Emirates Global Aluminium celebrated Emirati Women’s Day last week by graduating a class of trainees that was composed of a majority of women.
Of the 75 graduates of EGA’s training program, 49 were women, and all were UAE nationals. The training, which lasts between 1-1/2 and two years, is aimed at training its students on supervisory roles in corporate or industrial operations.
Currently EGA lists over 471 women on its payroll, including 160 in operations. The firm’s goal is to have 25 percent of its supervisory positions held by women by mid-decade, and 15 percent of all positions company-wide by 2026.
Abdulnasser Bin Kalban, Chief Executive Officer of Emirates Global Aluminium, said in a press release that Emirati Women’s Day gives the company an opportunity to showcase its women in leadership and operations.
“Emirati Women’s Day is an opportunity to recognise the role of UAE National women at EGA, and to assess our progress in championing gender diversity. Diversity drives business performance, and also enables the best talents from right across society to contribute to the progress of our nation. That is why we have set ourselves ambitious goals to further increase the role of women at EGA.”
EGA said it recruited 100 UAE women last year out of its total intake of 220. Currently there are nine women in subsidiary boards in its corporate structure.
Based in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Emirates Global Aluminium is an aluminium conglomerate created by the merger between Dubai Aluminium (DUBAL) and Emirates Aluminium (EMAL) in 2013. EGA had an estimated enterprise value of US$15 billion at the time the merger took place. The firm is owned equally by Mubadala Development Company of Abu Dhabi and Investment Corporation of Dubai. Emirates Global Aluminium holds interests in bauxite/alumina and primary aluminium smelting.