Qudwa Networking & Knowledge Sharing

Knowledge Sharing - Shelly Trench

On January 22nd the Qudwa Team will host our monthly knowledge sharing session at the Technical Exchange Center, with our guest Shelly Trench, Partner & Managing Director.

Shelly Trench is a core member of the Energy practice at The Boston Consulting Group. She is the second female Partner at BCG Middle East. Shelly has led significant projects on strategy, large scale IPO preparation, sustainability, innovation, climate change, and cost management.

Through her BCG project work, Shelly has provided strategic advice to global leaders of the world's largest public and private institutions. She helps shareholders and senior executives to deliver on corporate priorities through focused functional and operational projects. Shelly is committed to leading programs and projects on the ground, close to the assets.

Shelly started her career as a Petroleum Engineer and has had extensive experience with BCG across the US, Asia, the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean Basin, and the Middle East with clients including IOCs, NOCs, and PE funds. She holds a Master's degree in Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor's of Science in Chemical and Process Engineering from the University of the West Indies.

Starting from Zero

On October 26th the Qudwa Team hosted our monthly knowledge sharing session with a 60/40 gender split at the Technical Exchange Center, with our guest Abdulaziz Al-Judaimi, SVP of Downstream.

Abdulaziz is currently in charge of Saudi Aramco Downstream Business, which covers sales and marketing, refining, chemicals, distributions, pipelines, terminals and power. Abdulaziz has over 32 years' experience in oil and gas industry, establishing new businesses, developing and guiding new teams, and making measurable contributions towards Saudi Aramco's strategic and commercial goals. He has led and managed each one of the businesses in the Company's Upstream, Midstream, and Downstream value chains.

Abdulaziz has held a number of managerial and executive positions - last recent positions were CEO, Aramco Gulf Oil Company (AGOC) Holdings; Vice President, Northern Area Oil Operations; Vice President, New Business Development; Vice President, Chemicals; Vice President, Corporate Planning; and Vice President, Power Systems. Abdulaziz currently serves as chairman on the board of The PetroRabigh Company (PRC) and Motiva.

Abdulaziz holds an MBA degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Sloan School of Management, and a B.S. degree in Petroleum Engineering from the King Fahd University for Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM).

Celebrating Failure

On September 14th, the Qudwa Team hosted our Monthly Knowledge Sharing event with a 50/50 gender split at the Technical Exchange Center, titled Celebrating Failure.

This Knowledge Sharing session is designed to educate participants about the importance of failure in determining success. It gives attendees a chance to practically apply what they learn with people from across the company.

To access the Qudwa Failure Analysis Checklist, please click here.

Celebrating Failure

On April 18th, the Qudwa Team hosted our Monthly Knowledge Sharing event with a 60/40 gender split at the Technical Exchange Center, titled Celebrating Failure.

This Knowledge Sharing session is designed to educate participants about the importance of failure in determining success. It gives attendees a chance to practically apply what they learn with people from across the company.

To access the Qudwa Failure Analysis Checklist, please click here.

Connecting the Dots - Ahmed Al-Subaey

On February 14th the Qudwa Team hosted our new Connecting the Dots series with a 50/50 gender split at the Technical Exchange Center, with our guest Ahmed Al-Subaey, VP of Marketing & Supply Planning.

Ahmed A. Al-Subaey is Saudi Aramco's Vice President of Marketing & Supply Planning. In this position, he oversees the company's hydrocarbon supply planning network, global sales and marketing of crude oil and liquefied petroleum gas, as well as coordinating the direction of the company's global downstream joint ventures. Al-Subaey serves on the Board of Directors of a number of Saudi Aramco joint-venture companies and in December 2015, he was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Korean engineering & construction major POSCO E&C.

Al-Subaey's career at Saudi Aramco began in 1985 when he joined the Power Distribution Department after obtaining his Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering. After completing a Masters of Electrical Engineering at Arizona State University, he worked in project engineering and was appointed in 1999 as superintendent of the NGL Maintenance Division at Ras Tanura Refinery. In 2001, he transferred to the Joint Venture organization as a senior coordinator for Saudi Aramco's domestic portfolio.

Al-Subaey moved to Saudi Aramco's Marketing organization in April 2003 and was subsequently appointed the President of Saudi Petroleum Ltd., the company's marketing representative office in Tokyo. In September 2006, after completing the Executive MBA program at Stanford University, he was named President and CEO of Saudi Petroleum International Inc. in New York. His next assignment took him to Korea where he served as CEO and Representative Director of S-Oil from March 2008 to March 2012, winning accolades including the Korea CEO Association's "Most Respected CEO of the Year" in 2009.

After nine years at the helm of Saudi Aramco marketing offices overseas, Al-Subaey returned to Saudi Arabia in April 2012, to lead the Strategic Transformation Office which was responsible for spearheading Saudi Aramco's ambitious corporate transformation program. He was promoted to Executive Director in October the same year and returned to the marketing organization as its Executive Director in 2013. In May of 2016 Al-Subaey was promoted to his current title, Vice President.

