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FedEx Support for Gender Diversity Extends to One of the Industries Most Dominated by Men in the Middle East

FedEx support for gender diversity has a shining example in the oil and gas industry in Egypt, through its collaboration with Vital Voices Global Partnership GROW Fellowship as a platinum sponsor. 

Mona El Adawy, Managing Director of GeoEnergyGroup of Companies is a Vital Voices GROW Fellow and a pioneer in the oil and gas industry, one that is still largely dominated by men.

She is part of the GROW fellowship that FedEx supports as a platinum sponsor, spanning the United States, Asia and Europe, as well as Latin America, the Middle East, North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa. So far, the Vital Voices Global Partnership has invested in more than 15,000 women in 181 countries and territories since its inception in 1997. As part of a mission to transform lives and economies around the world and within communities where team members live and the company operates, FedEx committed to investing $200 million in more than 200 communities by 2020 through collaborations with trusted NGOs (nonprofit organizations) around the world.

A geologist by education, Mona is the managing director of GeoEnergy based in Cairo, providing oil companies with integrated geoscience solutions, leading a team focused on exploration, development and production. The company’s 10 full-time staff members now serve more than 55 petroleum companies and clients in the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Libya and Angola, among other countries.

She started her career in the field by managing oil exploration data, digitizing logs and developing reports, moving on to handle seismic data processing and more advanced programs in the geoscience area.She encourages more women to start projects of their own, sharing lessons she learned alongside other women entrepreneurs through the Vital Voices Global Partnership GROW Fellowship.

Vital Voices Global GROW fellows receive a full scholarship and access to the business skills training, networks and resources at no cost. After completing the program, fellows return the skills to the community by training, mentoring, and advocating for women’s empowerment and expanding their leadership roles and commitments. To date, program alumni have impacted over 150,000 people through such activities.