The sixth Leadership Excellence for Women Awards and Symposium (LEWAS 2020) opened today with the participation of Bahrain’s Oil Minister Shaikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Khalifa.
Officials, specialists, technicians and academics from around the world in the field of energy are participating in the symposium, being held virtually from October 27 to 29 under the patronage of the oil minister and with the support of the National Oil and Gas Authority (NOGA), Society of Petroleum Engineers, Gulf Refining Union, Bahrain Petroleum Company (Bapco) and Saudi Aramco, a Bahrain News Agency report said.
More than 720 participants from 53 countries around the world are participating in the forum alongside more than 330 companies specializing in this vital field,
in order to share information and experiences and listen to success stories that contribute in enhancing the capabilities and develop the productivity of leading women.
Shaikh Mohammed praised the continued sponsorship of the activities of “LEWAS” for the sixth time, which confirms the care and support enjoyed by women in Bahrain of HM the King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and the government.
He also lauded the extent of the belief in the abilities and capabilities of Bahraini women in all fields, especially in the field of oil and gas, where they have proven their aptitudes to hold a number of important leadership positions in the vital sector.
The minister also praised the great efforts made by HRH Princess Sabeeka bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa, Wife of HM the King and President of the Supreme Council of Women, in terms of the empowerment and advancement of women, and her keenness to promote the status of women in Bahrain and contributions to promoting the principle of equal opportunities to ensure competitiveness and the multiplicity and diversity of options available for Bahraini women economically and socially.
The minister expressed his appreciation for the efforts made in organising this type of specialised events, which aim to discuss and study ways to develop the role of women and increase its effectiveness in serving the country, noting that there was a great interest in holding the event despite the current situation of the Covid-19 pandemic because of its importance.
He pointed out that the forum is a scientific and practical platform for learning from women leaders who have achieved remarkable achievements in various fields and communicating with their counterparts in the energy sector and exploring ways to improve their leadership skills as well as learning best practices in this field, wishing all the best success in achieving the desired goals for this event.
The three-day forum will discuss several topics, including flexibility in the field of work and a number of topics related to women leaders in the energy sector, including equal gender opportunities in the field of career and professional development,
how to benefit from the expertise of competencies, especially women in everything that advances the oil and gas sector in the region.
The forum also highlights issues related to organizational flexibility and redrawing plans and strategies after the Covid-19 pandemic, the required operational flexibility and business continuity, and the need for diversification in organizational adjustment in the era after Covid-19, and ways to balance the pressures of working life and work.
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