In his personal life, Al-Subaey is an avid golfer, and also enjoys learning new languages. In addition to English and Arabic, he also speaks German, Spanish, Japanese and Korean.

Connecting the Dots - Hytham Al Saati

On January 26th the Qudwa Team hosted our new Connecting the Dots series at the Technical Exchange Center to a 50/50 gender split, with our guest Hytham Al Saati.

Hytham is a strategist in the Downstream and Kingdom Strategies Team at Corporate Planning. He spent 12 years in two of the company's Flagship Downstream facilities: the Ras Tanura Refinery and Motiva's Port Arthur Refinery, handling multiple roles under economic planning, operations, and engineering. Then, he spent a year leading the creation of the Domestic Refining Capital Efficiency and Downstream Capital Portfolio Planning functions. Currently, he assists in the development and communication of Saudi Aramco's corporate strategy, facilitate the development of businesses' strategic objectives, including assisting in their execution and, recently, being involved in multiple engagements driven by the Kingdom's Vision2030 programs and initiatives.

Hytham was selected in the first Young Leaders Advisory Board in 2011, part of Saudi Aramco's ATP launch. He joined the company in 1997 as a CDPNE, and graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2002 with a double major in Chemical Engineering and Economics. He took some graduate level courses in Human Resources Management from Texas A&M University and System Engineering at Lamar University at Port Arthur, TX, in addition to multiple corporate sponsored programs and courses. Hytham enjoys Reading (mostly Non-Fiction), Travel, Photography, and Public Speaking.

To access the Connecting the Dots Bulletin Board, please click here.

MAKE THE CONNECTION

On November 16th the Qudwa Team hosted our Networking event with a 50/50 gender split at the Technical Exchange Center, titled Make the Connection.

Make the Connection sessions are designed to educate participants about the what, why, when, and how of networking. It gives attendees a chance to immediately apply what they learn as well as to meet new people from across the company. In addition to these benefits to participants, Qudwa uses the session as a crowd sourcing exercise where it reaches out to attendees for insights and suggestions that guide future plans. This session was focused on the elevator pitch.

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Don't Let the Stereotype Define You

On October 17th the Qudwa Team hosted our Monthly Knowledge Sharing event with a 50/50 gender split at the Technical Exchange Center, titled Don't Let the Stereotype Define You, presented by Ms. Nujood AlMulla, of the Young Leaders Advisory Board.

Nujood Almulla is an engineer in the Energy Systems Division in the Process & Controls Systems Department. She graduated from the University of Nottingham with a BEng Hons degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Nujood first joined Saudi Aramco in the summer of 2014 as a summer intern where she worked on multiple projects and has since returned to Aramco on 2015. She is also a part time member in the Young Leaders Advisory Board.

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Celebrating Failure

On September 22nd, the Qudwa Team hosted our Monthly Knowledge Sharing event at a 50/50 gender split at the Technical Exchange Center, titled Celebrating Failure.

This Knowledge Sharing session is designed to educate participants about the importance of failure in determining success. It gives attendees a chance to practically apply what they learn with people from across the company.

To access the Qudwa Failure Analysis Checklist, please click here.

Gut Feeling, The Long Forgotten Art

On July 20th the Qudwa Team hosted our Monthly Knowledge Sharing event with a 50/50 gender split at the Technical Exchange Center, titled Gut Feeling, The Long Forgotten Art, presented by Mr. Fahd Cynndy, Manager of Aviation.

In 2000, Fahd graduated from Western New England University, with a BSc in Mechanical Engineering. His professional career started in 2001, as a maintenance engineer in Yanbu Refinery. In late 2001, Fahd joined Saudi Aramco Aviation as a Fixed-Wing pilot candidate. In mid-2003, Fahd graduated from the Commercial Aviation Program, Associate Degree, at the University of North Dakota. Upon his return to Saudi Aramco Aviation, Fahd contributed in flight operations as well as maintenance, ground support, logistics and finance, and worked in a number of positions within Operations and Business Services and New Business Development.

Fahd obtained his Flight Instructor's qualification in 2011, in addition to his previous IATA accreditation as a Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR) instructor. In 2015, Fahd completed his MBA at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He is currently representing Saudi Aramco on the Board of Aramco Capital Company (ACC), Aramco Associated Company (AAC) and the Saudi Aviation Club (SAC), as well as serving as Saudi Aramco liaison with the Middle East Business Aviation Association (MEBA).

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MAKE THE CONNECTION

On May 18th the Qudwa Team hosted our Networking event at a 50/50 gender split at the Technical Exchange Center, titled Make the Connection.

Make the Connection sessions are designed to educate participants about the what, why, when, and how of networking. It gives attendees a chance to immediately apply what they learn as well as to meet new people from across the company. In addition to these benefits to participants, Qudwa uses the session as a crowd sourcing exercise where it reaches out to attendees for insights and suggestions that guide future plans. This session was focused on the elevator pitch.

