135 years - this is the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) estimated timeframe to achieve global gender parity as announced in the Global Gender Gap Report 2021. Covid-19 has further reduced the economic participation of women across key sectors, primarily in decision-making roles, rolling back some of the significant gender parity milestones that were achieved in recent years.

With its vast oil and gas reserves, the MENA region has grown to become a significant player in driving global energy dialogues. Despite this economic progress, the region accounts for the widest gender gap across the globe (39.1%), as reported by WEF, instilling the significance of addressing diversity, inclusion and equality from the root levels across all industry verticals.

From 2018 - 2020, the Egypt Petroleum Show discussed the significance of empowering women in the energy industry with the Women in Energy Conference & Awards. As we prepare for the future, we understand there is a need to address broader issues surrounding equality, inclusion, and diversity in the global energy industry.

In alignment with the objectives of the Egyptian Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, EGYPS 2022 is delighted to announce the unveiling of the Equality in Energy Conference which will convene global leaders to discuss the challenges and opportunities for the energy industry to create an equal, diverse and inclusive workforce and further pave the way for a low-carbon transition.

The conference is followed by the highly anticipated Global Equality in Energy Awards ceremony honouring and celebrating the achievements of outstanding people in the global energy space, including women, men and people of determination.


  • Meet coaches and mentors for insightful and practical solutions to your workplace challenges

  • Learn about fostering belonging through inclusion & diversity initiatives in your organisation and industry

  • Network with your peers from across the globe and exchange ideas that you can implement on a day-to-day basis


09:30 - 10:00
Coffee and Networking
10:00 - 10:05
Welcome Remarks

    • Dawn Summers Dawn Summers
      Chief Operating Officer
      Wintershall Dea
10:00 - 10:15
Opening keynote address
Equality - The evolving framework for global economic development
  • Equality, an economic concept that’s broader than gender, has been prevalent across global economies and is part of the foundations of law. Equality in opportunities and benefits have set a direct path towards development, including political transformation, justice, employment and economic empowerment. As global economies revisit their business priorities in a post-lockdown period, how can equality create new prototypes for global growth?

    Attendee insights

    This session will highlight the significance of equality to foster global growth and the socio economic advantages of providing equal opportunities across governments and businesses. Attendees will also learn how the post-pandemic period can be utilised to initiate these transformational schemes across our economies through collaborative efforts

10:15 - 11:00
Panel discussion
The equality boardroom: creating successful energy businesses of the future
  • Gender diversity in the boardroom has been creating operational disparities across industries that have indirectly affected business profitability. Energy industries, with relatively lower participation of women on boards, need coordinated strategies to remove the barriers hindering equal opportunities for all genders. How are energy leaders creating effective boardrooms that have equal participation without perceptual discrimination based on race, ethnicity or physical capability?

    Attendee insights

    A must-attend discussion for oil and gas executives to ascertain the significance of equitable leadership and boardroom structure to improve operational efficiency and profitability whilst supporting the clean energy goals of the business.

    • Amal El Sheikh Amal El Sheikh
      Chairwoman & Managing Director
      Shell Lubricants Egypt
    • Pakinam Kafafi Pakinam Kafafi
      TAQA Arabia
    • Vidya Ramnath Vidya Ramnath
      President – MEA
    • Iman Hill MODERATOR
      Iman Hill
      Executive Director
      International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP)
11:00 - 11:30
Fireside Chat
Gender mainstreaming as an enabler of global equality
  • The goal of achieving gender equality has become central across all economic verticals. Through gender mainstreaming, the United Nations established a global strategy for promoting gender equality in 1995 paving the way for a sustainable transition to achieve gender equality. Though critical gaps remain, the world has seen a substantial reduction in gender gaps across industries. How can governments and businesses realign their priorities and work together to promote gender mainstreaming and achieve equality?

    Attendee insights

    An important session for policymakers, government officials, business leaders and executives to understand how collaborative endeavours to mainstream a gender perspective across economies can foster gender equality and promote global development.


    • Her Royal Highness Princess Dr Moradeun Ogunlana Her Royal Highness Princess Dr Moradeun Ogunlana
      UN Ambassador of Peace and Culture, Founder and CEO, African Women's Health Project International
      AWHPI Global Foundation
11:30 - 12:15
Panel discussion
Being responsible employers: the significance of shifting from empowerment to equality and inclusive diversity in the energy industry
  • The energy industry has been at the forefront of transformational initiatives since its inception. Despite being tagged as a male-dominated industry, the energy sector has seen a significant adoption of corporate policies concerning equality, inclusion and diversity to create a happier workforce. How can the energy industry implement and measure the progress of equality, inclusion and diversity to create a vibrant business environment that is open to opportunities for women, men and people of determination?

    Attendee insights

    A key discussion for oil and gas stakeholders to understand the importance of addressing broader socio-economic issues in the energy value chain to provide equal opportunities through equality and non-discrimination.

