By Robert S. Hughes
EXPEC ARC researcher recognized for skills and leadership.
Hala A. Al-Sadeg accepts her Rising Star award at LEWAS in Bahrain from H.E. Mohamed bin Mubarak Bin Dania, Ministry of Oil, Bahrain. Also pictured are, at right, Aramco’s Reem Al Ghanim, LEWAS chairwoman, and Ezz Almanni, co-chairperson and director of Policies and Strategic Planning.
Aramco petroleum scientist Hala A. Al-Sadeg has won the prestigious 2022 Rising Star Award — part of the Leadership Excellence for Women Awards (LEWAS), which recognize trailblazers in the energy industry.
Al-Sadeg, who has been with Aramco for four years and works in the EXPEC Advanced Research Center, is passionate about solving complex global problems through innovation and research. As an Upstream researcher, she helps navigate the energy transition by promoting clean technologies.
The Rising Star award recognizes Al-Sadeg for, among other things, her strong technical ability and contributions to research, particularly in the area of advanced materials related to sustainability. In addition to excelling in the use of research instruments and complex tools, she has published and contributed to an assortment of journals and technical presentations, and has filed patents.
Al-Sadeg says it’s an “absolute honor” to be named Rising Star.
“I am delighted to have had the opportunity to share my contributions with the industry and have them recognized by esteemed industry leaders, and I hope to inspire the youth to find their voices and lead in their areas.”
— Hala A. Al-Sadeg
Ali A. Al Yousef, chief technologist of the Reservoir Engineering Technology Division, says, “Since Hala joined the EXPEC ARC Reservoir Engineering Technology Division, she has shown outstanding commitment to develop her career and to contribute to the upstream R&D portfolio of technology development.”
Al-Yousef adds: “Hala also demonstrated a great commitment to engage and contribute to the sustainability R&D portfolio of the organization. Her efforts resulted in an assortment of journal papers, conference papers, technical presentations, and filed patents, truly signifying a dedicated and knowledgeable young technical professional.”
Al-Sadeg says: “It was an overwhelming amount of support that I received from my colleagues. They all were delighted to hear the news and share their warm wishes. I would like to thank Upstream management and Saudi Aramco for their continuous empowerment and investment in my development.”
Al-Yousef concludes, “Hala exhibits a unique combination of demonstrating a wealth of technical knowledge in addition to exceptional leadership skills, along with soft skills. She is an honest, dependable, and incredibly hardworking person, who pushes through with her smart intellect and vision in any project she undertakes.”
Now in its eighth edition, LEWAS engages, empowers, and elevates issues that are at the very heart of the energy industry. In addition to recognizing women, it also celebrates male advocates and corporations who champion women in energy, enabling them to shatter stereotypes and drive advancements.
Since its inception in 2013, LEWAS has recognized and honored women who are not only making a mark, but are also advocating for women’s empowerment in the Middle East.
— The Arabian Sun: January 19, 2023