Abu Dhabi National Energy Company, the global integrated energy company, today announced its sponsorship of Zayed University’s 4th Women as Global Leaders Conference, making TAQA the conference’s official Exclusive Partner Sponsor.
The 4th Women as Global Leaders Conference seeks to promote greater opportunities for female Emirati students and will be held under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, Supreme Chairperson of the Family Development Foundation, Chairperson of UAE Women’s General Union and Supreme Council for Motherhood and Children; and His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister for Higher Education & Scientific Research and President of Zayed University.
The Women as Global Leaders Conference will be held in Abu Dhabi, March 13 through March 15, 2012. The conference is expected to draw UAE and international students and scholars from more than 40 different countries. Speakers for this year's conference will include: Her Royal Highness Princess Lolowah Al Faisal (member of the Saudi Arabian Royal family); Her Highness Sheikha Bint Saif Mohammed Al Nahayan; Her Excellency Raja Easa Al Gurg (Managing Director of Easa Al Gurg Group); Her Excellency Razan Al Mubarak (Secretary-General of the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi); Dr. Isobel Coleman (senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, New York); Zeinab Badawi (BBC World News anchor); Hala Gorani (CNN anchor); and Sigourney Weaver (award-winning actress and humanitarian).
Commenting on the sponsorship, Carl Sheldon, CEO of TAQA, said: “We have adopted a multi-faceted Emiratisation strategy to deliver on a plan to recruit, train, develop and integrate UAE nationals at all levels in our business. This sponsorship of Zayed University’s Women as Global Leaders Conference reaffirms our commitment to support the Abu Dhabi Government’s initiative and is a step towards developing a broader range of areas of cooperation with Zayed University and other educational institutions in Abu Dhabi to further our Emiratisation goals. It is an honour and a privilege to partner with Zayed University for this important programme."
Dr. Sulaiman Al Jassim, Vice President of Zayed University, said: “The Women as Global Leaders Conference continues the University’s commitment to the development and promotion of women’s leadership. Zayed University is appreciative of TAQA's visionary thinking and their commitment to increasing the number of Emiratis in leadership positions within the energy sector makes them an ideal partner for this event. We are thankful for TAQA’s generous support and delighted to be working alongside the nation’s energy champion."
TAQA is creating opportunities for UAE nationals with the goal of increasing the number of Emiratis in leadership positions in the company’s global businesses. Some of these initiatives include the Emiratisation Trainee Programme; a two-month internship programme, and the TAQA Leadership Programme which aims to create opportunities for experienced UAE nationals.