LEWAS 2023 Symposium Programme

Conference Programme
Wednesday, November 30
09:00 - 09:10
Welcome by Eithne Treanor
09:10 - 09:25
Opening Address and Keynote:
The ecosystem of sustainability –
Powerful purpose & courageous change
Nouf Al Sowaidi, Group CHRO, The Oil and Gas Holding Company (nogaholding)
Retention is a metric that reflects the health and sustainability of a company's working culture, which in turn is a predictor of longevity and business success. When building a sustainable vision, organisations need to understand the connection between inclusion and reputation, recruitment, development, and leadership. This is possible when leaders combine power with purpose. Through this session, we explore the multitude of ways in which they can strengthen the inclusion ecosystem for sustainability, innovation, and long-term growth.
09:25 - 09:55
Interactive Panel Discussion:
Sustainable organisations - What does it take?
Claudia Janse van Rensburg, Account Manager, ART Hydroprocessing

Christopher Welsby, Chief Executive Officer, UAE & KSA, Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore
Elina Mohamed, Group General Counsel, The Oil and Gas Holding Company (nogaholding)
Deena Fahad Al Khayyal, Advisor, Ministry of Energy, Saudi Arabia
The call for sustainability to address it is now louder than ever. However, this is not just about environmentalism. Sustainability is a business approach to creating long-term value. From a broader perspective, a sustainable business is one whose purpose and actions are equally grounded in financial, environmental, and social concerns. This panel will focus briefly on all the pillars needed to ensure the sustainability of an organisation: Developing your workforce, ESG investing, innovation, and the importance of diversity.
09:55 - 10:25
Conversation with a LEWAS Trailblazer

Eithne Treanor, CEO, E-Treanor Media

Salma Al Hajeri, Regional VP, East Mediterranean & North Africa,
Mubadala Energy

10:25 - 11:15
Interactive Session:
To infinity and beyond - The workforce of tomorrow
Dr. Jennifer M. Shepard, Industrial & Organisational Psychologist, D&I Specialist, Aramco

Fatma Al Kaabi,
Team Leader - Plastics & NGLE, Technical Services, OQ
Stephen King, Senior Lecturer, Media Department, Middlesex University Dubai
Aram Alyahya, Transportation Engineer, Aramco

We know that the workforce demographics are changing rapidly, and that a huge percentage of employees in many organisations are under the age of 35. What do they need from their organisations and their leaders? What do they wish leaders would be willing to do/try/change/etc to prepare the working world for ‘infinity and beyond’?
11:15 - 11:25
Networking Break
11:25 - 11:55
LEWAS in the Global Context
Reem A. Al-Ghanim, President & CEO Office, SATORP

Pinar Yilmaz,
Retired, Advisor External Projects, ExxonMobil (Video Address)
Sam Thiara, Chief Motivating Officer, Ignite the Dream Coaching and Consulting (Video Address)
Michelle Boyd, Chief Global Events Officer, Society of Petroleum Engineers
Dr. Miasser M Al-Ghamdi, Regional Business Manager, for Middle East and Africa, SABIC PE Petchem
Dr. Maher M. Shariff, Project Leader, Science Specialist, Inventor, Oil & Gas Treatment R&D Division, Aramco
Since inception back in 2013, LEWAS has served as a catalyst in Engaging, Empowering and Elevating women in energy, and has successfully leveraged the unique Middle East culture and the global reach into placing its footprint in the world global map of Women Leadership with a reach of more than 55 countries in 2021. This session sheds light on the presence and progress of LEWAS in the global context as a socially responsible driven industry initiative on women leadership. As there’s always room for improvement, this session highlights potential improvement ideas and areas that LEWAS can accelerate and excel.
11:55 - 12:35
Strategic Panel:
Impact of ESG in D&I Strategies
Silvia Rigato, Strategy & Consulting Lead for Energy & Utilities – Middle East
Sustainability Lead – Middle East, Accenture Middle East

Tahani Hussain, ESG Manager, The Oil and Gas Holding Company (nogaholding)
Nancy Speidel, CEO and Founder, iSAW
Samar AlAmro, Corporate Services & Sustainability, Accenture Middle East
Companies are increasingly confronted with the need to address Environmental, Social and Governance (“ESG”) imperatives in their businesses. We now see investors, business partners and consumers are paying more attention and demanding transparency into organisations’ diversity programs, metrics and key performance indicators. This session will shed light on both the progress and challenges with respect to the current state of ESG investing.
12:35 - 13:05 
Women in Energy - just a Diversity Hire?
Eithne Treanor, CEO, E-Treanor Media

Pedro Miras, President, World Petroleum Council
Sarah Beattie,
Project Manager, World Petroleum Council
The interview will include some outcomes from the Untapped Reserved report (www.untappedreserves.com), a joint initiative between the WPC and Boston Consulting Group. Untapped Reserves is the only global energy-focused gender diversity study, and its third edition will be launched at the World Petroleum Congress in Calgary in September 2023.
13:05 - 14:05
Lunch Break
14:05 - 14:35
Fireside Chat:
The Culture Question -
Addressing the Elephant in the Room
Nadia Muijrers, Multidisciplinary Consultant, Founder, Alphard Consulting

Samah Hamad, Acting Manager Risk and Compliance, BAPCO
Somaya Al-Radhi, Bahrain Country Manager, SLB
Haya Jassim Aljassim, Senior Internal Auditor - Technical, GPIC
Frequently, when talking about energy and the role of women in STEM, one of the issues that frequently comes up is the culture of the Middle East and the GCC in general. This session addresses this issue head-on, and talks about how the culture can be point of understanding rather than a barrier, and how organisations can frame inclusion and diversity in a meaningful way that includes *everyone* in the organisation.
14:35 - 15:15
Panel Discussion:
Amplifying Voices of Innovation
Maram Al Sabbagh, Environment Specialist - Health, Safety and Environment Department, BAPCO

Waleed Al-Somali,
Performance Improvement Consultant, Aramco
Basma El Zein, Director General of UBT Techno–Valley, University of Business & Technology
Maram Al Hammad, Superintendent (A), Western Region Transportation and Equipment Division, Transportation & Equipment Services Dept., Aramco
This session highlights HR Leaders and CEOs from across the GCC who are leading innovations and changes to the workforce, addressing bias, boosting inclusion, and are doing so courageously – taking risks, and willing to think outside the box.
15:15 - 15:30
Closing Remarks:
LEWAS Chairs
18:30 - 22:00
LEWAS Awards Gala Dinner
Conference Program
Tuesday, March 14
08:30 – 09:00
08:30 – 09:00
11:00 – 12:30
11:00 – 12:30
Alex Larkins
creative director in SoSoul magazine
How to be a graphic designer and not to lose your soul. Alex will share his experience about the process of becoming a professional, career ups and downs, and searching for personal style and approach.
11:00 – 12:30
11:00 – 12:30
Sarah Lewin
founder of Pic Pen studio
Lettering workshop. An hour and a half with the guru of pens, brushes, colapens, bamboo dip pens, and other instruments.
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