Total holds leadership seminar in Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi, April 10, 2013
France-based Total, a global oil and gas group, recently held a seminar for young leaders from the UAE, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon in Abu Dhabi.
The first edition of Alreyada, Connecting Young Leaders seminar featured four days of plenary sessions, workshops and small group discussions amongst 40 young leaders and 10 mentors.
The seminar brought together undergraduate university students and young professionals to create dialogue and discussions following keynote presentations on varied subjects such as “Global Energy Issues and Total’s approach in the Middle-East”, “Leadership challenges to the regional oil producers”, “Sustainable Development in Total” and “Innovation and Energy”.
These presentations were delivered by high-ranking executives of Total Group and regional oil industry experts.
Two round table panel discussions by thought leaders and experts from a broad spectrum of the industry including medicine and higher education enlightened participants on various aspects, attributes and perspectives of “Talent Development” and “Leaders for tomorrow’s world”.
As part of the programme, six groups of young leaders, mentored by young professionals, brainstormed to develop and present their perspectives on “How to foster long lasting partnership”.
The groups presented their impressive line-up of ideas to a jury comprising Ali Al Jarwan, CEO, ADMA OPCO; Xavier Préel, Total's vice president General Affairs - Middle East Division; Jean-Luc Guiziou, Total UAE president and Sultan Al Hajji, vice president Institutional Development, Total UAE.
Ali Al Jarwan, head of the jury, awarded the winning presentation with the jury’s special prize for innovative ideas. Al Jarwan commended the visionary Alreyada – Connecting Young Leaders seminar for being a true reflection of Total’s talented management and professionals.
“The outcome of this seminar, which is a social innovation of Total UAE, succeeded well beyond our expectations,” Al Hajji said.
“Total now has the basis to develop a roadmap on strengthening its sustainable partnership with the host countries, their industrial and community leaders as well as the youth and community. Capacity building of the nationals will be top priority in the community engagement.”
Thuraya Bagheri of Paris Sorbonne University – Abu Dhabi and AbdulAziz Abahindy of UAE University were selected as Alreyada ambassadors who will be the catalysts for keeping the network thriving and will work closely with Total for the next edition of Alreyada, Connecting Young Leaders. – TradeArabia News Service