The 2020 Global Gender Gap Report published by the World Economic Forum indicates there is still a 31.4% average gender gap that remains to be closed as men continue to dominate the global workforce. As one of the oldest industries prevalent today, the oil and gas sector has seen a similar trend in its manpower, though there has been a noticeable recent positive change in the ratio of women in the energy industry.

With the unprecedented global lockdown, organisations across the globe, including those in the oil and gas industry, have had to restructure their workforce to balance costs and maintain operational efficiency leading to a fundamental shift in global employment patterns.

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 2021 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 - 10:15
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 keynote 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.

11:00 - 11:15
Keynote Address
  • 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.

11:15 - 12:00
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.

12:00 - 13:00
Lightning Talks and Audience Q&A
  • Focused 10-minute presentations highlighting energy company strategies to achieve gender equality, inclusion and diversity in their businesses.

    12:00 - 12:10 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?

    12:10 - 12:20 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?

    12:20 - 12:30 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?

    12:30 - 12:40 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?

    12:40 - 13:00 Q&A

13:00 - 14:00
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.

14:45 - 15:15
Fireside Chat
  • 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.