To access this presentation, please click here.

Celebrating Failure

On April 19th, the Qudwa Team hosted our Monthly Knowledge Sharing event at a 50/50 gender split at the Technical Exchange Center, titled Celebrating Failure.

This Knowledge Sharing session is designed to educate participants about the importance of failure in determining success. It gives attendees a chance to practically apply what they learn with people from across the company.

To access the Qudwa Failure Analysis Checklist, please click here.

Manage Your Fears

On February 17th, the Qudwa Team hosted our Monthly Knowledge Sharing event at a 50/50 gender split at the Technical Exchange Center, titled Manage Your Fears, presented by Mr. Mohammed Al-Qahtani, World Champion of Public Speaking for 2015.

Mohammed Qahtani, a system analyst who joined Aramco in 2004. He graduated from Arizona State University with a bachelor's degree in computer science. He is a certified database administrator from Oracle and Microsoft, and a certified programmer from Microsoft and SAP.

He is married with two children; Wojod who is 10 and Abdullah who is 6. He is also Saudi Arabia's Champion in Humorous Speech Contest 2015, and the World Champion of Public Speaking 2015.

Why I'm Tired of Hearing About Diversity

On January 19th, the Qudwa Team hosted 120 people with a 60/40 percent gender split our Monthly Knowledge Sharing event at Technical Exchange Center, titled Why I'm Tired of Hearing About Diversity, presented by Ms. Noor Shabib, Qudwa Co-Founder.

Noor Shabib graduated with a Bachelor in Computer Engineering from the American University of Sharjah, and started working for Schlumberger Drilling and Measurements as the first Saudi Female Engineer in 2003. During her time with them she worked in several locations such as Malaysia, UAE, India, and Australia. In 2007 she left to pursue a Master's in Business from the University of Oxford. Upon graduation Noor started working for Rawabi Trading and Contracting in Al-Khobar Saudi Arabia as Deputy Services Manager for their accounts.

In January 2011 Noor joined Saudi Aramco as a Petroleum Engineer working for Reservoir Description Division. In October 2011 she was selected as one of the two full time Young Leader's Advisory Board coordinators working alongside the Strategic Transformation Office team to coordinate the efforts of the 12 YLABers. In January 2013 Noor moved to The Strategic Planning Department where she was part of the Corporate Strategy team. While at the Strategic planning department Noor completed a part time Master's Degree in Oil and Gas Leadership from the Graduate Institute of Geneva.

In January 2014 Noor joined the upstream projects team under Transaction Development. In 2012 Noor Co-founded the affinity group Qudwa that aims to increase the dialogue on gender differences in the workplace. In 2015 Noor became an Eisenhower Fellow through her participation in the Women in Leadership Program.

Do Something Great - Lessons From Life

On December 15th, the Qudwa Team hosted 100 people with a 50/50 percent gender split at the Technical Exchange Center for our Monthly Knowledge Sharing event, titled Do Something Great - Lessons From Life, presented by Mr. Timothy Polega.

Tim Polega is Manager of the Power Systems Renewables Department at Saudi Aramco, supporting Aramco in building a vibrant energy industry by promoting an energy efficient economy, developing alternative energy options, and building a technology portfolio.

Tim graduated from Michigan State University (MSU) with a degree in electrical engineering and worked in MSU's Engineering department designing communication networks, electrical distribution systems and decommissioned the University's nuclear research reactor. Tim's diverse background includes plant superintended of a tier 1 automotive manufacturing company, teaching as an adjunct professor at Southwestern Michigan College, environmental & PV consulting, VP of Engineering for a renewable energy developer, director of project development buying, building & selling projects then VP/GM of North and South America for Sharp Electronics one of the oldest PV manufactures in the world. Certified by APICS in Just-in-time manufacturing and material resource planning.

MAKE THE CONNECTION

On November 18th the Qudwa Team hosted 80 people with a 50/50 percent gender split at the Technical Exchange Center for our Networking event, titled Make the Connection.

Make the Connection sessions are designed to educate participants about the what, why, when, and how of networking. It gives attendees a chance to immediately apply what they learn as well as to meet new people from across the company. In addition to these benefits to participants, Qudwa uses the session as a crowd sourcing exercise where it reaches out to attendees for insights and suggestions that guide future plans. This session was focused on the elevator pitch.

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Love What You Do to Do What You Love

On October 14th at the Qudwa Team hosted our Monthly Knowledge Sharing event for more than 100 people with a 50/50 percent gender split at Technical Exchange Center, titled Love What You Do to Do What You Love, presented by Mr. Faisal AlNughaimish.

Mr. AlNughaimish has over 14 years of petroleum and drilling engineering experience including numerous onshore and offshore I-Field developments involving multilaterals, intelligent completions, and extended reach wells. He held various supervisory positions in Drilling & Workover, Reservoir Management, Production Engineering & Well Services, and Offshore Producing, and is currently managing design and construction of HPHT gas wells in the Kingdom, offshore and onshore.

