The Middle East Process Engineering Conference (MEPEC) is taking the lead to promote women in the region's energy and engineering sectors through its LEWAS initiative.
The Leadership Excellence for Women Awards (LEWAS) is an initiative to encourage role models and champions of female empowerment in the sector to encourage women into engineering profession in the GCC.
“In order to get more women to choose engineering as a career choice, we as employers also need to take responsibility by doing much more to close the gender gap in the energy sector,” said HE Shaikh Mohamed bin Khalifa bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa, minister of oil, Kingdom of Bahrain, the patron of MEPEC’s LEWAS initiative.
The awards recognise women in science and engineering, women supporters, and organisations which actively support and champion the growth of women in workplaces by constantly mentoring, retaining them through inclusive hiring and development practices, as well as developing and implementing innovative diversity and inclusion programmes. The 2017 edition celebrated women who demonstrated innovation, leadership and talent, in both the academic and business fields.
The winners were selected from 200 entries. “The outstanding quality of all 21 shortlisted nominations demonstrated a high calibre of talented women who will encourage more women to break through the glass ceiling that will be nominated for the next edition of LEWAS. MEPEC and the LEWAS initiative have now become an established platform to celebrate incredible achievements from women who are an inspiration for tomorrow’s generation of leaders,” said Raunaq Jamal, project director, LEWAS.
LEWAS continued its programme of empowerment of women engineers with the dedicated Women’s Symposium, which took place on 11 October at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre. The symposium gathered women academics, engineers and technical experts who shared their challenges and engaged in an open dialogue to address issues on gender gap, corporate excellence and women empowerment.
The event was supported by National Oil and Gas Authority and Bahraini Women’s Day, and took place in partnership with Saudi Aramco, SABIC and Shell Global Solutions.
The full list of LEWAS 2017 winners and runners-up is as follows:
Rising Star – Winner: Esra AlHosani, instrumentation and control engineer, Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Oil Operation, UAE; Runners-up: Abrar Alabbad, geologist, Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia, and Haya Al Jasim, instrument engineer, Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company, Bahrain
Leading with Excellence – Winner: Fatima Sharif, warehouse supervisor, Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company, Bahrain; Runners-up: Rana Qudaih, project manager, Borouge, UAE, and Mariam Alhendi, senior mechanical engineer, Abu Dhabi Gas Industries Limited, UAE
Woman of Achievement – Winner: Dr Meena Marafi, Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research, Kuwait; Runners-up: Najat Sharif, human resources manager, Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company, Bahrain, and Merhane Kamel, senior static equipment specialist, Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Oil Operation, UAE
Academic of Distinction – Winner: Dr Valerie Eveloy, associate professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, The Petroleum Institute, UAE; Runners-up: Sumaya Ali Al-Maadeed, head, Computer Science Department, Qatar University, Qatar, and Dr Lourdes Vega, joint chair professor, The Petroleum Institute, UAE
Academic Achievement – Winner: Safiya Khalil, student, The Petroleum Institute, UAE; Runners-up: Asmaa Mohamed, chemical engineer, Qatar University, Qatar, and Asfaneh Daneshvar, chemical engineer, Qatar University, Qatar
Corporate Champion – Winner: Dr Abdullah Ali Al-Meshari, manager, EXPEC Advanced Research Center, and CEO, Saudi Aramco Upstream Technology Company, Saudi Arabia; Runners-up: Mubarak Al-Mutairi, manager, Technical Services, Kuwait National Petroleum Company, Kuwait, and Adnan Mohamed, head, Leadership Development Section, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company
Corporate Excellence – Winner: Tata Consultancy Services, Saudi Arabia; Runners-up: Abu Dhabi National Oil Company and Saudi Aramco