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



Visit the LEWAS exhibition stand to engage in table talk conversations with LEWAS board members and committee members. This is an ideal setting to ask subject matter experts for advice and to converse in a small group setting.

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Participate in four workshops that will elevate your knowledge and understanding around female leadership, mentoring, and global best practices.

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This full day symposium will provide you with insight and advice from high level executives and past LEWAS award winners ; highlighting  the current situation  and future aspirations towards further achieving gender balance and inclusion in the field. while also discussing pressing matters in the field of Diversity & Inclusion, revealing solutions that have been initiated globally.

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Onsite timings

Day Registration Timings Program Timings
Sunday, 13 October 14:00 - 19:00
Monday, 14 October 07:00 - 17:00 Exhibition 09:30 - 17:30
Tuesday, 15 October 07:30 - 17:00 Workshop 08:30 - 16:30
Wednesday, 16 October 07:30 - 15:00 Symposium 09:00 - 16:30

Important: The awards ceremony will take place at the Gulf Hotel at 8:00pm onwards (by invite only)

LEWAS Awards

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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

Chief Operating Officer, 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

Strategic 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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His Excellency Shaikh Mohamed Bin Khalifa Al Khalifa

Minister of Oil

Her Excellency Hala Al Ansari

Secretary-General, Supreme Council for Women

Nadia Bader Al-Hajji

Deputy CEO - Projects & Business Development, Petrochemical Industries Company

Deborah L. Grubbe

Owner and President, Operations and Safety Solutions, LLC

Walt Szopiak

Vice President, Chevron Energy Technology

H.E. Eng. Fatima Alfoora Alshamsi

Assistant Undersecretary for Electricity, Water and Future Energy, Ministry of Energy and Industry

Gisele Widdershoven

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

Tala Fakhro

Chief Project Officer - Market & Strategy Intelligence, Bahrain Economic Development Board

Suleyman M Ozmen

Sr. Consultant, Independent

Dr. Bedour Al-Sabban

Sr. Scientist, SABIC

Dr. Noura Youssef Mansouri

Senior Research Associate, King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Centre

Tasneem Al Sharif

Haradh Unit Supervisor, Saudi Aramco

Dr. Valerie Eveloy

Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Khalifa University

Claudia Janse van Rensburg

Account Manager, ART Hydroprocessing

Dr. Pinar Yilmaz

Advisor, External Projects Upstream, Exxonmobil

Reem Alotaibi

Senior Civil Engineer, Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company

Khawla Alhaidari

Owner/Founder - Leadership Coach , Essence Mastery

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

2019 Awards Shortlist

Dr. Adhra Al Mawali

Director of Studies and Research Centre

Sultan Qaboos University Centre of Research and Studies

Fowzia Abdullah

Associate Professor

Kuwait University

Dr. Ilham Qattan

Assistant Professor-Medical Molecular Virology

Taibah University

Aram Alyahya

Business Systems Analyst

Saudi Aramco

Dalia Almuslem

Electrical Engineer

Saudi Aramco

Hafsa Al Subhi

Planning Engineer

The Oman Oil and Orpic Group

Manal Al-Asousi

Senior Engineer Costing & Planning

Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC)

Reem Alotaibi

Senior Civil Engineer

Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company

Tasneem Al Sharif

Haradh Unit Supervisor

Saudi Aramco

Dr. Reem AlShammari

Information Security Team Leader

Kuwait Oil Company - KOC

Reem Al Anbari

Chief Financial Officer

ADNOC - Abu Dhabi National Oil Company

Sheila Alrowaily

Chief Executive Officer

Wisayah Investment Management Company

Karam Al Yateem

Supervisor, Intelligent Fields

Saudi Aramco

Tariq Al-Thuwaini

Manager Quality Assurance

Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC)

Salem Soud Al-Khalifa

Team Leader Laboratory Services

Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC)

Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company

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