EGYPS 2020: Unlocking opportunities for women in energy
Cairo_6 February 2020
Women continue to pursue bigger roles in high-growth industries, including oil and gas - often branded as a male-dominated industry, with a new generation of female professionals seeking careers in scientific or technical roles.
This is among the key topics industry leaders will address at the EGYPS Women in Energy Conference & Awards, taking place in Cairo, on Thursday 13 February 2020.
Held under the patronage of His Excellency Abdel Fattah El Sisi, President of the Arab Republic of Egypt and in collaboration with the Egyptian Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, the fourth edition of the Women in Energy Conference will bring together industry stakeholders from Egypt, North Africa, and the Mediterranean hydrocarbons sector as well as the leading government and inter-government entities.
The conference will offer a full day of discussions on challenges and opportunities to empower women and achieve gender parity, propelling and creating a long-term forecast, strategy, and action plan to foster a sustainable, equitable, and inclusive industry of the future.
Enabling equal opportunities for women and men has proven benefits in the long-term sustainability of leading economies across the globe. On an organisational level, companies with a higher proportion of gender diversity account for higher profitability and social success.
The Egyptian government’s initiatives and legislations aimed at empowering women through training and development, digital literacy and fluency, and financial inclusion have paved the way for a measurable reduction in the gender gap, according to the World Economic Forum’s 2020 Global Gender Gap Report.
Currently, women contribute by 21.1% to employment in Egypt; with approximately 67.7% employed in the private sector. According to the “Women in Science” study published by UNESCO in 2017, around 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.
The Women in Energy Conference hosts a full day of sessions aimed at sharing best practices from other industries and economies eventually leading up to framing policies to reduce the gender gap in the oil and gas industry – both in technical and non-technical roles. Keynotes, panel discussions and interactive roundtable discussions will underline the importance of providing equal opportunities for women in the oil & gas industry.
As the oil and gas industry progresses to embrace new technologies to maximise resource production, there is an utmost need to ensure equal importance is given to people, especially women, to fully accomplish this transition. Her Excellency Dr Amani Abou-Zeid, Commissioner of Infrastructure, Energy, ICT and Tourism of the African Union Commission will deliver the opening keynote on strategies to address economic biases against women to guarantee heightened participation of the female workforce in the oil and gas industry.
Leading inter-governmental entities across the globe have been focusing their efforts on framing policies to achieve gender equality across all economies. The implementation of several economic indicators combined with equal involvement from the respective governments has helped create a significant impact on reducing the gender gap. Shauna Olney, Chief of Gender, Equality and Diversity of the International Labour Organization (ILO) will lead the Gender Champions Panel to highlight the importance of gender equality for economic empowerment.
Other panel discussions will feature women working at several international and local companies, including Wintershall Dea, BP, Shell, Schlumberger, Chevron, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation of India (ONGC), Hellenic Petroleum, Schneider Electric, Halliburton, and Egyptian Natural Gas Company (GASCO), Enppi sharing their knowledge and experience, and exploring strategies for promoting diversity across the board.
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. The Women in Energy programme will discuss how the oil and gas industry can prepare for the “Great Crew Change” and how can public-private partnerships and cross-collaboration provide short and long-term strategies.
In an industry that is male dominated, rising up the oil and gas 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. As such, another session will discuss ways to choose the right mentor for career growth, a critical process to determine how soon women could go up the ladder and eventually mentor and nurture a new generation of future female leaders.
One of the challenges is to ensure there are suitable career paths for young female professionals as they graduate, and continuing development throughout their working lives. The EGYPS Women in Energy Conference will work to help oil and gas firms capitalise on the talent available to them.
“There are many young women studying and qualifying to work in this industry, and it is time to create more opportunities,” Salman Abou Hamzeh, Vice President of Energy (Middle East) at dmg said. “We need to mentor women in achieving their potential and ensuring that their contribution is visible to industry leaders and decision-makers while they move forward in their careers.”
The closing panel discussion will discuss methodologies to advance women in Egypt where senior Egyptian oil & gas leaders will discuss challenges and opportunities specific to the Egyptian women in this industry. Addressing cultural biases, encouraging women to choose STEM streams and ensuring equal pay and career opportunities for Egyptian women will be discussed in this panel.
The conference is followed by the highly anticipated third annual Women in Energy Awards ceremony in the presence of H.E. Dr. Rania A. Al-Mashat, Egypt's Minister of International Cooperation. It is a 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, parity, and belonging within their businesses and the industry.
The Egypt Petroleum Show (EGYPS), the largest oil & gas conference and exhibition in the Mediterranean and North Africa, will be held at the Egypt International Exhibition Center, Cairo during 11-13 February 2020, with the Women in Energy Conference & Awards taking place on Thursday 13 February. The Women in Energy Conference & Awards is proudly sponsored by Wintershall Dea (Lead Sponsor), Halliburton (Session Sponsor), Schlumberger (Session Sponsor), Apache (Awards category sponsor) Baker Hughes (Awards category sponsor) and Enppi (Awards category sponsor).
The Women in Energy Conference & Awards is a strong testament to collective actions initiated by key male senior executives across the oil and gas industry. Prominent industry players are participating in the event, including Fabrice Bouchaud, Global HR Director, Workforce Planning and Talent Development, Schlumberger; Yehia El Husseiny, Corporate Governance Project Manager, International Finance Corporation (IFC); Hussam Abu Seif, Director & General Manager, Egypt, Sudan and S. Sudan, Baker Hughes; Eng Hussein Fouad El Ghazzaway, Independent Oil & Gas, Consultant; Kamel Al Sawi, President, Kuwait Energy; Brian Hradecky, Engineer Reservoir Manager, Egypt KPC JV, Apache.
Female participants include Gielan El Messiri, Country Representative and Head of Office at UN Women; Susan Peterson-Sturm, Senior Vice President of Digital Transformation at Wintershall Dea; Donna Riley, Vice President of Human Resources (Upstream) at BP; Tracy Josefovsky, Vice President of Human Resources at Halliburton; Fabrice Bouchaud, Global HR Director of Workforce Planning and Talent Development at Schlumberger; Liana Gouta, Group Director of Policy and International Relations at Hellenic Petroleum; Yasmine El Sayegh, General Manager of Commercial Excellence at Royal Dutch Shell; Melissa Jones, Global Manager of Business Development for Downstream and Chemicals at Bechtel; Manal Messiha, Vice President of Customer Satisfaction and Quality at Schneider Electric; Nana Sarajishvili, Head of Pricing for EMEA at Chevron; Salma Al Hajeri, Vice President of Operations at Mubadala Petroleum; Mona Gado, General Manager of Customer Affairs and Gas Supply Contracts at the Egyptian Natural Gas Company (GASCO); Nahla Gadallah, Chairman Assistant of Engineering Management at Enppi; Rim Henri, Wireline and Perforations Field Professional at Halliburton; Engy Adly, General Manager of Licenses and Contracts at Gas Regulatory Authority (GASREG); Farida El Harouni, student at the American University in Cairo; Heba Aboelnasr, Automotive Lubes Sales Advisor at ExxonMobil; Amira Mohamed, Process Engineer at EGPC & student at the American University in Cairo.
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