EXCLUSIVE: Women leaders of Saudi Aramco

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The diversification of economic and human resources is a key element in Saudi Arabia's largest economic and social reform process in its history through Saudi Vision 2030.

Three years ago, Saudi Aramco launched a special unit to train its women in leadership positions. Aramco raised the number of women in those roles from just four women to 48 today.

The oil giant is pushing Saudi women into a new era and contributing to the company's operations, in line with the government's drive to enhance the role of women in Saudi society and increase their workforce to 42% by 2020.

"Saudi Aramco has a history of 85 years in the empowerment of women," said Amin Nasser, chief executive officer of Saudi Aramco. "At the start of the company's inception, the first female Saudi employee was hired in 1964 and sent its first female graduate for studies abroad in 1981. Aramco has a history with the empowerment of women, and Aramco has dealt with 90 nationalities in its history. Today, these nationalities exist in the company's headquarters,” he added.

Al Arabiya’s special documentary on Saudi women leaders of Aramco will showcase some of the company's programs aimed at forming women leaders, as well as stories of a number of women working at Aramco, the stages of transformation in their workforce and the supportive environment provided by the company to ensure their career development.

This comes as Saudi Aramco allocates 30 percent of all annual missions to women. The company sends students to study in a number of universities according to the specializations required by the company, and the number of missions provided by ARAMCO numbers about 1,000.

On the other hand, Aramco says its female employment rate accounts for 20 percent of new recruitment, the highest in the company's history.

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