​9th Annual HR Strategies in Oil, Gas and Petrochemicals Forum Opens in Dubai, UAE

12 May 2014, Bangalore: The 9th edition of the HR Strategies in Oil, Gas and Petrochemicals forum, themed – ‘Inspiring the future leaders’ was officially inaugurated today at Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa Hotel in Dubai by the forum chairman; Don Shoultz, Head of Learning and Development from BP, Exploration & Production Segment. With over 70 HR professionals from the oil, gas and petrochemical sector in attendance, the summit encouraged a world of ideas, solutions and open-dialogues on the evolving role of the HR function and the need to develop future leaders.

“In order to develop new leaders of the industry, radical action is required to overcome entrenched and outmoded attitudes to deliver a skilled, diverse workforce committed to the industry’s sustained success. This event will ensure that HR professionals are ready to meet the latest HR challenges in the Oil & Gas Sector” said Pooja Fotedar – producer and summit organizer from Fleming.

Packed with in-depth real life case studies, keynote presentations, interactive panel discussions and interactive workshops from outstanding senior national and international HR professionals; Day 1 of the summit saw presentations from Robert Onyejekwe, VP – HR Middle East from Schlumberger, Abdulaziz Al Oudan, MEA HR General Manager from SABIC, David Bauer, E&P HR Partner Manager from MOL Group, Nadia M. Alhasani, Dean of The Petroleum Institute Women in Science and Engineering, Harina Ramlee, Head of Career Development, Training & Recruitment from Total, Rob Veersma, Director Training & Development from Gazprom International, Anand Pillai, Sr.EVP & Chief Learning Officer from Reliance Industries and Khaled Alturki, Principal from Mercer Middle East .

Day 2 of the summit will see high level panel discussions and presentations from Don Shoultz, Head of Learning and Development from BP, Exploration & Production Segment, Vlam Van Rooyen, Global Talent Manager, Sasol, Frans van Heerden, Consultant - Training & Career Development Group Admin from Kuwait Oil Company, Harina Ramlee, Head of Career Development, Training & Recruitment from Total, Dr. Zahir Uddin, Head Admin Area HR, Saudi Aramco, Samar El Mnhrawy, VP, Human Resources - Middle East Asia Pacific Region from Baker Hughes, Mohammad Ali Khan, Sr. Competency Specialist, Capability Program Development from ZADCO and Edward Shelton, Competency Consultation and Development Unit from Saudi Aramco.

The event will also host two workshops on day 3 which will be lead by Edward Shelton , Competency Consultation and Development Unit of Saudi Aramco on Investing in employee engagement – Key to your business success and by Shaun Harper, Managing Director of People-Centric on Developing organisational mental toughness & significantly improve performance.

Leading HR solution providers and sponsors of the event, namely; BI Norwegian Business School, HAYS Group, Mercer, Frazer Jones & Taylor Root , STEP UP HR and BARBRI International were also present to showcase their expertise that have helped firms tackle HR related challenges with success.