Congress Programme

09 - 12 September 2019   |   ADNEC
Under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of The United Arab Emirates
Under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of The United Arab Emirates

The programme is subject to change. Please check back regularly for updates on sessions and the speakers.

08:00 09:30

Pre-congress workshop


Global foresight refresh (World Energy Scenarios workshop)

10:00 12:00

Congress inauguration ceremony

12:00 13:00

Break & exhibition opening ceremony

13:00 14:00

Opening plenary New visions of energy: Prosperity in a context of disruption


Achieving a timely, managed energy transition presents an unprecedented challenge. No country, company, city or community can achieve the global energy transition alone or all at once, and connecting across countries, sectors, stakeholders and with more diverse policy shapers is essential. How can we make sense of the global and local developments that are reshaping the future outlook for energy systems everywhere?


John Defterios

Emerging Markets Editor and Anchor



Dr. Fatih Birol

Executive Director

International Energy Agency (IEA)

Isabelle Kocher

Chief Executive Officer


Patrick Pouyanne

President and CEO


Francesco La Camera

Director General


14:00 14:15

Keynote Capturing opportunity through creative partnership


H.E. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber

Chief Executive Officer

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC)

14:15 15:15

Ministerial session The outlook for hydrocarbon economies


Hear from world energy leaders of hydrocarbon economies on the complex challenges and opportunities facing their energy futures, the future role of oil & gas in a changing global energy mix, and the global outlook for the hydrocarbon economy.


Daniel Yergin

Vice Chairman

IHS Markit


H.E. Suhail Mohamed al Mazrouei

Minister of Energy And Industry

Government of the UAE

H.E. Khalid Al-Falih

Minister of Energy, Industry And Mineral Resources

Government of Saudi Arabia

Dan Brouillette

Deputy Secretary

United States Department of Energy

15:15 15:30


15:30 16:30

Parallel sessions

7 Sessions

The future of mobility

To accommodate some of the world’s major trends, the transport and logistics industry is undergoing a major shift in the way it thinks and operates. Meanwhile, industry leaders have started formulating their 2050 net-zero carbon ambitions. Four key trends driving this change that have the potential to be hugely disruptive to the industry are new players, user-focused end-to-end service, new technologies and solutions, and changing business models.


H.E. Sultan Bin Sulayem


Virgin Hyperloop One

H.E. Abdulla Al Maeeni

Director General

The Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA)

Benoit Laclau

Partner, Global Energy Leader

Ernst & Young

Dongwook Kim

Senior Vice President

Hyundai Motor Group

Jim Burkhard

Vice President


The role of hydrogen in a sustainable and secure future

While electrification is an important part of the energy transition, airline transport, shipping, heavy duty transport, and important segments of heavy industry will continue to rely on molecular fuels. An increasing number of countries are looking at the green and clean opportunities presented by hydrogen. This session will explore the opportunities for both producers and consumers of hydrogen.


Frank Wouters


EU-GCC Clean Energy Technology Network


Sam Muraki

Vice Chair Asia/Pacific and South Asia;Executive Adviser,

World Energy Council;Tokyo Gas Company Ltd.

Linda Wright

Chief Executive

New Zealand Hydrogen Association

Dr. Alena Fargère

Future Energy Leader

World Energy Council

Dr. Klaus Bonhoff

Chief Executive Officer

Nationale Organisation Wasserstoffund Gmbh

Aqil Jamal

Chief Technologist, Carbon Management Research Center


Energy storage: Trends and drivers

Energy storage is a critical tool for energy transition, as they enable deeper renewables integration and penetration, roll out of off-grid solutions, e-mobility and support system resilience. What are the trends, drivers, developmental technologies, opportunities and challenges that must be addressed to realize efficient integration of different energy sources?


Paul Kearns

Laboratory Director

Argonne Energy Labs,US Department of Energy

Steve Berberich

President and Chief Executive Officer

California Independent System Operator

The future of nuclear

Nuclear technologies remain one of the most divisive subjects in the energy market, with the challenges of capital cost and the perception of risk balanced against energy security, environmental concerns and an integral role in a better strategic energy future mix. This session explores the wider role that the nuclear industry plays in employment, its direct and indirect economic impacts as well as the changing perspectives on nuclear energy’s role in the future energy system.


Agneta Rising

Director General

World Nuclear Association


H.E. Eng. Mohamed Al Hammadi

Chief Executive Officer

Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC)

Kirill Komarov

First Deputy Director General for Corporate Development and International Business

The State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom

Dr. Jong-kap Kim

President and Chief Executive Officer

Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO)

Xavier Ursat

Executive Director

EDF Group

Jamal Salem Al Dhaheri

Chief Operations Officer


Beyond Petroleum 2.0

Since the famous ‘Beyond Petroleum’ campaign of almost 20 years ago, global energy markets have witnessed profound shifts in geographies and technologies of supply, uncertain demand, changing consumer attitudes and a global push to reduce emissions. With these developments, the concept has gained an entirely new meaning and momentum. What lies ahead for an international oil company? A discussion with Lord Browne of Madingley, Executive Chairman, L1 Energy. Interviewed by: John Defterios, Business Emerging Markets Editor and Anchor, CNN


Edmund John Phillip Browne

Executive Chairman

L1 Energy


John Defterios

Emerging Markets Editor and Anchor


Global renewables outlook

With the support of digital disruption and fast technological advances, the role of renewables in the future energy mix is set to accelerate further. The pace at which renewable energy uptake is realized is dependent on many different factors and approaches driving the sector, including the reliability of energy sources, diversification of investments, regulations support, environmental limitations, costs and finally developments in the fossil fuel sector (i.e. carbon capture).


