Total announced the participation of eight Qatari young leaders in the first session of its ‘Alreyada, Connecting Young Leaders 2013’ seminar, to be held under the patronage of HE Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, the Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development of the UAE, from Wednesday 3 April – Saturday 6 April 2013 in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

The seminar will bring together around 50 undergraduate students and 10 young professionals from across the Middle East to familiarise them with the challenges faced by the energy sector in the region and to discuss HR, leadership, partnership and sustainable development programmes on local and global levels. Participants of the seminar comprise male and female young leaders from the Middle East including the UAE, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Yemen.

Experts from Total and regional leaders from business, science, research and the community will address major energy issues and challenges through presentations and round table discussions. In smaller workshops, students and young professionals, who will act as their mentors, will have the opportunity to actively contribute by sharing ideas, expressing their views and asking questions about the main topics of the seminar.

The program features keynote speeches from industry leaders and experts including Ali Al Jarwan, CEO of ADMA-OPCO; Nader Sultan, former CEO of Kuwait Petroleum Company and Dr Abdullah Sultan, Director of Center for Petroleum and Minerals at King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Saudi Arabia.

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Sultan Al Hajji, Vice President for Institutional Development at Total UAE

Highlighting the educational objectives of the Alreyada seminar, Sultan Al Hajji, Vice President for Institutional Development at Total UAE, said:

‘In line with Total’s commitment towards empowering young minds, the Alreyada seminar aims to facilitate the balanced development of the Middle East region by enhancing knowledge and developing human capital. The four-day seminar will see the region’s experts sharing their invaluable knowledge and discussing major energy issues with future executives and decision makers from the UAE and the region. The program will also address leadership challenges of the Middle East oil producers.’

During the seminar, Total will also conduct a workshop on the topic ‘How to foster long-lasting partnerships’ and the results will be presented at the end of the seminar by the young leaders themselves.