Middle East Chapter Hosts Successful Conference

In March, ASSE’s Middle East Chapter hosted a 3-day conference and exhibition, “Innovative Approaches Toward Emerging SH&E Challenges.” More than 1,000 delegates, speakers and exhibitors from the Middle East, North America, Europe and Australia traveled to Bahrain for the event, which featured preconference workshops, educational sessions, panel discussions, a poster competition, product demonstrations and a vendor exhibition. The event was conducted under the patronage of His Excellency Lieutenant General Shaikh Rashid bin Abdullah Al-Khalifa, Minister of Interior, Kingdom of Bahrain, and His Royal Highness, Prince Abdulaziz ibn Nasser Al Saud from Saudi Arabia. Sponsors included long-term partners Saudi Aramco, Sabic and KNPC.

ASSE President Elect Trish Ennis delivered a keynote speech at the conference

ASSE President Elect Trish Ennis delivered a keynote speech at the conference.

During opening remarks, ASSE President-Elect Patricia M. Ennis, CSP, ARM, emphasized the importance of continued dialogue and progress in occupational safety and health. She also discussed safety culture and its role in organizational behavior and a business’s bottom line. Ennis also thanked Chapter President Tariq Al Ghamdi for his leadership and commitment to ASSE, and recognized chapter members/conference organizers Ahmed Y. Al Dossary, Arafat M. Al Oqaily, Hatem Al Ahmadi, Khalid Al Khonaifer and Abdulrahman Bagais for their efforts to deliver a successful event.

The Middle East Chapter is ASSE’s oldest global chapter. It was formed in 1982 and has nearly 300 members. The Middle East is a strategic focus of the Society’s global growth. ASSE currently has more than 700 members in the region, and the Society’s presence in events and chapter/section activities continues to grow. In addition to four existing chapters (Middle East, based in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Egypt, United Arab Emirates) and a section in Qatar, ASSE’s global team is working with representatives from Dubai and Oman to form chapters and/or sections in those countries.

Middle East Chapter members celebrate the successful conference.

Middle East Chapter members celebrate the successful conference.