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 Future governments and energy transition: Role and impact


Major constraints such as water, energy and food nexus and the challenges facing the energy transition cannot be solved or met by any business or government alone. While the specific national context requires that every country finds its individual solutions to best balance energy challenges, many of these will have their most effective solutions in cross- border collaboration. Can the current institutional frameworks deal with the scope, scale and nature of the challenges? Are the existing governments structures, tools, etc.. able to cope with the energy future plans? In this plenary we will discuss how governments are preparing for the future and adapting to the energy transition futuristic needs.

10:45 11:00


11:00 12:00

Parallel sessions

7 Sessions

Energy, water and food nexus: Exploring the perspectives

98% of electricity supply directly depends on access to water. Water stress and competition for water resources are increasing and expose energy systems to new vulnerability. Technology choice, coordinated regional water planning, internal water pricing, and innovative insurance models are among the solutions implemented to adapt to a more water-constrained future


H.E. Mariam Hareb Al Mehairi

Minister of State for Food Security

Government of the United Arab Emirates

Michael Webber

Deputy Director of the Energy Institute

University of Texas at Austin

Loïc Fauchon

President & Chief Executive Officer

World Water Council

Voice of cities for the future energy

The way cities are designed today are 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 to our cities will determine the energy consumption of our cities years from now. Learn from leading cities that are driving solutions in energy, resource and resilience challenges.

Rethinking the energy trilemma: Synergies and co-benefits

Managing a robust energy transition is not straightforward. How are policymakers navigating new threats and opportunities in the context of rapidly declining costs of renewable energy and decentralised solutions, recent discoveries of unconventional resources and increasing exposure to climate change stress, whilst balancing short-term pressures to keep security high and costs low, and the mid-term imperative to accelerate innovation?


Francois Austin


Oliver Wyman Group


Mazuin Ismail

Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy


John Pierce


Australian Energy Market Commission

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, and looks to where this trend may lead us in the future.


H.E. Shaikh Nawaf Bin Ibrahim Al-Khalifa

Chairman of the Board of Directors

Gulf Cooperation Council Interconnection Authority (GCCIA)

Frederick Kempe

Chief Executive Officer

Atlantic Council

Progressing the vision for regional integration

The world’s vast wealth of energy resources and opportunities, from unconventional oil and gas reserves to renewable energy sources, to naturally privileged energy transportation routes, storage or even skills, centers, are unevenly distributed within regions and the world. Regional collaboration and integration are the keys to unlock enormous untapped potential. What are the challenges that are best addressed at regional, rather than national level?


H.E. Matar Al Neyadi

Chairman; Undersecretary

24th World Energy Congress Organising Committee; Ministry of Energy and Industry United Arab Emirates


Bernardo Vargas Gibsone

Chief Executive Officer

Interconexión Eléctrica S.A. E.S.P

Yana Popkostova

Founder and Managing Director

European Centre For Energy And Geopolitical Analysis

Ahmed Al-Ebrahim

Chief Executive Officer

Gulf Cooperation Council Interconnection Authority

Dr. Jörg Bergmann

Chairman of the Board of Management

Open Grid Europe GmbH

Nandita Parshad

Managing Director, Sustainable Infrastructure Group

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

The new energy security agenda

In an increasingly interconnected and uncertain world, energy security has moved to the forefront of the energy and economic agenda. Growing resource scarcity, more frequent natural disasters linked to climate change, volatile markets, and political instability in and around energy exporting countries are just a few of the many pressing points of concern for energy suppliers and consumers alike.


Sean Cleary


Strategic Concepts


Jonathan Elkind

Fellow and Senior Research Scholar

Center on Global Energy Policy, SIPA, University of Columbia

Sara Vakhshouri


SVB Energy International

Stepping up on climate action

The unprecedented global will for action on climate change is rightly recognised as a paragon of international cooperation. As students across the globe continue to take to the streets to call for climate action, the demand for stepping up change is clear. Collective action can make a difference, and a profound one, but are the international pledges to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 bold enough to stop global warming?


David Victor

Professor and Director

University of California San Diego


Dr. Ove Hoegh Guldberg

Professor and Director

University of Queensland

12:00 13:15

Lunch break

13:15 14:15

Parallel sessions

5 Sessions

Energy geopolitics: Entering a new normal?

A successful energy transition requires an unprecedented level of global cooperation, guided by strong global carbon pricing and supported by the effective global trade of clean technology; but as global alliances are shifting, national policies are turning inwards to protect self-interests, populist agendas and traditional trading blocs.

Accelerating action on the SDGs and the Carbon + Agenda

From ensuring universal access to affordable, reliable and modern energy to taking urgent climate action to keep the world below 2°C, the global community has set itself ambitious energy targets that will require unprecedented collaboration. Innovative approaches requiring public-private partnerships, investments and new business models will be needed to accelerate progress on these goals and successfully transform the world’s energy systems.

New regional perspectives: Forging new avenues for Europe’s energy policy

European energy policy has been strongly pursuing decarbonisation in the energy sector. Although the European Union has developed a number of policy and regulatory initiatives, national regulations remain very different and often contradictory. How can Europe approach common regional and coherent sub-regional energy policies?


Cédric Lewandowski

Group Executive Director

Electricité De France


Hando Sutter

Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Management Board

Eesti Energia AS

Dr. William D'haeseleer

Chair, Belgium Member Committee & Director

World Energy Council & University of Leuven Energy Institute

New regional perspectives: What will fuel North America’s future energy system?

The energy world is undergoing a grand transition, driven by a combination of factors including the fast-paced development of new technologies, an unstoppable digital revolution and global environmental challenges, combined with changing demographic patterns. The impact of greater electrification of the energy system will be explored, as well as the importance of gasoline versus electrons versus hydrogen in the future energy economy.


Aldo Flores-Quiroga

Former Vice Minister of Hydrocarbons & Former SG

International Energy Forum (IEF)

Enhancing energy security and electricity integration in the MENA region

Soaring demand for electricity in the growing economies of the Middle East and North Africa is set to drive the process of regional integration in the region. APICORP forecasts that the MENA region needs to invest $260 billion over the period 2018-2023 to meet this demand. In the GCC, the existing interconnection is enhancing reliability and energy security among member countries. The GCC is also opening a new opportunity for the region and it can be repeated as a successful model in different parts of the world.


Adam Edward Sieminski


King Abdullah Petroleum Studies & Research Center


H.E. Mohamed Shaker

Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy

Government of Egypt

H.E. Mohammad Boushehri


Ministry of Electricity & Water

Omar Khlfan Al-Wohaibi


Nama Holding

14:15 14:30


14:30 15:20

Closing plenary Perspectives on the energy transition


International organizations play an important role in facilitating cooperation among member countries. In the Energy sector, five international organizations are taking the lead in energy transition and outlook. In this session, each organization will present their views and insights in the future of Energy landscape for the next decade.


H.E. Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo

OPEC Secretary General

Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC)

Dr. Sun Xiansheng

Secretary General

International Energy Forum

Yury Sentyurin

Secretary General

Gas Exporting Countries Forum

Francesco La Camera

Director General


Randy Bell


Atlantic Council

Dr. Fatih Birol

Executive Director

International Energy Agency (IEA)

15:20 15:30

Closing remarks

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