Renowned Congress secures participation from key industry and government leaders


HOUSTON, TX (November 9, 2021) — The 23rd World Petroleum Congress Organizing Committee has released new program details for its highly-anticipated U.S. Program.  With the World Petroleum Congress back in the United States for the first time in over 30 years, attendees will have a unique, in-person opportunity to hear in-depth discussions around specific areas where the U.S. is at the forefront, as well as U.S. perspectives on the global industry.


“Our industry has experienced significant developments since the U.S. last hosted a World Petroleum Congress in 1987, including the Shale revolution,” said Galen Cobb, Chair of the WPC U.S. National Committee. “Our goal as an Organizing Committee is to convene key global energy leaders and provide a platform for meaningful and future-focused conversations that will benefit generations to come.”


The U.S. Program is comprised of high-level sessions and luncheons featuring CEOs, C-suite executives, government officials, academics, and best-selling authors speaking on a variety of areas where efficiency, productivity and sustainability have been improved, reflecting the nation’s innovative spirit through energy solutions.


Topics for the U.S. sessions include the role of U.S.  oil and gas in global energy markets, the shale revolution, digital evolution of the industry, natural gas as a clean and affordable transition fuel, and creating a future vision and perception of the industry at-large. Meanwhile the U.S. Industry Insight Luncheons will take a deeper dive into the U.S. shale revolution, accelerating the transformation of energy, and a look at how Houston is leading the energy transition.


Confirmed speakers for the U.S. Program include Julie Sweet, Chair & CEO, Accenture; Vivek Chidambaram, Accenture; Dr. Daniel Yergin, Vice Chairman of IHS Markit, Pulitzer-Prize winner, leading energy expert, and author of The New Map: Energy, Climate, and the Clash of Nations, Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo, Secretary General, Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC); John B. Hess, CEO, Hess Corporation; Tom Siebel, Chairman & CEO of; Lorenzo Simonelli, Chairman & CEO, Baker Hughes, USA; Mike Sommers, President & CEO, American Petroleum Institute (API); Bob Dudley, Chairman, OGCI; Brian Sullivan, Worldwide Exchange Anchor & Senior Correspondent, CNBC; Barbara Burger, Vice President, Innovation & President, Chevron Technology Ventures; Robert Bryce, Author of A Question of Power: Electricity and the Wealth of Nations; Alex Epstein, Author of The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels; Tim Leach, Executive Vice President, Lower 48 at ConocoPhillips; Scott D. Sheffield, CEO, Pioneer Natural Resources; Travis Stice, CEO & Director, Diamondback Energy Inc.


The U.S. Program is part of a wider Strategic Program that will feature high-level plenaries, CEO Panels, sessions and round tables led by the industry’s top executives, government ministers from countries including Bahrain, Canada, Poland, and Iran; all discussing strategies and sharing best practices that have allowed companies to endure and thrive under varied market conditions and will transform the future of the industry. To view the full Strategic Program, click here.


From December 5-9, the 23rd World Petroleum Congress will convene international ministers, as well as CEOs, academia and other expert speakers representing over 60 countries at the George R. Brown Convention Center in downtown Houston to discuss the energy landscape as it relates to industry trends, innovative solutions and best practices shaping the future of energy and the global economy. Drawing participation from key constituents influencing the global industry, the 23rd WPC will provide leaders a platform to hold important, future-focused discussions around solutions that will go beyond the Congress.


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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 most prestigious international event. Assembling expert speakers from all around the world, the Congress attracts the highest-level industry and government leaders, including heads of state, ministers of energy and C-suite executives. The Congress will also feature an engaging exhibition floor in the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston’s Downtown Campus. The Presenting Sponsors of the 23rd World Petroleum Congress are Chevron, Halliburton, Accenture, Hess, ExxonMobil, BP, QatarEnergy, Baker Hughes, Saudi Aramco and ConocoPhillips.


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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