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: Business as (un)usual: Opportunity for change
09:15 09:30

Keynote address



H.E. Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority

09:30 09:45

Keynote address


Amin H. Nasser, President and Chief Executive Officer, Saudi ARAMCO - Followed by an interview with John Defterios, Business Emerging Markets Editor and Anchor, CNN


Amin H. Nasser

President and Chief Executive Officer, Saudi Aramco


John Defterios

Emerging Markets Editor and Anchor, CNN

10:00 11:15

Opening plenary The new people power: Driving change for sustainable energy


Consumer concerns on livelihood and affordability of energy have risen up the political and business agenda. Driven by new and disruptive technologies, consumers and communities are seeking added value, personal relevance and greater societal meaning in their energy choices. The ‘new people power’ is transforming the way consumers interact with energy systems across cities and communities.


Eithne Treanor

Energy Commentator, E Treanor Media


H.E. Wei Kou

Executive Chairman, State Grid Corporation of China

Alexey Likhachev

Director General, The State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom

Jean-Bernard Levy

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Electricité de France

Lisa Davis

Chief Executive Officer Gas and Power, Member of the Managing Board, Siemens

Dr. Martin Brudermüller

Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors and Chief Technology Officer , BASF SE

Steve Berberich

President and Chief Executive Officer, California Independent System Operator

11:15 11:45


11:45 13:00

Parallel sessions

7 Sessions

Global dynamics of gas and unconventionals

As global energy demand rises and with the pressure to transition towards a lower CO2 energy supply, the market for natural gas and liquefied natural gas (LNG) continues to expand. Growing supplies of unconventional gas, led by US shale gas and Australian coal bed methane (CBM) have transformed the market realities with dramatic price developments. What does the long-term future of unconventionals look like?


Dr. Bakheet Al Katheeri

Chief Executive Officer, Mubadala Petroleum

Carlos  Ormachea

President & Chief Executive Officer, Tecpetrol SA

Hendrik Gordenker

Senior Corporate Vice President, Director, JERA

Keith Martin

Chief Executive Officer, Uniper Global Commodties

Peter Coleman

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Woodside Energy Ltd

Elena Burmistrova

Deputy Chairman of the Management Committee, Pjsc Gazprom

Getting to grips with blockchain: Cutting through the hype

Blockchain technology has the potential to transform energy systems by lowering transaction costs among small players and devices and by enabling the Internet of Things in energy. This has profound scope for new business models and asset use optimisation. What are blockchain’s opportunities and risks in the energy sector?


Jeroen van Hoof 

Global Leader, Power & Utilities, PwC


Abdul Nasser Al Mughairbi

Senior Vice President, Digital, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC)

Ana Trbovich

Co - Founder, Grid Singularity; Energy Web Foundation

Dr. Piyush Verma

Senior Energy Market Analyst, International Energy Research Centre

Sandra Ro

Chief Executive Officer, Global Blockchain Business Council

Veronica Garcia

Chief Executive Officer, Bitlumens

New regional perspectives: Critical enablers to Africa’s energy transition

Africa’s energy transition is on the move but needs to accelerate and gain greater traction with critical enablers such as energy integration, market design and renewable energy. This session explores the challenges and opportunities around critical transition enablers and reviews the current status of progress.


Sean Cleary

Chairman, Strategic Concepts


H.E. João Baptista Borges

Minister of Energy & Water, Angola

Abubakar Sani Sambo

Special Advisor to the Nigerian President, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto

Dr. Elham Ibrahim

Vice Chair for Africa, World Energy Council

Mansoor Hamayun

Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder, Bboxx

Rachid Hachichi

Chief Executive Officer, Sonatrach

Financing energy: Closing the clean energy investment gap

The apparent fall in new renewable investment over the past year and slowdown in some major markets contrasts with the increase in real new capacity added to energy systems, an effect of the continued reduction in capital costs of renewables. This session assesses the challenges that could lie ahead for renewables producers and suppliers, particularly as some support mechanisms reduce further.


Jon Moore

Chief Executive Officer, Bloomberg NEF


Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi

Chief Executive Officer, Masdar

Dr. Ahmed Ali Attiga

Chief Executive Officer, Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation

Mohammad A. Abunayyan

Chairman of the Board, ACWA Power International

Steve Bolze

Senior Managing Director, Blackstone

Vijay Iyer

Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency

The voice of cities: designing an energy smart future

The way cities are designed today is shaping the future of energy. Smart city planning and urban development have a significant impact on transport needs. Building design, smart appliances and smart grid have great potential in improving the energy and carbon footprint of our buildings. An integrated and smart design approach will determine the energy consumption of our cities years from now. Learn from leading cities, from old to new, big to small, that are driving solutions in energy, resource and resilience challenges.