Mr. AlNughaimish is an active SPE, IADC, DGS, Saudi Counsel of Engineer member, participating in local and regional committees with several technical publications. He received the SPE International 2011 Young Member Outstanding Service Award and the 2013 SPE Regional Drilling Engineering Technical Award, and is a certified SPE petroleum engineer.

Mr. AlNughaimish earned his Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering from the Arizona State University in 2001, and a Master's Degree in Petroleum Engineering from Heriot-Watt University in 2005.

Success Starts From Within

On September 17th, the Qudwa Team hosted more than 100 people with a 50/50 percent gender split at the Technical Exchange Center, for our Monthly Knowledge Sharing event titled Success Starts From Within, presented by Mr. Yasser Mufti.

Yasser Mufti's first job was in 1991 with Schlumberger where he was trained to be a wire-line logging engineer and subsequently worked in several Middle East countries.

In 1995 he joined Saudi Aramco and spent the first seven years of his career in Sales & Marketing, followed by another seven years in Corporate Planning. Between 2009 and 2011, he ran a variety of upstream departments, including Sea Water Injection, Production Services and a Gas Processing Plant, after which he redesigned the company's strategic planning & corporate decision-making processes as part of a company-wide corporate transformation program launched by the CEO in April 2011. In 2012, Yasser Mufti was appointed the Kingdom's Governor to OPEC and an Advisor to His Excellency Ali Naimi, the Saudi Arabian Minister of Petroleum & Mineral Resources. In January 2013, he was appointed the Chairman of OPEC's Board of Governors for a one-year term.

In January 2014, he returned to Saudi Aramco to head the corporate transformation program. He was also appointed to the board of JHAH; a Saudi Aramco / John Hopkins joint venture inaugurated January 2014. In September 2014, he was appointed as head of Transaction Development, a new organization in Saudi Aramco charged with executing JVs, M&A, divestitures and other transactions. In August 2015, Yasser Mufti assumed the role of President and CEO for Saudi Aramco Products Trading Company, a subsidiary of Saudi Aramco established in 2012 and is responsible for Supply and Trading.

Yasser completed a Bachelor's degree with Honors in Electrical Engineering from KFUPM in Saudi Arabia, an MBA from City University in London and an Executive Development Program at Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.

Diversity, then and now

On June 16th at the Qudwa Team hosted more than 100 people with a 50/50 percent gender split at the Technical Exchange Center for our Monthly Knowledge Sharing event, titled Diversity, Then and Now, presented by Mr. Momammed Al-Ali.

Mr. Al-Ali has over 40 years of finance and accounting experience including responsibilities for Saudi Aramco's global accounting activities and financial controls, managing corporate financial records, and developing and maintaining programs to assist management in monitoring and evaluating corporate performance. His experience also includes membership on boards of directors for a variety Saudi Aramco subsidiary and joint venture entities responsible for shipping, refining & petrochemical, and sales & marketing activities.

Since joining Saudi Aramco in 1971, Mr. Al-Ali has held a number of positions of increasing responsibility within the Finance organization. His previous Finance positions include Senior Vice President, Controller, General Auditor, Assistant Controller, Manager of Financial Accounting, Manager of International Accounting and Financial Reporting, and Acting Treasurer.

Mr. Al-Ali earned his Bachelor's Degree in Accounting from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1980 and a Master's Degree in Business Administration from Denver University in 1984.

MAKE THE CONNECTION

On May 20th the Qudwa Team hosted 100 people with a 50/50 percent gender split at the Technical Exchange Center for our Networking event, titled Make the Connection.

Make the Connection sessions are designed to educate participants about the what, why, when, and how of networking. It gives attendees a chance to immediately apply what they learn as well as to meet new people from across the company. In addition to these benefits to participants, Qudwa uses the session as a crowd sourcing exercise where it reaches out to attendees for insights and suggestions that guide future plans.

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Assertiveness, a Pilot's Perspective

On April 28th the Qudwa Team hosted more than 100 people with a 50/50 percent gender split at the Technical Exchange Center for our monthly Knowledge Sharing event, titled Assertiveness, a Pilot's Perspective, presented by Mr. Drew Bedson.

Drew Bedson is a 35-year veteran commercial aviator, test pilot, aviation executive, educator and pilot examiner. He currently serves as the leader of one of the largest corporate aviation departments. Prior to his role at Aramco, he served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Compass Airlines, a subsidiary of Delta Airlines operating 42 Embraer 175s. Previously he served as Senior Vice President Operations for Sentient Flight Group, a large international aircraft management and charter air carrier operating and managing 376+ executive aircrafts. He also served as Senior Vice President of Air Operations at Atlantic Southeast Airlines, a Delta Connection carrier operating 200+ regional jets, where he was responsible for Flight Operations, In-Flight Service, Operational Control Center and Corporate Data Center disciplines.

