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Abu Dhabi to host oil, gas safety seminar

Abu Dhabi, May 11, 2014

More than 400 delegates and 25 exhibitors are expected to attend the fifth global 'Oil & Gas Safety and Competency Conference' (OSCC) which will be held in Abu Dhabi on November 4.

Leading players from the oil and gas supply chain and world-renowned experts in change management will participate in keynote session and panel debate on how leadership can implement long-term high value change and ultimately a safer workforce.

The organisers have lined up several keynote speakers for the event to be held at the Fairmont Hotel, Abu Dhabi. These include army officer and commentator on conflicts - Bob Stewart, inspirational mountaineer - Karen Darke and globally recognised motivational speaker - Peter Cohen.

The conference will be held under the theme ‘Leading from the front-line’ and will explore the dynamic of effective leadership and change management on human behaviours in relation to safety.

David Doig, the group chief executive for OPITO said: “All three of our speakers have inspirational stories to tell and through their varied experiences can talk authoritatively on our themes of leadership and change management, providing different perspective for our oil and gas delegates. As with previous events, we know there is a lot to be gained and applied from sharing experiences with those from outwith our sector. "

“This platform provides a unique opportunity to hear from safety leaders from other industries, learn about new thinking, find out more about global standards and new training practices and network with industry decision-makers who are committed to making the oil and gas sector safer for every employee, anywhere in the world,” he added.

Stewart, known to many as ‘Bosnia Bob’, became a familiar face to television viewers as he handled the intricacies of Balkan politics during the conflict in the early 1990s.

He crossed borders, negotiated and manoeuvred to keep the peace and deliver aid. Stewart served as an intelligence officer and company commander for the British Army in Northern Ireland.

He gained the personal commendation of the GOC Northern Ireland for his actions following the Ballykelly bombing.

With a First Class degree in International Politics and Strategy, he became the first British United Nations Commander in Bosnia in 1991. He then became Chief of Policy at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe before leaving the Army and joining Hill & Knowlton's Political Affairs and Corporate Policy Division. He is now a news and current affairs broadcaster.

A keen runner and mountaineer Darke was left paralysed aged 21 after a rock-climbing accident. Over the past decade, she has overcome physical and mental barriers to complete marathons and triathlons and has kayaked, sit-skied and hand cycled in some of the planet’s most inhospitable regions. Her adventures have been documented in her best-selling book ‘If You Fall’.

An expert in personal development, Pete Cohen is a talented motivational speaker, business consultant, life strategist and bestselling author. Pete is well known in publishing and broadcasting and has a portfolio of clients that include BAA, Thomas Cook, O2, Vodaphone, Marks & Spencer, IBM and Northern Rock.

Last year’s event, which attracted over 350 delegates from 25 countries was opened by the UAE Minister of Energy Suhail Mohamed Al Mazrouei.

International training standards body, OPITO, devised the event as part of its drive for common global standards across the oil and gas industry to improve safety and competence.-TradeArabia News Service




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