Pinay financial manager plays major role in global leader in UAE’s oil and gas industry

For over a decade, Dinah Balandra Entrena has a proven track in building a high-performing finance and accounting team, in digitalization of finance, and in transforming finance and accounting to become a profit centre and a valuable ally to the CEO in achieving the company’s growth targets.

Currently, Entrena, an overseas Filipina worker in UAE, is working at Technip, a global leader in the oil and gas industry as the finance manager.

“Building a team, mentoring, and honing the skills of my team and being a contributor to their skills upgrade and career growth and being part of the success in every milestone of the company is the most satisfying thing about my work,” she said.

A certified public accountant in the Philippines, she flew to Singapore in 2012 in an effort to acquire international career exposure. She joined a consulting firm and had worked as a financial controller which she considered as ‘the most challenging and the most rewarding part of my career life.’

Three years later, Entrena was relocated to the UAE where she was promoted as the finance director as the firm expands its footprints in the Middle East. “One of the highlights of my career was being one of the amazing women in the leadership team and able to portray my greatest value as a finance professional that lies in transforming accounting and finance to be more efficient and enabled finance business partnering,” she said.

The Filipina has been working abroad for eight years now and one of the reasons why she opted to work overseas is to widen her horizon in career and personal growth.

Struggles and plan

At 25, with no international exposure, arrived in Singapore and took her months to find the job that she ‘deserved.’ “I strive to get the job that matched my professional experience—a managerial role in finance and accounting—it wasn’t an easy journey, but it was worth it. Since then when I got the right job, with hard work, dedication, and flaming passion to excel in my profession, I became indispensable to the company, has been financially rewarded, and even switching job has been a smooth sailing process,” she further added.

It is Entrena’s goal to make it to the top of the corporate ladder of a global leading organization and have the power of contributing to improve and positively influence society by creating sustainable benefits.

She also advised Filipinos to work hard with a flaming passion, be ambitious, and know their value as well. “Working hard without self-worth and the right strategy won’t empower you to achieve financial freedom. Reward yourself by traveling more, by experiencing the beauty of the world and by spending time to relax and let your imagination wonder. Believe in yourself, believe that you can make it happen!” she further advised.