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KU students participate in Alreyada 2014 Event promotes spirit of energy industry partnership

KUWAIT CITY, April 27: The second ‘Total Alreyada: Connecting Young Leaders’ summit successfully concluded in Doha on Sunday with a pledge to further expand the annual gathering of aspiring energy industry professionals across the Middle East and North Africa. Forty four students and young professionals, both men and women, from seven Middle East countries took part in the four-day workshop and team building event, which hosted presentations from leading Middle East experts in the oil and gas sector. Alreyada 2014 received seven participants from Kuwait.

Opening the event, His Excellency Dr Hamad Bin Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari, Qatar’s Minister of Culture, Arts & Heritage, said: “Human development is one of the most essential issues, which needs cooperation between all the State authorities and all foreign countries.” Total Alreyada 2014 invited young leaders from Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Lebanon, Jordan, Oman and Iran to compete in a team assignment themed on ‘long-lasting partnerships’. Besides experiencing workshops and team challenges, the participants visited the Qatar Science and Technology Park and Doha’s renowned Museum of Islamic Art.

The event’s high-level speakers and panellists at the Ritz Carlton Doha included H.E Sheikh Khalid Abdulla Al-Thani, COO of Qatargas; Sara Akbar, CEO of Kuwait Energy; Dr Mohammed Al-Mulla, Vice Chairman and CEO of Qapco; Adel Albuainain, General Manager of Dolphin Qatar; Saad Al-Kaabi, Director of Oil & Gas Ventures at Qatar Petroleum; and Shabir Hussain, Omanisation Manager of Petroleum Development Oman. Talent development, leadership, innovation and sustainability, and the challenges facing the energy sector in the face of rapidly growing local and global demand were among the topics under discussion.

Lionel Levha, General Manager of Total Kuwait and Total Group representative in Kuwait, said: “We’re thrilled that so many young leaders could attend Alreyada 2014 from around the Middle East to share their ideas and creativity, and the team spirit on show during the four days of the event was truly inspirational. “Alreyada is an event by and for the Middle East and we are proud to support this dialogue between its young leaders and experts from many different countries.”

The inaugural Total Alreyada, which took place in Abu Dhabi last year, was named Best CSR Initiative in the Middle East at the 2013 ADIPEC Awards, one of the oil and gas industry’s most prestigious awards. Commenting on the success of Total Alreyada 2014 in Doha, Danah Waleed Eid, a petroleum engineering student at Kuwait University, said: “Alreyada was a very good experience for us for our careers because it enabled us to work with people from different countries and backgrounds.”

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