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Energy sector's best and brightest compete for the Rising Star Award

Thursday 26 November 2020

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RGU and the Energy Industries Council (EIC) have announced the finalists for the 2020 EIC and RGU Rising Star MBA Award, which celebrates the best and brightest talent in the energy sector.

The EIC and RGU Rising Star MBA Award is an initiative created to develop leaders of tomorrow in the oil and gas sector and sees the winner receive full tuition fees (worth £18,500)  towards either the MBA, MBA Oil & Gas, or MBA Sustainability and Energy Transitions.

Academic Team Lead for PG Management at RGU, Dr Anita Singh, said: “The MBA programme at RGU is designed to help professionals acquire new skills to thrive in the ever-changing business world. It enables students to pursue the qualification in General MBA, MBA Oil & Gas management, or MBA Sustainability & Energy Transitions, along with their full-time employment.

“We are delighted to offer this opportunity to recognise the crème de-la crème within EIC member organisations and help them rise like a star in their careers – where the sky would be the limit.”

A scholarship of 100% in funding will be awarded to the 2020 winner, second place will receive 50% funding to attend their chosen course, third place will receive 25%, and nominees may also receive a ‘Highly Commended’ award of £1,500 in funding. All other finalists will receive £1,000 towards one of the MBAs.

Last year’s recipient of the award, Brian Geddes, Engineering Manager at px, said: “I am extremely proud to have won this award, being selected from a field of truly excellent nominees. To be recognised by such eminent organisations as the EIC and RGU is a real honour.

“Earning the opportunity to undertake the MBA is fantastic and sets me up really well both for my future career with px and my ambitions to become a leader in the industry in the years to come.”

The winner will be announced at the virtual awards ceremony on Thursday 3rd December.

The 17 finalists for the 2020 EIC / RGU Rising Star MBA Award are:

Tom Martin – PJ Valves

John Philips – 3M

Raeez Ahamad – Black Cat Engineering & Construction

Katarina Balcova – TÜV SÜD

Joseph Graham – Wood

Soma Sekhar Maroju – BMT

Evgeny Polyakov – Hayward Tyler

Liam Marley – SPP Pumps

Chris Blinman – SPP Pumps

David Martin - SPP Pumps Ltd

Petar Cegar - Bureau Veritas

Craig Sharp - Stork Technical Services

Fraser Maitland – Worley

Kirsty Glover – Petrofac

Lee Parnaby - Advanced Insulation

Pete Luscombe - Advanced Insulation

Rob Pates - Advanced Insulation

EIC members and non-members can register to attend the virtual 2020 EIC Awards ceremony for free here:

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