HE Eng Suhail Mohamed Faraj Al Mazrouei
Minister of Energy and Industry, United Arab Emirates, President of the OPEC Conference
HE Eng. Suhail Mohamed Faraj Al Mazrouei was appointed as Minister of Energy & Industry in April 2013. Over the years, Eng. Al Mazrouei held multiple positions across both government and private sector. Prior to his ministerial role, he was Deputy CEO and Executive Vice President of Mubadala Petroleum (2007-13) and worked for over a decade at ADNOC. He also held posts at the Abu Dhabi Marine Operation Company (ADMA OPCO) and Zakum Development Company (ZADCO) in March 2013. Furthermore, Eng. Al Mazrouei is President of the OPEC Conference 2018.
HE Eng Khalid A. Al-Falih
Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
HE Eng Bijan Namdar Zanganeh
Minister of Petroleum, Islamic Republic of Iran
HE Eng. Bijan Namdar Zanganeh was appointed as Minister of Petroleum in August 2013. Zanganeh earned a graduate degree in civil engineering from the University of Tehran in 1977. He went on to serve as agriculture minister from 1983 to 1988 and Minister of Energy from 1988 to 1997. He was Minister of Petroleum under President Mohammad Khatami from 1997 to 2005 and expanded the petrochemical gas sectors. He promoted the use of gas domestically, allowing Iran to export more oil. Zanganeh intermittently taught management and economics classes at multiple universities.
HE Dr Mohammed Bin Saleh Al-Sada
Minister of Energy and Industry, Qatar
HE Dr. Mohammed Bin Saleh Al-Sada was appointed as Minister of Energy & Industry in January 2011. He started his career with Qatar Petroleum in August 1983 and occupied a number of important positions, successfully managing various corporate departments until his appointment as QP's Director Technical where he directed Major Oil & Gas and elated infrastructure projects. As of February 2011, he was appointed Managing Director and Chairman of the Board of Directors, Qatar Petroleum as well as Chairman of the Board of Directors, RasGas Company Limited. He brings with him a wealth of experience with around 30 years in the service of Energy and Industry sectors of Qatar.
HE Dr Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu
Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Nigeria
HE Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu was appointed as Minister of State for Petroleum Resources in November 2015 and since August 2015, he is also Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). Before, he was Executive Vice Chairman/General Counsel and Oversight Counsel at ExxonMobil Africa (2009-2015). As cabinet minister, his responsibility encompasses working in synergy with the President to evolve innovative strategies and formulation of policies aimed at sanitizing the petroleum sector of the country and returning it to a profit generating sector that would positively impact the economy of Nigeria.
HE Bakheet S. Al-Rashidi
Minister of Oil and Minister of Electricity & Water, Kuwait
HE Bakheet S. Al-Rashidi was appointed as Minister of Oil and Minister of Electricity & Water in December 2017 and since then, he is also Chairman of Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC). Before, he was Chief Executive Officer at KPC and President of Kuwait Petroleum International (KPI; 2013-2017), Deputy Chairman Executive Officer, Strategic Planning and Local Marketing (2012-2013), Chairman & Managing Director, Kuwait Aromatics (KARO; 2009-2012). From 2011 until 2012, he was also a Board Member of Kuwait Oil Company (KOC). HE Al-Rashidi is head of several local and international oil projects, namely the Nghi Son Refinery and Petrochemicals Project in Vietnam, and the proposed expansion of KPI's refining capacity in Oman. He holds various roles in the recently established Gulf Downstream Association (GDA), a non-profit organization fostering cooperation between companies in refining and other aspects of the downstream oil sector.
HE Jabbar Ali Hussein Al-Luiebi
Minister of Oil, Iraq
HE Jabbar Ali Hussein Al-Luiebi was appointed as Minister of Oil in August 2016. He held various positions within the Iraq National Oil Company and South Oil Organization, including oil operations directorate manager, gas operation department deputy manager and safety and fire department deputy manager. From 2003 until 2009, he was Director General at South Oil Company and from 2009 until 2010, he was advisor to the Minister of Oil.
