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ADIPEC 2016 VIP Programme published
Published:  29 September, 2016

OPEC secretary general Mohammed Barkindo to present world oil outlook to industry.

The VIP Programme at the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference will bring a series of high-level speakers to the UAE capital in November to share their insights on critical industry topics shaping the future of energy.

The 2016 VIP Programme will take place in a purpose-built theatre for members of the exclusive Middle East Petroleum Club, a networking platform for senior oil and gas executives.

The discussion will assess the state of the oil market, looking at the delicate balance between supply and demand in line with contracting economies and tighter emission regulations. It will also offer clarity on the challenges that lie ahead for the industry, and encourage dialogue between producers and consumers.

Also headlining this year’s agenda is Suhail Mohamed Al Mazrouei, UAE minister of energy, who will be shedding light on the nation’s future energy vision, which is committed to including both traditional and renewable energy forms.

Tarek El Molla, minister of petroleum and mineral resources for Egypt – the largest oil producing country in Africa outside OPEC – will also present his insights on Egypt’s ambitious goals for the energy sector and the nation’s strategy for encouraging international investment and balancing supply demand subsidies.

Drawing parallels between the military and business worlds, general Sir Richard Shirreff, deputy supreme allied commander for NATO Europe (2011-2014), will share his insights on the importance of partnerships, collaborations, and international relations in times of conflict and economic difficulty. “What is required today is leadership through influence, as opposed to the traditional form of authoritarian leadership. Building lasting strategic relationships through diplomacy and negotiations is essential in today’s world. Getting people to follow your direction because they want to, not because they have to – that is the true quality of a good leader.”

After his highly acclaimed participation last year, celebrated oil expert Dr Daniel Yergin, vice chairman of the industry consulting group IHS Markit, will be returning to the MEPC to offer his latest academic views on today’s global energy markets, politics and economics.

The VIP Programme will also invite F1 Grand Prix motor racing executive Mark Gallagher to the stage for a live Q&A discussion on how risk management and teamwork skills on the racetrack can be adapted for the boardroom.

The one-hour executive dialogues will also include discussions on underwriting the new energy landscape, decarbonising the future energy mix, the emerging role of gas as the clean alternative of choice, and fracking and its environmental impacts.

ADIPEC 2016 will take place from 7-10 November 2016 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.