HELD UNDER THE PATRONAGE OF HIS EXCELLENCY ABDEL FATTAH EL SISI, PRESIDENT OF THE ARAB REPUBLIC OF EGYPT

Egypt International Exhibition Center

13 – 15 February 2023

Egypt International Exhibition Center

13 – 15 February 2023

NORTH AFRICA AND THE MEDITERRANEAN:
SUPPORTING SUSTAINABLE GLOBAL ENERGY SUPPLY AND DEMAND

ABOUT THE CONFERENCE

It’s globally recognised that a diverse workforce increases productivity, innovation and inclusive solutions across talent-driven individuals and teams.

Equally, propelled by COVID remote working, the workplace of the future is changing. Connectivity has enabled physical and remote workspaces that are interconnected in real time and complement business practices and provide employees with more flexible working environments, structures and cultures that empower and inspire performance and collaboration.

As the industry navigates current geopolitical constraints and continues its energy transition and decarbonisation journey, the existing and future workforce remains integral to turning net-zero ambitions into actual reality. From upskilling existing employees to expanding recruitment programmes that attract Millennial and Gen Z graduates, the industry is re-evaluating its employee proposition, creating transparent recruitment practices with clear career progression, pay transparency and flexibility.

The EGYPS 2023 Equality in Energy Conference convenes global industry experts, organisational change management and inclusion and diversity specialists to lead the conversation on how the industry is creating equal, diverse and inclusive workforces and workplaces of the future to deliver sustainable low-carbon business models.

CONFERENCE AGENDA

Wednesday 15 February 2023

10:00 10:15

Keynote address
Reinventing the workplace and workforce of the futuree

Digital transformation, a global pandemic and a growing movement in gender equality has led to a mainstream cultural shift in leadership and organisational change, heralding a new era for the traditional workforce and physical workplace across all industries.

Attendee insights

This keynote will highlight the positive changes businesses and industries are implementing globally to create flexible and engaging working environments that attract, empower and inspire the workforce and provide a better-quality work-life balance.

10:15 11:00

Panel discussion: Building a net zero-ready workforce

Whilst globally, addressing climate change has become both a necessity and priority, the energy sector is on its own journey to decarbonise, reduce GHG emissions and reach next zero by 2050. To deliver upon these ambitions requires a workforce that has both legacy skillsets and new digital talents.

At the same time, the industry must address the ‘great resignation’ which has seen record numbers of skilled employees leaving their jobs and the industry since the pandemic began. How are businesses attracting these highly experienced employees back to their companies and the industry?

Attendee insights

A vital discussion that will pinpoint what the future workforce will look like as the adoption of digitalisation and energy transition efforts accelerate. Panelists will share insights on the latest market trends and how conventional jobs are evolving, and new career paths are emerging to be more harmonised with technology and the environment to support low carbon business models.

11:00 11:45

Panel discussion
Harnessing the power of change management for an agile culture

Change management is paramount to the success and prosperity of businesses, and the energy sector is no exception. The digital revolution, the growing move towards deploying clean energy initiatives and the radical shift to how physical and remote workplaces, continue to come together to unite and create change. Organisations are already undergoing internal transformations to influence effective human resource management, employee performance, collaboration, innovation and above all, profitability.

Attendee insights

This session will highlight the enablers, motivators and barriers to effective change. Executives and leaders will gain insights into the best practices and importance of successful change management across the energy industry.

11:45 12:30

Panel discussion
Attracting Millennials and Gen Z into the energy sector

Digital transformation, industry 4.0, the move towards decarbonisation and improving equality across the workforce are all factors driving the need for a steady flow of STEM-educated Millennials and Gen Z digital natives to bring about change. But is the industry attractive enough? And what is the industry doing to become more appealing?

Attendee Insights:

This session will highlight the importance of the industry employee value proposition and its ongoing image rebranding as businesses compete to attract diversity centric, tech savvy and environmentally conscious new recruits.

12:30 13:30

Lunch

13:30 14:30

Lightning talks and audience Q&A

The digital future: closing the skills gap

Automation, analytics, modelling and data science are just some of the many areas the industry is digitalising to increase efficiency and productivity across the oil, gas and energy value chain. Today’s top engineering experts and digital talent are improving productivity, boosting efficiency and delivering enhanced connectivity for remote facilities. What can we expect in terms of further digital advances and deployment over the next 5 years? And what skillsets and tech know-how will be needed?

Creating an equitable, diverse and inclusive culture

As the industry continues to reframe its diversity, equality and inclusion policies and practices, organisations must evolve their leadership and business models, committing to a culture of employee respect, communication and engagement. How is the industry progressing in ensuring a fair and forward-looking culture with inclusive and transparent hiring processes and equal opportunities? What more can and needs to be done?

Managing the unconscious bias in pay and promotion

Unconscious bias in the workplace traditionally affects how women and minority groups are perceived, recognised and financially rewarded. Based on stereotyping, it can affect career progression, recruitment, performance reviews and create unfair working conditions. What steps are businesses and individuals taking to ensure unconscious bias is addressed? How are managers leading and ensuring change and transparency?

14:30 15:15

Panel discussion
Gender equality and the role of women in the clean energy transition

Women are considered powerful change agents and essential drivers in the clean energy transition conversation.
Equality in energy and women empowerment not only accelerates the successful transition and growth of the industry, but also adds to the global efforts to realise the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Attendee Insights:

This session will highlight the significance of equality and empowerment across the industry to deliver upon growth and positively impact upon innovation and competitive business advantage.

16:00 17:00

Awards Ceremony

Wednesday 15 February 2023

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