Dubai Agenda

24 MAY 2009

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
Conference Registration & Breakfast

8:30 AM – 8:40 AM
Inaugural Address -
HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group
Introduction by: Mr. John Royall, President and CEO, Gulf Publishing Company

8:40 AM - 9:00 AM
Keynote Presentation -
Dr. Muhammed Saggaf, Chief Petroleum Engineer, Saudi Aramco
Introduced by: Ms. Wendy Fenwick, Global Oil & Gas Leader, Ernst & Young LLP

9:05 AM – 10:10 AM
Hydrocarbons vs. Alternatives - Where Do We Stand?
Industry experts from the major energy centers around the world discuss the varied approaches that countries and regions are taking to create long-term, sustainable solutions for meeting energy demand. The economic impact of low oil and gas prices on both alternative and hydrocarbon energy will also be presented.

Mr. Crispian McCredie, Publisher and Managing Director, The Petroleum Economist Ltd.

Dr. Valérie Eveloy, PhD., Assistant Professor, The Petroleum Institute
Ms. Christine Lins, Secretary General, European Renewable Energy Council
Professor Tom James, Author and Consultant
Mr. Orthman Zarzour, Project Manager, Abu Dhabi CCS Project, Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (MASDAR)

10:10 - 10:20 AM

10:20 – 11:25 AM
The Changing Relationship between International and National Oil Companies
National oil companies (NOCs) now have majority access to the world’s oil reserves and often more financial capacity to invest in technology and new projects than independent oil companies (IOCs). This session will focus on these dynamics and the impact that the current market will have on this relationship.

Ms. Abla Al-Riyami, Gas Director, Petroleum Development Oman

Ms. Alison Goligher, Vice President, Technical, Shell International Exploration & Production B.V.
Ms. Kate Dourian, Middle East Editor, Platts and Manager, McGraw-Hill International, Dubai Branch
Ms. Ieda Gomes, Head of New Ventures, BP Gas Asia Pacific

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
The Energy Industry and the Global Economy – The Financial Crisis, The Price of Oil, Human Capital and Other Complex Issues
Panelists will discuss the complex relationships among the global economy, the price of oil, and supply and demand, and how they impact the viability of funding and developing new technology and alternative energy resources. The impact on retention/recruiting as well as public opinions and misnomers about energy will also be discussed.

Ms. Saba Abashawl, Managing Director - International Economic Development, City of Houston

Ms. Ghaniya Bin-Daaer Al-Yafei, Team Leader- Enhanced Oil Recovery, Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Oil Operations
Mr. Paul Benson, Managing Director, Global Power, Utilities, Infrastructure, Heidrick & Struggles
Ms. Debra Grandjean, Oil & Gas Global Client Service Partner, Ernst & Young LLP

12:30 – 1:30 PM
Networking Lunch
Sponsored By: Schlumberger

1:30 PM – 2:35 PM
Adapting to a Changing Workforce – Company Success Stories and Tools for Success

Global business is changing, and much has been said about the need for companies to adapt their employee policies and corporate cultures in order to retain employees. In this session, panelists will discuss how they have been successful at meeting the needs of a changing demographic, including women, Generation Y and dual career couples. Panelists will also share their success stories on remaining marketable in an unsteady market.

Dr. Zlatica Kraljevic, Dean of Institutional Relations, Prince Mohammed Bin Fahd University - Saudi Arabia

Ms. Aida Araissi, Founder and Managing Director, Bilateral US-Arab Chamber of Commerce
Ms. Christina Ioannidis, Founder and CEO (Chief Engagement Officer), Aquitude
Ms. Danny Leinnders, Client Partner, Middle East & North Africa, Korn/Ferry International
Ms. Hermoine Macura, News Anchor, Dubai One TV - Dubai Media Incorporated

2:40 – 3:45 PM
Understanding Cultural Differences: International Business Etiquette, Negotiation and Norms
When doing business in other countries, understanding cultural norms can mean the difference between success and failure. In this session, panelists provide actionable tips on how to adapt your business etiquette and negotiation style to be successful in other cultures and provide real-world experiences that confirm – and sometimes refute – conventional wisdom regarding cultural norms.

Ms. Eithne Treanor, Founder and Managing Director, / Special Correspondent, CNBC


Ms. Nassima Mohammedi, HR Manager, Oilfield Services – Gulf, Schlumberger
Dr. Pinar Yilmaz, Manager, External Project Collaboration, ExxonMobil Exploration Company
Ms. Haifa Al Mubarak, Managing Director, Know-How Training

3:45 – 4:00 PM

4:00 – 5:05 PM

Ensuring the Recruitment and Retention of Young Talent in Tough Economic Times - Sponsored by Baker Hughes
Group discussion of how to encourage students to pursue technical and business careers in the energy industry in the face of corporate layoffs and lower oil prices. Panelists will present their company's efforts and discuss ways in which the industry at large can help fulfill future resource requirements even in an economic downturn and not repeat mistakes of the past.

Dr. Nadia M. Alhasani, Ph.D. Director, Arzanah, The Petroleum Institute

Dr. Zara Khatib, Technology Marketing Manager, Shell EP International Limited
Dr. Fowzia H. Abdullah, Petroleum Geologist, Covener Petroleum Geology Program, Kuwait University - Faculty Science Earth & Environmental Science Department
Dr. Mary Feeley, Chief Geoscientist, ExxonMobil Exploration Company
Ms. Huda Ghoson, Director, Human Resources Policy & Planning Department, Saudi Aramco

5:05 – 5:30PM
Keynote Address: Globalization: Widening Opportunities for Women in the Arab Region - Mrs. Haifa Al Kaylani, Founder and Chairman, Arab International Women's Forum

Closing remarks:
Mrs. Maggie Seeliger, Vice President, Strategic Business Development, Gulf Publishing Company

5:30 – 6:30 PM
Networking Reception - 360º Rooftop Lounge at Jumeirah Beach Hotel
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