LEWAS - Leadership Excellence for Women Awards & Symposium

14 - 16 October 2019   |   Kingdom of Bahrain
Under the Patronage of HE Shaikh Mohamed bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, Minister of Oil, Kingdom of Bahrain
Under the Patronage of HE Shaikh Mohamed bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, Minister of Oil, Kingdom of Bahrain
LEWAS 2018 PR May Issue

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LEWAS seeks to address the challenges and opportunities for women leaders in the Energy industry. Over the years, LEWAS has gathered women leaders and empowered and motivated women to engage in discussions and panels that address the issue. 

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Reem Al Ghanim

Division Head, Chemicals - HR and Support Services, Saudi Aramco

Ezz Almannai

Director, Planning and Development, National Oil & Gas Authority (NOGA)

Advisory Board and Committee Members

Ebrahim Talib

Deputy Chief Executive, BAPCO

June Wispelwey

CEO & Executive Director, American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)

Nadia Bader Al-Hajji

Deputy CEO - Projects & Business Development, Petrochemical Industries Company

Nabil K. Dabal

Human Resources Executive Director, Saudi Aramco

Dr. Pinar Yilmaz

Advisor, External Projects Upstream, Exxonmobil

Ulrike von Lonski

Director of Communications, World Petroleum Council (WPC)

Dr. Anissa Sedjerari

Industry and Research Liaison Officer, Innovation & Economic Development Department, KAUST Catalysis Center

Dr. Bedour Al-Sabban

Sr. Scientist, SABIC

Claudia Janse van Rensburg

Account Manager, ART Hydroprocessing

Fatema Husain

Process Engineer - Technical Services Department, BAPCO

Fatima Sharif Moosa

Supervisor, GPIC

Haifa Marzooq

Superintendent Operational Excellence Department, BAPCO

Jennifer Shepard

Emerging Women in Leadership Project Lead , Saudi Aramco

Lisa Stephens

Division Communications Lead, Saudi Aramco

Dr. Maher Shariff

Research & Development Sr Scientist, Saudi Aramco

Dr. Miasser Al Ghamdi

Sr. Manager (A), Engineering Science Department Corporate Research and Development at KAUST, SABIC

Rania Al Jarf

Director of Gender Balance Center, Supreme Council for Women

Sam Thiara

Lecturer, Simon Fraser University

Shaikha Tourah

Senior Controller, Information, KIPIC

About the 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.

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H.E. Shaikh Mohamed Bin Khalifa Al Khalifa invited

Minister of Oil

Her Excellency Hala Al Ansari invited

Secretary-General, Supreme Council for Women

Nadia Bader Al-Hajji

Deputy CEO - Projects & Business Development, Petrochemical Industries Company

Ms. Deborah L. Grubbe

Owner and President, Operations and Safety Solutions, LLC

Walt Szopiak invited

Vice President, Chevron Energy Technology

Gisele Widdershoven

Managing Director – Global Cybersecurity lead Industry X.0, Accenture

Nada Azmi invited

Director, EDB Bahrain

Dr. Bedour Al-Sabban

Sr. Scientist, SABIC

Dr. Noura Youssef Mansouri

Senior Research Associate, King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Centre

Taous Meriem Laleg

Associate Professor, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)

Dr. Valerie Eveloy

Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Khalifa University

Dr. Leila Benali

Chief Economist, Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation (APICORP)

about the awards

LEWA celebrates professionals who demonstrate innovation, leadership and talent, in both academic and business sectors of the industry. There are seven award categories, dedicated to academicians, engineers and technical experts. The awards are judged by industry experts chosen from amongst partners and committee members.

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LEWAS Awards




Saudi Aramco

Official Media Partner

Refining & PetroChemicals Middle East

International Media Partners


Chemical Executive Club

Chemical Search

Digital Refining

Eye of Riyadh

Gulf States News


Mudrock Media


Oil & Gas Directory Middle East

Oil and Gas Technology


Petroleum Technology Quarterly




The Oil & Gas Year


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SIXT Rent a Car

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Mathias Tourism

Official Restaurant


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