The World Petroleum Council on Dec. 11 announced the first speakers for the 23rd World Petroleum Congress, which will be held in Houston, Dec. 6-10, 2020.
The program of the Congress will feature eight high-level plenary sessions across five days, with global leaders from the oil and gas sector confirmed to speak. From the operator side, delegates will hear insights from U.S. and international bellwethers, including:
- Michael K. Wirth, Chairman and CEO, Chevron;
- Eldar Sætre, President and CEO, Equinor;
- Darren Woods, Chairman and CEO, Exxon Mobil Corp.;
- Mele Kolo Kyari, Group Managing Director, NNPC;
- Roberto Castello Branco, CEO, Petrobras;
- Kamel Eddine Chikhi, CEO, Sonatrach;
- Patrick Pouyanné, Chairman and CEO, Total; and
- Peter Coleman, CEO, Woodside.
The services segment is also well-represented with Lorenzo Simonelli, chairman and CEO, Baker Hughes, and Jeff Miller, president and CEO, Halliburton, on board as speakers.
“I am delighted to share such a prestigious line-up of confirmed speakers who will explore those critical areas where vanguard technologies and innovative solutions are being applied, as the oil and gas industry adapts to the changing energy landscape,” said Tor Fjaeran, president, World Petroleum Council.
The Congress also unveiled of the event’s premier sponsors, with Schlumberger, BHP and Weatherford confirmed to date. Rounding out the announcements, Boston Consulting Group (BCG) will be supporting as the official strategic partner.
In addition to the plenary sessions, the Congress program will also feature 16 ministerial sessions and roundtables, 16 CEO roundtables and panels, 12 strategic dialogues and 23 technical forums addressing innovation in upstream, downstream and natural gas, as well managing energy in the future. More details on the entire program will be released in due course.
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