HE Gabriel Mbaga Obiang Lima
Minister of Industry, Mines & Energy, Equatorial Guinea
HE Gabriel Mbaga Obiang Lima is the Minister of Industry, Mines and Energy in the Republic of Equatorial Guinea. He has served in the oil and gas sector since 1997. His past positions include Minister Delegate, Vice Minister, Secretary of State for Mines and Hydrocarbons, Government Representative in the Equity of the State in the PSCs, and Presidential Adviser of Hydrocarbons. He has served as a member of the board of three national companies in Equatorial Guinea (Sonagas, Segesa, and GEPetrol).
HE Ing Carlos Pérez
Minister of Hydrocarbons, Ecuador
HE Ing. Carlos Pérez was appointed as Minister of Hydrocarbons in May 2017. He is linked to Halliburton since 1982 as Regional Human Resources Manager of Latin America and Global Account Manager at the company's headquarters in Houston. Until 2015 he served as Legal Representative and General Manager of Halliburton in Ecuador. Prior to joining Halliburton, Pérez worked as Field Engineer at Schlumberger Surenco for operations in Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela and Colombia. He has also served as the president of the Society of Petroleum Engineers Ecuador Chapter and as an independent consultant on the negotiation of contracts and intermediation with investors and on integration processes of entities and operations of companies in Latin America.
HE Pascal Houangni Ambouroue
Minister of Petroleum and Hydrocarbons, Gabon
HE Mustapha Guitouni
Minister of Energy, Algeria
HE Mustapha Guitouni was appointed as Minister of Energy in May 2017. He began his professional career in 1970 as an engineer in Sonelgaz, the Algerian gas and power company. He specializes in energy production, transport and distribution, as well as projects related to human resource management. From 1985 to 1997, he was Director of energy distribution in the Wilayate of Saida, Mascara and Oran and was then Director of distribution areas of Bechar and Algiers. From 2006 until 2009, Guitouni was CEO of the Electricitiy and Gas Distribution Company of Algiers. Guitouni was CEO of Sonelgaz from 2016 until he was appointed as Minister of Energy in 2017.
HE Manuel Salvador Quevedo Fernández
People's Minister of Petroleum, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela
HRH Prince Abdulaziz Bin Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
State Minister for Energy Affairs, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
HE Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo
Secretary General, OPEC
HE Alexander V. Novak
Minister of Energy, Russian Federation
HE Mohammed bin Hamad Al-Rumhy
Minister of Oil and Gas, Sultanate of Oman
H.E. Mohammed Hamad Al Rumhy is presently the Minister of Oil and Gas, Sultanate of Oman. H.E. Al-Rumhy has worked for P.D.O.- (Petroleum Development Oman) from 1980-1986 as a Petroleum Engineer. From 1990-1997 H.E. worked for Sultan Qaboos University, Oman College of Engineering as Asst. Professor. He held a number of academic positions. Since December 1997 he became the Minister of Oil and Gas. He is the Chairman of Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) Board of Directors, Oman Oil Company (OOC), Oman Liquefied Natural Gas LLC (Oman LNG) and Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Company (ORPIC). He is also the Chairman of Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (TRA) and NTF Board of Directors (National Training Fund).
