Imagine this – you enter an advanced manufacturing facility that manufactures composites for the aviation industry. The factory was built from scratch about 10 years ago and already has a wide range of global clients, from Airbus to Boeing.
If it sounds incredible and too preemptive, it’s not! The company is called Strata. Our manufacturing base for global clients is located in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates, founded in 2009. Yes, the workforce is almost 90% female and local emirati. While giving praise, of course, a major problem for the manufacturing and industrial outlook is this level of diversity and operational success, or at least replicating elsewhere in Emirates, and in fact parts of the world. The way.
At the recently completed 2021 Global Manufacturing and Industrialization Summit (GMIS), Badr Al-Olama, head of the summit’s organizing committee and former CEO of Strata, has made the call for gender diversity a model with clear potential. He told me how the company felt it could be. To duplicate elsewhere to varying degrees.
“Advanced manufacturing in the purest language relies on technology and innovation. Such companies and businesses do not distinguish between men and women. They require talent, grit and determination. It is only for men. Not a thing. Strata’s clean canvas journey required only the best talent we could get. Steady female engineering graduates from local universities. The flow was submitted, got a job, and we are excellent for it. “
Al Orama, who currently leads the UAE cluster at the national sovereign investment firm Mubadara, which includes the Sanad Group, Alya Satellite, Mubadara Health and, of course, Strata’s portfolio, is a national and international policy to foster gender diversity issues. But the ultimate enabler is technology and willpower.
“According to a survey, as we promote the Fourth Industrial Revolution or the’4IR’, 85% to 90% of the new employment opportunities that will arise in the coming decades do not yet have a job description. It provides both the UAE and the world with a unique opportunity to tackle gender diversity towards re-skilling as science and technology drives us. “
According to Fatima Arnu Aimi, CEO of ADNOC LNG and one of many prominent female emirati, the approaching horizon is not Tokenism, but a variety of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, or “STEM.” It needs to be accepted by promoting and encouraging the route.Senior management
“In the United Arab Emirates, more than 70% of the female population is educated and more than 50% is STEM educated, which is why the number of female engineering graduates is steadily increasing. My industry. Oil and gas have traditionally been perceived as: difficult for women to operate, but now we are striving for process efficiency, digitization and diverse energy chains. We believe that technology will be an enabler to draw more and more women into the energy sector and broader industrial chains, “Nuaimi told GMIS.
This is much more effective than the required assignment. “Today we are talking about remote control of oil and gas fields. We are incorporating artificial intelligence, machine learning and advanced analytics. This requires tomorrow’s talented engineers and above all innovation. Is required.
“As CEO, I need access to the best talent available to achieve ambitious goals, regardless of their background. New STEM channels and trends continue to allow women to adopt them. As long as we encourage it, it will bring about steady changes in gender diversity. It will change the industrial landscape. “
Of course, UAE is a young country that celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2021. However, some of GMIS’s Emirati executives have assured that they have always focused on female education, perhaps unlike their peers in many parts of the Middle East. And broaden their horizons. To that end, encouraging women to adopt the STEM pathway rather than Tokenism seems to have achieved results.