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.

09:00 09:45

Keynote address

09:45 10:45

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

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

E Treanor Media


Lisa Davis

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


Dr. Martin Brudermüller

Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors and Chief Technology Officer


Steve Berberich

President and Chief Executive Officer

California Independent System Operator

Jean-Bernard Levy

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

Electricité de France

10:45 11:00


11:00 12:00

Parallel sessions

7 Sessions

Dynamic resilience: Preparing for extreme weather and water stress

In an increasingly interconnected energy era, infrastructure and system operators need to cope and thrive in the 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 cope with emerging and systemic risks? Which new capabilities and options are emerging in the search for dynamic resilience?


Andrew Goerge

Energy & Power Chairman & Global Industry Specialties Leader

Marsh Ltd

José Antonio Vargas Lieras

Chair of the Communications & Strategy Committee / President

World Energy Council / Enel-Codensa

Jürg Trüb

Chief Executive Officer, Corporate Solutions

Swiss Re Corporate Solutions

Dr. Abdulla Al Mandous

Executive Director

National Center of Meteorology

Sophie Voirin

Environmental Planning Operation Leader

Weathernews France SAS

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, next-generation communication networks brings a new scale of cyber risk. In this interactive workshop session, you will be immersed in a world of cyber security in a way that you have never experienced before.


Kevin Richards

Managing Director & Global Head of Cyber Risk Consulting

Marsh Ltd


Rick Howard

Chief Security Officer

Palo Alto Networks

Dr. Nigel Brown

Lead for Resilient ICT Strategy

UK Cabinet Office, Civil Contingencies Secretariat

Eric Eifert

Senior Vice President

Dark Matter LLC

Global and regional dynamics of gas

Gas has an important role to play as a bridging fuel in the transition to a low carbon economy, yet the market remains intrinsically coupled to oil. There are a range of exciting projects coming online across Asia, the Middle East, the Americas and Europe, both in conventional gas and conventionals, which will further secure supply. This session explores the opportunities of this growth in the context of designing new market dynamics and business models at both global and regional level.


H.E. Gabriel Mbaga Obiang Lima

Minister of Mines, Industry and Energy

Government of Equatorial Guinea

Dr. Bakheet Al Katheeri

Chief Executive Officer

Mubadala Petroleum

Takayuki Ueda

President & Chief Executive Officer

INPEX Corporation

Tatiana Mitrova


Moscow School Of Management Skolkovo

Peter Coleman

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director

Woodside Energy Ltd

Pierre Chareyre

Executive Vice President, supervising GEM


Getting to grips with block chain: 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 optimization; but what are blockchain’s opportunities and risks in the energy sector?


Jeroen van Hoof 

Global Leader, Power & Utilities



Piyush Kumar Verma

Senior Energy Market Analyst

International Energy Research Centre

Sandra Ro

Chief Executive Officer

Global Blockchain Business Council

Veronica Garcia

Chief Executive Officer


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


Dr.  Rolf Martin Schmitz 

Chairman of the Executive Board

Rheinisch-Westfälisches Elektrizitätswerk AG

Jonathan Carling

Chief Executive

Tokamak Energy

Dr. Ahmed Ali Attiga

Chief Executive Officer


Mohammad A. Abunayyan

Chairman of the Board

ACWA Power International

Steve Bolze

Senior Managing Director


To invest or to 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


Dr. Leila Benali

Chief Economist

Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation (APICORP)


H.E. Hussain Al Nowais


AMEA Power

Wendy Green

Chief Executive Officer

Fusion Energy Holdings

Vijay Iyer

Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency

Majid Jafar

Chief Executive Officer

Crescent Petroleum

Harry Boyd-Carpenter

Head of Power & Energy Utilities

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Quality energy access: From light bulbs to livelihoods

A successful energy transition holds the promise of enabling societies to flourish and reducing inequality, social injustice and conflict over resources, and stimulating circular and regenerative economies.To achieve SDG7, access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy is a journey that begins with basic access and evolves to the complete fulfillment of the SDG7 objectives, which we call quality energy access.


