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.

Theme: New visions of energy for prosperity
08:00 09:30

Pre-congress workshop Global foresight refresh (World Energy Scenarios)


10:00 12:00

Congress inauguration ceremony

10:00 10:10

Welcome address


H.E. Suhail Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy and Industry, United Arab Emirates

10:10 10:20

Welcome address


Younghoon David Kim, Chair, World Energy Council

12:00 13:00

Break and exhibition opening ceremony

13:00 13:15

Keynote Address Capturing opportunity through creative partnership


H.E. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber

Minister of State and Chief Executive Officer, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC)

13:15 14:30

Global Perspectives 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 and gas in a changing global energy mix, and the global outlook for the hydrocarbon economy.


Dr. Dan Yergin

Vice Chairman, IHS Markit


H.E. Khalid Al-Falih

Minister of Energy, Industry And Mineral Resources, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

H.E. Suhail Mohamed al Mazrouei

Minister of Energy and Industry, United Arab Emirates

14:30 15:00

Interview HRH Prince Abdulaziz Bin Salman Al Saud, State Minister of Energy Affairs, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia


Helima Croft

Managing Director, Royal Bank of Canada

15:00 16:15

Special Session 1 New visions of energy: Succeeding 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, CNN


H.E. Awaidha Al Marar

Chairman, Abu Dhabi Department of Energy

Claudio Descalzi

Chief Executive Officer, ENI

Dr. Fatih Birol

Executive Director, International Energy Agency (IEA)

Francesco La Camera

Director General, IRENA

Isabelle Kocher

Chief Executive Officer, ENGIE

Patrick Pouyanne

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, TOTAL

15:45 17:00

Parallel sessions

7 Sessions

Deep decarbonisation: New strategies for net zero carbon emissions

The transition in the global economy to reach net zero emissions requires commitment and strong strategic leadership from across the political and business community. 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

Energy Commentator, E Treanor Media


H.E. Isabella Lövin

Minister of Environment and Climate, Sweden

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, E.ON SE

Marianne Laigneau

Group Senior Executive Vice President, Electricité de France

Dr. Rainer Seele

Chief Executive Director and Chairman of the Executive Board, OMV

Rodney John Allam

2012 Global Energy Prize Laureate; Partner, 8 Rivers Capital

Committee membership, Global Energy Association

Rodney John Allam

2012 Global Energy Prize Laureate; Partner, 8 Rivers Capital

Committee membership, Global Energy Association

The role of hydrogen in a sustainable and secure future

Hydrogen is a promising energy carrier for reducing carbon emissions in the heavy transport and industrial sectors and providing long-term storage capability to the electricity sector. As an increasing number of countries look towards the green opportunities presented by hydrogen, this session will explore the opportunities and challenges for both producers and consumers – from developing the most viable business models to overcoming technological barriers.


Frank Wouters

Director, EU-GCC Clean Energy Technology Network


Dr. Alena Fargère

Future Energy Leader, World Energy Council

Economist, Markets & Strategy, Hydrogen Energy World Business Unit, Air Liquide

Dr. Aqil Jamal

Chief Technologist, Carbon Management Research Center, Saudi Aramco

Dr. Klaus Bonhoff

Chief Executive Officer , Nationale Organisation Wasserstoffund Gmbh

Dr. Linda Wright

Chief Executive, New Zealand Hydrogen Association

Shigeru Muraki

Executive Adviser, Tokyo Gas Company Ltd.

Willi Meixner

Chief Executive Officer, Siemens Power Generation Operations , Siemens AG

Global energy scenarios: New energy narratives

Predicting the future global energy picture is increasingly difficult given the impact of various disruptions coming from both within and beyond the energy system. Alternative stories of new energy futures are emerging in a fast and fundamentally shifting context. This session will emphasis the importance of long-term scenarios and showcase the World Energy Council’s refreshed global scenarios, which focus on navigating growth opportunities for accelerating successful energy transition in an era of disruptive innovation.


