MBA student presents paper at international conference

One of Strathclyde Business School Abu Dhabi's current MBA students, Faaeza Al Katheeri, has presented a paper, based on her MBA project, in the Succession and Leadership strand of the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference 2017 (ADIPEC).

Faaeza's MBA project, 'An Overview of Challenges faced by Woman and its Mitigation Plan in Upstream Oil & Gas Fields of Abu Dhabi' is supervised by SBS UAE Director, Dr Ron Bradfield and is due for completion by March 2018 in time for graduation in June 2018.

Faaeza, an Exploration Manager at Al Dhafra Petroleum and member of the ADNOC Women's Committee, is a UAE national who is passionate about empowering women in the UAE oil and gas industry. Her project investigates the factors that currently discourage women from joining the industry and seeks to identify how to attract and retain more women in the future, especially in engineering roles.

With plans to get the project published and with strong support from the senior management team at ADNOC, Faaeza is determined to drive through changes to the working environment that will help to correct the gender imbalance in the oil and gas industry in Abu Dhabi and make a positive impact on the employment of UAE national females.

Talking about her MBA journey, Faaeza said, "Strathclyde Business School has been a life-changing experience and, at the same time, a turning point in my career. Today when I look back at the early semesters of the MBA with all the challenges I have been through and reflect on where I am now, I realise that it has been a truly worthwhile journey and it has really opened my eyes to new opportunities."

Dr Ron Bradfield states that this was an outstanding project, well researched, structured and written, and at the same time, a very useful piece of work given the subject matter which has been well received by ADNOC.