Experts to deliberate on leadership gaps in Oil & Gas sector

MANAMA: The 3rd GCC Leadership Conference which set to open on Wednesday in Bahrain will provide a platform to experts and leaders to deliberate upon gaps in the oil and gas sector, according to event organisers.

Under the Patronage of Dr. Abdul Hussain Bin Ali Mirza, the Minister of Energy, Expressions Marketing Communications is organizing the 3rd GCC Leadership Conference titled “Developing Energy Leaders” on April 15-16, 2015 at Movenpick Hotel in the Kingdom of Bahrain in collaboration with the National Oil and Gas Authority and the Electricity and Water Authority.

The Arab Renewable Energy Commission, the Federation of GCC Chambers and Tamkeen are all strategic partners. The Conference is also supported by Bahrain Development Bank, Youth Pioneers Association, Ibtikar Society and the Businesswomen Society, and other related institutions in the GCC, where it is expected to attract over 200 participants from the GCC energy sector.

The Conference “Developing Energy Leaders” enjoys Silver Sponsorship from BAFCO and EWA and bronze sponsorship from BAPCO and BANAGAS. The Conference functions will be streamed live on the website of Bahrain News Agency, the official media sponsor, and it will be covered through the media sponsors, the Social Media Club, Daily Tribune Newspaper and Gulf Insider Magazine.

The Conference will bring in GCC leaders of the Energy Sector to identify the current leadership gaps in this field, and to collaborate efforts and to develop a new generation of leaders who are capable of running this highly specialized sector in our oil-rich countries. The Conference will highlight statistics of the manpower currently working in the Energy sector in the GCC and forecast the needs and jobs created for the future years. It will also review best practices and available training options in the GCC and discuss leadership issues and topics of interest such as innovation and performance.

More than 13 elite international, regional and local expert speakers are presenting their knowledge and experience in the fields of leadership and energy. We want to shed the light on the career opportunities that this sector avails to local youth, and the need for specialized trainings and developments plans.

The idea of this Conference was suggested during the 1st GCC Leadership Conference: “Secrets of Change Management” that was held in January 8-9, 2013. It was mentioned that existing leaders in the Energy sector must pass on their knowledge and expertise to the next generation who will lead this highly specialized industry. We must also focus on developing GCC youth to lead the energy sector themselves instead of importing foreign expertise.

It will be a two day Conference, the first day will consists of panel discussions from GCC companies working in the Oil and Gas and Energy sector. Panels will be moderated to talk about the existing workforce today in the Energy sector, who is the energy leader, review of existing training and development programs, present models of specialized energy training.

The Second day will be an intensive training Workshop of how to develop the next generation of leaders in a given industry. The Seminar will be presented by Ong Hong Him, a famous leadership guru from Singapore who specializes in future leadership.

“Since the inception of Expressions Marketing Communications in 2007, we have pioneered in organizing added-value corporate events that encourage leadership and innovation in the workplace. Our events were supported by renowned organizations in the Kingdom of Bahrain and the GCC and thousands have attended and participated. We are looking forward to more fruitful and dynamic events in the near future,” Aseel AlMohandis, CEO of Expressions, said.

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