAS Committee.
Claudia Janse van Rensburg is currently an Account Manager with ART Hydroprocessing based in Dubai, with an exclusive focus on supporting ART’s Middle Eastern customers. Prior to joining ART Hydroprocessing in January 2018,
Claudia was a Lead Process Engineer at National Petroleum Refiners of South Africa (NATREF) where she was responsible for the VDU/CDU, FCC, Bitumen, and Merox Unit process engineering teams. During her time at the refinery, she also worked extensively on the HF Alkylation and VRDS units and was the custodian of various refinery wide optimization initiatives.Claudia holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pretoria in South Africa.
Head of Corporate Communications Middle East & Egypt, BASF
Environment Specialist - Health, Safety and Environment Department, BAPCO
Linda Brown is a Corporate Communications Executive with a passion for leading change and creating strategic intent for organisational purpose and business success. In her current role, Linda is responsible for promoting and protecting the BASF brand in the region and for creating an awareness amongst the variety of stakeholders in the region about BASF’s innovative solutions, sustainability initiatives and other key drivers of the business.
Linda has been with BASF for 11 years. Prior to being appointed into this position on 1 January 2022, Linda was Head of Communications & Advocacy for BASF’s Africa region, and before that, Communications Manager for BASF’s Mobile Emissions Catalyst Division in Europe. In her 30-year career in Corporate Communications, Linda has contributed in a variety of industries, including social development, higher education, research, utilities and the medical sector, all based in South Africa.
Maram Al Sabbagh is an Environmental Specialist working for Bahrain Petroleum Company (Bapco). Maram has been in Bapco for nine years and currently holds the position of the Environmental Coordinator for the Bapco Modernisation Program (BMP), the largest project investment in the history of Bapco, leading the Project’s Environmental and Social team. Throughout her time at Bapco, Maram led a number of environmental initiatives including the Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) Week Environmental Committee, Bapco’s Green School Awards and Bapco’s Mangroves Nursery and Transplanting Project.
Prior to joining Bapco, Maram worked as a Corporate Sustainability Engineer at Abu Dhabi Polymers Company (Borouge), one of ADNOC’s Group Companies, in 2013, and was a Level 2 Environmental Consultant at Environmental Resources Management (ERM) in Abu Dhabi prior to that, in 2010. Maram holds a BSc in Natural Sciences (with a minor in Organic Chemistry and a major in Molecular and Cellular Biology) from University College London (UCL) and an MSc in Environmental Engineering from Imperial College London.
Maintenance and Reliability Advisor, ADNOC - Abu Dhabi National Oil Company
Mariam started her career as a Rotating Equipment Engineer on-site and now has more than 10 years of experience in the field of Maintenance and operations. She is now a Maintenance and Reliability Advisor in ADNOC HQ.
Dr. Anissa Bendjeriou-Sedjerari is Industry & Research Center Liaison at KAUST Catalysis Center (KCC) and Innovation & Economic Development (I&ED). She was awarded a PhD in Materials Science from the University of Science and Technology of Montpellier (FRANCE) followed by research scientist positions at KCC, CALTECH and Ecole Normale Superieure de Lyon (ENS-Lyon).
Over the last years, she played key roles in several academic and industrial collaborations within KCC, KAUST and with international institutions including EPFL-Lausanne and UC-Davis, CALTECH, USA. Her broad research interests have been published in numerous international journals.
Besides, she is an active member of the MEPEC (Middle East Process Engineering Conference and Exhibition), GDA (Gulf Downstream Association). She is also involved in all women program with Aramco (LEWAS, GROW) and promote female scientists’ not just at KAUST but also in the Middle-East in order to empower Women in Oil and Gas Industry, one of the challenge of the Saudi Vision 2030 program
Dr. Nour Othman Baqader is a petroleum scientist from Productivity Enhancement focus area, Production Technology Division, at The Exploration and Petroleum Engineering Center - Advanced Research Center (EXPEC ARC), the Upstream Research Center for Saudi Aramco. She graduated with PhD in Protein Biochemistry from University College London, UCL, London, UK; and directly joined Saudi Aramco in 2015. Dr. Baqader’ s research interests on the oilfield chemicals, such as, fracturing fluids, for production engineering applications. Within a short time, she has managed to have several patents, publications, and has lead several promising projects. In 2018, one of her projects was shortlisted as a finalist in Oil Awards as Best Production Technology. In 2019, she was appointed as a Chair of Researcher Development Committee (RDP).
She led a team of 14 enthusiastic members and young professionals. Her role was to foster a program that engage young researchers and engineers through activities, workshops and different initiatives. Dr. Baqader skills do not end with her office work, she has also volunteered at several different activities inside and outside of her work such as teaching Petroleum engineering for the young school girls during the summer of 2019. In 2020, She was selected as scientific member for Science 20, S20 in G20 of Saudi Arabia.
Petroleum Scientist, Production Technology Team, EXPEC Advanced Research Center, Saudi Aramco
Senior Research Specialist, The Dow Chemical Company
Dr. Sara has been in Saudi Arabia since 2012 when she came to do her doctorate study in Environmental Science and Engineering department in King Abdullah University of Science and Technology. Prior to coming to Saudi Arabia, Dr. Sara obtained her BSc and MSc in Applied Chemistry from the University of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Zagreb,
After obtaining her degree in 2016, Dr. Sara worked in Ali A. Al-Naimi Petroleum Center in KAUST, helping in establishing their laboratories.
In June 2017 she joined Core R&D team in Dow Middle East Innovation Center in Kaust where she is a laboratory leader, safely setting up the new laboratories and is leading technical liaison with KAUST. She has a strong focus on technology, safety and inclusion as she serves as a co-chair in KSA for one of the employee resource groups in Dow, the Women Inclusion Network focusing on establishing inclusive culture, achieve gender parity and drive inclusive leadership to enhance Dow’s performance.
TL Project Planning & Performance, OQ
Project Manager, World Petroleum Council
Hafsa Al Subhi is a Project Planning and Performance Team Leader with 9 years’ experience exclusively in Oil and Gas Projects in OQ – Oman. Hafsa graduated from Sultan Qaboos University in Oman as a Civil Engineer with Distinction and recently got awarded her MSc in Construction Projects Management from Herriot-Watt University – Scotland. Since she joined Orpic (former OQ company), Hafsa contributed significantly to the prestigious projects of Suhar Refinery Improvement ($2.8 Billion), Liwa Plastics Industrial Complex Project ($6.7 Billion), and the Integration Management Assignment of The Oman Oil and Orpic Group. Hafsa successfully manages her work-life balance as a young wife and dedicated mother of 3 boys, ages 8, 5 and 4 years old.
Sarah joined the Secretariat of the World Petroleum Council in 2021. She is involved in the project management of the triennial World Petroleum Congress, the WPC Youth Forum and other smaller events. She also works closely with Boston Consulting Group on Untapped Reserves, the only global oil and gas focused gender diversity study, introduced in 2017, and whose third edition will be released in September 2023. For version 2.0 of the study, WPC and BCG collected extensive data from 2,800 individuals and 50 companies representing 14% of the global workforce and full results can be found here: https://untappedreserves.wpc.bcg.com/
Prior to the WPC, Sarah has worked in event management for over 25 years, highlights of which include working at the World Economic Forum in Davos and being part of the team which set up the biennial SYROIL exhibition, on behalf of Shell Syria Petroleum Development.