    • Eric Oechslin MODERATOR
      Eric Oechslin
      Country Director
      International Labour Organisation (ILO)
    • Donna Riley Donna Riley
      Senior Vice President - People & Culture
    • Eleanor Rowley Eleanor Rowley
      Managing Director, Egypt
      Capricorn Energy
    • Denisse Abudinen Denisse Abudinen
      Chief Executive Officer - ENAP Sipetrol and General Manager.
      ENAP Sipetrol - Egypt
    • Brandy Jones Brandy Jones
      Vice President, Human Resources
      Apache Corporation
    • Tarek Shaalan Tarek Shaalan
      Country Human Resources Manager
      Technip Energies
12:15 - 13:15
Lightning talks and audience Q&A
Focused 10-minute presentations highlighting energy company strategies to achieve gender equality, inclusion and diversity in their businesses.
  • 12:15 - 12:25 | STEM and gender equality in energy

    The large gender imbalance in STEM streams, particularly for the energy industry, has become critical as the sector has dropped in the global attractiveness ranking for engineering and IT graduates. How can oil and gas companies work with youth communities and academia to attract more talent without implicit bias?

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      Nahla Arsenault
      Capex and Turnaround Lead

    12:25 - 12:35 | Countering organisational discrimination for a happier and unbiased workplace

    Energy companies, at the front line of economic transformation, will miss out on innovation to capitalise future opportunities if they fail to create a diverse workforce with the right organisational culture. How are oil and gas companies eliminating institutional barriers to create an inclusive workplace with acceptable values, policies and processes?

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      Kevin Edwards
      Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

    12:35 - 12:45 | Energy, technology, and people - futuristic HR strategies

    Technological advancements are transforming the old norms of managing human resources. As oil and gas companies embrace digital technologies to improve productivity and reduce costs, HR executives are forced to rethink how people are recruited, retained and promoted to create business value. Will technology disrupt or support the global energy workforce?

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      Randa Esmat
      HR General Manager

    12:45 - 12:55 | Reducing the leadership gap - how equality and mentoring nurtures future energy leaders

    As businesses grow, priorities continue to evolve to address social, economic and investor sentiments. In a period of intense global competition, it has become critical to nurture future leaders to ensure business sustainability and profitability.

    How are oil and gas companies redefining the role of equality and mentoring to resolve generational differences of junior employees to create leaders of the future?

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      Latifa Al Said
      DEI Director & HR Director TPS MENATI and Global Services Sales
      Baker Hughes

    • Kevin Edwards Kevin Edwards
      Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer
    • Randa Esmat Randa Esmat
      HR General Manager
      Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Arab Republic of Egypt
    • Latifa Aal Said Latifa Aal Said
      Global HR Executive Director
      Baker Hughes
    • Nahla Arsenault Nahla Arsenault
      CAPEX and Turnaround Lead
14:00 - 14:45
Panel discussion
Women and men as enablers of the clean energy transition
  • The energy sector continues to largely remain male-dominated despite a significant rise in the number of female employees joining the workforce. Thanks to climate-conscious policies, oil and gas majors are undergoing a rapid change in their organisational strategies to suit global environmental commitments. To accelerate energy transition, and reduce carbon footprints, oil and gas companies must reduce gender inequality to catalyse this shift. How can the energy sector rely on talents from both genders to foster this transformation?

    Attendee insights

    This session will emphasise the role of gender equality, diversity and inclusion to catalyse the energy industry’s low-carbon transition and assess the magnitude of framing novel organisational policies to drive this change.

    • Sara Akbar Sara Akbar
      Chairperson & CEO
    • Nicolas Katcharov Nicolas Katcharov
      Country GM - Egypt
    • Layla El Hares Layla El Hares
      Managing Director – Egypt
      Siemens Energy
    • Diane Frachon Diane Frachon
      Sales and Marketing Director
      Egypt, Sudan and East Med
    • Aida Araissi MODERATOR
      Aida Araissi
      Bilateral US Arab Chamber of Commerce
14:45 - 15:30
Panel discussion
Empowering women’s economic participation through receptive policies
  • Putting their personal lives aside, millions of women have become part of the frontline workforce committed to combatting the COVID-19 pandemic, making women’s economic empowerment a national priority across most nations. Governments have already implemented various policies and measures to respond to women’s needs and increase their participation in decision-making in the public and private sectors. How are governments and inter-governmental entities formulating strategies to empower women across all industry verticals?

    Attendee insights

    An important session for all industry leaders and executives to understand the gravity of empowering women for national growth and the role of governments, public and private entities to steer this initiative.

    • Alexa Tiemann Alexa Tiemann
      Lead Regional Economist Southern and Eastern Mediterranean Region
      European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
    • Christine Arab Christine Arab
      Country Head
      UN Women, Egypt
    • Maha Akeel Maha Akeel
      Strategy & Policy Advisor on Gender Family and Social Development
      Intergovernmental agency
    • Mirna Arif Mirna Arif
      Country General Manager - Egypt
    • Marina Wes Marina Wes
      Country Director - Egypt, Yemen and Djibouti
      World Bank
    • Sofija Janosevic MODERATOR
      Sofija Janosevic
      Human Resources Director
      The Energy Year
  • The 2022 Global Equality in Energy Awards are shaped by 5 individual categories that celebrate the achievements of outstanding people in the global energy industry. The winners and highly-commended of the below categories will be awarded during the ceremony.

    • Women in leadership
    • Nex-Gen female of the year
    • STEM star of the year
    • HR champion of the year (NEW FOR 2022)
    • Employer of the year championing inclusion, diversity and equality
      NEW FOR 2022