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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Mar 8, 2018

Gulf’s energy sector in the diversity driver’s seat

By Bina Hussein

March 8 is international women’s day. This year, the theme is to “press for progress” and one area women have been seeking—and making—progress is in representation in the workplace. Nowhere is this more in focus than in the Gulf countries, where the inclusion of women in the workforce is part of overall efforts to diversify […]

Energy & Environment The Gulf


Jan 18, 2018

4 takeaways from the 2018 Global Energy Forum

By Atlantic Council Global Energy Center

The Atlantic Council Global Energy Forum in Abu Dhabi is the premier international gathering of government, industry, and thought leaders to set the global energy agenda for the year and anticipate and respond to the dramatic changes in the world of energy.

Energy & Environment

Global Energy Forum

Jan 8, 2018

Energy: Driving force behind increasing female participation in the Gulf

By Bina Hussein

When global oil and gas prices fell in 2014, many oil-producing countries, including those in the Gulf, felt the consequences and began to face the stark reality that oil revenue-based economies must diversify in order to continue prospering. Due to the dominant role that energy plays in the region’s economies, the energy sector is in a position to make tremendous progress in increasing female workforce participation through their planned reforms and thus set an example for others.

Energy & Environment Energy Transitions

Bina Hussein is a nonresident fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center and former associate director with the program, having joined the Council in 2013.

In this capacity, she focused on oil and gas developments in the Persian Gulf and Middle East as well as economic diversification in the region, manages the agenda for the Council’s annual flagship initiative, the Global Energy Forum in Abu Dhabi, and ran the Women Leaders in Energy Fellowship. Previously, Hussein worked for the United Nations Development Program as a junior consultant in the Private Sector Development Program in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (2012). From 2009 to 2011, she worked as a social worker for documented refugees and as a paralegal for undocumented immigrants at the Dutch Refugee Organization in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She received an LLB from the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences in 2011 and holds a master’s degree in international studies with a focus on human rights, energy security, and the Middle East from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver (2014). Hussein was a 2016-2017 Penn Kemble Democracy Forum Fellow with the National Endowment for Democracy.