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Panel moderated by Leslie Beyer, President, PESA

“Technology is in the fabric of our industry, but it’s actually how we use the technology to empower our people that’s really going to get us there.”
Leslie Beyer, President, PESA

What can we do to attract a younger workforce with the unique skills needed to position oil and gas as part of a solution to the climate challenge?

Ms. Benfield stressed the importance of having an authentic message and demonstrating that you’re going to be part of the solution. Ms. Pasini said that investment is needed to inspire younger people in secondary schools, and that companies must remove boxes, let people express themselves, and be fast in responding to them. Mr. Avuru talked of Seplat’s elaborate recruitment process targeting the brightest young men and women fresh out of college, and putting them through an 18-month training collaboration with its technology partners and service providers. Mr. Al Aryani emphasized that the credible and serious companies in the area of sustainability are the ones that will resonate most with the values of prospective students because that is important to the workforce of the future.

How do partnerships with service and technology providers facilitate talent flow? What do those partnerships unlock for you?

Beyond the technology dimension, Mr. Al Aryani said there can be an amalgamation of cultures, training programs, training philosophies, and people-development philosophies.

He said ADNOC leverages partnerships to introduce a people development dimension, because partnerships can catalyze or accelerate the realization of the company’s strategy to further unlock value.

Does a focus on mental health and well-being resonate, and how do you use that to attract a millennial workforce that is very focused on those issues?

At BP, flexible working is a key strategy. Ms. Benfield said they have tried 5,000 people in agile working methods, which it has found removes the typical hierarchal structure and barriers and, produces a healthier team environment that’s more empowering for the individuals involved.

About “the future of work,” what have we accomplished? What are some pitfalls? What still needs to be done on a macro level?

Mr. Al-Balawi commented that there has been a shift from vertical to horizontal skills, which often outpaces an organization’s ability to adapt. So Saudi Aramco is taking steps to predict future needs and proactivity nurture horizontal skillsets. As an example, the company recently sent an HR employee to get a master’s degree in data analytics and advanced computing. She now focuses on deep learning with robotics to predict attrition and address future skills requirements.

Panel Partecipants
Director, HR Systems Support Department, Saudi Aramco

Haithem A. Al- Balawi

Haithem Al-Balawi, Director of HR Systems Support Department at Saudi Aramco where he has  been employed for the last 20 years. Haithem obtained both his BS degree in Electrical  Engineering and an Executive MBA from King Fahad University for…

CEO & Executive Director, Seplat

Austin Avuru

Austin Avuru is a key player in the Nigerian oil and gas industry. He started his career with NNPC in 1980, holding several positions including wellsite geologist, production seismologist and reservoir engineer during his twelve years in the…

Vice President Projects- North Sea & Global Subsea, BP

Christine Benfield

In Christine’s role as Vice President Projects – North Sea and Global Subsea, she is accountable  for the progression of BP’s North Sea portfolio of upstream major projects (both category A & B), including the fast‐paced subsea tie‐back…

President, PESA

Leslie Beyer

Leslie Shockley Beyer is President of the Petroleum Equipment & Services Association (PESA) in Houston, Texas. In this role, Beyer leads strategic and operational development of PESA’s programs, expansion, and execution of its mission in…

Chief Financial Officer, Snam Rete Gas

Alessandra Pasini

Alessandra Pasini, born in Padova in 1973, has been Chief Financial Officer at Snam since November 2016, and Chief International & Business Development Officer since November 2019.