Women contribute by 21.1% to employment in Egypt; with approximately 67.7% employed in the private sector. The 2017 “Women in Science” study published by UNESCO showed that 42.2% of Egyptian scientific researchers are women, higher than the global average of 29.9%. In International Oil Companies (IOCs), women represent 26% of employees; in National Oil Companies, they represent 13%; and in oilfield services and equipment companies, they represent 16%. However, for every Egyptian woman who works, almost four stay home. 2015 McKinsey Global Institute Report proposed that if women enjoyed the same economic opportunities as men, the MENA region would gain US$ 2.7 trillion in gross domestic product (GDP) by 2025.

Focusing on diversity without inclusion is not a winning strategy for any industry or business. Currently, Egypt’s high-growth industries, which include oil and gas, are branded as the province of men. Focused initiatives by the Egyptian government, including recently introduced legislations, are ensuring women are empowered through training and development, digital literacy and fluency, and financial inclusion offering Egyptian women a significant opportunity to expand their skills and participate in high-value and high-growth sectors.

In collaboration with the Egyptian Ministry of Petroleum & Mineral Resources, the 2020 EGYPS Women in Energy Conference brought together industry stakeholders from Egypt, North Africa and the Mediterranean hydrocarbons sector to address challenges the industry faces in achieving gender parity and inclusion, and to propel and create a long term forecast, strategy, and action plan to foster a sustainable, equitable, and inclusive industry of the future.

The conference is followed by the highly anticipated 3rd annual Women in Energy Awards ceremony that has built upon the legacy of honouring and celebrating the achievements of exceptional women in the oil and gas sector, and recognising companies that advocate and champion inclusion, diversity, and belonging within their businesses and the industry.


Diversity is all about who and what your people are. Diversity is understanding, accepting and valuing people irrespective of gender, race, ethnicity, caste, disability, religious beliefs, personalities, skill sets and experiences.


Inclusion is all about creating spaces to welcome and embrace diversity. Creating workplaces, and industries through, policies, awareness and training, that support and respect diversity


  • 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



09:00 – 09:15
Keynote Address: Role of diversity in advancing industries and global economies

    Her Excellency Dr Amani Abou-Zeid Her Excellency Dr Amani Abou-Zeid Commissioner of Infrastructure, Energy, ICT and Tourism
    African Union Commission

    As the hydrocarbons sector steps into the Fourth Industrial Age, championing the unprecedented global demand for energy and higher value products, the need to embrace newer technologies and innovative strategies to maximise production of resources is increasingly imperative.

    People play an important role in enabling a smooth transition into the Fourth Industrial Age. While oil and gas is gradually being recognised as an industry that embraces technology and innovation - from cutting-edge extraction breakthroughs to the applications of blockchain and artificial intelligence - more work needs to be done to position it alongside other high-tech sectors of the future to attract and retain the next generation of talent whilst at the same time working harder to foster a dynamic and performance-led work culture championing diversity, inclusion, and belonging.

    Historic corporate, cultural, and economic systems hinder female advancement by corresponding with common stereotypes. It is imperative to address these stereotypes and biases on a micro and macro level to foster female involvement within workplaces and in countries. Egypt’s strategy to empower women economically is guaranteed in its tourism reform programme, which stipulates to promote economic empowerment of women by increasing the female workforce in the tourism sector.

    Delving into reality at grassroots level on how far we are in the journey of achieving gender parity in Egypt, and in the oil and gas sector, and what can we do to expedite the process of providing equal opportunities.

09:15 – 09:50
Gender Champions Panel: The Importance of Gender Equality for Economic Empowerment

    Shauna Olney Shauna Olney Chief of Gender, Equality and Diversity
    International Labour Organization (ILO)
    Gielan El Messiri Gielan El Messiri Country Representative & Head of Office
    UN Women

    Gender inequality can be traced back 8,000 years, in the Neolithic Caves depicting dominance of one gender over the other. Though the gap has been trimmed down considerably, thanks to global policies and frameworks, there’s still a lot to be done to empower women, especially in emerging markets. Gender champions, who have advocated gender equality throughout their careers spanning decades, share their views on:

    • Supportive policies and frameworks: How can government policies and frameworks enable an inclusive work environment for women across all countries? What are the supportive resources and evaluation mechanisms that can be made available for effective policy delivery?

    • Addressing socio-economic barriers in emerging markets: What is the general perception of family members approving women working for a salary? How are women overcoming such socio-economic constraints and what can developing nations learn from them?

