Abu Dhabi, November, 14, 2018: Fatima Al Nuaimi, Acting CEO, ADNOC LNG, gestures during the panel discussions at the ADIPEC in  Abu Dhabi. Satish Kumar for the National/ Story by Jennifer Ghana
Fatima Al Nuaimi, acting CEO for Adnoc LNG, one of the few oil companies with women in top roles. Satish Kumar for the National

Strong leadership is needed to reform oil and gas industry



Attracting and retaining young talent – and women especially – should be a serious priority for oil and gas companies. Even in a region like Mena, which has a high proportion of well-educated youth, many younger people don’t consider the hydrocarbon sector attractive.

That was a focus of last week’s Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference. To meet global commitments on climate change and contend with volatility, the industry must reform and for that it needs young people with new ideas. But young people want their professional lives to be consistent with their values; they want to make a positive difference.

Oil and gas companies must fundamentally overhaul their approach to diversity and inclusion, confronting longstanding gender imbalances. Younger people – both women and men – are put off by the lingering sexism that persists in the sector. Women make up a significant proportion of the young talent that oil and gas companies need. The Mena region has a high proportion of women studying science and engineering but there is little evidence that this helps them to enter and thrive in the region’s key industry.

The UAE has made advances in gender equality at its national oil company – Adnoc, for example, has had women in top positions and increased its percentage of female employees. But there is still a lack of will in this regard at the top of many companies. To attract innovative young men and women, the oil business needs to transform. Strong senior leadership and real culture change are needed.

Laury Haytayan, Mena director, Natural Resource Governance Institute, US

A clash of conservatism and traditions with the law

Regarding your story Dozens arrested around flashpoint Indian temple (November 20), referring to the ongoing agitation and protests in the Indian southern state of Kerala surrounding the controversial Sabarimala temple, this has become a battleground between faith and law.

A total of 68 people have been arrested after female devotees were stopped from going into the temple. Yet the highest court in India has given its verdict, saying there are no restrictions for women.

Unfortunately, centuries of tradition and conservatism seem to be winning the battle. Whether the law ultimately emerges the winner remains to be seen.

K Ragavan, Bengaluru

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Tanya Milbourne, Dubai

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Education reform in Abu Dhabi

The emirate’s public education system has been in a constant state of change since the New School Model was launched in 2010 by the Abu Dhabi Education Council. The NSM, which is also known as the Abu Dhabi School Model, transformed the public school curriculum by introducing bilingual education starting with students from grades one to five. Under this new curriculum, the children spend half the day learning in Arabic and half in English – being taught maths, science and English language by mostly Western educated, native English speakers. The NSM curriculum also moved away from rote learning and required teachers to develop a “child-centered learning environment” that promoted critical thinking and independent learning. The NSM expanded by one grade each year and by the 2017-2018 academic year, it will have reached the high school level. Major reforms to the high school curriculum were announced in 2015. The two-stream curriculum, which allowed pupils to elect to follow a science or humanities course of study, was eliminated. In its place was a singular curriculum in which stem -- science, technology, engineering and maths – accounted for at least 50 per cent of all subjects. In 2016, Adec announced additional changes, including the introduction of two levels of maths and physics – advanced or general – to pupils in Grade 10, and a new core subject, career guidance, for grades 10 to 12; and a digital technology and innovation course for Grade 9. Next year, the focus will be on launching a new moral education subject to teach pupils from grades 1 to 9 character and morality, civic studies, cultural studies and the individual and the community.

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Founders: Dr Noha Khater and Rania Kadry
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Occupation: co-founder of Cafe di Rosati

Age: 42

Marital status: single

Favourite drink: drip coffee V60

Favourite destination: Bali, Indonesia 

Favourite book: 100 Years of Solitude 

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JOKE'S ON YOU

Google wasn't new to busting out April Fool's jokes: before the Gmail "prank", it tricked users with mind-reading MentalPlex responses and said well-fed pigeons were running its search engine operations .

In subsequent years, they announced home internet services through your toilet with its "patented GFlush system", made us believe the Moon's surface was made of cheese and unveiled a dating service in which they called founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page "Stanford PhD wannabes ".

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COMPANY PROFILE

Name: Xpanceo

Started: 2018

Founders: Roman Axelrod, Valentyn Volkov

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Funding: $40 million

Investor: Opportunity Venture (Asia)

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Started: 2023
Founders: Abdulaziz bin Redha, Dr Samsurin Welch, Eva Morales and Dr Harjit Singh
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Number of employees: 8
Industry: Sustainability & Environment
Funding: $200,000 plus undisclosed grant
Investors: Venture capital and government

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