He began his professional flying career in 1975 as a charter pilot and flight instructor. Drew has more than 22000 hours of flight time. Drew holds undergraduate degrees from Mercer County Community College and T.A. Edison State College. He has completed graduate studies at Trenton State College and Kennedy-Western University.

The Diversity Challenge: Building an Inclusive Culture to Deliver Competitive Success

On February 18th the Qudwa Team hosted more than 130 people with a 50/50 percent gender split at the Technical Exchange Center for our monthly Knowledge Sharing event, titled The Diversity Challenge: Building an Inclusive Culture to Deliver Competitive Success, presented by Ms. Dani King.

Dani King is Head of the HR Strategy Program responsible for coordinating the development and delivery of HR initiatives which will build the talent needed to support Saudi Aramco's Strategic Intent. She first joined Saudi Aramco two and a half years ago as a member of the Leadership Engine Initiative Team. A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development, Dani has lead HR functions in a number of international and global organizations during periods of significant change and transformation. Her interest in Diversity comes from her experiences in building strong multi-cultural teams and creating enabling workplace cultures.

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How to Be the Ideal Project Manager

On January 26th the Qudwa Team hosted more than 100 people with a 50/50 percent gender split at the Technical Exchange Center for our monthly Knowledge Sharing event, titled How to Be the Ideal Project Manager, presented by Mr. Fahad Al-Helal.

Fahad Al-Helal is the Saudi Aramco Vice President of Oil & Gas Project Management responsible for the management and execution of over 200 Capital Projects. Mr. Al-Helal began his career with Saudi Aramco as an Engineer then worked his way through different supervisory level assignments until he was appointed as the manager of Southern Area Project Department in 2000. In the same year, Mr. A-Helal was appointed as the director of Qatif and Abu Safa Oil Increment Program which was successfully completed in 2004.

In September 2004, Mr. Al-Helal was assigned as the manager of Haradh Gas Plant where he efficiently managed one of the company's non-associated gas production facilities. In June 2006, Mr. Al-Helal was re-assigned to the Business Analysis Department in Corporate Planning leading a team of planning experts conducting analysis and studies on the Local and International Oil Market and supporting Corporate Strategic Planning aspects. In June 2008, Mr. Al-Helal was tasked as the Program Director of the new King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center to lead the establishment of this center which provides world-class research on energy aspects for the prosperity and growth of the global economy. Before his appointment as Vice President for Project Management, Mr. Al-Helal assumed the position of President and CEO for the Yanbu Refining Company YASREF, a joint venture between Saudi Aramco & SINOPEC of China.

Mr. Al-Helal obtained his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (1981). He also holds an MBA from Hull University (1999).

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Understanding Gender Biases

On November 27th the Qudwa Team hosted more than 130 people with a 50/50 percent gender split at the Technical Exchange Center for our Monthly knowledge sharing event titled “Understanding Gender Biases”.

Ibrahim Almojel serves as the head of Global Investment of Saudi Aramco's Energy Ventures (SAEV), the corporate venture capital arm of Saudi Aramco. SAEV's objective is to accelerate the development and deployment of technologies relevant to Aramco and the Kingdom. Ibrahim is the founding president of the Stanford Club of Saudi Arabia and the Chairman of Eastern Oqal, the leading angel network in the Eastern Province of the Kingdom.

Previously at Saudi Aramco, Ibrahim worked for Corporate Planning's Kingdom Analysis Department. He was in charge of developing and delivering the Kingdom's energy and economic outlook. Before that, Ibrahim worked within Saudi Aramco's Accelerated Transformation Program (ATP) E2K initiative and coordinated the development of a comprehensive domestic energy strategy. As part of the ATP, Ibrahim was selected to serve on Aramco's inaugural Young Leaders Advisory Board. Previously, Ibrahim worked with the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center on a decision analytic assessment of the Solar energy potential in Saudi Arabia.

Ibrahim earned his BS in Electrical Engineering from Vanderbilt University and was the Founder's Medalist for the School of Engineering. He holds an MS in Electrical Engineering and an MS and a PhD in Decision Analysis from Stanford University. Ibrahim completed the Stanford Institute of Entrepreneurship at the Graduate School of Business and the Stanford Design Boot Camp.

MAKE THE CONNECTION

On October 30th the Qudwa Team hosted 120 people with a 50/50 percent gender split at the Technical Exchange Center for our networking event entitled “Make the Connection”.

Make the Connection sessions are designed to educate participants about the what, why, when, and how of networking. It gives attendees a chance to immediately apply what they learn as well as to meet new people from across the company. In addition to these benefits to participants, Qudwa uses the session as a crowd sourcing exercise where it reaches out to attendees for insights and suggestions that guide future plans.

WHY SHOULD I VOLUNTEER?

