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MEPEC leads the way to shatter the glass ceiling in Process Engineering in the Middle East

The Middle East Process Engineering Conference (MEPEC) is taking the lead to promote women in the region’s energy engineering sectors, through its LEWAS initiative.


The Leadership Excellence for Women Awards (LEWA) is an initiative to encourage role models and champions of female empowerment in the sector to encourage women into engineering profession in the GCC


“In order to get more women to choose engineering as a career choice, we as employers need to also take responsibility by doing much more to close the gender gap in the energy sector ” said, H.E. Shaikh Mohamed, Minister of Oil, Kingdom of Bahrain , the patron of MEPEC’s LEWAS initiative .


The awards recognizes women in science and engineering, women supporters, and organizations which actively support and champion the growth of women in workplaces by constantly mentoring, retaining them through inclusive hiring and development practices, as well as developing and implementing innovative diversity and inclusion programs. The 2017 edition, celebrated women who demonstrated innovation, leadership and talent, in both the academic and business fields of the industry.


The winners were selected from 200 entries. “The outstanding quality of all 21 shortlisted nominations demonstrated a high calibre of talented women who will encourage more women to break through the glass ceiling that will be nominated for the next edition of LEWAS.  MEPEC and the LEWAS initiative has now become an established platform to celebrate incredible achievements from women who are an inspiration for tomorrows generation of leaders .” said Raunaq Jamal, Project Director, LEWAS.


LEWAS will continue its programme of empowerment of women engineers with the dedicated Women’s Symposium, which takes place today (11th October) at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre. The symposium will gather women academics, engineers and technical experts who will share their challenges and engage in an open dialogue to address issues on gender gap, corporate excellence and women empowerment.


The event is supported by the National Oil and Gas Authority, Bahraini Women’s Day and takes place in partnership with Saudi Aramco, SABIC and Shell Global Solutions.


The full list of LEWAS 2017 winners and runners up is as follows:


Rising StarWinner: Esra Alhosani, Instrumentation and Control Engineer, Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Oil Operation (ADCO), UAE

Runners Up: Abrar Alabbad, Geologist, Saudi Aramco, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; Haya Al Jasim, Instrument Engineer, Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (GPIC), Bahrain



Leading with Excellence Winner: Fatima Sharif, Warehouse Supervisor, Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (GPIC), Bahrain

Runners Up: Rana Qudaih, Project Manager, Borouge, UAE; Mariam Alhendi, Senior Mechanical Engineer, Abu Dhabi Gas Industries Limited (GASCO), UAE



Woman of AchievementWinner: Dr. Meena Marafi, Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR), Kuwait

Runners Up: Najat Sharif, Human Resources Manager, Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (GPIC), Bahrain; Merhane Kamel, Senior Static Equipment Specialist, Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Oil Operation (ADCO), UAE



Academic of DistinctionWinner: Dr. Valerie Eveloy, Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, The Petroleum Institute (PI), UAE

Runners Up: Sumaya Ali Al-Maadeed, Head of Computer Science Department, Qatar University, Qatar; Dr. Lourdes Vega, Joint Chair Professor, The Petroleum Institute (PI), UAE



Academic AchievementWinner: Safiya Khalil, Student, The Petroleum Institute (PI), UAE

Runners Up: Asmaa Mohamed, Chemical Engineer, Qatar University, Qatar; Asfaneh Daneshvar, Chemical Engineer, Qatar University, Qatar



Corporate ChampionWinner: Dr. Abdullah Ali Al-Meshari, Manager, EXPEC Advanced Research Center & CEO, Saudi Aramco Upstream Technology Company, Saudi Aramco, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Runners Up: Mubarak Al-Mutairi, Manager, Technical Services, Kuwait National Petroleum Company, Kuwait; Adnan Mohamed, Leadership Development Section Head, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC)



Corporate ExcellenceWinner: Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Runners Up: Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), Saudi Aramco


via EoD