The oil and gas industry continues to be one primarily run and managed by men. Despite the increase in the number of female professionals in recent times, the industry is still perceived to be a male-dominated one.
However with the increase in the number of women occupying job functions in the industry and female graduates seeking a career in oil and gas, the energy sector is undergoing a transformation of sorts.
This is why the ‘Woman of the Year’ category was added to the Oil & Gas Middle East and Refining & Petrochemicals Middle East Awards a few years ago. It is a testimony to the commitment and endeavour of the magazines’ management to recognise but celebrate the achievement of talented and persevering women in the industry.
There are a number of women today who are in influential management positions, leading some of the world’s major oil and gas companies – Eni’s chairman Emma Marcegaglia, Occidental Petroleum’s CEO Vicki Hollub and Maersk Oil’s CEO Gretchen Watkins, are some of the powerful names that come to mind (these executives have been profiled in O&GME’s Power 50 list this year: http://bit.ly/2r5G6te )
However, by the ‘Woman of the Year’ category, we seek to not just acknowledge the successes of ladies in top managerial positions, but also highlight the work of engineers, admin managers, technicians, etc. – women whose efforts are making a difference to the industry every day.
One such inspiring story was that of the winner of the 2016 award: Reem Al Anbari, the chief financial officer (CFO) of Borouge, the first woman ever to occupy the position of a CFO in an ADNOC group company. The jury panel praised for her remarkable career achievements and described her as someone who has “grown through the ranks.”
On being asked to offer an idea of her role and responsibilities, Anbari said: “I am serving two companies – one located here in Abu Dhabi, that is mainly into production activities, and the sales and marketing office located in Singapore. We also have different offices in the
Asia-Pacific region. I manage 144 employees. It’s a big role and quite challenging as well. In the end, as the CFO I have to take care of the company’s finances and help both the CEOs lead the company in the right direction and in a strategic way and manage money,”
Arabian Oil and Gas is hoping to receive such sterling entries for this year’s awards from more talented women this year, to shine upon them the spotlight that they deserve.
Details about the ‘Woman of the Year’ category, along with nomination procedure is contained in the Awards website: http://www.arabianoilandgas.com/oil-gas-awards/
Indrajit Sen is the deputy editor of Oil & Gas Middle East