24th Congress Day 2 Highlights

Day 2 - Business as (un)usual: Opportunity for change

The second day of 24th World Energy Congress focused on the importance of the private sector, innovation and new business opportunities, regional perspectives and building resilience in the energy sector. 


World Energy Leaders' Summit (WELS) - Private CEO and Ministerial roundtables

The World Energy Leaders' Summits are the premier gathering for government ministers and CEOs of major energy companies. These private, invitation-only roundtables provide a credible space for energy leaders to exchange insights, share best practices and identify challenges on the road to energy for prosperity.

The World Energy Council Releases Brief: Designing for Disruption

The innovative framework Constellation of Disruptions was introduced at the 24th World Energy Congress in Abu Dhabi. Developed in partnership with Accenture Strategy, Designing for Disruptions: A new era for energy looks at how energy leaders can prepare for a world where disruption is simply business as usual.

By covering mindsets, trend-sensing, ecosystems, and setting out a structured methodology for understanding, managing, and leading disruption, Constellation of Disruptions explains the combinatorial effect of changes in technology, society, business and policy.

New regional perpectives: Critical enablers to Africa's energy transition

Enabling Africa to optimise its energy needs in the context of an expanded, reliable baseload for wider electrification in each country, delivered by leveraging new technologies to increase generation, transmission and distribution efficiencies, reduce wastage, and limit GHG emissions.

Population growth in Africa is the highest in the world and the continent has the world’s youngest population. An exceptional share of the rapid urbanization the world will experience up to 2050 and beyond will be in Africa. But without access to modern energy, the 650 million Africans who do not have such access today will not be able to shake off the shackles of poverty, and Africa’s growing youth population. Solutions such as better regional energy sharing, continental interconnectors between regional power pools and large-scale expansion of renewables-based energy could sharply reduce energy poverty.

This session was moderated by Sean Cleary, Chairman, Strategic Concepts.The speakers of this session included H.E. Gabriel Mbaga Obiang Lima, Minister of Mines, Industry and Energy, Equatorial Guinea, H.E. Timipre Sylva, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Nigeria, H.E. Kornelia Shilunga, Deputy Minister of Mines and Energy, Namibia, Abubakar Sani Sambo, Special Advisor to the Nigerian President, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, Dr. Elham Ibrahim, Vice Chair for Africa, World Energy Council, Mansoor Hamayun, Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder, Bboxx, Rachid Hachichi, Chief Executive Officer, Sonatrach.

Strategic Narrative Statement

The World Energy Council's Strategic Congress Statement highlights 10 areas for action and 4 new perspectives emerging from energy leadership across the world including the need to harness the emerging promise of a new era of global abundance of clean and renewable energy sources and technologies.



The neutral IEF platform aims to build a global consensus on reliable and realistic energy transformations, rational responses to the global energy challenges we face, and renewed collective action to achieve shared UN goals to combat climate change. Highlights included the call for mutually supportive relationships between energy producers and consumers.

The new people power: Driving change for sustainable energy

We have to be more bold - boldness to jump over the fence and connect the right industries."

Dr. Martin Brudermüller Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors and Chief Technology Officer, BASF

Consumer concerns on livelihood and affordability of energy have risen up the political and business agenda. In a more interconnected world where new and disruptive technologies are a driving force, consumers and communities are seeking added value, personal relevance and greater societal meaning in their energy choices. The ‘new people power’ is transforming the way consumers interact with energy systems across cities and communities.

This session was moderated by Eithne Treanor, Energy Commentator. Speakers included H.E. Eng. Mohamed Al Hammadi, Chief Executive Officer, Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC), Kim Yin Wong, Chief Executive Officer, Singapore Power, Steve Berberich, President and Chief Executive Officer, California Independent System Operator, Dr. Martin Brudermüller, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors and Chief Technology Officer, BASF, Wei Kou, Executive Chairman, State Grid Corporation of China, Rachel Kyte, Special Representative of the U.N. Secretary-General; Chief Executive Officer, Sustainable Energy For All; SEforALL, and Alexey Likhachev, Director General, The State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom.

The new power people - Global Panel

Future Energy Leaders Congress

“It's about finding out who is going to loose — the rig workers, the beef farmers, those types of people. Once we find out how we support them, then they will join the cause and get on board.”