HE Nur Bekri
Vice Chairman of the NDRC and Director of the NEA, China
HE Shri Dharmendra Pradhan
Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas, India
HE Dr Karin Kneissl
Minister, Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, Republic of Austria
HE Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth
Minister of Petroleum and Mining, Republic of South Sudan
HE YB Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan
Minister in Charge of Matters Pertaining to Oil & Gas, Malaysia
Dan R. Brouillette
Deputy Secretary, US Department of Energy
Director General, Directorate General for Energy, European Commission
HE Parviz Shahbazov
Minister of Energy, Azerbaijan
Parviz Ogtay oglu Shahbazov started his diplomatic career in 1990 as an intern at the International Economic Relations department in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan. In 1992-1996, he worked as attaché in the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the Federal Republic of Germany. In 1996-2001, he served as second secretary, first secretary, head of division and deputy head of Department for Europe, the United States of America and Canada of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan. In 2001-2005, he served as the counsellor and later, the chargé d'affaires of the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the Republic of Austria. In 2005, he was the chairman of the Forum for Security Cooperation of the OSCE. In 2005, he was appointed as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the Federal Republic of Germany and worked in this position for 11 years till 2016. From 2016 to 2017, he served as the Ambassador-at-Large of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan. On October 12, 2017, he was appointed the Minister of Energy of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
HE Kanat Bozumbayev
Minister of Energy, Kazakhstan
HE Shaikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Khalifa
Minister of Oil, Kingdom of Bahrain
HE Dr Aldo Flores-Quiroga
Deputy Secretary of Energy for Hydrocarbons, Mexico
HE Tarek El-Molla
Minister of Petroleum & Mineral Resources, Egypt
HE Dr Osman Abdel Rahman
Minister of Oil and Gas, Republic of Sudan
Nizar Mohammed Al-Adsani
Deputy Chairman and CEO, Kuwait Petroleum Corporation
Dr Carlos Saturnino
Amin H. Nasser
President and CEO, Saudi Aramco
HE Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber
UAE Minister of State, Group CEO of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC)
HE Mustafa Sanalla
Chairman of the Board of Directors, National Oil Corporation (NOC), Libya
CEO, National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC)
Dr M.K. Baru
Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)
Ing Carlos Tejada
Musabbeh Al Kaabi
CEO, Mubadala Petroleum & Petrochemicals
Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak
CEO, Mubadala Investment Company
Abdelmoumen Ould Kaddour
President of Sinopec Group, Deputy Secretary of the Party Committee of China Petrochemical Corporation
Eng Isam Al Zadjali
CEO, Oman Oil Company
Chairman of PJSC Lukoil Board of Directors
Group Chief Executive, BP
Chairman and CEO, Total
Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Total. He held various positions in the French Industry Ministry and in ministerial offices from 1989 to 1996, including Environment and Industry Technical Advisor to the Prime Minister (1993-1995) and Chief of Staff to the Information Technology and Space Minister (1995-1996). He joined Total in 1997, as Chief Administrative Officer of Total E&P Angola and became Group Representative in Qatar in 1999. In 2002, he was named Senior Vice President, Finance, Economics and Information Systems in Exploration & Production. In 2006, he became Senior Vice President, Strategy, Business Development and R&D in Exploration & Production. In 2012, he was appointed President, Refining & Chemicals and member of the Executive Committee. He is a graduate of École Polytechnique and an Engineer of the French Corps des Mines.
Mr. Claudio Descalzi has been CEO of Eni since May 2014. Born in Milan in 1955, he graduated in physics in 1979 from the University of Milan and joined ENI in 1981. Since then, he held various positions within the company and from 2010 to 2014 he held the position of Chairman of Eni UK. He is currently Member General Council and of the Advisory Board of Confindustria Energia and Director of Fondazione Teatro alla Scala. In 2012 Claudio Descalzi was the first European in the field of Oil&Gas to receive the prestigious "Charles F. Rand Memorial Gold Medal 2012" award by the Society of Petroleum Engineers and the American Institute of Mining Engineers.
Ryan M. Lance has served as chairman and chief executive officer of ConocoPhillips, the world’s largest independent exploration and production company based on production and reserves, since 2012. He is also chairman of the Executive Committee for ConocoPhillips. Lance is a petroleum engineer with 33 years of oil and natural gas industry experience in senior management and technical positions with ConocoPhillips, predecessor Phillips Petroleum and various divisions of ARCO. His past ConocoPhillips executive assignments included responsibility for international exploration and production, regional responsibility at various times for Asia, Africa, the Middle East and North America, and responsibility for technology, major projects, downstream strategy, integration and specialty functions. Ryan is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in petroleum engineering from Montana Tech in Butte in 1984.
Dr Edward L. Morse
Managing Director and Global Head, Commodities Research, Citigroup
Ed Morse built the Commodities Research Strategy team at Citi as Global Head of Commodities Research since 2011, having previously built similar groups both at Lehman Brothers and Credit Suisse, covering the full panoply of financially traded commodities. He brings to his analysis a unique breadth of experience extending from academia and think tanks to government, business, consulting and publishing. He has taught at Princeton, Columbia and Johns Hopkins universities, worked as a Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, and he served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Energy Policy in both the Carter and Reagan Administrations.
