25 October 2018 I Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre

About the LEWAS Symposium

The LEWAS Symposium was created when a group of women decided there needed to be a forum in the GCC that provided a place to: celebrate women’s achievements, learn from well-respected women, have an opportunity to network, and improve upon knowledge.

This year, the one-day symposium will be held at the Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre on 25 October 2018.

Join us as we Engage, Empower and Elevate women in the industry!

LEWAS 2017 Highlights

LEWAS 2017 Awards and Symposium was transformational as women in the Oil & Gas industry gathered at the Bahrain International Convention and Exhibition Centre to engage, empower and elevate. The three-day event cemented the ongoing drive to support, accommodate and recognize women in engineering who are taking lead and tackling barriers such as entering the workforce, the lack of retention and the need for promotion.

Held under the patronage of His Excellency Shaikh Mohamed bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, Minister of Oil, Kingdom of Bahrain, the event was supported with an excellent lineup of speakers from the World Petroleum Congress, Boston Consulting Group, Petroleum Institute, Tata Consultancy Services and many more. Over 250 men and women in Oil & Gas attended the symposium to learn tips on personal leadership, hear from women of empowerment in their sector and celebrate women’s achievements.

LEWA 2017 Winners

Rising Star Award Winner Esra Alkhadhar Alhosani Instrumentation and Control Engineer,
ADCO - Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Oil Operations
Leading with Excellence Award Winner Fatima Sharif Warehouse Supervisor,
Woman of Achievement Award Winner Dr. Meena Marafi Executive Director, Petroleum Research Center,
Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR)
Academic of Distinction Award Winner Dr. Valerie Eveloy Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering,
PI - The Petroleum Institute (Part of Khalifa University of Science and Technology)
Academic of Achievement Award Winner Safiya Khalil Student,
PI - The Petroleum Institute (Part of Khalifa University of Science and Technology)
Corporate Champion Award Winner Dr. Ali Abdullah Al-Meshari Manager, EXPEC Advanced Research Center & CEO, Saudi Aramco Upstream Technology Company,
Saudi Aramco
Corporate Excellence Award Winner Tata Consultancy Services Tata Consultancy Services

Co-Located Event

The GDA Conference is the leading Middle East strategic platform for Downstream professionals to address business challenges, share best practices & unlock potential opportunities through collaboration and partnerships. Striving towards excellence, this forum aims at engaging regional & international stakeholders across the business, academia & technology providers to capitalize on investment, innovation & growth.

Are you an organization that encourages and champions women excellence in the workplace?
We welcome you to support LEWAS!

For sponsorship and media partnerships contact Raunaq Jamal at raunaq@mee-events.com


Chairperson Reem Al Ghanim Division Head, Women Development & Diversity,
Saudi Aramco

2017 Steering Committee Members

Steering Committee Member Dr. Anissa Sedjerari Research Scientist,
KAUST Catalysis Center
Steering Committee Member Dawood Nassif General Manager,
Steering Committee Member Dr. Ghada Salama Instructional Associate Professor,
Texas A & M University
Steering Committee Member Dr. Majeda Khraisheh Professor & Head of Department, Chemical Engineering,
QU - Qatar University
Steering Committee Member Dr. Miasser Al Ghamdi Sr. Manager (A), Computation and Reaction Modeling, ESD,
Steering Committee Member Nada Al Mesfer Quality Unit Head, Well Surveillance Group ,
Kuwait Oil Company - KOC
Steering Committee Member Suleyman M Ozmen Downstream Licensing Vice President,
Shell Global Solutions International
Steering Committee Member Ulrike von Lonski Director of Communications,
WPC - World Petroleum Council


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