Shri Ajay Kumar Bhalla

Secretary, Minister of Power

Government of India

Lucia Bakulumpagi-Wamala

Chief Executive Officer & Founder

Bakulu Power

Meagan Fallone

Chief Executive Officer

Barefoot College

Mansoor Hamayun

Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder


Rachel Kyte

Special Representative of the U.N. Secretary-General; Chief Executive Officer

Sustainable Energy For All; SEforALL

12:00 13:00

Lunch break

13:00 14:00

Parallel sessions

7 Sessions

Rethinking hydro: Powering tomorrow's world

Making up nearly 71% of the world’s renewable electricity, hydropower has long been and still is viewed as one of the most dependable forms of green energy and a vital means of electrification. What are the impacts of climate change, economic and societal transition on countries that are highly hydro-dependent? Where do the next generation of opportunities lie?


H.E. Arnoldo Wiens Durksen

Minister of Public Works and Communications

Government of Paraguay

H.E. Sileshi Bekele

Minister of Water, Irrigation & Electricity

Government of Ethiopia

Lei Mingshan

Chairman Of The Board Of Directors

China Three Gorges Corporation

The new energy efficiency agenda: The energy information nexus

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 energy-efficient lighting, refrigeration, and more efficient motors in industry could save as much as 10% of power generation; but could digitalisation bring even greater efficiency?


Abel Didier Tella

Director General

Association of Power Utilities of Africa

Refueling the talent pipeline: The energy professional of the future

There is a serious risk of worker shortages for many job functions across the energy industry, as employers are reporting increasing difficulty in recruiting workers with the right skills. The advent of AI, IoT and robotisation threatens to exacerbate this, creating new jobs requiring new skill sets and displacing existing ones.


Ella Minty

Co-Chair Energy Leadership Platform

Chartered Institute Of Public Relations

Louise Kingham

Chief Executive

The Energy Institute

Nuno Silva

Technology & Innovation Director


Bob C. Armstrong


Massachusetts Institute Of Technology

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; but how should these be prioritised when there is no “one size fits all” solution?


Dr. Yanbing Kang

Director, Energy Sustainability Center

Energy Research Institute

Dr. Kazutomo Irie

Managing Director, President

The Institute of Energy Economics & Asia Pacific Energy Research Center

Dr. Richard Lancaster

Chief Executive Officer; Executive Chair, Innovation

CLP Power Hong Kong Ltd.; World Energy Council

Sam Muraki

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

World Energy Council;Tokyo Gas Company Ltd.

Communities and the social license to operate

The traditional perception of the community paradox - democratised access but with the heavy industry in someone else's backyard - is being overcome by a new approach to achieving a social license to operate. From Britain to Beijing, Cameroon to Canada, case studies are emerging of successful energy projects with community buy-in. What are the ingredients of success, the consequences of failure, and the 360 benefits of smart community project planning?


Alessandro Costa

Head of Sustainability

Falck Renewables S.P.A.


Majid Jafar

Chief Executive Officer

Crescent Petroleum

Sergio Suchodolski

General Director

New Development Bank

Astrid Alvarez

Chief Executive Officer

Grupo De Energia De Bogota

Giles Dickson

Chief Executive Officer

Wind Europe

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.


H.E. João Baptista Borges

Minister of Energy & Water

Government of Angola

H.E. Bachir Ismaël Ouedraogo

Minister of Energy

Government of West African Nation of Burkina Faso

H.E. Joran Gumbo

Minister of Energy and Power Development

Government of Zimbabwe

H.E.  Como Manirakiza

Minister of Energy & Mines

Government of Burundi

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?


Dr. Ibrahim Al-Muhanna

Vice Chair for the Gulf States/Middle East; Advisor to the Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources

Government of Saudi Arabia

Steve Bolze

Senior Managing Director


14:00 14:15


14:15 15:15

Closing plenary The business outlook for oil


Halima Croft

Managing, Director and Global Head

Royal Bank of Canada


H.E. Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo

OPEC Secretary General

Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC)

Musabbeh Al Kaabi

Chief Executive Officer, Petroleum & Petrochemicals

Mubadala Investment Company

Daniel Yergin

Vice Chairman

IHS Markit

Yang Hua


China National Offshore Oil Corporation(CNOOC)

Dr. Ahmed Ali Attiga

Chief Executive Officer


15:15 15:30

Closing remarks

19:00 21:00

Gala dinner

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