Scott D. Sheffield
Executive Chairman of the Board, Pioneer Natural Resources
Scott Sheffield, a distinguished graduate of The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering, is Chairman of Pioneer Natural Resources. Mr. Sheffield recently retired as CEO after founding and leading Pioneer and its predecessor for 31 years from a $32 million company to a $32 billion company with over 3500 employees. Pioneer is considered a leader in developing oil shale with primary focus in the second largest oil field in the world; the Spraberry Wolfcamp Field in West Texas. Besides Pioneer, Mr. Sheffield serves on the board of Williams Companies. In addition, he also serves as an advisor of Maguire Energy Institute of the SMU Cox School of Business, and Columbia University's SIPA Center on Global Energy Policy.
Dr Rainer Seele
Rainer Seele received his PhD in Chemistry from the University Göttingen and in 1987 became Head of Group Chemical Research and Head of Planning and Controlling in an international chemicals group. Within the same group he became Member of the Executive Board (in 2000) and then Chairman of the Executive Board at a company in the gas sector. From 2009 until 2015 he was Chairman of the Board of Directors of an international oil & gas company within the same group. Since 1 July 2015, Rainer Seele has been Chief Executive Officer of OMV Aktiengesellschaft.
CEO, Baker Hughes GE Company
Lorenzo Simonelli is Chairman & CEO of Baker Hughes, a GE company.Before joining GE Oil & Gas, Lorenzo was President and CEO of GE Transportation, a global transportation leader in the rail, mining, marine and energy storage industries. During his five-year tenure, he expanded and diversified GE Transportation by focusing on advanced technology manufacturing, intelligent control systems, and a diverse approach to new propulsion solutions to solve the world’s toughest transportation challenges. Lorenzo has also served as CFO Americas for GE Consumer & Industrial, as well as General Manager, Product Management for GE Appliances, Lighting, Electrical Distribution and Motors. He joined GE’s Financial Management Program in 1994, where he worked on assignments in GE International, GE Shared Services, GE Oil & Gas and Consolidated Financial Insurance.
Dr Helima Croft
Head of Commodity Strategy, RBC Capital Markets
Helima is a Managing Director and the Global Head of Commodity Strategy at RBC Capital Markets. She specializes in geopolitics and energy, leading a team of commodity strategists that cover energy, metals and cross‐commodity investor activity. Helima is a member of the National Petroleum Council, a select group of individuals who advise, inform and make recommendations to the Secretary of Energy with respect to any matter relating to oil and natural gas. She also is a CNBC contributor, a member of the channel’s exclusive family of experts, and is a Life Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Helima joined RBC Capital Markets from Barclays, where she was a Managing Director and Head of North American Commodities Research. Prior to that, she worked in Lehman’s Business Intelligence group, the Council on Foreign Relations and the CIA, where she focused on geopolitics and commodities. Helima has received many industry accolades throughout her career, including Breaking Energy’s Top Ten New York Women in Energy and received her PhD in economic history from Princeton in 2001.
Chief Oil Analyst, Energy Aspects Ltd
Amrita Sen is the founding Partner and Chief Oil Analyst at Energy Aspects. Amrita leads Energy Aspects’ analysis and forecasting of crude and products markets. Her specialism is in energy commodities, particularly oil and oil products. Amrita’s deep understanding of the complex relationships within the global energy sector, her wealth of industry contacts and 10 years of experience, allow for a unique perspective on market outlook. She holds an MPhil in Economics from Cambridge University, a BSc in Economics from the University of Warwick, and is pursuing a PhD in Economics at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. She is a Non-resident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council, a Research Associate at the Oxford Institute of Energy Studies, and was formerly Chief Oil Analyst for Barclays Capital. She is frequently featured in leading media outlets, including the Financial Times, BBC News, Reuters, Bloomberg, CNBC, Wall Street Journal, and Sky News, and at leading industry events as a speaker, and is regarded as a leading authority on oil markets.
President & CEO, Occidental Petroleum Corporation
CEO, Hess Corporation
John B. Hess is Chief Executive Officer of Hess Corporation. Mr. Hess led the Fortune 500 company through a strategic transformation from an integrated oil company into a pure play E&P company. Mr. Hess recently served on the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board Quadrennial Review Task Force. He is a member of the Board of Directors of KKR & Company and the Board of Trustees at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He is also a member of The Business Council, the Trilateral Commission and the Council on Foreign Relations, and serves on the Executive Committee of the American Petroleum Institute. Mr. Hess holds a bachelor's degree from Harvard College and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. A member of the Board of Dean's Advisors at Harvard Business School, he is also Chairman of the Harvard Business School Campaign.
