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Under the patronage of His Royal Highness Prince Saud bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Governor of the Eastern Province




Hind Al-Rayes

Manager, HR Business Partnering Division for Gas Business Line




Ahmed Al-Essa

VP MENA - Energy Equipment


About the Workshop

As the oil and gas industry stands on the brink of a significant workforce transition, with nearly half of its employees poised for retirement in the next 5 to 7 years, the imperative for leadership development has never been more pronounced. To address this challenge and equip individuals at all leadership levels with the skills to mentor and lead effectively, we present the workshop, "Building Bridges: It Starts with You."

This transformative program is designed to help participants identify and amplify their unique leadership styles while enhancing their mentorship capabilities. Through engaging activities and guided discussions, attendees will gain profound insights into their leadership strengths and areas for growth, fostering personal and professional development.

Our experienced facilitators will provide expert guidance, encouraging participants to explore their leadership personas through interactive exercises and self-reflection. Participants will not only discover their own leadership essence but also learn how to leverage it to inspire and guide others.

The workshop will immerse participants in a comprehensive exploration of critical themes, particularly the industry's impending transformation, known as The Great Crew Change. This aspect underscores the leadership development needed to address the age gap and navigate the challenges associated with the retirement of older, experienced employees. Furthermore, our program will shed light on Breaking the Glass Ceiling, acknowledging the significant shifts in employee experience, especially in technical roles. Additionally, we will facilitate a dedicated session, Breaking Barriers and Overcoming Gender Bias, where you can discover how the energy sector is actively striving to combat gender bias and promote a more inclusive environment.

Join us in this dynamic workshop to embark on a transformative journey of self-discovery, leadership enhancement, and mentorship mastery, where the future of the oil and gas industry starts with you.

Workshop Gift Sponsor


Workshop Schedule

Tuesday, 13 February | Room 15

08:00 - 08:55

Registration & Networking

08:55 - 09:00 Welcome, Safety and Introduction
09:00 - 09:05 Welcome Remarks by  Chairperson
09:05 - 09:15 Keynote Speaker
09:15 - 09:45 Self Reflection: Personal Statement - Tedtalk followed by Define Goals
09:45 - 10:15 Emotional Intelligence – Personality Test: MBTI
10:15 - 10:30 Breather (15 mins) - Coffee Break
10:30 - 11:30 Panel 1: The Great Crew Change
11:30 - 12:00 Networking Activity
12:00 - 13:00 Lunch & Prayers
13:00 - 14:00 Panel 2: Breaking the Glass Ceiling
14:00 - 15:30 Break-out Session: Breaking Barriers - Overcoming Gender Bias in the Energy Sector


15:30 - 16:00 Closing Remarks by Co-Chair




Keynote Speaker 


Workshop Details

Panel 1

The Great Crew Change

The panel discussion aims to delve into the evolving landscape of employee experience in the industry, specifically focusing on the challenges posed by the age gap among employees. As technological advancements and societal shifts continue to shape the workplace, organizations are now faced with the task of effectively managing a multi-generational workforce. This panel brings together industry experts, HR professionals, and thought leaders to explore strategies and solutions for bridging the age gap and fostering a harmonious work environment.

By examining the changing dynamics of employee experience, the panel will address key topics such as intergenerational communication, knowledge transfer, skills development, and creating inclusive workplace cultures. Through interactive discussions and real-world case studies, attendees will gain valuable insights into how organizations can leverage diversity and experience to drive innovation, productivity, and collaboration in the modern workplace. The panel discussion offers a platform for sharing best practices, exploring innovative approaches, and fostering a deeper understanding of the age gap challenges, ultimately equipping participants with actionable strategies to tackle this important issue.








Panel 2

Breaking the Glass Ceiling

In this rapidly evolving energy landscape, the significance of diversity and inclusion is emphasized by the importance of breaking through the glass ceiling. This metaphorical barrier has long hindered the ascent of women and underrepresented groups into leadership roles, impeding the industry's full potential. As industry tackles challenges such as climate change, attracting and retaining talent, it becomes evident that true progress necessitates dismantling these barriers. This panel discusses the challenges behind the glass ceiling, and ways to break it, through the eyes of industry leaders.

Amidst this backdrop, where diversity and inclusion assume pivotal roles in contemporary work culture, there emerges an additional vital component: Equity. Recognizing that industry challenges demand multifaceted solutions, equity must stand alongside diversity and inclusion, encompassing equitable opportunity for all.

Industry leaders are increasingly recognizing the need for equitable representation and are adopting innovative measures to create more inclusive workplaces. The objective of this panel session is to foster a collaborative atmosphere, uniting industry experts with diverse backgrounds to share best practices for achieving equity and enhancing work-life balance integration for energy professionals. Through their insightful experiences, and personal journeys, our aim is to empower upcoming leaders and secure equity and inclusivity across the sector.

Mark your calendars and be ready to be inspired and empowered. Hear from the industry leading panelists and unlock valuable insights, and actively engage in discussions. Your presence is not just a seat at the table, it’s a chance to shape the narrative, contribute to progress, and be a part of a collaborative environment.








Self Reflection Session and Networking Activity

Personal Statement - Tedtalk followed by Define Goals

Emotional Intelligence Test

Networking Activity




Break-out Session

Breaking Barriers - Overcoming Gender Bias in the Energy Sector

Discover how the energy sector is striving to overcome gender bias and create a more inclusive environment through our Break-Out Session.

Join us for "Breaking Barriers," a transformative workshop designed to empower women, boost female representation in executive leadership roles, and cultivate an atmosphere of inclusivity for professionals. Delve into meaningful discussions on diversity and inclusion, tackle lingering biases, and learn how to create Inclusive workspaces. Over two enriching days, we'll explore strategies to close the gender gap, and shape the future of the energy industry.

Discover actionable steps to drive lasting change as industry experts share their insights. Be part of this pivotal journey toward a more diverse and inclusive energy sector, where everyone has an equal opportunity to thrive and lead. Join us as we unlock equality in energy, breaking barriers and fostering a brighter future.





Master of Ceremonies