On August 21st the Qudwa Team hosted more than 130 people with a 50/50 percent gender split at the Technical Exchange Center for our Monthly knowledge sharing event titled “Why Should I Volunteer?”.

With more than three decades of experience at Saudi Aramco, Mohammed Al Ghosain graduated from KFUPM in 1981 with a Civil Engineering degree. He has worked in Oil & Gas both in operations and maintenance as well as distribution of refined products and strategic storage and air fuelling. Currently he is responsible for the design, construction, facility management, commissioning and IT Technology of all components of King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture. Prior to The Center, Mohammed worked in the service sector for Community Services where he was in charge of the Dhahran Community.

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WHERE IS MY MENTOR?

On May 15th the Qudwa Team hosted more than 150 people with a 50/50 percent gender split at the Technical Exchange Center for our mentoring event titled “Where Is My Mentor?”.

In our introductory presentation, the Qudwa team shared a brief about the Qudwa mentoring program which can be found here to download.

Tracy Olckers works for the Women in Development initiative which is part of the Human Resources organization at Saudi Aramco. She has a degree is in the area of Industrial Psychology. Tracy is currently the project lead for the Saudi Aramco Women in Business program, which is a workshop that focuses on how women can be successful in the corporate environment, and gives women the motivation and tools to excel in the workplace. In 2012 Tracy developed and implemented the Saudi Aramco annual Women in Leadership program. Tracy has a passion for female development of all ages and across the globe.

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THE BUSINESS BENEFITS OF GENDER DIVERSITY IN THE OIL INDUSTRY

On April 16th the Qudwa Team hosted 135 people with a 50/50 percent gender split at the Technical Exchange Center for our Monthly knowledge sharing event titled “The Business Benefits of Gender Diversity in the Oil Industry”.

Richard Palmer is currently the supervisor for the Southern Area Petrophysical Unit within Reservoir Description and Simulation Department. Since joining Saudi Aramco in 2005, Richard has held several technical and supervisory positions in the Southern Area. Formation Evaluation While Drilling is Richard's area of specialty. Prior t joining Saudi Aramco, Richard was a Technical Instructor as well as a Senior Field Engineer with Sperry Drilling Services. Richard has also worked with Schlumberger and has authored several publications and served on technical and organizing committees of professional societies and events. He holds a M.Sc. degree in Petroleum Engineering from The Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine, University of London and A B.Sc. degree in Civil Engineering, from The University of the West Indies.

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MAKE THE CONNECTION

On March 19th the Qudwa Team in collaboration with SPE-Young Professionals and Student Outreach, hosted over 150 people with a 50/50 percent gender split at the Plaza Conference Center for our networking event entitled “Make the Connection”.

The day started with an introductory presentation about Qudwa. Click here to download.

Make the Connection sessions are designed to educate participants about the what, why, when, and how of networking. It gives attendees a chance to immediately apply what they learn as well as to meet new people from across the company. In addition to these benefits to participants, Qudwa uses the session as a crowd sourcing exercise where it reaches out to attendees for insights and suggestions that guide future plans.

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DRIVING YOUR OWN CAREER

On February 11th the Qudwa Team hosted over 150 people with a 50/50 percent gender split at the Technical Exchange Center for our Monthly knowledge sharing event titled “Driving Your Own Career”.

Hiba Ali Dialdin is a petroleum engineering consultant who has been with the company for 22 years. Her early experience with Saudi Aramco was with process and control systems and IT. Most of her career has been in Upstream in the areas of ECC, reservoir simulation and production technologies research and she is currently with the Strategic Transformation Office. Hiba was the first female chairperson of the Society of Petroleum Engineers — Saudi Arabia section, and is serving as an elected director on the board of the Saudi Council of Engineers. She graduated with honors from the University of Southern California with engineering degrees in both electrical engineering and biomedical engineering. She is married and has three children. In her (limited) spare time, Hiba likes reading, writing, cooking, staring out at the sea, designing and charity work.

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PROJECTING PROFESSIONALISM

On January 15th the Qudwa Team hosted over 150 people with a 50/50 percent gender split at the Technical Exchange Center for our Monthly knowledge sharing event titled “Projecting Professionalism”.

Ms. Lamya Altuwaijri Joined Saudi Aramco in 1983 as a high school graduate assuming the position of an administrative assistant for Computer and Communications Department. Her main responsibilities were a wide variety of clerical duties and attended the Special Training Center to meet job requirements. In 1989, she departed Saudi Aramco to pursue an undergraduate degree in Business Administration in the United States and re-joined Saudi Aramco Medical Services Organization upon returning in 1993 for a 17 year career span covering areas such as Medical Referrals, Dental Services and Primary care. In 2010, she joined Training & Development where she is currently Division Head of Internal Staffing Services.

YOU CONTROL THE POWER OF YOUR MIND

On November 14th the Qudwa Team hosted over 150 people with a 50/50 percent gender split at the Technical Exchange Center for our Monthly knowledge sharing event titled “You Control The Power of Your Mind”.

