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Young Professionals Outlook to 2030

4 – 6 December 2012

Dubai, UAE | The Address Dubai Marina

Technical Agenda

Wednesday, 5 December , 0900–1200

Session 1: Fresh Energy for Tomorrow’s Challenges

Session Chairs: Elizabeth McCartney, Schlumberger; Hazem Badr, Baker Hughes; Mohammad Al Bahar, Kuwait Oil Company

The challenges and opportunities for young professionals in the oil industry are expanding rapidly. Recently, there was a major shift in oil industry profile after incorporating new hydrocarbon and reserves from new resources and technologies. Unconventional reservoirs, gas shale, enhanced oil recovery techniques, intelligent fields, and many others are examples of the new resources and technologies. The oil industry’s future is expected to continue unleashing more evidences of additional hydrocarbon resources with the advancement of technology and manpower competencies. Today’s young professionals must be well prepared to meet the future ultimate goals expected from them.


Session 2: Expertise and Soft Skills: Who’s Leading?

Session Chairs: Abdulaziz Al Sufayan, Saudi Aramco; Hazem Badr, Baker Hughes

Today’s business environment is becoming more diverse and the associated changes create new challenges. Work skills that were once taken for granted to assume leadership are undoing radical transformation. The globalised energy industry requires young professionals to focus not only on technical development, but also to pay close attention to soft skills that are now required for tomorrow’s leaders. Soft skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, emotional intelligence, and interpersonal communication are the tools to shape today’s engineers and tomorrow’s leaders. New research concludes that major companies and recruiters are looking for people with strategic thinking, oral and written communication, leadership, and adaptability skills. This clearly emphasises the importance of soft skills in the work place. The path to become a leader is more challenging now and requires a mind-set that understands that soft skills are not “soft” any more.

Thursday, 6 December , 0900–1100

Session 3: Black’s Role in the Green Future

Session Chairs: Elizabeth McCartney, Schlumberger; Mike Gilbert, United Safety; Mohammed Ibrahim, Dragon Oil

This session will analyse the role of oil and gas today, current technologies, and how the oil and gas industry will contribute to the advancement of green technology while meeting the global energy demand, using lessons learnt and new technology/processes to reduce the environmental risk of energy production and consumption.

Industry experts will share their knowledge and experiences from around Middle East and inspire young professionals; participants will learn that improving environmental performance and introducing eco-friendly technology can ultimately help the industry as a whole.

In this session three important topics will be discussed:

  • Eco-friendly technology: solar EOR and CO2 capture
  • Aquifer storage and recovery (ASR)
  • Risk management: proactive measures to reduce environmental risk


Session 4: Group Exercise (Case Study)

Session Chairs: Abdulaziz Al Sufayan, Saudi Aramco; Mohammad Al Bahar, Kuwait Oil Company; Smina Al Mahrooqi, Petroleum Development of Oman

Today’s oil and gas young professionals must demonstrate both professionalism and leadership skills in order to succeed in largely team-based environments. So, why leave it to chance, the long term companies’ business success is dependent upon the development of the next generation of leaders. Talent development and professional virtue are two key players directing companies toward success in the future.