World Energy Congress releases additional speakers for WEC Daegu 2013

Major international figures from across the sector to address global energy issues 

LONDON / SEOUL, 24 September 2012 – The WEC Daegu 2013 Organising Committee and the World Energy Council (WEC) today released a further list of 15 confirmed speakers for its 22nd World Energy Congress. The Congress will take place from 13 to 17 October 2013 in Daegu, South Korea.

Some of the most influential figures in the global energy sector, from chief executives and government ministers to the leaders of major international organisations, will address the Congress theme of “Securing Tomorrow’s Energy Today”.

The newly confirmed speakers are:

  • Shai Agassi, Founder & CEO, Better Place
  • Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, CEO, Masdar
  • Leonhard Birnbaum, Member of the Executive Board of E.ON AG (as of 1 July 2013)
  • Hela Cheikhrouhou, Director, African Development Bank
  • Jean-Marie Dauger, Executive Vice-President, GdF Suez
  • John Drzik, CEO, Oliver Wyman
  • Javier Genaro Gutiérrez Pemberty, President, Ecopetrol SA
  • Russell Girling, President &CEO, TransCanada
  • Steve Holliday, Chief Executive, National Grid
  • Naomi Hirose, President, TEPCO
  • Michael Liebreich, Chief Executive, Bloomberg New Energy Finance
  • Chris Luebkeman, Director Global Insight and Innovation, ARUP
  • Julia Marton-Lefevre, Director-General, International Union for Conservation of Nature
  • Enrique García Rodríguez, President & CEO, CAF
  • Jean-Pascal Tricoire, President & CEO, Schneider Electric

The world’s premier energy event is held every three years under the auspices of the World Energy Council, which consists of 93 national committees, representing more than 3,000 member organizations including governments, industry, professional institutions and associations, and non-profit groups.

Next year’s event will be the second World Energy Congress to be held in East Asia in the event’s 90-year history, reflecting the extraordinary growth in the region’s energy markets over recent years.  Delegates from across the global energy and related sectors will include government ministers, heads of state and the industry leaders of today and tomorrow from both developed and developing nations.

The names of more speakers will be released on a regular basis and a full program of speakers is available from the WEC Daegu 2013 website, with key global energy themes being covered including:

  • Visions and scenarios for the future of the global energy sector
  • Identifying opportunities in resources and technologies
  • The energy trilemma: policy solutions to ensure prosperity
  • Securing a sustainable energy future
  • Asia’s role in tackling global energy challenges

Kim Joong-kyum, Chairman of the Organizing Committee and President and CEO of the Korea Electric Power Corporation, said: 

“Our list of speakers to date not only represents the global remit of the World Energy Congress, it also confirms the breadth of experience and knowledge across all sectors the Congress attracts. We are honoured to be hosting what we are confident will be an insightful and stimulating Congress.”

Christoph Frei, Secretary General of the World Energy Council, said:

“Next year’s theme, Securing Tomorrow’s Energy Today, could not be timelier. Given the backdrop of growing energy consumption, financial uncertainty across global markets and rapid technological advancement, we must address the challenges the energy sector faces and pool together collective ambitions for the long term.

“It is encouraging to see the interest in next year’s event, a testament to the legacy of the World Energy Congress and the platform it offers to leading organisations in the energy industry.”

More information can also be found on www.daegu2013.kr.