Energy Thought Leaders Discuss Innovation for a Sustainable Energy Future


HOUSTON, October 26, 2020 — The 23rd World Petroleum Congress Organizing Committee (23rd WPCOC) today announced the launch of a unique series of online conversations with energy thought leaders from around the world. The series focuses on the essential role that innovation plays, both in the field and in the office, to ensure a safe and sustainable energy future for everyone.


Entitled ‘23rd WPC Spotlight’, the moderated, online discussions will bring candid, in-depth insights into the many types of innovative solutions that will shape the future of energy. The series is presented by the 23rd World Petroleum Congress – the global energy industry’s premier, triennial conference of the World Petroleum Council (WPC) – taking place December 5-9, 2021 in Houston, Texas.


“This series aligns very closely with the WPC’s central purpose of facilitating dialogue to help find solutions to the key technical, social, environmental and management challenges facing the global energy industry,” said Tor Fjaeran, President, World Petroleum Council.


In the first edition, Keisuke Sadamori, Director – Energy Markets and Security, International Energy Agency (IEA); Mike Sommers, President and CEO, American Petroleum Institute (API); and Adam Sieminski, President, King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC) share perspectives on the current energy landscape impacted by COVID-related demand reduction, how companies and nations are becoming more resilient in shaping the future mix of energy supply, and how innovation will enable the global energy industry to confront emissions and climate change and continue to be part of a sustainable future. The discussion is moderated by Alan Thomson, Managing Director and Senior Partner, Boston Consulting Group (BCG).


Jeff Shellebarger, Chairman, 23rd WPCOC, added: “What sets the World Petroleum Congress apart from other energy events is the ability to convene global government and energy industry leaders to share their perspectives on topical industry issues; this is reflected in the line-up of participants and themes for this conversation series. Spotlight demonstrates the caliber of speakers and content that attendees can expect to see at the Congress in Houston next December.”


The first edition will go live October 28, 2020, at 10:00 A.M. CST and will be available on the 23rd World Petroleum Congress website. For more information, and to register, click here.


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About the 23rd World Petroleum Congress

The 23rd World Petroleum Congress takes place in Houston, Texas, December 5-9, 2021. 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.


The Presenting Sponsors of the 23rd World Petroleum Congress are Chevron, Halliburton, Accenture, Hess Corporation, ExxonMobil, BP, Qatar Petroleum, Baker Hughes, Saudi Aramco and ConocoPhillips.


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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.




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