CEO, Continental Resources
Harold Hamm is the Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of Continental Resources. Growing up in rural Oklahoma, he was the last of 13 children born to sharecroppers. He went to work in the oil fields as a teenager and established Continental Resources in 1967 at the age of 21. Today, Continental Resources is a top-10 oil producer in the United States and is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange. Mr. Hamm serves as Chairman of the Domestic Energy Producers Alliance (DEPA). Through DEPA, Mr. Hamm is widely recognized as the man who worked tirelessly to help lift America's 40-year-old ban on U.S. crude oil exports. He also serves on the board of the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation and America First Policies. Platts Global Energy Awards honored Mr. Hamm with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his legacy of leadership, innovation and commitment to bringing America to energy independence. He has also been named one of TIME Magazine's "100 Most Influential People in the World" and was inducted into the Horatio Alger Association.
President & CEO, Halliburton
President, Asian Development Bank
President, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank
Ambassador Paula J. Dobriansky
The Future of Diplomacy Project, Harvard University
Director and Senior Fellow, Energy and National Security Program, CSIS
As director of the Energy and National Security Program, Sarah Ladislaw leads CSIS's work in energy policy, market, and technology analysis. Ladislaw is an expert in U.S. energy policy, global oil and natural gas markets, and climate change. She has authored numerous publications on the geopolitics of energy, energy security and climate change, low-carbon pathways, and a wide variety of issues on U.S. energy policy, regulation, and market dynamics. Her regional energy work includes publications on Chinese, European, African, and Western Hemisphere energy issues. She has spearheaded new work at CSIS on climate change, the electricity sector, and energy technology development. Ladislaw formerly worked in Office of the Americas in the Department of Energy's Office of Policy and International Affairs.
Executive Secretary, UNFCCC
Ms. Espinosa is the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Ambassador of Mexico to Germany since 2012 and from 2001 to 2002, Ms. Espinosa was Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mexico from 2006 to 2012, bringing over 30 years of experience at highest levels in international relations. As Chair of the Third Committee of the UNGA (1996), she played a key role in the adoption of the Beijing Platform for Action. Ambassador of Mexico to Austria, Slovakia, Slovenia and the UN in Vienna (2002-2006), Chief of Staff to the Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs (1989-1991) and responsible for economic issues at the Permanent Mission to the UN in Geneva (1982-1988).
HE Suleiman Jasir Al-Herbish
Director General, OFID
Suleiman Jasir Al-Herbish (Saudi) is the Director-General and Chief Executive Officer of the Vienna-based OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID). OFID is a development finance institution created 40 years ago by the Member States of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries to pursue South-South solidarity and cooperation between OPEC Member States and other developing countries. OFID's objective continues to be the social and economic advancement of the latter countries. A former assistant deputy minister, Mr. Al-Herbish has also served as chairman and member of the Board of Directors of several Saudi enterprises. In 1990 he was appointed Governor for Saudi Arabia at OPEC (deputy minister's rank), a position he held until his assumption of office as OFID Director-General in November 2003.
CEO, Atlantic Council
Dr Urban Rusnák
Secretary General, Energy Charter Secretariat
Dr. Urban Rusnák became Secretary General of the Energy Charter Secretariat in January 2012. As of 1 January 2017 he has been re-elected for the second 5 year term. Prior to his appointment with the Energy Charter Secretariat, Dr. Rusnák worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Slovak Republic and was the Leader of the Project for Slovakia's External Energy Security. Additionally, Dr. Rusnák was a Lecturer at the Kiev Slavonic University (2005-2009) and at the International Relations Faculty of the Economic University in Bratislava (2000-2003) and is the author of several articles on international relations, energy security, development assistance and Caspian oil and gas issues.
