OGME and RPME Awards a platform for celebration of female talent

Calling the attention of all women professionals working in the regional oil and gas industry: if you think you have what it takes to be the 'Woman of the Year', nominate yourself now

Reem Al Anbari, the chief financial officer of Borouge, won the 'Woman of the Year' award in 2016.
Reem Al Anbari, the chief financial officer of Borouge, won the 'Woman of the Year' award in 2016.

The oil and gas industry has and continues to be an industry which is primarily run and managed by men. Despite the increase in number of female professionals in recent times, the industry is still perceived as male-dominated.

However with the number of women occupying a variety of job functions in the industry and female graduates seeking a career in oil and gas steadily rising, the energy sector’s workforce is undergoing a transformation of sorts.

One of the categories that has been part of the Oil & Gas Middle East and Refining & Petrochemicals Middle East Awards for several editions now is ‘Woman of the Year’. This is testimony to the commitment and endeavour of the magazines’ management to not just recognise but also celebrate the achievement of talented and persevering women working in the regional 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 way of 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 everyday.

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, Al Anbari told me: “I am serving two companies – one located here in Abu Dhabi that is mainly into production activities, and the sales & marketing office located in Singapore. We also have different offices in the Asia-Pacific region. I manage 144 employees.”

She continued: “It’s a big role and quite challenging as well – managing two CEOs. 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; to managing the money and also how to be close to the customers.”

We are hoping to receive such sterling entries for this year’s Awards from more such dedicated and talented women this year, for us to be able to shine upon these performers 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/

Come forward to nominate yourself and allow us a chance to tell your tale.


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