Dr. Leonhard Birnhaum

Member of the Management Board, E.ON SE

Chair of the Studies Committee, World Energy Council


H.E. Eng. Fatima Alfoora Alshamsi

Assistant Undersecretary for Electricity, Water and Future Energy, Ministry of Energy and Industry

CEO, World Energy Congress Organising Committee

Castello Branco Roberto

Chief Executive Officer, Petróleo Brasileiro S.a. - Petrobras

Ged Davis

Executive Chair Scenarios, World Energy Council

President & Chief Executive Officer, Forescene SA

Jules Kortenhorst

Chief Executive Officer, Rocky Mountain Institute

Muqsit Ashraf

Senior Managing Director, Global Energy Lead, Accenture Strategy

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 has a key role in leading this change.


Dr. Leila Benali

Chief Economist, Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation (APICORP)


Didier Holleaux

Executive Vice President, ENGIE

H.E. Khaled Al Huraimel

Group Chief Executive Officer, Bee’ah

Peter Godfrey

Managing Director Asia Pacific, The Energy Institute

New dawn for 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 changing perspectives towards nuclear energy’s role in the energy transition and the key players and technological developments shaping its future.


Agneta Rising

Director General, World Nuclear Association


H.E. Khalid Bin Salih Al-Sultan

Group Chief Executive Officer , King Abdullah Nuclear & Renewable Energy

John Hopkins

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, NuScale Power

Dr. Jong-kap Kim

President and Chief Executive Officer, Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO)

Kirill Komarov

First Deputy Director General for Corporate Development and International Business, The State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom

H.E. Eng. Mohamed Al Hammadi

Chief Executive Officer, Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC)

Xavier Ursat

Executive Director, EDF Group

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.


H.E. Omar bin Sultan Al Olama

Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, United Arab Emirates

Michael Webber

Chief Science and Technology Officer, ENGIE

Megaprojects: Global impact, global implications

Today’s interconnected and energy-hungry world requires infrastructure projects on a scale never seen before, from transcontinental pipelines to global supply chain networks. From Belt and Road to the EDGE initiative, this session analyses the risk/reward balance of these grand scale megaprojects from a global energy market perspective sand looks to where this trend may lead us in the future.


Christer Viktorsson

Director General, Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR)”

Frederick Kempe

Chief Executive Officer, Atlantic Council

Maria Rita Galli

Executive Vice President Business Development, SNAM

Nasser Al Nasseri

Chief Executive Officer, Baraka One Co.

Thomas Leurent

Chief Executive Officer, Akselos

16:15 16:45

Special Session 1 Beyond Petroleum 2.0


Since the famous ‘Beyond Petroleum’ campaign by BP 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 new meaning and momentum. What lies ahead for an international oil company? A discussion with Lord Browne of Madingley, Executive Chairman, L1 Energy and former CEO, BP.

Interviewed by

John Defterios

Emerging Markets Editor and Anchor, CNN


Edmund John Phillip Browne

Executive Chairman, L1 Energy

16:45 18:00

Plenary session 2 New regional perspectives: The role of gas in the transition to a lower carbon economy in the MENA region


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.


Helima Croft

Managing Director, Royal Bank of Canada


H.E Tarek El Molla

Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Arab Republic of Egypt

Majid Jafar

Chief Executive Officer, Crescent Petroleum

Olivier Le Peuch

Chief Executive Officer, Schlumberger Limited

Saji Sam

Partner , Oliver Wyman Group

H.E. Yury Sentyurin

Secretary General, Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF)

17:00 17:15


17:15 18:30

Sessions Parallel sessions

7 Sessions

Scaling new heights: Global renewables outlook

With the support of digital disruption and technological advances, the role of renewables in the future energy mix is accelerating faster than ever. Whilst the world now invests more in renewables than in conventional energies, the pace at which renewable energy uptake is realised is dependent on many different factors – from the reliability of sources, environmental limitations and costs to the diversification of investments, regulation and competing developments in fossil fuels.


Dr. William D'haeseleer

Director, Professor, University of Levin Energy Institute

Chair, Belgium Member Committee, World Energy Council


Amin Bin Mohammed Al -Shibani

General Director, Saudi National Renewable Energy Programme

Daniel Schmerler Vainstein

Chair of the Board, Perù Regulatory Agency for Investment in Energy and Mining (OSINERGMIN)

Doug Arent

Deputy Associate Laboratory Director, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Paddy Padmanathan

President & Chief Executive Officer, ACWA Power International

Stefan Dohler

Chief Executive Officer, EWE AG

Lucia Bakulumpagi-Wamala

Chief Executive Officer & Founder, Bakulu Power

The age of digitalisation: Reimagining 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.


