Saturday 31, October 2015

Abu Dhabi – MENA Herald: The only man alive ever to have travelled around the Earth’s circumpolar surface will be offering senior-level guests at the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC) a unique perspective on business.

Sir Ranulph Fiennes, described by The Guinness Book of Records as “the world’s greatest living explorer,” will be giving an exclusive ‘audience with…’ speech to members of the Middle East Petroleum Club (MEPC), the definitive club for senior oil and gas executives.

Having led 22 expeditions around the world, including both the North and South Poles, Mount Everest, and the North Face of the Eiger, Sir Ranulph will draw analogies between nature’s sometimes harsh natural challenges and the very real day-to-day challenges in the business world, such as those being faced by the oil and gas industry today.

For more than 40 years, Sir Ranulph, now 71, has lived through countless life-threatening experiences in his ongoing mission to push the boundaries of physical limitation.

Known for his remarkable endurance-trying feats, including being the world’s first to complete seven marathons in seven consecutive days across all seven continents only a few months after suffering a massive heart attack, a three-day coma, and a double bypass surgery, Sir Ranulph will shed light on the crucial role that important personality traits, such as leadership, persistence, forward-thinking, planning, agility, and resilience, play in achieving success.

“I select my team members with great care and take on major expeditions only with those who will motivate themselves when extreme circumstances occur,” says Sir Ranulph.

The qualities every great leader should possess are tenacity, humility, an even temper, and realism, according to Sir Ranulph, who was formerly Vice President of PR and Adviser for Western Europe to the Chairman of the Occidental Petroleum Corporation.

A philanthropist and author, Sir Ranulph believes the oil and gas industry is doing an exceptional job at giving back to the community, especially in the current economic environment.

This year, intrepid explorer Sir Ranulph took on one of the biggest challenges of his life by competing in the Marathon des Sables ultramarathon for Marie Curie. The event saw 71-year-old Sir Ranulph conquer the 251km over just six days in the blistering 50°C heat of the Saharan Desert.

Sir Ranulph will give his ‘audience with…’ speech on the second day of ADIPEC – Tuesday, 10 November, at the MEPC theatre.  

Hosted by the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and organised by dmg events, ADIPEC is the global meeting place for oil and gas professionals, business innovators, and industry decision makers. ADIPEC 2015 will take place from 9-12 November at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) and is expected to host more than 2,000 exhibitors, 7,000 delegates, and 85,000 attendees from more than 120 countries.