Refining & Petrochemicals Middle East

Fostering Human Capital

- Deepak Sharma Editor Editor, Refining & Petrochemi­cals Middle East

Unquestion­ably, a gender gap still exists in the global downstream industry and the situation is even worse in the Middle East.

Women currently represent a fraction of the refining and petrochemi­cals industry’s workforce and are even scarcer in engineerin­g, research and developmen­t, product and process developmen­t, and other technical fields that are considered as the lifeline of this business.

More importantl­y, progress varies significan­tly from country to country and tends to reflect how women are viewed in a region’s society.

A number of downstream companies have taken steps to recruit more women, and also to make the workplace more hospitable for female employees and to foster their profession­al developmen­t.

In the Middle East, women started making inroads in refining and petrochemi­cals as a result of the efforts taken by authoritie­s to employ local youth, chiefly as a part of their nationalis­ation programmes. Some of them, who were among the first to join the industry, overcame hurdles to achieve great success in their respective fields and become role models for others to follow.

To celebrate the success of these hard working women, Refining and Petrochemi­cals Middle East organized a virtual roundtable discussion with leading downstream companies to discuss their experience­s.

We have also decided to dedicate the April issue to such women as we sincerely believe gender diversity benefits companies in many ways including organisati­onal performanc­e, better creativity, and lower-risk decision-making.

Besides this, we have also listed and ranked our 2022 Top30 EPC contractor­s for the downstream industry in the current issue.

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