International and regional industry and political leaders to focus on key geopolitical and technology challenges that will drive energy markets in 2019 and beyond 

WASHINGTON, DC – The third annual Atlantic Council Global Energy Forum will be held in Abu Dhabi on January 11-13, 2019. The premier event gathers international and regional political, industry, and thought leaders to set the global energy agenda for the year and examine the long-term geopolitical and geo-economic implications of the changing energy landscape. 

“We are gathering at a time of rapid geopolitical and technological change, which is challenging energy markets and governments around the world,” said Frederick Kempe, President and CEO of the Atlantic Council. “For that reason, each year we convene in Abu Dhabi some of the world’s most important policy and business actors to discuss how these shifts are driving innovation, investments, corporate strategy, geopolitics and the energy sector as a whole.”

For a third consecutive year, the Forum will be held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces.  

Convened in partnership with the Ministry of Energy & Industry of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), and Mubadala Investment Company, with Sharjah-based Crescent Petroleum as Platinum Co-Chair, the Forum is part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week.

The 2019 Forum will focus on four key themes: the future of oil, the digitization of energy, diversification within energy companies and countries, and will have a regional focus on East and Southeast Asia energy demand and energy innovation. Full event agenda is available here.  

Speakers include: H.E. Suhail Mohamed Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy & Industry, United Arab Emirates; H.E. Khalid Al-Falih, Minister of Energy, Industry, and Mineral Resources, Saudi Arabia; H.E. Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of State, United Arab Emirates and Chief Executive Officer, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company; Musabbeh Al-Kaabi, CEO, Petroleum and Petrochemicals, Mubadala Investment Company; H.E. Mohammad Barkindo, Secretary General, Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries; Claudio Descalzi, Chief Executive Officer, Eni S.p.A.; Lisa Davis, Chief Executive Officer, Energy, and Member of the Managing Board, Siemens AG; Yongsoo Huh, CEO of GS Energy; Majid Jafar, CEO of Crescent Petroleum; Adam Sieminski, President of KAPSARC; and Masakazu Toyoda, Chair & CEO, Institute of Energy Economics, Japan.

The event is on-the-record and open to press. To request accreditation or for additional details, please email Travis Horne at  

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