Mae S. Mozaini is the acting Manager of Saudi Aramco Affairs Services Department. She has been working for the company for 23 years but believes that her service extends beyond that since she was born and raised in the company's residential compound and is a second generation Aramcon. Mae was among the first group of women that were sent on a company scholarship to obtain her B.S. Degree from the US. Her previous posts include Director of Public Affairs in ASC and Manager of Public Relations Operations Department.

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THE CHANGE MANAGEMENT

On October 20th the Qudwa Team hosted over 100 people with a 50/50 percent gender split at the Technical Exchange Center for our Monthly knowledge sharing event titled “The Changement Management Book of Remedies”.

Rehman Akhtar is the supervisor of The Communication and Facilitation Unit in Training Technical Support Department. He has been working at Saudi Aramco for over 12 years. He majored in Mechanical Engineering from City University in London, but quickly decided that he prefers people to machines. Rehman has a life-long passion for all forms of communication, but public speaking in particular. He is also an active member of Qudwa’s Core team.

Yasser Tolba is the supervisor of The Change Management Unit in Training Technical Support Department. He has joined Saudi Aramco back in 2003. He majored in Electrical Engineering from the University of Houston. He is a “techy gone soft” since he is more passionate about process optimization, issue resolution and communication than technology. Yasser likes to promote Change Management as the missing twin brother of Project Management.

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MAKE THE CONNECTION

On September 18th the Qudwa Team hosted over 160 people with a 50/50 percent gender split at the Technical Exchange Center for our first Networking Session titled “Make the Connection”.

Noor Shabib, a Qudwa member gave a brief presentation on networking. Covering topics like what is networking? Why should you network? When should you network? How to network? And providing the audience with some networking Tips. During the session the audience were asked to network with one another while answering questions that feed into the work Qudwa does, such as who would you recommend as a guest speaker for upcoming Qudwa events? what topics would you like to hear about?

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Upward Management

On June 18th the Qudwa Team hosted over 160 people with a 50/50 percent gender split at the Technical Exchange Center for our Monthly knowledge sharing event titled “Upward Management”.

Sheila Al Rowaily is currently the head the Investment Management Department in Saudi Aramco Treasury with 15 years of experience in different areas in investments and treasury operations. Her experience ranges from pension investments to foreign exchange management and project finance. In 2006, she was appointed Treasurer of Aramco Services Company in Houston, USA for two years. While in the USA she sat on the board of the Third Annual Women’s Global Leadership Conference in Energy & Technology. She has a M.B.A from the American University of Beirut and a B.A. in Interior Architecture from King Faisal University. She currently serves as a board member of Saudi Aramco Investment Management Company, King Abdullah Center for Research and Technology Investment Management Company (KAPSARC IMC) and Saudi Aramco Products Trading Company.

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Ideas to Opportunities

On May 14th the Qudwa Team hosted over 160 people with a 50/50 percent gender split at the Technical Exchange Center for our Monthly knowledge sharing event titled “Ideas to Opportunities ”.

Motassim Al Ma’ashouq is the Vice President of New Business Development at Saudi Aramco. Previously he held the position of Treasurer of Saudi Aramco. Mr. Al-Ma’ashouq started his career with Saudi Aramco in 1984 in the Corporate Planning Organization. Other positions that Mr. Al Ma’ashouq held include Vice President of Corporate Planning, Board Director of Petron Corporation), Vice President of Marketing for Petron, President and CEO of Petrolube in Jeddah, and CEO of Petron Corporation in the Philippines. He also served as the Chairman of the Philippines Institute of Petroleum, an industry association representing the oil companies in the Philippines. He now serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Saudi Aramco Lubricating Oil Refining Co. (Luberef) and the Saudi Aramco Entrepreneurship Center, and was a founding Board Member of Rabigh Refining & Petrochemical Company (PetroRabigh). He is also a member of the Board and Executive Committee of TAQA. Mr. Al-Ma’ashouq has an MA in Economics from the University of London and attended the Executive Program at Stanford University in 1999.

A Perspective on Mentoring

On March 12th the Qudwa Team hosted over 160 people with a 50/50 percent gender split at the Technical Exchange Center for our Monthly knowledge sharing event titled “A Perspective on Mentoring”.

Reem Al Ghanim is the Administrator of the Career Planning and Consultation Division at Saudi Aramco. Other positions that she has held include Administrator of Expat Employment, Supervisor of the Academic Programs in Dhahran and the Saudi Academic Unit at Aramco Services Co. in Houston, Texas, Supervisor of the Saudi Aramco Hosted University Programs, and Continuing Education & Learning. Reem has a Masters degree in Human Resource Development and is a Certified in Behavioral Assessment. Her career started with her work in establishing the Competencies-Based Development Program in 1998. In 2006, Reem worked with a team to initiate the Female College Degree Program for Non- Employees. Saudi Aramco was taking the lead in making educational opportunities for young Saudi Women available.