    • Shared responsibilities: Why do women still face challenges in maintaining a work-family balance? How can men share care-giving responsibilities? In what ways should companies help women ease their work-family responsibilities?

09.50 – 10.30
Panel: The Great Crew Change - what it is and how does it impact inclusion and diversity initiatives?

    Donna Riley Donna Riley Vice President - Human Resources (Upstream Regions)
    Fabrice Bouchaud Fabrice Bouchaud Global HR Director - Workforce Planning and Talent Development
    Susan Peterson-Sturm Susan Peterson-Sturm Senior Vice President
    Digital Transformation

    Wintershall Dea


    Liana Gouta Liana Gouta Group Director - Energy Policy & International Affairs
    Hellenic Petroleum
    • Nearly three-quarters of the energy workforce is aged 50 or older, and an approximate 50% of skilled energy workers may retire in the next five to seven years. How is the oil and gas industry preparing for the “Great Crew Change” and how can public-private partnerships and cross-collaboration provide short and long term strategies?

    • How can the oil and gas industry expedite its adoption of technology and sustainable initiatives to transform from a traditionally perceived ‘dirty industry’ to the ‘industry of choice’ for the next generation of tech-savvy millennials and professionals? What are the best practices followed by the other nations in this space?

    • How are the inter-governmental organizations driving their initiatives to fill this gap?

    • Thanks to the era of digitisation, the oil and gas industry is now recruiting for new tech-driven roles that just 5 years ago didn’t exist. The domain of the tech-savvy generation of millennials and Gen Z – how is the industry attracting and hiring this new talent of data scientists, big data and blockchain architects? And how are companies looking to the future and preparing for jobs that might not exist today but can drive transformation over the next 2-3 years?

10:30 – 11:15
Interactive Roundtable Discussions

    Yehia El Husseiny Yehia El Husseiny Corporate Governance Project Manager
    International Finance Corporation (IFC)

    Roundtable 1: Creating an impactful employee experience to enhance profitability in the business

    Organisations are investing in various programmes to improve life at work and the day-to-day experience workers have. Research, however, shows that the most important factor of all is the work itself. Making work meaningful and giving people a sense of belonging, trust, and relationship can bring about important changes in the working culture of an organisation. It is imperative for businesses to focus on job fit, job design, and meaning—for all workers across the business.

    • What is employee experience and why is it important? How can we create an impactful and meaningful employee experience with robust focused initiatives and programmes, driving better capability for business stakeholders and partners, whilst at the same time enhancing growth and profitability?

    • How are employee experience and workplace inclusion policies interconnected and how do they benefit the overall business strategy?

    • Can employee experience enable businesses to attract and retain younger talent that is averse to joining the oil and gas industry? How can diverse employee experience strategies and programmes help create a better perception of the hydrocarbons industry, and benefit business growth aspirations?


    Eng. Iman Wafy Eng. Iman Wafy DCT Assistant Chairman
    Pharaonic Petroleum Company

    Roundtable 2: Learning from mentors and eventually becoming one

    In an industry that is male-dominated, growing up the corporate ladder is often challenging for women if not guided properly. Research suggests that mentoring and guiding has often proven to help women advance their careers. Choosing the right mentor for career growth is critical in determining how soon a person goes up the ladder and eventually mentor their juniors.

    • How to seek the right mentor? Identifying the objective of mentoring is a key factor in determining who should be approached for mentorship. How can a woman look for a mentor and what qualities should they look for in a mentor?

    • Looking beyond the horizon: Studies show that women tend to mentor other women frequently than men. But in instances where one cannot find the right woman to be a mentor, how can they reach out to male mentors?

    • Start mentoring: Can someone start mentoring their juniors even if they lack enough experience? Should they reach out to their universities to mentor their juniors?

11:15 – 11:30
11:30 – 12:15
Panel and Live Q&A: The roadmap to achieving gender diversity across all levels of the oil & gas industry

    Melissa Jones Melissa Jones Global Manager of Business Development - Downstream and Chemicals
    Nana Sarajishvili Nana Sarajishvili Head of Pricing - EMEA
    Tracy Josefovsky Tracy Josefovsky Vice President – Human Resources
    Yasmine El Sayegh Yasmine El Sayegh General Manager - Commercial Excellence (Global Upstream & Integrated Gas)
    Royal Dutch Shell

    Globally, women have the lowest representation in the oil & gas industry. While global leaders have been spearheading several initiatives to close the gender gap, there are still a few underlying factors that are contributing to this plateau. Senior oil and gas gender evangelists will discuss strategies to streamline gender diversity in the industry.

