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Lewas summit fosters dialogue on women leadership

DUBAI, October 26, 2020

The Leadership Excellence for Women Awards and Symposium (Lewas 2020), being held virtually this year, aims to encourage progressive conversations and spotlight influential business leaders, who have cultivated inclusion in their organisations, and have demonstrated resilience throughout the pandemic.
 
The three-day virtual dialogue is being held under the Patronage of Shaikh Mohamed bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, Minister of Oil, Kingdom of Bahrain, and is backed by Bapco, Saudi Aramco, BASF and ART Hydroprocessing and Grace. It will run from October 27 to 29.
 
The event attracts C-suite executives from energy, consulting, HR, and experts from diverse industries and backgrounds, to learn more about growth strategies and managing profitable business models whilst leading people with vision and empathy. 
 
This year’s global speaker line-up at Lewas includes Shaikh Mohamed bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, Minister of Oil, Bahrain; Tayba Al Hashemi, CEO, Adnoc Sour Gas; Farehana Hanapiah, VP of Group Human Resource Management, Petronas; Olivier Thorel, VP- Chemicals, Saudi Aramco; Dr Julia Maria Sperling, Partner, McKinsey & Company; Gisele Widdershoven, Managing Director - Accenture Security; Laurent Tainturier, Senior Vice President, BASF EUE, Emerging EMEA Africa, Middle East, Russia-CIS & Turkey; Salma AlRashid, Sherpa, Women 20; and Vidir Ragnarsson, Group Head of People Analytics, Reykjavik Energy.
 
Reem Al Ghanim, Lewas Chair, says: “While 2020 has been an arduous year, our agility and adaptability enabled us to launch a new and exciting virtual edition of Lewas. With a new brand, we remain committed to our three Lewas pillars: engage, empower and elevate women in energy.”
 
She adds: “We have grown from catering to women in the Middle East to women and men across the globe. We look forward to hosting our colleagues from energy, and audiences from across continents, to discuss the future beyond the pandemic - one where we reset the rules of diversity, equity inclusion and belonging. We are eager to have you join us!”
 
The symposium focuses on a different theme all three days. On October 27, it will be ‘Global Resilience: Energy Sector and Beyond’; October 28, ‘Personal Resilience: Toxic Positivity’; and October 29, ‘Organizational Resilience: Moving Beyond Firsts’.
 
Participants at the Lewas 2020 Virtual Symposium will also be able to join in-depth sessions, which aim to educate participants on the effects of stress, psychology of bias, careers for women in STEM and more. These sessions will be curated by Saudi Aramco, Dow Chemicals, Koru International and Bahrain Chemical Engineers.
 
Every edition of Lewas celebrates energy trailblazers through the Lewas 2020 Awards. This year's ceremony will take place virtually on the October 28 and will attract the global energy community.
 
The supporting partners and organisations include The National Oil and Gas Authority (NOGA), Gulf Downstream Association, World Petroleum Council, Society of Petroleum Engineers, The American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Bahrain Chemical Engineers, Oil and Gas News and Actualidad News.
 
Lewas 2020 will take place from 13:00-16:30 KSA time (GMT+3) on all three days. The event is free to attend, and registrations can be done at: https://hopin.to/events/lewas-virtual-awards-and-symposium-65e2d5ed-04cc-472e-a9ae-54b3adc1d9a6
 
Lewas began in 2013 with the objective to ‘Engage, Empower and Elevate’ women in energy. Since its inception, it has recognised and honoured women who are not only making a mark but are also being an advocate for women empowerment in the Middle East. The platform celebrates women who have consistently pushed boundaries having shown excellence by producing tangible and path-breaking leadership traits, raised the bar for gender diversity, and finding new avenues to address inclusion issues. --Tradearabia News Service



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