Akbar Sara Hussain
The oil industry almost exclusively employs men in the field due to the high risks involved. More so in situations requiring great skill and courage - like capping oil head fires.
Akbar Sara Hussain stand tall in the oil industry of Kuwait, not only because she is a petroleum engineer, but more importantly, because she played a key role in stopping the over 700 oil fires set ablaze by retreating Iraqi troops during the 1991 Gulf conflict. Being a woman did not deter her from doing what she had to do.
She stayed in Kuwait during the invasion, kept the computer files of all well heads in her home, posing great danger to herself and her family. With her courage and leadership, she helped direct the capping of the blazing well heads, which were put out in less time than expected and earned her a place in ecological history.