Egypt Oil & Gas hosted the She is Energy event on March 19th at Dusit Thani LakeView Hotel, taking place in the presence of many distinguished female figures across the energy industry and under the high patronage of Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Tarek El Molla.
The event witnessed speeches by key players from the industry, including the founders of the Women in Energy Network and leaders from the Egypt Oil & Gas Group (EOG) and the EOG Committee.
Speaking on behalf of the Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Tarek El Molla, Chairman of the Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (EGAS) Magdy Galal praised the significant progress that has been made in women’s empowerment within the industry. “Looking closely at the oil and gas sector, the sector currently has a lot of distinguished female employees and leaders who enrich the petroleum business with their tireless efforts.”
Mohamed Fouad, Chairman and Founder of Egypt Oil & Gas and Co-Founder of the Women in Energy Network, also commended the work that has been done by the network to improve the situation of women in the industry. “Since the inception of the Women in Energy Network last year and the official inauguration last October, I am personally very pleased to be one of the co-founders and I am also very pleased with the amount of progress and efforts being made in the equality, diversity, and inclusivity of our industry here in Egypt.”
Drawing attention to the importance of the Ministry’s contribution, David Chi, Egypt Oil & Gas Committee Chairman and Vice-President of Apache Corporation and Country Manager for Apache in Egypt, pointed out that the rising prominence of women in leadership positions is a step in the right direction. “We have seen a lot of progress [in women’s inclusion] in the oil and gas sector under the leadership of His Excellency Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Tarek El Molla. This is why we have a lot of female leaders here today.”
The event also witnessed speeches by Eleanor Rowley, Managing Director of Capricorn Energy Egypt, talking about the significance of Egypt’s first Women in Energy Network, which was established a year ago.
The She is Energy event featured a rich panel discussion between Eleanor Rowley; Alexandra Thomas, Managing Director of Neptune Energy Egypt; Layla El Hares, Managing Director of Siemens Energy Egypt; Dalia Elgabry, Commercial General Manager of Shell Egypt; and Nihal AbdelKarim, Development Engineer Manager at IEOC.
The panel discussed the challenges facing women across their career paths, highlighting why it is important to have one network facilitating women’s journey to success.
In the breakout session, the distinguished panelists each led a themed discussion. Nihal AbdelKarim led a discussion on role modeling, Dalia Elgabry led talks on women empowerment, Layla Elhares led a discussion on women in the field, Alexandra Thomas was the leader for the career development discussion, and Eleanor Rowley led a discussion on career challenges.
Later, the event featured a team-building activity and was concluded with a dinner party and awards ceremony.