Dr. William D'haeseleer

Chair, Belgium Member Committee & Director

World Energy Council & University of Leuven Energy Institute


Daniel Schmerler Vainstein

Chair of the Board

Perù Regulatory Agency for Investment in Energy and Mining (OSINERGMIN)

Carmen Becerril



Stefan Dohler

Chief Executive Officer


Dr. Amin Bin Mohammed Al -Shibani

General Director

Saudi National Renewable Energy Programme

Energising the circular economy

As linear consumption reaches its limits, our society must make a fundamental shift from the “take, make, dispose” model to one that “reduces, reuses, recycles” materials. Adopting a circular model is profitable for business and society alike, generating competitiveness and driving sustainable economic growth. The energy industry can play a key role in driving this forward.


H.E. Khaled Al Huraimel

Group Chief Executive Officer


Laurent Auguste

Senior EVP, Development Innovation & Markets


Peter Godfrey

Managing Director Asia Pacific

The Energy Institute

Jason Drew

Chief Executive Officer

AgriProtein Technologies

Didier Holleaux

Executive Vice President


16:30 16:45


16:45 17:00

Keynote Global interconnection, a new way of cutting emissions

16:45 17:30

Sessions Parallel sessions

5 Sessions

New technology frontiers

Technology is transforming the way we generate, use, and store energy, presenting both opportunities and challenges for the grand energy transition electrons to molecules, next-generation materials, AI to IoT to blockchain, what are the latest technology trends? What are the strategic implications of these technologies for the great transition and global energy economy?


Bernard Bigot

Director General

ITER Organization

Joanna Hubbard

Chief Operating Officer


Bob C. Armstrong


Massachusetts Institute Of Technology

Charlotte Wang

Founder & Chief Executive Officer


New regional perspectives: Designing attractive energy markets for Latin America and the Caribbean

Latin America and the Caribbean are among the most richly endowed regions in terms of energy sources, but they are also facing significant challenges in the energy transition. The design of strong and stable energy markets is critical and needs to address issues including an acceleration of renewables growth and integration, reduction of climate vulnerability for hydropower-based energy systems, and a faster leveraging of innovation opportunities.


Carlos Pascual

Senior VP

IHS Markit

Jorge Leiton Quiroga

Former Vice Minister

Energy Planning and Integration

Digitalisation and future energy systems

The energy system is undergoing a digital transformation. Artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things, big data, blockchain and enabled solutions are revolutionising the way we produce and consume energy. These new technologies will lead to unprecedented levels of efficiency, disintermediation, improved supply chain management and capital allocation effectiveness and enhanced system resilience.


Dr. Leonhard Birnhaum

Member of the Board of Management



Charles Chibambo

Partner, Chief Executive Officer

Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi

Amy Myers Jaffe


Council On Foreign Relations (CFR)

Ewald Hesse

Chief Executive Officer

Energy Web Foundation

The energy consumer 4.0

Artificial intelligence, augmented reality, dematerialisation and changing mobility needs, shifting demographics and urban/rural patterns, as well as evolving values are changing consumer behaviors and preferences, with potentially profound implications on resource and energy footprints. Energy providers will need to adapt to a new decentralised, decarbonised and digital world if they are to successfully engage the energy consumer 4.0.


Michael Webber

Deputy Director of the Energy Institute

University of Texas at Austin

New regional perspectives: The role of gas in the transition to a lower carbon economy in MENA

Demand for natural gas for power generation and desalination is rising rapidly, forcing several Middle Eastern countries to import LNG at high cost. The recent discovery of a giant gas field by Saudi Arabia, a rush of new gas projects in the UAE, and the emergence of Egypt as a major gas producer may lead to greater gas self-sufficiency. Regional infrastructure integration projects have the potential to dramatically improve energy security.


H.E Tarek Al-Mulla

Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources

Government of Egypt

H.E. Awaidha Al Marar


Abu Dhabi Department of Energy

Hamid Jafar


Crescent Group

17:00 17:45

Closing plenary Deep Decarbonisation: New strategies for zero emissions


The transition in the global economy to meet a goal of net zero emissions by the second half of the century requires commitment and strong strategic leadership from across the political and business spectrum. How are energy leaders developing and delivering long-term strategies to adapt? How can real deep decarbonisation be achieved without compromising inclusive energy prosperity?


Eithne Treanor

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

E Treanor Media


Alexey Likhachev

Director General

The State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom

Anders Runevad

Group President and Chief Executive Officer

Vestas Wind Systems A/S

Brad Page

Chief Executive Officer

Global CCS Institute

Dr. Johannes Teyssen

Chief Executive Officer


Yury Sentyurin

Secretary General

Gas Exporting Countries Forum

17:45 18:00

Sessions Closing remarks

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