Top industry leaders to share insights at triannual event in Houston, December 2020

HOUSTON, U.S.A., December 10, 2019—The World Petroleum Council announced today the first of many can’t miss speakers for the 23rd World Petroleum Congress, which will be held in Houston, December 6-10, 2020.


The packed program of the Congress will feature eight high-level plenary sessions across five days, with global leaders from the oil and gas sector now confirmed to speak. From the operator side, delegates will hear insights from US and international bellwethers, including:


•  Michael K. Wirth, Chairman and CEO, Chevron

•  Eldar Sætre, President and CEO, Equinor

•  Darren Woods, Chairman and CEO, ExxonMobil

•  Mele Kolo Kyari, Group Managing Director, NNPC

•  Roberto Castello Branco, CEO, Petrobras

•  Kamel Eddine Chikhi, CEO, Sonatrach

•  Patrick Pouyanné, Chairman and CEO, Total

•  Peter Coleman, CEO, Woodside


The services segment is also well-represented with Lorenzo Simonelli, Chairman and CEO, Baker Hughes, and Jeff Miller, Chairman, President and CEO, Halliburton, on board as speakers.


“I am delighted to share such a prestigious line-up of confirmed speakers who will explore those critical areas where vanguard technologies and innovative solutions are being applied, as the oil and gas industry adapts to the changing energy landscape,” said Tor Fjaeran, President, World Petroleum Council.


Today also sees the unveiling of the event’s Premier Sponsors, with Schlumberger, BHP and Weatherford confirmed to date. Rounding out today’s announcements, Boston Consulting Group (BCG) will be supporting as the Official Strategic Partner.


In addition to the plenary sessions, the Congress program will also feature 16 ministerial sessions and roundtables, 16 CEO roundtables and panels, 12 strategic dialogues and 23 technical forums addressing innovation in upstream, downstream and natural gas, as well managing energy in the future. More details on the entire program will be released in due course.


About the 23rd World Petroleum Congress

The 23rd World Petroleum Congress takes place in Houston, Texas, USA, December 6-10, 2020. The triennial World Petroleum Congress is the oil and gas industry’s largest and most prestigious international event. Known as “the Olympics of the oil and gas sector,” the Congress attracts the highest-level industry and government leaders from around the world, including heads of state, ministers of energy and C-suite executives.


More than 100 countries, 50 ministers, 700 expert speakers, 1,000 media and 10,000 delegates are expected to participate in the Congress, which will also feature the World Petroleum Exhibition in the 50,000 square meter George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston’s Downtown Campus.


Further program and event details for the 23rd World Petroleum Congress can be found at


About the World Petroleum Council

The World Petroleum Council was established in 1933 and provides a neutral platform for discussion of the issues facing the oil and gas industry and its stakeholders around the globe.  It is a non-advocacy, non-political organization, dedicated to the application of scientific advances in the oil and gas industries, technology transfer and the sustainable use of the world’s petroleum resources for the benefit of all. The WPC is registered as a charity in the UK. Its nearly 70 member countries represent 96% of the world’s oil and gas production and consumption.




For further information on the 23rd World Petroleum Congress, contact:

Susan Ganz, Sr Vice President, Strategic Communications and Industry Engagement

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Ben Bladon, Director, Public Relations

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