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Industry heads join speaker line-up for virtual IP Week 2021

  • Heads of BP, ConocoPhillips, Equinor and Total confirmed as speakers
  • IP Week 2021 to go virtual, with live and on-demand content available to delegates

Chief Executives Bernard Looney FEI (BP), Anders Opedal (Equinor), Patrick Pouyanné (Total) and Ryan Lance (ConocoPhillips) are among the big name speakers confirmed for IP Week 2021, at which the Energy Institute (EI) will bring together the oil and gas industry virtually for the first time.

‘From crisis to low carbon opportunity’ is the theme for the conference, chaired by EI President Steve Holliday FREng FEI, at which delegates will move seamlessly from listening to speeches and presentations in the main plenary to networking with industry professionals, while keeping up to date with the latest energy innovations through the EI knowledge hub.

Louise Kingham OBE FEI, Chief Executive of the Energy Institute, said:

“IP Week 2021 will be a critical moment for the sector to discuss its role in three historic challenges over the coming decade: building a resilient recovery from the devastating COVID-19 pandemic; striving to achieve the UN goal of universal access to energy; and charting an ambitious course – at COP26 and beyond – for tackling the threat we all face from the climate emergency.

“Virtual means even more impact and reaching all geographies around the world. IP Week will once again convene the top industry leaders and influencers to discuss, debate and share how they are working to deliver on these massive challenges. The urgency of action, together with the associated opportunities and challenges, will be at the heart of IP Week 2021.”

Other speakers confirmed for IP Week 2021 to date include:

  • James Grabert, Director of Mitigation, UNFCCC
  • Dr Fatih Birol HonFEI, Executive Director, IEA
  • Dr Angela Wilkinson, Secretary General, World Energy Council
  • Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, Under Secretary-General, United Nations and Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)
  • Indrani Kaushal, Economic Advisor, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, India
  • Helima Croft, Managing Director and Global Head of Commodity Strategy, RBC Capital Markets
  • Dany Qian, Vice President, Jinko Solar
  • Guido Brusco, Upstream Director, Eni
  • Dr Leila R Benali, Chief Economist, Energy Economics, Strategy & Sustainability, APICORP
  • Wael Sawan, Upstream Director, Shell
  • Gauri Singh, Deputy Director-General, IRENA
  • Claire O’Neill, Manging Director, Climate and Energy, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
  • Reem Abdullah Al-Ghanim, Head of HR & Support Services - Chemicals Business, Saudi Aramco
  • Dr Ivan D Ivanov, Team Lead, Occupational and Workplace Health, Environment, Climate Change and Health Department, Division of Healthier Populations, World Health Organization (WHO)
  • Susan Morrice, Founder Chair, Belize Natural Energy (BNE)
  • Mariam Musallam Al-Qubaisi, Head of Sustainability, Government, International & Communications, Etihad Airways
  • Dr Zhen Wang FEI, President, Energy Economics Research Institute, CNOOC and Professor of Finance, China University of Petroleum
  • Professor Carlos Lopes, Associate Fellow, Africa Programme, Chatham House

Put together by leading sector experts, the IP Week programme brings people together to help the industry navigate big challenges, focussing on transformation through innovation, technology and talent.

The agenda for IP Week 2021 and event tickets can be found at

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