NAYA | Desir Eid: Finding empowerment in the oil industry

The highly trained engineer believes that an effort has to start in high school with mentors to encourage girls to pursue such fields.
by Tala Ramadan

26 October 2018 | 15:19

Source: by Annahar

  • by Tala Ramadan
  • Source: Annahar
  • Last update: 26 October 2018 | 15:19

Desir Eid at Nepal representing Uniterminals in the 8 days trek to the Annapurna base camp. (HO)

BEIRUT: There are many women working in the diverse expertise areas that make up oil and gas industry, but the industry still preserves its traditional male leadership in jobs and management slots.

Some, however, are never hindered by the challenges that come with being a woman in the traditionally male-dominated oil industry; and Desir Eid is one of them.

The industry’s lack of gender diversity hurts its reputation among women as a career choice, prompting many people close to Eid to question her desire to join the field.

By limiting women’s career paths and their ability to attain senior positions, the attractiveness of the oil and gas industry has been hampered and poorly promoted. This is evident in a recent report by the World Petroleum Council (WPC) noting that only a few women were offered technical and operating roles that are crucial for them to advance to senior management roles.

However, Eid did not allow this to impede her ambition to climb the industry ladder higher. So, she optimistically pursued her education in Process Engineering and graduated with distinction, from one of France’s top five engineering schools, INSA of Toulouse (Institute National des Sciences Appliquées).

She is currently managing an Oil and Gas Storage Terminal within Uniterminals SAL, which makes her the only woman in this particular management role in the Middle East region. When Eid started working in France, she did not realize that the industry has a limited presence of women in both technical roles and upper management. The gender imbalance in this particular field was magnified when she started working in Lebanon.

The highly trained engineer believes that an effort has to start in high school with mentors to encourage girls to pursue such fields, she is always proud to see that women are currently stepping forward into the oil and gas industry, as she has been seeing this transition while teaching in Chemical and Process Engineering programs in Lebanon since 2013.

She is continuously encouraging her students to have hands-on-experience from an industrial point of view, and establish a first connection with the real world petroleum engineering experience, while accompanying them throughout their careers.

Eid recently joined “Re-thinking Lebanon” as an advisory board member in a united effort with its founder Jihad El Hokayem to actively spread awareness and drive change from the common vision of Lebanon 2025, “our campaign focuses on the Lebanese Talents, Women empowerment, the potential of our youth and on holistic attractions that our culture and beautiful country have to offer,” Eid told Annahar.

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