2018 SPE President
Darcy W. Spady, is with Broadview Energy, a private, independent oil and gas producer in Alberta and Saskatchewan, Canada. Spady has an extensive background in the natural gas, oil, and heavy oil segments of the industry. He is an active board member and technical advisor, currently serving as Chair of Green Imaging Technologies (MRI core analysis), MNP Petroleum and as a technical advisor to HEAL systems. Experience includes working a decade for Schlumberger across North America in its wireline and pressure pumping segments, as well as with the Columbia Natural Resources/Triana Energy Group in the Appalachians, Atlantic Canada, and internationally. He has also served as the CEO of Contact Exploration, and more recently as head of sales for Sanjel Corporation.
Director General, UNIDO
Prof Dr Pacelli Zitha
Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Delft University of Technology
Dr Pratima Rangarajan
CEO, OGCI Climate Investments
As CEO of OGCI Climate Investments, Dr. Pratima Rangarajan is responsible for the delivery of the OGCI Climate Investments mission — creating positive outcomes in the reduction of climate change. Before joining OGCI Climate Investments, Dr. Rangarajan was the General Manager for GE’s onshore wind product line and the General Manager for GE’s Energy Storage Start-Up. She had previously held the role of Deputy Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President, Emerging Technology and Research at Vestas Wind Systems. Pratima has a PhD in chemical engineering from Princeton University and a BS in Chemical Engineering from MIT.
HE Dr Sun Xiansheng
Secretary General, International Energy Forum (IEF)
Dr Sun was elected IEF Secretary General in August 2016. Prior to that he was President of China National Petroleum Corporation's (CNPC) Economics and Technology Research Institute (ETRI), reporting to the Chinese leadership on energy policy decision making, Chinese gas pricing reforms, and international energy cooperation. He was also deeply involved in the energy policy studies of the Chinese energy five-year planning process. In addition to senior executive positions within CNPC in China, over the last 30 years Dr Sun has held several CEO / Chairman roles in CNPC subsidiaries around the globe. Dr Sun holds an LLM and a Ph.D from the University of Dundee, where he also holds a honorary professorship in the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy.
Dr Fatih Birol
Executive Director, International Energy Agency (IEA)
Dr. Fatih Birol has served as Executive Director of the IEA since September 2015. Under his leadership, the IEA has undertaken its first comprehensive modernisation programme since the creation of the Agency in 1974. Prior to his nomination as Executive Director, Dr. Birol spent 20 years as a staff member at the Agency, serving most recently as Chief Economist. He has been named by Forbes Magazine as one of the most influential people on the world's energy scene and was recognised by the Financial Times as energy personality of the year in 2017. He is the founder and chair of the IEA Energy Business Council, one of the most active industry advisory groups in global energy. He also chairs the World Economic Forum's (Davos) Energy Advisory Board and serves on the UN Secretary-General's Advisory Board on 'Sustainable Energy for All'.
HE Yury Sentyurin
Secretary General, Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF)
John Defterios is CNNMoney Emerging Markets Editor and Anchor. Based in the network's Abu Dhabi bureau since 2011, his reporting focuses on the top business stories from emerging economies, with a specialty in trade, geo-politics and energy.
E Treanor Media
Eithne Treanor runs a specialist media and communications training consultancy based in Dubai. She is a former international TV journalist and a professional conference moderator and facilitator. Eithne acts as OPEC's official on-air conference and webcast moderator. She has worked around the world, chairing and moderating many global conferences including the SPE Annual Technical Conference, International Energy Forum, WFES, ADIPEC, World Energy Forum, the Africa Global Business Forum and many more. She is CNBC Arabia's Special Consultant and she has also trained television journalists in the Middle East, South Africa, Pakistan and in Russia.
Prof Meghan O'Sullivan
Meghan L. O'Sullivan is the Jeane Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice of International Affairs and the Director of the Geopolitics of Energy Project at Harvard University's Kennedy School. Her expertise includes the geopolitics of energy and the on-going energy transition, American foreign policy, and the Middle East. She is an award-winning author and her third book, Windfall: How the New Energy Abundance Upends Global Politics and Strengthens America's Power, was published by Simon & Schuster in September 2017. Previous to coming to Harvard, she was Special Assistant to President George W. Bush and Deputy National Security Advisor for Iraq and Afghanistan.