Yazeed Aldughaither


Dear reader, 

As we look past our first issue of the term on The Future of Mobility, we now cast our gaze forwards towards Redefining Resilience. Over the course of the past few months, our dedicated editors and diverse contributors tackled the notion of resilience from multiple dimensions: from personal to institutional, from one generation to another, and across a variety of industries and domains.

Much discussed and ingrained in the modern zeitgeist, the concept of resilience delves into what it takes not only to survive, but to recover and thrive in the face of adversity. In today’s fast-paced world, individuals, businesses, and governments are confronted with an increasingly complex, interdependent, and often volatile landscape. In order to succeed in these trying conditions, we put resilience under the microscope and probed its anatomy.

In this edition, we are delighted to feature an interview with Saudi Aramco’s President & CEO, Mr. Amin Nasser in collaboration with the company’s Young Leaders Advisory Board (YLAB). In this conversation, Mr. Nasser candidly delves into his own perspectives and formative experiences that have garnered his own sense of resilience, shares some insights into Aramco’s response to past setbacks, and offers advice for young professionals navigating their own careers.

The SandRose team was thrilled to interview Ms. Noor Shabib, currently serving as the Chief Transformation Officer (CTO) at King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center. Ms. Shabib’s distinguished career has taken her from working in remote areas as the first Saudi female field engineer with SLB all the way to shaping the strategic approach of some of the Kingdom’s most prominent institutions in her time with the Saudi Industrial Development Fund (SIDF) as Vice President of Strategy. She shares her own valued perspectives on growing through difficult situations, navigating the modern workplace, and leveraging gender differences for success.

Beyond that, we are also pleased to feature a multitude of technical articles and personal perspectives from our community and beyond, along with some highlights from the first year of the current SPE-KSA Executive Board. As the largest SPE section globally, our membership volume is only outmatched by our ambitions to go above and beyond in enriching our members’ experiences, creating a lasting positive impact to our community, and broadening our horizons in the context of an ever-evolving energy landscape.

I would like to extend my deep and sincere gratitude to each and every one of our varied contributors, who span a vast range of backgrounds both professionally and in virtually every demographic facet. Our work would not be possible without you, and it is first and foremost for you. To our valued sponsors, editors, and readers: thank you for being part of our undeterred drive to develop our members’ technical and business acumen, share knowledge and experiences, and connect our community. You are the engine of our progress and motivation.

I hope you thoroughly enjoy perusing our second issue, and I encourage you to reach out to our team to offer your unique perspectives, feedback, and contributions.

Kind regards,

Yazeed R. Aldughaither


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