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 Start-up Energy Transition: The power of the bold


Bold entrepreneurs are tackling some of the world’s most pressing energy challenges, many of them using radically new business models and technologies. The winners of this year's Start-up Energy Transition Awards illustrate the power of the bold and demonstrate a vision beyond convention.


Andreas Kuhlman

Chief Executive


Gina Domanig

Co-Chair, Innovation & Issues Monitor; Chief Executive Officer

World Energy Council; Emerald Ventures

10:45 11:00


11:00 12:00

Parallel sessions/workshops

5 Sessions

Energy innovation: Technology push versus society pull

Key drivers of the energy transition including decarbonisation, digitalisation and decentralisation deliver entirely new solutions and expose incumbent business models, assets and resources. Some of these solutions entirely depend on the willingness of the consumer and society to embrace them; however innovative technologies driven by digitalisation are not directly visible to the consumer but may profoundly change the realities of the energy system.

Rethinking innovation

Innovation is one of the most powerful ways to drive growth. Developing and deploying new innovations can be expensive, long and complex, whether incremental or transformative, making it critical to learn from the approaches of the most successful innovators, and embed innovation into the fabric of organisations. What lessons can be drawn from companies who continuously innovate their business models?

Agile giants: What defines the successful incumbent?

Many incumbents face financial pressure, lose market share to new players, and are exposed to a rapidly changing context where future success depends on the capability to innovate. Good innovators learn from the success of others and the best learn from their own failure – whether this be in the realms of technology, business practice, policy or investment.

Innovation culture: The power of diversity

Diversity and the culture to absorb its seeds are fertile ground for innovation. Effective innovation requires a diverse set of ideas and perspectives, best drawn from a team with different backgrounds, genders, and ages. The arch dispruters pride themselves on working cultures that facilitate diversity and build on its riches.


Charity Wanjiku

Chief Operating Officer

Strauss Energy Ltd.

Joanna Hubbard

Chief Operating Officer


Yana Popkostova

Founder and Managing Director

European Centre For Energy And Geopolitical Analysis

The innovation ecosystem: What does success look like?

Effective innovation will be needed to successfully navigate the energy transition and achieve energy prosperity for all; however, creating effective innovation ecosystems is not easy and requires a combination of robust skills development, adequate public and private sector investment, effective policy-enabling environments and open interaction among the diverse actors. What are the key conditions for nurturing a healthy innovation ecosystem?

12:00 13:15

Lunch break

13:15 14:30

Closing plenary Reflections on the week: Energy for prosperity

14:30 15:00

Congress closing ceremony

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