Three Qatari female ambassadors from Maersk Oil Qatar (MOQ), the country’s largest offshore oil producer, have attended the 6th One Young World Summit, Bangkok, 18 – 21 November.
The international event brings together young talent and FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 companies to debate the most pressing issues of our time and set up initiatives to drive positive change.
Maersk Group sent 15 delegates to this year’s summit, further supporting its efforts to shape the next generation of global leaders. The representatives from four of the 130 countries in which Maersk Group operates have each has demonstrated their ability to act as change ambassadors. The delegation is MOQ’s first, and it marks the company’s progress and commitment to building local capacity, offering unique opportunities for Qatari nationals to develop both as individuals and leaders.
The MOQ delegates, Asma Aboubakr Ahmad, Alanoud Nasser Heedan and Sara Al Maraghi, are all members of MOQ’s Qatari Leadership Talent Pool, a programme which identifies and accelerates the development of high-performing Qatari employees, to go on to assume leadership positions. The trio went through a rigorous application process to earn a place to represent MOQ and Qatar in Bangkok and each have a proven track record of volunteering and taking an interest in global issues.
One Young World is a UK-based not-for-profit that gathers the brightest young people from around the world, empowering them to make lasting connections and implement positive change. One Young World Counsellors, who lend their support to raising awareness of issues affecting young people today are some of the world’s most recognisable entrepreneurs and mentors, including: Kofi Annan, Chair of the Kofi Annan Foundation and the 7th Secretary General of the United National and Sir Richard Branson, Founder of Virgin Group.
Lewis Affleck, Managing Director, Maersk Oil Qatar asserted: “We’re committed to developing Qatar’s future leaders and the decision to support our young ambassadors in attending this summit is testament to that. I’m very pleased that we can offer our young Qatari employees unique opportunities like this to use the leadership skills they’ve gained at Maersk Oil, at such an important forum.”
Sara Al-Maraghi, Piping Engineer at MOQ, said: “I am honoured to represent both Maersk Oil Qatar and my country as an ambassador at the One Young World Summit. I was initially drawn to join Maersk Oil because of its focus on offering real jobs and responsibilities, supported by dedicated training and development programmes for Qataris. Opportunities to attend high-profile events such as this are why I know I made the right choice for my career. The Summit was a great opportunity to meet with my global peers and to be part of discussions that give me a chance to talk proudly about the achievements of my company and my country.”
Themes of the 2015 Summit reflect its location; discussion topics include developing markets and Asian economics as well as social issues such as drug and human trafficking, labour rights, and female empowerment in different cultures. MOQ’s delegates will take part in debates and formulate and share innovative solutions to tackle such pressing issues.
Also attending from Maersk was Michele Cardoso Perera Schifino, Communications Specialist, APM Terminals in Brazil speaking in the plenary session on migrant rights. She will also speak at ‘Call on COP21’, a parallel event focused on sustainable development, during which young leaders from every country will deliver a speech addressing their respective heads of government to persuade them to take action on minimising the effects of climate change during the UN Conference of the Parties (COP) in Paris. She will be joined by Guangtong Liu, Project Manager, Maersk Group Procurement, China and Muhammad Imran Saleem, Trade and Marketing Manager, Maersk Line Pakistan.
During the summit, the Maersk Oil delegates highlighted the company’s success in reducing gas flaring from the Al Shaheen field by over 90% since 2007 and reducing greenhouse gas emissions during the same period by around 50% – a significant accomplishment.
Affleck added: “Whether safeguarding Qatar’s environment or supporting the development of the nation’s young leaders, our approach remains on delivering the greatest possible value for generations to come.”