On the last day of ADIPEC the first-ever Young ADIPEC Forum was held that hopes to inspire the next generation of young Emirati professionals to consider a future in energy.
The programme launched in 2013 and continues to expand every year. This year Young ADIPEC announced its first-time partnership with Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC), and also launched its inaugural forum, which included a series of TED-style talks designed to engage and inspire youth to follow a career path in energy.
Held under the patronage of H.E. Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, Young ADIPEC is aimed at educating high school students between the ages of 14 and 17 about the wealth and diversity of career opportunities in the energy sector, encouraging them to pursue studies in the fields of science and engineering, and spreading awareness about these specialties.
The forum emphasised the importance of promoting the knowledge and skills necessary to enhance the value of the energy sector. Topics during the event looked into how energy affects the everyday world, emphasising the importance of the sector to the economy and to society.
“The Young ADIPEC Forum is a very important platform for us, as the UAE is working hard to empower youth, develop their leadership capabilities, and invest in their innovative skills to successfully enter a rapidly changing world. I would also like to praise the Young ADIPEC Forum participants here today, and I am very proud that this reflects their readiness to take on responsibility in serving the country,” said H.E. Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, on stage during his speech at the Young ADIPEC Forum.
There was a keynote address from H.E. Dr Ali Rashid Al Noaimi, Director General of the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC), on the importance of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education for pupils wishing to pursue a future in the oil and gas industry.
“ADEC is committed to fast-tracking the development of the UAE’s education sector to prepare our youth for the future, and equip them with the expertise and experience to produce their own knowledge, rather than only consume knowledge. Youth need to have the self-confidence, dedication, discipline, and commitment to excellence to drive the sustainable development of the UAE, and to take their rightful place in society to lead our country’s growth and prosperity,” said H.E. Dr Ali Rashid Al Noaimi, Director General of the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) on stage during his speech.
The programme for the Young ADIPEC Forum also included a discussion by Emirates Foundation CEO, Clare Woodcraft Scott, on the importance of discovering and nurturing scientific talent in creating a culture of innovation. Nabil Al Alawi, CEO of Al Mansoori Specialized Engineering also shared the secrets to realizing one’s career ambitions, and respected commentator with The National and the Gulf Today, Khaled Al Ameri, discussed youth empowerment, and the creation of industry and country leaders of tomorrow.