What better platform than the Annual GPCA Forum to announce the formation of the GPCA Youth Council, the association’s brand new initiative dedicated to championing the Leaders of Tomorrow program and supporting talent development in the region. The Council is comprised of bright young professionals from GPCA member companies and is supported by Naser Aldousari, President and CEO, EQUATE.
It prides itself on its diversity, with 48% of members being female and members coming from all of the six GCC states. Aseel Al Bassam, Research Specialist, GPCA, has been selected as the Council Chairperson, while Mohammed Alakil, Senior Analyst, SABIC, will act as its Vice Chairman. This dynamic group of young chemical industry professionals will be tasked with fulfilling a number of key obligations and objectives. Among these are to act as ambassadors for change by partnering with the rest of GPCA’s working committees. Another is to lead and also grow the Leaders of Tomorrow program, as well as organize tailored workshops aimed at upskilling young talent at GPCA member companies.
The initiative attracted significant interest and support from members, receiving 65 nominations from 20 member companies. After a diligent selection process in line with strict criteria, GPCA selected 30 rising stars from 17 member companies to join the Council. Besides talent development, the young and aspiring leaders will focus on issues related to environmental sustainability, circular economy, community awareness, the industry’s image and much more. GPCA congratulates and welcomes everyone involved to this exciting new initiative and wishes them the best of luck in their future work.