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


Ahmed Aboulateb

Mayor, City of Rotterdam

Elizabeth Monoian

Founding Co-Director, Land Art Generator

Ian Gardner

Global Energy Leader, ARUP

Kim Yin Wong

Chief Executive Officer, Singapore Power Ltd

Cyber security: 3 clicks from collapse

The increasing interconnection and digitisation of the energy sector, along with the sector’s critical role in the functioning of a modern economy, makes it a highly attractive target for cyber-attacks. The advent of process control systems and next-generation communication networks brings a new scale of cyber risk, with a successful attack potentially impacting the power supply of an entire country. Greater resilience to cyber risk is critical to current and future energy security.


Kevin Richards

Managing Director & Global Head of Cyber Risk Consulting, Marsh Ltd


Eric Eifert

Vice President , Dark Matter LLC

Kamran Ahsan

Senior Director, Security Solutions , Etisalat Digital

The power of people diversity

When organisations commit themselves to a diverse workforce, research shows that enhanced performance and profitability follows. A diverse set of ideas and perspectives drawn from teams with different genders, ethnicities and ages improves decision-making, problem solving and customer understanding. In short, it brings a competitive advantage.


Charity Wanjiku

Chief Operating Officer , Strauss Energy Ltd.

James Jeffeys

Owner; Human Resources, SIPHR Services ltd

Joanna Hubbard

Chief Executive Officer, Electron

Yana Popkostova

Founder and Managing Director, European Centre For Energy and Geopolitical Analysis

13:00 14:15

Lunch break

14:15 15:30

Parallel sessions

8 Sessions

Dynamic resilience: Preparing for extreme weather and water stress

In an increasingly interconnected energy era, infrastructure and system operators need to thrive in a context of fast emerging opportunities and new systemic risks – including extreme weather events and financial shocks. How are energy leaders and their organisations learning to manage emerging and systemic risks? What are the new capabilities and options in the search for dynamic resilience?


Jeanne NG

Director, CLP Holdings Limited


Andrew Goerge

Energy & Power Chairman & Global Industry Specialties Leader, Marsh Ltd

José Antonio Vargas Lieras

President, Enel-Codensa

Chair of the Communications & Strategy Committee, World Energy Council

Dr. Juerg Trueb

Head Weather, AGRO & MGA, Swiss Reinsurance Company

Sophie Voirin

Managing Director, Weathernews France SAS

Rethinking hydro: Powering tomorrow’s world

Making up nearly 71% of the world’s renewable electricity, hydropower is one of the most dependable forms of green energy and a vital means of electrification. However, concerns around system resilience together with the environmental and social impacts of large hydro means the potential of this resource remains largely untapped. Where do the next generation of opportunities lie and what role will multi-country collaboration play?


Seetapathy Chander

Advisor, World Energy Council, India


H.E. Arnoldo Wiens Durksen

Minister of Public Works and Communications, Paraguay

H.E. Sileshi Bekele

Minister of Water, Irrigation & Electricity, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

To invest or divest: New realities and responsibilities

As the energy sector moves toward greater electrification and decarbonisation, stranded assets and resources and increased regulatory requirements, investors are paying greater attention to the way carbon-based projects are chosen, executed and managed. An increasing number of development banks, sovereign wealth funds and institutional investors have started black-listing high-CO2 solutions in their investment portfolio and requiring companies to disclose carbon management and risk mitigation strategies.


H.E. Hussain Al Nowais

Chairman, AMEA Power

Gurdeep Singh

Chairman and Managing Director, NTPC Limited

Harry Boyd-Carpenter

Head of Power & Energy Utilities, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Michele Fiorentino

Chief Investment Officer, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC)

Wendy Green

Co-Founder, Fusion Energy Holdings

Promise of solar

Solar is the world's fastest growing energy source. The industry has witnessed spectacular growth – globally there is now 305GW of solar power capacity, up from around 50GW in 2010 and virtually nothing at the turn of the millennium. However, progress has stalled in recent years. Despite the benefits that solar can bring in delivering fast and affordable low-carbon energy, intermittency and land use continue to be key challenges.


Pierre El Khoury

President of the Board & General Manager, Lebanese Center for Energy Conservation (LCEC)

Secretary, World Energy Council


Andres Anijalg

Co-Founder & Chief Business Development Officer, Roofit Solar Energy

Daniel Zwyietz

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Enerwhere Sustainable Energy

Dany Qian

Vice President, Jinko Solar Co., Ltd

Nick Boyle

Group Chief Executive Officer, Lightsource BP

Zhenguo LI

President , LONGi Green Energy Technology Co. Ltd.

