Second World Energy Council Academy launched in Colombia

More than 200 participants from across the Colombian energy sector made the first course to engage tomorrow’s energy leaders on global energy issues a great success.

Colombia participants

Participants during the first inaugural session of COCME’s training course


With the purpose to build a specialised environment for young energy leaders in the country, the World Energy Council’s Colombian Member Committee, the Comite Colombiano del Consejo Mundial (COCME) launched its knowledge development programme last month. “The content of the programme provides a unique way of conceptualising the complexity of factors facing the energy sector today. It  helps decision-makers create a strategic vision that addresses the key challenges the energy sector faces, which is necessary for the industry as energy is a prerequisite of our existing and future pattern of society”,  José Antonio Vargas Lleras, Vice Chair for the LAC region and Chair of the Colombian member committee, said.

Argentina was the first member committee to launch an energy training course and has just established the third edition. This Knowledge Development Programme for Energy Leaders saw almost 100 participants, most of which were young professionals within the energy sector. Topics included energy efficiency, the Council’s studies, and renewable energy legislation.

Colombia is the second member committee after Argentina to establish the academy, and the first of many member committees to commit towards creating a similar programme. It is part of the World Energy Council’s agenda for change which aims to generate a national, regional and global consensus on energy issues.


Training course and community of energy leaders

The Colombia programme, like its parent Argentina programme,  is structured in two phases: the training course at the beginning, and the subsequent establishment of the COCME community of energy leaders. In each session a World Energy Council study is presented to enable participants to develop an overview of energy issues. Recognised sector experts from academia, research centres, associations and enterprises, members of COCME then explain their viewpoints on the topic presented and tailor it to place an emphasis on Colombia’s  place within global and regional perspectives. The Colombian programme’s agenda for one of the next sessions for example focuses on themes such as the Council’s World Energy Resources survey, (shale) oil and gas in Colombia, transportation and refining.

The second phase of the project aims to set up a community of energy leaders for the programme’s graduates so they can continue to address energy-related issues and access information from new studies and programmes of the Council. This will help to facilitate their integration into working groups to interact with experts from different levels and ensure that the member committee both develops and stays in touch with the best among the world’s future energy leaders.

Similarly and to supplement the classes, COCME has organised four virtual conversations, seeking to enhance the learning of students with discussions and proposed ideas for the energy sector.

  • Find Colombia’s ranking in the World Energy Council’s Trilemma Index here
  • Website of the Colombian Member Committee here