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Getting it right from the start: Best Practices for establishing a new JV company

On February 19th the Qudwa Team hosted over 160 people with a 50/50 percent gender split at the Technical Exchange Center for our Monthly knowledge sharing event titled “Getting it right from the start: Best Practices for establishing a new JV company”.

Ziad Al-Laban is the CEO of Sadara Chemical Company. Ziad Al-Labban has 30-years of experience with Saudi Aramco in the oil, gas and petrochemical businesses. Ziad’s career with Saudi Aramco has taken him through a broad range of responsibilities in both the upstream and downstream oil and gas businesses. He has a B.Sc. degree from KFUPM in Electrical Engineering, and M.Sc. in Petroleum Engineering from Stanford University. Ziad worked in Northern Area Producing, Southern Area Producing, East/West Pipelines, Drilling & Workover Engineering, Corporate Planning, International Joint Ventures with a 3-year as Vice President of Corporate Planning for Petron Corporation in the Philippines. In August 2007, Ziad became the President & CEO of Saudi Refining, Incorporated (SRI) in Houston, Texas and served on its Board. In August 2009, Ziad became the Petro Rabigh President & CEO where he served till September 2012. In October 2012, Ziad became the CEO of Sadara Chemical Company.

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Are Leaders Born or Made

On December 18th the Qudwa Team hosted over 160 people with a 50/50 percent gender split at the Technical Exchange Center for our Monthly knowledge sharing event titled “Are Leaders Born or Made?”.

Dr. Suha K. Al-Behaisi is a Training & Professional Development Advisor with the Professional Development Department, Saudi Aramco. She holds BSc Degree in Chemistry and a Master’s Degree in Education and Leadership. She also has Professional Certification in Human Resource Administration and Ph.D. in Administrator Leadership and Human Resource Development from Walden University, MN, USA. During her 17 years of experience with Saudi Aramco and other organizations within and outside the Kingdom, Suha published many articles in journals and international conferences about Leadership and Human Resource Development and Management. Besides being a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), Suha is a member of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD), the Arabian Society for HR Management (ASHRM), the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, and Dhahran Geoscience Society (DGS).

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Different Leadership Styles

On November 13th the Qudwa Team hosted over 160 people with a 50/50 percent gender split at the Technical Exchange Center for our Monthly knowledge sharing event titled “ Different Leadership Styles”.

Abdulla Naim, our guest speaker, was the Vice President of Exploration at Saudi Aramco. Mr. Al Naim held a Bachelor’s degree in Geology from King Saud University, Riyadh. He began his career in 1978 as a Wellsite Geologist. This was followed by a number of administrative assignments leading to the Vice President in April 2006. Mr. Naim was an active member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG). He also served on the organizing committees of the regional Conferences such as SPE and GEO. In 1989 he was a co-founder and the first president of, the Dhahran Geoscience Society (DGS).

Gender Diversity in The Workplace - Progress Over The Years

On September 25th the Qudwa Team hosted over 160 people with a 50/50 percent gender split at the Technical Exchange Center for our Monthly knowledge sharing event titled “Gender Diversity in the Workplace- progress over the years”.

Hashim M. Al Najjar, Corporate Compensation Advisor, has been working for the company for 35-year. He started working at age 12 and six years later graduated from literature branch of high school in 1977. Following two years in ITC, Hashim attended college in California graduating in 1983. After graduation Hashim worked in Employee Relations Department. In January 1995 he was assigned to Personnel Policies. Hashim returned to Employee Relations Policies & Planning in March of 2001 where he handled varying compensation issues and projects earning him the Corporate Advisor position in 2006. This role involved formulating and updating compensation policies and programs not only for Saudi Aramco, but also for all its subsidiaries worldwide. For many years, Hashim has been active in the Dhahran community as multi-term president of SAEA, officer and member in the Aquarium Club, Dive Group, Toastmasters, Arabian Natural History, Garden Group, and Bowling. He is also a founding member and previous officer of the Arabian Society for Human Resources Management (ASHRM).

Challenges in Leadership

On July 15th the Qudwa Team hosted over 120 people with a 50/50 percent gender split at the Technical Exchange Center for our Monthly knowledge sharing event titled “ Challenges in Leadership”.

Karima Hamdan, our guest speaker, has held many positions throughout her 28 years with Saudi Aramco. She started her career in Human Resources and Recruitment and then moved to be principal at the special training center for 12 years. In March 1995 she was transferred to Academic Curriculum Unit under Program Development and Evaluation Division. In May 2009 she was transferred to the Professional Development Department and permanently assigned as the administrator of Career Planning & Consultation Division. She is now the Administrator of Academic Planning & Programs Division. In addition to the previously mentioned, and throughout her career, she has held many job positions on an acting basis as Principal, Academic Curriculum and testing Supervisor, Computer Training Administrator, and Support Services Administrator.

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