Unlocking the potential of energy efficiency

With increased power demands and concerns over climate change, everyone is looking to find the next best source of clean and sustainable energy. Yet one of the largest sources of energy may just be efficiency. It is estimated that the deployment of more energy efficient lighting, refrigeration and motors in industry could save as much as 10% of power generation; but could digitalisation bring even greater efficiency by reducing overall long-term demand?


Abel Didier Tella

Chief Executive Officer, Association of Power Utilities of Africa

H.E. Carlos Perez Garcia

Minister of Hydrocarbons, Ecuador

Dr. Naif M. Al Abbadi

Undersecretary, Ministry of Energy Industry and Mineral Resources

Benoit Lebot

Executive director, International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC)

Chaher Boulakhras

Chief Executive Officer, Sonelgaz

New regional perspectives: Asian prospects for a low carbon society

Asia is the most rapidly growing energy market and the most populous and geographically diverse region in the world. The challenges of balancing increases in demand with climate action goals have a range of solutions, from alternative sources and better efficiency to energy storage and new technology. But how should these be prioritised when there is no “one size fits all” approach?


Shigeru Muraki

Executive Adviser, Tokyo Gas Company Ltd.


Dr. Kazutomo Irie

President , Asia Pacific Energy Research Center (APERC)

Dr. Richard Lancaster

Group Executive Chair, Innovation, World Energy Council

Executive Chair, Innovation & Issues Monitor, World Energy Council

Dr. Yanbing Kang

Director, Energy Sustainability Center, Energy Research Institute

Dr. Yongping Zhai

Chief of Energy Sector Group, Asian Development Bank

Dr. Nalin Shinghal

Chairman and Managing Director, Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL)

New models of leadership: profit with purpose.

Profit with purpose is set to become the new norm. Investors and consumers are increasingly buying into companies that deliver positive social change on issues such as climate change, energy access and diversity and inclusion, alongside financial returns. What are the implications of purpose over profit for delivering energy prosperity?


Jon Dee

Founder and Managing Director, DoSomething Foundation - RE100

Coordinator of RE100 Australia,


Dr. Aabed Al-Saadoun

Chairman, Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation (APICORP)

Frank Mastiaux

Chief Executive Officer, EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG

Gina Domanig

Managing Partner & Chief Executive Officer, Emerald Technology Ventures

Co-Chair, Innovation & Issues Monitor, World Energy Council

Lisa Davis

Chief Executive Officer Gas and Power, Member of the Managing Board, Siemens

Masashi Nagasawa,

Managing Executive Officer; Chief Spokesperson, , Tokyo Electric Company Holdings - TEPCO

Omar Al Suwaidi

Director ,The Executive Office Directorate, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC)

The role of gas in the global energy transition

According to the World Energy Council’s Scenarios, gas is likely to play an important role as a ‘bridging fuel’ to a low-carbon economy. The substitution of coal to gas fired power plants, use of natural gas as a complement to renewable energy sources and power-to-gas technology all help to support climate change mitigation efforts. Do today’s policy and market frameworks enable the shifting role of natural gas and what does this mean for our existing gas infrastructure?


Andy Brogan

Partner, Global Oil & Gas Leader, EY


H.E. Christyne Tremblay

Deputy Minister, Canada

Dr. Joe-Myung Kang

President, International Gas Union

Maria Moraeus Hanssen

Chief Operating Officer, Wintershall Dea Gmbh

Deputy Chief Executive Officer,

Pierre Chareyre

Group Executive Vice President, ENGIE

René Bautz

Chief Executive Officer, Gaznat SA

Chairman, Global Gas Centre

Takayuki Ueda

President & Chief Executive Officer, INPEX Corporation

15:30 16:00


16:30 17:45

Closing plenary The business outlook for oil


OPEC-driven production cuts over recent years have re-balanced excess supply and prices, bolstering confidence that the “grand prize” of a balanced oil market is within reach. The price recovery contrasts with the efforts of oil-rich economies to diversify and mitigate the risk. From US output, to slowing Chinese demand, recent market volatility reflects new dynamics, including the limits of conventional producers and the impact of slowing global trade. Where can we expect oil to settle?


Helima Croft

Managing Director, Royal Bank of Canada


Dr. Ahmed Ali Attiga

Chief Executive Officer, Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation

Dr. Dan Yergin

Vice Chairman, IHS Markit

H.E. Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo

Secretary General , Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC)

Musabbeh Al Kaabi

Chief Executive Officer, Petroleum & Petrochemicals, Mubadala Investment Company

Yang Hua

Chairman, China National Offshore Oil Corporation(CNOOC)

19:00 21:00

By invitation only Gala dinner


By invitation only

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