Masdar set to host green career fair
Abu Dhabi, January 5, 2014
Masdar Institute of Science and Technology and Reed Exhibitions will be hosting this year's 'Green Career Fair' on the sidelines of the seventh 'World Future Energy Summit' to be held in Abu Dhabi from January 20 to 22.
The Green Career Fair aims to provide cost-effective and convenient ways to create social and professional networking opportunities. Besides meeting up with potential employers, professionals will be able to attend workshops on renewable energy career topics and make use of a Career Advice Desk to get tips from HR professionals onsite.
The event will be a valuable opportunity for recruiters to highlight job opportunities at their companies and provide career guidance in the advanced energy and sustainability industry, said the organisers.
The Fair will also include features such as career opportunity booths and interview areas.
Dr Behjat Al Yousuf, the dean of students, Masdar Institute, said: "Platforms such as the Green Career Fair offer emerging clean energy professionals the right channel for their professional development through engaging with industries in the field to discuss future trends in clean energy capacity building."
"Mandated to focus on human capital building and knowledge development, Masdar Institute contributes to nurturing a talent base that generates IPs and patents, most suitable to the industry. We hope WFES 2014 will serve as the right forum for leading clean energy corporate brands toidentify and select the right professional skills to ensure industry growth," noted Dr Al Yousuf.
Naji El Haddad, the WFES show director, said the fair will be filled with people who work directly or indirectly in renewable energy industries and who acknowledge the benefits of energy efficiency and renewable energy as central elements of any green economy strategy.
"This is the perfect setting for companies and candidates to come together and explore ways of working together," he stated.
"Building sustainable communities across the Mena region is of vital economic and strategic importance for future sustainability. There is an increasing need for youth to develop careers in renewable energy sectors," El Haddad added.
Basim Saleh, the chief commercial officer for Eden Energy Group; J Vishwanathan, the director of Microsol; and Paddy Padmanathan, the president and CEO of Acwa Power – three entrepreneurs who have worked in Mena region – were asked how clean energy would help in creating new jobs and opportunities for fresh graduates.
“It is a proven fact that renewables, with particular reference to distributed generation, create the maximum local jobs per megawatt. This was proven even in high-cost countries such as Germany and Japan. The same is relevant to MENA,” said Vishwanathan.
In addition, a series of supporting and indirect jobs will be created as a result of localised technology in the region. For Padmanathan, “different technologies will create different types of jobs in different numbers, in manufacturing, construction, and operation and maintenance.”
“The Green Career Fair is yet another initiative to support the UAE youth and community, by engaging students and young professionals in career advancement opportunities within emerging industries of advanced energy, water and sustainability sectors in the UAE and the region,” said El Haddad.
The summit will be co-located with the second edition of the International Water Summit and the inaugural EcoWASTE exhibition, also hosted by Masdar, at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.-TradeArabia News Service