150 applications and a tough review process later, the LEWAS Committee is proud to announce the 2021 Winners and Runners-up.
Congratulations to everyone who applied!
Lina Alzayer, University of Bahrain
During her first year in the Master's program of Environment and Sustainable Development she achieved a GPA of 4.0 out of 4.0. Lina also received a Research Grant from Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd Center for Futuristic Studies (PMFCFS) and the World Futures Studies Federation (WFSF).
Reem Aseeri, Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University
One of Reem's significant achievements was being the only freshman student who reached the final phase in the Gulf Simulation Competition. She has also spent nine months as a member of the Engineering Club Scientific Research Committee at her university.
Rozan Wali, KAUST
Rozan had joined MBASF, a highly selective mini-MBA program organized by BASF and SABIC which addresses critical challenges that industries face and recommends practical solutions to reduce our harmful impact on the planet. Her leadership positions included being the chair of public relations for the Saudi Club in UCSD for four years.
Yara Alghamdi, Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University
Yara has worked as a summer intern in KAUST to publish a paper titled "Heterogeneous Cubic Multidimensional Integrated Circuit for Water and Food Security in Fish Farming Ponds" in 2019. She has also received the "outstanding activities" award for Engineering Club as a chair during 2020.
Sumaya has been selected as one of the top 3 women influencers in the Middle East in the field of Science and Technology for 2020 by Women News Agency, 2021. She has also published multiple papers based on biofuel feasibility, waste to energy technologies, sustainable and green technologies to waste management, energy effeciency optimisation, and waste heat recovery. Yusuf is also a representative of West Asia in the GO4SDGs UN global initiative at UNEP West Asia Office Ambassador.
One of Hendi's distinguished achievements is to make patents and carry out research that meets high international scientific standards resulting in more than 100 papers in science and nanotechnology. Global quality research, which includes systematic and ethical considerations, also adds great benefit to Awatif's research in the field of energy.
Zainab has demonstrated competent research and publication skills by authoring more than 5 internal SPE international technical papers and patent. She has been involved in developing an Artificial-Intelligent tool to automate the production strategies. Zainab is the first female production engineer to work at Abqaiq oil field and supervise field jobs at the well-site.
Najla has earned DEWA Scholarship to study Electrical Engineering in the American University of Sharjah and had been assigned to her first 132/11kV substation project in Dubai within 5 months of joining the company. She has also won the DEWA Excellence Award under the category of New Recruit among others greater achievements.
Maha has been a lecturer in the chemical engineering department at University of Bahrain. This rising star has spent 4+ years at BAPCO and is recognized for her work as a process engineering and acting manager in the technical services department.
Dr. Amani Musharah, Lab supervisor at Saudi AramcoDuring her time at Aramco, Amani has lead a project to evaluate drag reducing agent, which is an additive used in pipelines to increase its capacity and reduce cost, saving more than $500MM of capital. She has worked with numerous high level projects and programs related to the fuels industry, assisting in the preservation of huge amounts of fuels, and providing technical solutions to many challenges, and to the clean fuels industry.
Salma is an active member in the Women in Data Science community, the student outreach program to promote STEM fields since and is a committee member of the Young Professionals and Student Activities Program/ GEO conference 2018 at Bahrain. Salma has initiated and piloted a multidisciplinary project with Aramco’s Houston Research Center, and collaborated with the multiphysics focus area on testing and improving the inhouse developed Petrophysical Joint Inversion (PJI) code.
Since 2019, Roqaya has successfully headed the Production Optimization and Assurance committee, which was established by KOC's CEO, and chaired by the Deputy CEO of SEK. She has also played a significant role in leading and facilitating more than 80 Steering Committee meetings.
Dalal's most distinctive work features conducting and presenting the company's five-year plan, and KUFPEC's Portfolio Management analysis report to the company's board of directors in 2015, which has been upgraded significantly in recent years. She has also participated in evaluating some projects such as Project Value Erosion and Project Holding Value.
With an experience of more than 22 years in academic and research institutions, Basma held different positions from academic, research and consultancy perspectives. She has distinguished herself with numerous ongoing research, projects, and commitment to development. Basma has been dramatically involved in developing the curriculum, academic projects, industrial projects and research, focusing on the Kingdom Vision 2030 and the Transformational Plan 2020.
Salma is the first Emirati woman to hold an international leadership position and manage a key international O&G project for Mubadala Petroleum. She has published more than 9 technical papers and has participated as a speaker or committee member in many conferences and institutes including ADIPEC, MEOS and ATCE.
Mai spent her career between Kuwait National Oil Refineries Planning and the Business Development of Kuwait’s International Downstream Businesses. She is a key player in strategic projects like the expansion of retail business in Europe, Sale of Europoort refinery in Holland and new growth opportunities in Mega Joint Ventures in Oman and Vietnam.
Nadia has spearheaded a number of initiatives at the oil sector. She led the establishment of networks of multidisciplinary experts to resolve technical challenges which delivered tremendous business value, through the provision of technical advisory and lessons learned. Currently, she is leading implementation of a strategic initiative on Innovation Excellence, which seeks to establish an Innovation-based framework across K-companies.
In the European Refining Technology Conferences held annually throughout Europe and in the Gulf Downstream Association and Downstream Technology conferences held throughout the Gulf region, Dr. Nassif has underscored the importance of opening up the talent pipelines to women. He also appointed the first woman to hold the position of a Planning and Economics Manager in the then seventy-five year history of Bapco.
He has contributed in Powering Women Network in KNPC's pilot project which objectively helped the corporate directives to get a step closer to gender diversity. Al-Fadhli has always been encouraging women engineers for seminar and conferences to take higher responsibilities and positions in the organization.
Besides actively participating in #LEWASAmplified and last year's Symposium, Alex has been the voice for many women engineers. He has initiated conversation regarding revolutions in the workforce and how women in MENA are and should be taking charge of leadership positions.
Mr. Abdulkarim Alghamdi has supported the strategic goals of employee development in particular female employees, by providing them with more technical and leadership opportunities in Project Management. His commitment and support to female development and career advancement was reflected in his Admin Area, Saudi Aramco females and Kingdom females.
In 2016, ADNOC announced 3 strategic pledges to be achieved by 2020:
- Appointment of one female CEO
- Ensure having women constitute 15% of senior management
- Increase the number of Emirati women recruited to 30%
ADNOC has also initiated Gender Balance Programs constituting the Woman Voice Program, Woman @Site Experience and the NEB Virtual Internship.
With its Innovation in Diversity & Inclusion program, the company has been consisting in supporting its female employees and encouraging them to take up leadership positions. A significant example includes Sh. Nawaf Al-Sabah, CEO of KUFPEC speaking at the KPC forum, which was organized by the Professional Women’s Network, on Diversity Challenges in K-Companies.
A LOOK AT THE 2020 AWARDS WINNERS
University of Bahrain
Dr. Suzana Nunes
Professor, Chemical and Environmental Science and Engineering
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)
Senior Process Engineer - Technical Services Department
Dr. Salwa Sheikh
Chief of Pathology and Laboratory Services Division
Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare
Senior Vice President, BASF EUE, Emerging EMEA Africa, Middle East, Russia-CIS & Turkey
Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare
Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare