ADNOC boss bags New Silk Road CEO of Year Award

Sultan Al-Jaber, UAE’s minister of state and group CEO of ADNOC, receives the Aramco Trading New Silk Road CEO of the Year Honorary Award 2019 from Ibrahim Al-Buainain, CEO of Aramco Trading, at the 9th Gulf Intelligence Energy Markets Forum in Fujairah.
Updated 03 October 2019

ADNOC boss bags New Silk Road CEO of Year Award

Sultan Al-Jaber, UAE’s minister of state and group CEO of ADNOC, was recently presented with the Aramco Trading New Silk Road CEO of the Year Honorary Award 2019 by Ibrahim Al-Buainain, CEO of Aramco Trading, at the 9th Gulf Intelligence Energy Markets Forum in Fujairah.

“The New Silk Road is reshaping the flow of global trade. By 2040, countries east of the UAE will account for more than two-thirds of global GDP, becoming the world’s most significant driver of energy demand,” said Al-Jaber. “ADNOC is leveraging the UAE’s unique geographic location at the gateway to this region and Fujairah is a critical enabler of this strategy.”

The Honorary Award category was added to acknowledge the stand-out CEO who made the most significant impact across all four of the celebrated energy sectors of trading, refining, storage and ports over the previous year.

ADNOC’s pioneering activities in 2019 included the establishment of a joint-venture trading company with Eni and OMV, in addition to an agreement with South Korea’s SKEC to build the world’s largest single underground facility for oil storage.

This award was launched in 2017 to recognize the industry leaders who are pioneering the connectivity of the international energy industry across the New Silk Road, from Asia to the Middle East and Africa.


AbbVie spotlights pharma sector at KAU workshop

Updated 20 January 2020

AbbVie spotlights pharma sector at KAU workshop

In partnership with AbbVie, a global biopharmaceutical company, King Abdul Aziz University (KAU) hosted an educational workshop to encourage more of its students to enter pharmaceutical careers after graduation. The workshop offered unique insights into the scientific role of a pharmacist to more than 100 male and female students from the university. 

Dr. Hani Asfour, dean of the College of Pharmacy at KAU, said: “It was a rewarding experience to see our students participate in this workshop for the first time. With the support of AbbVie, our students were able to learn more about the promising careers which await them in the pharmaceutical sector. They are now extremely eager and excited about their future prospects. I look forward to seeing what the future holds for them.” 

Ashraf Daoud, general manager of AbbVie in Saudi Arabia, said: “At AbbVie, we are proud to continue investing in the Saudi national pharmacists of tomorrow. Through our many partnerships with local universities, such as KAU, we are highly dedicated to supporting the Kingdom’s goals, as expressed in Vision 2030, and helping our aspiring Saudi pharmacists in reaching their full potential.” 

The workshop covered topics such as an overview of the pharmaceutical industry landscape, the importance of the medical representative role, key marketing concepts in pharma, as well as tips and advice on how to write a CV and prepare for interviews. Students also had the opportunity to speak to the AbbVie in-field team of pharmacists who answered their career questions and queries.

Khaled Fageha, HR director of AbbVie in Saudi Arabia, said: “As a global pharmaceutical company, there is an ever-growing need to attract the brightest Saudi talent and increase the talent pool of pharmacists. There is so much potential in the Kingdom, which we are always striving to unlock at AbbVie. Through initiatives like this, we are able to equip students across Saudi Arabia with the tools and knowledge to help them thrive in the health care industry, as well as ignite their passion for a career in pharmacy.”

Students said they found the workshop informative. “I’ve always been passionate about a role in pharmacy, but I was a bit unsure about what awaits after graduation. Thanks to this workshop, I was able to hear about the exciting prospects of working at a pharmaceutical company, such as AbbVie. I was able to ask all my questions, and now I am excited to continue working hard so I can begin my journey as a pharmacist,” said Sondos Alkhthlan, a student.

Another student, Nawaf Alharthi said: “This was an engaging workshop which has cemented my interest in becoming a pharmacist after graduating from KAU.”