Bennet Tucker, Secretary of the Board, Future Energy Leaders

The CNN Global Energy Challenge is a documentary project by John Defterios exploring the challenges of a transition to 'cleaner' renewable energy sources while pursuing decarbonisation. As the premier global network of young energy professionals, the FEL100 were interviewed by John Defterios, discussing the road ahead for the energy transition.

Watch it here


The CNN Global Energy Challenge - Future energy council leaders

The voice of cities: Designing an energy smart future

Successful sustainable cities will be those with vision and ambition and intelligently incentivised policies. Markets alone will not deliver this.

Ian Gardner, Global Energy Leader, Arup

The way cities are designed today is shaping the future of energy. Smart city planning and urban development have a significant impact on transport needs. Building design, smart appliances and smart grid have great potential in improving the energy and carbon footprint of our buildings. An integrated and smart design approach will determine the energy consumption of our cities years from now. Learn from leading cities, from old to new, big to small, that are driving solutions in energy, resource and resilience challenges.

This session was moderated by H.E. Eng. Fatima Alfoora Alshamsi, Assistant Undersecretary for Electricity, Water and Future Energy, Ministry of Energy and Industry and CEO of the World Energy Congress Organising Committee. Speakers included Ahmed Aboutaleb, Mayor, City of Rotterdam, Caspar Herzberg, President of Schneider Electric, Middle East & Africa region, Elizabeth Monoian, Founding Co-Director, Land Art Generator, Ian Gardner, Global Energy Leader, ARUP, Karim El-Jisr, Executive Director, Dubai Sustainable City, and  Kim Yin Wong, Chief Executive Officer, Singapore Power.

Plenary sessions

  • Keynote address by H.E Kersti Kaljulaid, President, Republic of Estonia
  • Keynote address by H.E Awaidha Al Marar, Chairman, Abu Dhabi Department of Energy
  • Keynote address by H.E Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Managing Director & CEO, DEWA
  • Keynote address by Amin H. Nasser, President & CEO, Saudi Aramco
  • Keynote address by Jean-Bernard Levy, Chairman & CEO, EDF
  • Opening plenary - The new people power: Driving change for sustainable energy

Parallel sessions (1)

  • Global dynamics of gas and unconventionals
  • Getting to grips with blockchain: Cutting through the hype
  • New regional perspectives: Critical enablers to Africa’s energy transition
  • Financing energy: Closing the clean energy investment gap
  • The voice of cities: Designing an energy smart future
  • Cyber security: 3 clicks from collapse
  • The power of people diversity

Parallel sessions (2)

  • Dynamic resilience: Preparing for extreme weather, water stress and cyber risk
  • Rethinking hydro: Powering tomorrow’s world
  • To invest or divest: New realities and responsibilities
  • Promise of solar
  • Unlocking the potential of energy efficiency
  • New regional perspectives: Asian prospects for a low carbon society
  • New models of leadership: Profit with purpose
  • The role of gas in the global energy transition

Plenary sessions

  • Keynote address by Dan Brouillette, Deputy Secretary, United States Department of Energy
  • Keynote address by Lisa Davis, CEO Gas & Power, Siemens
  • Closing plenary - The business outlook for oil

The sigining of the memorandum of understanding between the Abu Dhabi Department of Energy and the State Grid Corporation of China.

New regional perspectives: Asian prospects for a low carbon society

Asia is the most rapidly growing energy market and the most populous and geographically diverse region in the world. The chalenges of balancing increases in demand with climate action goals have a range of solutions, from alternative sources and better efficiency to energy storage and new technology. 

This session was moderated by Shigeru Muraki, Executive Adviser, Tokyo Gas Company. The speakers of this session included Dr. Kazutomo Irie, President , Asia Pacific Energy Research Center (APERC), Dr. Richard Lancaster, Group Executive Chair, Innovation, World Energy Council, Dr. Yanbing Kang, Director, Energy Sustainability Center, Energy Research Institute, Dr. Yongping Zhai, Chief of Energy Sector Group, Asian Development Bank.

Lisa Davis, CEO Gas & Power for Siemens giving her keynote address

Gala Dinner

The hosts of the 24th World Energy Congress welcomed delegates and representatives from accross the world at the gala dinner to express their good will and commitment to delivering the transition to sustainable energy.


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