Alberto Araque

Vice President, Internet of Things and Digital Payments , Etisalat Digital

Charles Chibambo

Partner, Chief Executive Officer , S.I.T.E Engineering

Ewald Hesse

Chief Executive Officer, Energy Web Foundation & Grid Singularity

Jerry Ji

General Manager of Huawei EBG Global Energy Industry, Huawei Technologies Co.,Ltd.

Remi Eriksen

Group President and Chief Executive Officer, DNV GL – HQ

Beyond batteries: Reinventing energy storage

Energy storage is a critical innovative tool for the energy transition, enabling deeper renewables integration and penetration, roll out of off-grid solutions, e-mobility and support system resilience. As technological advances push the boundaries of what’s possible, how will these new solutions transform the system we know it? What are the risks and what scope of collaboration and investment is required to realise the potential?


David Victor

Professor and Director, University of California San Diego


Hassen Bali

Co-Founder, Ion Ventures

Mark Rothleder

Vice President, California ISO

Dr. Paul Kearns

Director, Argonne Energy Labs,US Department of Energy

Martin Schichtel

Chief Executive Officer, Kraftblock

Vivien Foster

Chief Economist, Infrastructure Vice-Presidency, World Bank

New technology frontiers

Technology is transforming the way we generate, use and store energy, presenting both opportunities and challenges for the grand transition. Pushing these new frontiers requires visionary thinking, crossing national and corporate borders, policy and regulatory environments, investment and ambition gaps. From electrons to molecules, graphene to nanotubes, AI to IoT to blockchain, how will these breakthrough technologies drive the energy transition?


David Rabley

Managing Director, Accenture


Bernard Bigot

Director General, ITER Organization

Robert Armstrong

Director of the MIT Energy Initiative, Massachusetts Institute Of Technology

Charlotte Wang

Founder & Chief Executive Officer, EQUOTA

Joanna Hubbard

Chief Executive Officer, Electron

Jonathan Carling

Chief Executive, Tokamak Energy

Paul Ezekiel

Chief Executive Officer , Faraday Grid

Refueling the talent pipeline: The energy professional of the future

As the energy industry evolves alongside the advent of AI, IoT and robotisation, new jobs are being created requiring specialist skill sets and existing jobs are being displaced, resulting in a risk of worker shortages for many job functions. What does the energy professional of the future look like? How can the industry attract and retain the right talent?


Andrea Barber

Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder, Rated Power

Ella Minty

Co-Chair Energy Leadership Platform, Chartered Institute Of Public Relations

Louise Kingham

Chief Executive, The Energy Institute

Meera Al Mheiri

Nuclear Safety Inspector, Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR)

Nuno Silva

Technology & Innovation Director, EFACEC Energy

Tatiana Terentyeva

Chief Human Resources Officer, The State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom

Reshaping the future of mobility

As the world enters the fourth industrial revolution, the transport and logistics industry is undergoing a major shift in the way it thinks and operates. This session explores the key trends driving this change that have the potential to be hugely disruptive to the industry - from new players and new technologies to user-focused end-to-end service and changing business models.


Eithne Treanor

Energy Commentator, E Treanor Media


H.E. Abdulla Al Maeeni

Director General, Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA)

Dr. Ayed Al Qahtani

Director, Research Division , Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC)

Benoit Laclau

Partner, Global Energy Leader, EY

Dongwook Kim

Senior Vice President, Hyundai Motor Group

Guenter Butschek

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Tata Motors Limited

Jim Burkhard

Vice President, IHS Markit

Head of Oil Market and Mobility Research,

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.


Claudia Cronenbold

President , Bolivian Chamber of Hydrocarbons and Energy (CBHE)


H.E. Jorge Leiton Quiroga

Former Vice Minister, Energy Planning and Integration, Bolivia

Antonio Henrique Silveira

Vice President of Infrastructure, Development Bank of Latin America, CAF

Carlos Pascual

Senior Vice President, Global Energy & International Affairs, IHS Markit

Luis Miguel Morelli

President and Chief Executive Officer, National Hydrocarbons Agency Of Colombia

Marcos Bulgheroni

Group Chief Executive Officer, Pan American Energ

Wilson Ferreira

Chief Executive Officer, Eletrobras

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