Posted on September 25, 2013

Sasol, the international integrated energy and chemical company, has selected Qatar national Fatima Al-Mohannadi to attend the One Young World Summit to be held in Johannesburg, South Africa, between October 2nd to 5th, 2013. Al-Mohannadi, a corporate planning analyst for the world’s largest liquefied natural gas company, Qatargas, has demonstrated leadership in addressing environmental waste through her entrepreneurial activities.

Now in its fourth year, the One Young World Summit, organized by a charity of the same name, gathers together 1,200 young global leaders aged 18-30, helping them make lasting connections that will create positive change. Counsellors, leaders themselves, lend their stature and experience to the views being expressed by the delegates, counselling and inspiring them to create change. The delegates debate and formulate solutions for the pressing issues the world faces. Past summits have featured addresses by former United States President Bill Clinton and former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan. This year, Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington will be among one of the high profile counsellors to the summit.

“Sasol believes in the strength, courage and talent of young leaders and their ability to implement change in not only their own lives but in the lives of other people. It is important that as a society and industry, we create a platform for the voice of the youth to help us shape the future in a collaborative fashion,” said Nolitha Fakude, Executive Director at Sasol Limited.

She adds that together with One Young World, Sasol is delighted to be able to host some of the world's most extraordinary young minds to attend this year's summit where they will be able to generate and articulate impactful ideas that can initiate a positive change in their communities and the world in which we live.

"Sasol is pleased to support Fatima as a Qatari delegate to the One Young World Summit. We are truly inspired by her efforts to make a positive change in the community through her environmental and community volunteering endeavors. Through our community initiatives, Sasol is committed to identifying and nurturing young Qatari talents, like Fatima, to enable them to achieve their highest potential. This commitment is aligned with Qatar National Vision 2030’s emphasis on the development of the country’s human capital. We are sure that this young leader, who already shows much promise, will be an invaluable asset to her country for the years to come,” said Marjo Louw, President, Sasol Qatar.

Sasol has selected twenty young community leaders from five of its host countries as delegates to participate in this year’s One Young World Summit based on leadership criteria.

“I am very happy that Sasol Qatar has given me the privilege and opportunity to attend the One Young World Summit. It will be a great occasion to meet peers from around the world who will be tomorrow’s leaders and share ideas and experiences. I am sure attending this summit will help me get closer to my goal of empowering youth and leave me with valuable connections and inspiration,” said Ms. Al-Mohannadi.

An Economics graduate from Qatar University, Ms. Al-Mohannadi is passionate about the environment.  She developed a business plan for a cutting edge lube oil recycling plant which aims to decrease oil pollution in Qatar. The project sought to ensuring a cleaner environment and be profitable at the same time.

Empowerment of women through skills development is another issue to which Ms. Al-Mohannadi devotes her time. In a volunteer capacity, she taught women of all ages the basic and necessary skill of computer literacy. She has also assisted these women to complete online learning courses helping them further their studies and inspiring them to pick up more work related skills.

Delegates will graduate as One Young World ambassadors, joining a global network of young leaders from 190 countries who are creating positive change around the world.

Sasol is committed to supporting Qatar’s National Vision 2030 through its Corporate Social Investment efforts, which include a variety of social, educational, entrepreneurial and environmental initiatives. In 2012, Sasol initiated the 'Definitely Able' campaign, which has focused on empowering and bringing attention to the abilities of the disabled community in Qatar. Sasol also extends its support to the entrepreneurship community by partnering with Al Fikra Qatar national business plan competition and through an MOU with the Bedaya Center to help mentor budding entrepreneurs in Qatar.