Abu Dhabi: Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, a research-driven graduate-level university focused on advanced energy and sustainable technologies, honoured members of the Young Future Energy Leaders (YFEL) programme for successful completion of the year-long events in 2011.
A total of 40 members received their certificates at a ceremony that was held at Masdar Institute in Abu Dhabi.
Senior officials including Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, CEO of Masdar and Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees of Masdar Institute, and Dr Fred Moavenzadeh, President, Masdar Institute of Science and Technology attended the ceremony.
Following a video presentation that highlighted the accomplishments of the YFEL 2011 programme, certificates were awarded to the members by Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, and Dr Fred Moavenzadeh.
The event was also an opportunity for new YFEL members to interact with the senior members and learn about the annual schedule that helped them become more effective professionals and individuals.
For the new YFEL members, the event marked the beginning of their year-long programme that will help them develop into productive energy industry leaders of the future.
During 2011, the YFEL programme expanded into a year-long schedule of educational courses, activities, and events.
The calendar of events during the year became more engaging with the inclusion of moderated debates, participation in global forums, guided tours, a YFEL stakeholder luncheon, a dinner gathering, high-profile presentations from global leaders and students’ presentations on work and research in the areas of advanced energy and sustainability.
In addition, select YFEL members who were chosen based on research projects showcased at WFES 2011 were provided an opportunity to be part of a two-week MIT Practical experience course.
A case study competition also selected 14 winners for attending the European Future Energy Forum (EFEF 2011) in Geneva.
During their stay, YFEL members visited the Solar Impulse hangar on the outskirts of Geneva and were briefed on the various key features of the world’s first-ever solar-powered plane.
The 2011 YFEL programme included 60 UAE national students from key universities as well as 20 young professionals from various organisations.
Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber said: “The completion of the annual YFEL programme marks the contribution of the Masdar initiative and Masdar Institute towards fulfilling Abu Dhabi’s aim to create a knowledge-based economy. The programme is also aligned with the objectives of the country’s leadership in empowering youth through various measures.”
Dr Fred Moavenzadeh said: “For the YFEL members who receive their certificates, this does not mean conclusion of the learning process. Equipped with the required skills to be tomorrow’s leaders in the energy industry, YFEL members now have to remain in the forefront and prove their value to the community through continuously acquiring new skills in their workplace or universities.”
An outreach programme by Masdar Institute, YFEL aims to develop tomorrow’s leaders in the fields of advanced energy and sustainability with various initiatives that educate, inspire and empower students and young professionals to become future leaders capable of tackling the world’s most pressing challenges.
YFEL is a dynamic forum that encourages highly qualified and talented students and young professionals to remain proactive during debates and global discussions in advanced energy and sustainability.
In addition, it organises short courses, workshops and seminars, while providing networking opportunities and visibility through high-level events and meetings, while recognising members’ contributions and accomplishments.