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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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

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Conference part of Council’s “100 Years Together” initiative aimed at forging the next century of Polish-American partnership

WASHINGTON, DC – The Atlantic Council and PKO Bank Polski announced today a major cyber conference “A New Initiative for Poland: A Future Global Leader in Securing the 4th Industrial Revolution” to take place in Warsaw on January 16-17, 2019. The high-level pubic conference, which comes on the 100th anniversary of US-Poland relations, will convene key decisionmakers and policymakers to deepen US-Polish transatlantic ties by developing cybersecurity as a key pillar of the relationship.

We are excited to launch this important cyber conference that will explore Poland’s significant potential to become a global leader in cybersecurity,” said Atlantic Council President and CEO Frederick Kempe. This conference is part of a body of work that further deepens the Atlantic Council’s commitment to Poland, an important ally to the United States, who celebrates its 100th anniversary since regaining independence.  We look forward to the next 100 years of Polish-American friendship and alliance that will help meet this century’s most pressing challenges.”

The cyber conference, featuring His Excellency Mateusz Morawiecki, Prime Minister of Poland, and General Keith Alexander (ret.), former commander of US Cyber Command, will explore cybersecurity issues in three tracks—policy, innovation, and private sector leadership. It will include cyber, innovation, defense, and foreign policy experts from the United States, Poland, and other European countries, and aims to highlight Poland’s potential to become a powerhouse on cyber issues in Europe and the world while bolstering Poland’s cybersecurity expertise in the policy and strategy space.

“Digital transformation and its impact across society and the economy make cybersecurity a critical business issue and development enabler. No country or company can deal with this challenge alone. International cooperation is the key to versatile, modern, and flexible cybersecurity solutions and is a way to solve human capital crisis in this industry. As an unquestioned leader of the Polish banking sector, each day we support the development of Poland and Poles. Therefore, we are committed to the idea of Polish-American cybersecurity alliance – we can benefit both at the level of individual entities and the national economy,” says Zbigniew Jagiełło, President of the Management Board of PKO Bank Polski.

Over the course of two days, participants will consider key issues underpinning Poland’s ongoing digital transformation, such as the role of innovation, combating disinformation, cloud technologies, critical infrastructure protection, and cybersecurity education. Speakers will include: Ambassador Daniel Fried, distinguished fellow with the Atlantic Council and former US Ambassador to Poland; Tom Bossert, former assistant to the US president for homeland security and counterterrorism; Lt. Gen. William Mayville (ret.), former deputy commander of US Cyber Command; Merle Maigre, executive vice president of government relations at CybExer Technologies; Christopher Porter, chief intelligence strategist at FireEye; Klara Jordan, director of the Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative; Fred Streefland, Regional Chief Security Officer (CSO) for North & East-Europe at Palo Alto Networks, Paula Januszkiewicz, founder and CEO of CQURE; and Adam Marciniak, vice president of PKO Bank Polski.

The conference is a part of the Atlantic Council’s “100 Years Together” initiative aimed at forging the next century of Polish-American partnership rooted in common values, shared interests, and commitment to a strong transatlantic community of freedom.


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