Posted on June 16, 2013

The Abu Dhabi Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC) Awards, which recognise and reward excellence within individual projects and departments of gas and oil companies in the MENA region, has announced the introduction of two new categories: Empowerment of Women in the Gas and Oil Industry and the Young ADIPEC Engineer.

The category for ‘Empowerment of Women in the Gas and Oil Industry’ seeks to highlight companies that recognise the value of diversity and are committed to strengthening women's participation in the sector, particularly in leadership roles. Candidate companies looking to compete in this category would need to demonstrate efforts in exploring challenges and implementing changes to drive women’s integration into the gas and oil industry.

The Young ADIPEC Engineer award comes as part of ADIPEC’s efforts to nurture future leaders and innovators in the gas and oil sector. Open to individuals who hold less than four years of experience in the industry, the award will recognise the potential of individuals to serve as successful team leaders. The evaluation will scrutinise the aspirant’s scope of work and ability to adapt to the environment, people and situations. Proven leadership qualities and mentor’s recommendations will also be taken into consideration.

Serving as ADIPEC’s jury member for the first time, Sara Akbar, CEO of Kuwait Energy Co, is one of five women on the panel. She said: “The institution of this category is highly relevant. Women’s participation in the sector is a subject close to my heart and I have invested considerable time and effort to encourage this trend. Currently, the example of my career is an exception and not the norm for women in the oil and gas industry in the MENA region. Undoubtedly, progress has been made, but I hope that stories like mine will soon become a way of life. I am confident that initiatives such as the ADIPEC awards will accelerate the process. The institution of a category for Young Engineers will also serve as a timely motivation for young professionals in the industry.”

Steve Peacock, COO of Mubadala Petroleum, another new entrant on the 20-member judging panel, said: “It is unfortunate that women need to prove themselves more than men in most industries and cultures – an attitude that is especially hard to understand when the work is intellectual rather than physical! Women do not need any favours; their work speaks for them. However, it is good to specifically showcase their talent as a way of demonstrating and reinforcing the point. The industry has some very talented women holding technical and business leadership potential that we must recognise, nurture and further develop.”

ADIPEC Awards will close submissions on 1 August, 2013 across all categories including Best Gas and Oil Project, Best Gas and Oil Innovation or Technology, Best Gas and Oil HSE Project, Best CSR Initiative, Empowerment of Women in Gas and Oil Industry, and Young ADIPEC Engineer. The easy-to-apply process requires the submission of entries through an online form at The website also offers information on the criteria for each category and the application process. Companies and individuals that have applied in earlier editions and were not recognised are welcome to re-enter. Such entries would have to pay specific emphasis on the updates to their projects.

The judging panel will receive the entries by 1 September, and deliver their independent evaluations by 1 October. The panel will convene in October for final deliberation and decide the winners of this year’s most coveted energy awards. ADIPEC Awards – Excellence in Energy 2013 will honour winners across all categories at a gala ceremony in Abu Dhabi on 10 November.

Mona Thamer Al Maadeed, Director Strategic Planning & Policy/ Manager New Energy of Qatar Petroleum Manager, has joined the regional jury panel for the awards. As a judging member, she will provide her insight of Qatar’s gas and oil sector to facilitate the evaluation process. The jury comprises key industry experts from regional national oil companies, international oil companies, research and development entities, as well as engineering, procurement and construction departments, academic institutions, and professional associations.

The 2013 awards is sponsored by OMV, Partex Oil and Gas and JODCO. The 2012 edition of the awards featured six categories and received 170 entries from 15 countries. The ceremony was attended by more than 750 senior regional industry representatives.

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