    • Recruitment to advancement: As the first point of entry into the oil & gas industry, how can companies optimise their recruitment methodologies to give equal opportunities to every gender irrespective of the role? How can companies balance gender diversity in technical and business roles leading up the corporate ladder?

    • Career development programmes: How can women broaden their expertise in a male-dominated field? What is the role of senior management to initiate focused career development programmes for women in the oil & gas industry?

    • Gender equality audits: How can companies analyse the progress of their gender equality goals and how frequently should this be done? How can companies ensure the audits are unbiased?

    • STEM Outreach Initiatives: How can leaders encourage young women and girls to join STEM streams in the school and university levels? How can companies work with governments to implement these changes?

12:15 - 12:45
Panel: Young Women in Energy - Nurturing Leaders of Tomorrow

    Heba Aboelnasr Heba Aboelnasr Automotive Lubes Sales Advisor
    Farida El Harouni Farida El Harouni Student
    American University in Cairo
    Rim Henri Rim Henri Wireline & Perforation Field Professional
    Amira Mohamed Amira Mohamed Student
    American University in Cairo


    Eng. Nahla Gadallah Eng. Nahla Gadallah Chairman Assistant - Engineering Management

    Countries across the globe have started encouraging young women to consider STEM careers. While there are several initiatives put forth by governments and organisational players, young women continue to encounter challenges before they even decide to pursue a degree in STEM. Selected finalists of EGYPS 2020 Women in Energy Awards from the Nexgen Female of the Year and STEM Star of the Year categories will share their views on breaking the walls and norms in the oil & gas industry.

      • Parental expectations vs. personal goals

      • Overcoming sociocultural challenges in the oil & gas industry

      • Roadmap for future women leaders

12:45 – 13:30
Closing Panel: Advancing women in Egypt: where are we in this journey and how much further do we need to go?

    Eng Amira El Mazni Eng Amira El Mazni Independent Oil & Gas Consultant
    Hussam Abu Seif Hussam Abu Seif Director & General Manager - Egypt, Sudan & S. Sudan
    Baker Hughes
    Manal Messiha Manal Messiha Vice President - Customer Satisfaction & Quality
    Schneider Electric
    Mona Gado Mona Gado General Manager - Customer Affairs & Gas Supply Contracts


    Engy Adly Engy Adly General Manager - Licenses & Contracts
    Gas Regulatory Authority (GASREG)
    • Overview on the structural reforms of the Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Modernisation Project: evaluating progress and identifying opportunities and risks in achieving sector sustainability targets

    • Identifying the underlying cause for the lack of enough women workforce in the energy industry - how can schools and universities fill the gap and how is the Ministry driving it? How can the current workforce encourage more women to choose STEM?

    • Cultural biases hindering career opportunities for women to be fully inclusive in the Egyptian economy: what are these biases? Why are they important to address and how can they be tackled?

    • Equal opportunities and equal pay: what does this mean for women in Egypt? How will this help shape the Egyptian economy and the various high-growth sectors that support it?

    • Delving deeper into employee training and non-traditional people development initiatives of the Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Modernisation Project and how these programmes are influencing transformation within the Egyptian workforce

15:00 – 17:00
Women in Energy Awards Ceremony - Advancing Diversity in the Oil and Gas Industry
  • The Women in Energy Awards celebrate achievements and contributions of exceptional women leaders, and recognise younger talent within the Egypt, North Africa, and Mediterranean energy sectors. The Awards also acknowledge energy companies that are fostering inclusion and championing diversity within the workplace.

    Returning for the third edition, the Women in Energy Awards are led by a high-level and unbiased Regional Select Jury of industry experts and academics, and fully supported by the Egyptian Ministry of Petroleum & Mineral Resources.

15:00 – 15:20
Opening Keynote Address
  • The Egyptian Minister of Petroleum & Mineral Resources has been a constant advocate of enabling women within the oil and gas sector in Egypt. Insights into his support for the women working within the hydrocarbons sector and within the Egyptian economy, and his longstanding patronage for the Women in Energy Conference & Awards.

15:20 – 15:40
Ministerial Keynote Address
  • Diversity of perspectives enables companies and industries to solve critical technical and business problems with utmost creativity. Evaluating progress made in gender-diverse sectors, such as healthcare, in integrating more women across the spectrum, this keynote address will talk about the contributions of women on the economic bottom line and what the oil and gas industry can learn.

15:40 – 16:30
3rd Annual Women in Energy Awards Winners Announcements
16:30 – 16:45
Regional Select Jury Felicitation and Group Photos
16:45 – 16:50
Closing Remarks and Close of Women in Energy Conference & Awards