The Geopolitics of the Energy Transformation
January 11-13, 2019

St. Regis Abu Dhabi on the Corniche, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Agenda at a glance

Saturday, January 12

  • Opening remarks
  • Scene setter: New energy technologies and new energy geopolitics
  • Setting the energy agenda for 2019
  • Innovation presentation: The digital transformation of the oil sector
  • Meeting Asian energy demand
  • Report launch 1: Sovereign investors: A means for economic diversification?
  • Report launch 2: Meeting east Asian LNG demand
  • Breakout discussion: The geopolitics of peak oil demand
  • US foreign energy policy in the Middle East and Asia
  • Diversification: Corporate and country strategies for change
  • Energy 2050: Energy and geopolitical modeling under deep uncertainty
  • Innovation presentation: 5G in the power sector: Making the smart grid smarter
  • Power sector fuels of the future: Competition or cooperation?
  • Innovation presentation: Smart reactor and the future of SMRS
  • Nuclear energy: New actors, new technologies, and new geopolitics
  • Night owl: The Trump effect on oil markets (off-the-record)

Sunday, January 13

  • An update on Saudi vision 2030 & the oil market
  • Innovation presentation: Zero emissions fossil fuels
  • Decarbonization of oil and gas
  • Belt and road: Energy, environment, economics, and geopolitics
  • Report launch 3: From Paris to Beijing: Implementing the Paris agreement in the People’s Republic of China
  • Report launch 4: The energy transition: Corporate adaptation strategies
  • Report launch 5: Ready for takeoff? Aviation biofuels past, present, and future
  • Innovation presentation: Blockchain: Securing the oil and gas supply chain
  • 21st century energy security: Risk and reward
  • Innovation presentation: The digital transformation of the oilfield
  • The future of shale: The US and beyond?
  • Looking ahead: The future of the Vienna alliance


Presenting partners


In cooperation with

World Energy Council

Knowledge partner


Official carrier

Etihad Airways

Platinum partner

Crescent Petroleum

Gold partners

RBC Capital Markets

Silver partners

Venture Global LNG

Bronze partners

Cafe Milano
DLA Piper
Occidental Petroleum

International media partner


Media partner

Abu Dhabi Media
The National
The Oil and Gas Year
Sky News

Tue, Jan 8, 2019

Sovereign investors: A means for economic diversification?

Transparency metrics and measures in governance will help sovereign investors build partnerships in a wide range of industries, bolstering countries’ efforts to move beyond reliance on oil.

Report by Bina Hussein

Energy & Environment Energy Transitions

Tue, Jan 8, 2019

Meeting Asian LNG demand

There are many ways in which demand for LNG has had an impact on shipping routes, as well as trade issues between the suppliers and importers of natural gas. This is the story of LNG transport against the backdrop of geopolitical tensions and diplomatic relations.

Report by Jean-François Seznec

East Asia Energy & Environment

Tue, Jan 8, 2019

From Paris to Beijing: Implementing the Paris Agreement in the People’s Republic of China

Hart’s analysis makes the case for greater transparency at all levels of government, the elimination of subsidies—with the exception of low-carbon energy and technology, the alignment of climate policy with China’s trade stance, and inclusion of the Chinese public on climate policy debates.

Report by Craig A. Hart

China Climate Change & Climate Action

Sat, Jan 5, 2019

Navigating the energy transition: International oil company diversification strategies

As energy markets and technologies rapidly change, international oil companies (IOCs) are facing a set of interconnected challenges that will fundamentally affect their business models. From changes in the supply and demand picture, to shifts in how energy is produced and consumed, to public pressure to decrease greenhouse gas footprints, companies have a wide range of issues to consider as they decide how to prepare for an unpredictable future.

Issue Brief by David Koranyi

Energy & Environment Energy Transitions

Tue, Jan 8, 2019

Ready for takeoff? Aviation biofuels past, present, and future

The importance of powering the aviation sector (both military and commercial) through sustainable fuels cannot be overstated. This report provides a keen look at the history of biofuels, current uses of biofuel, and investments in research and development that will yield future dividends.

Report by David Hitchcock

Energy & Environment Renewables & Advanced Energy

Tue, Jan 8, 2019

The future of shale: The US story and its implications

Over the last ten years, the United States has become the world’s leading producer of oil and gas, going from energy import dependence to energy dominance. What are the factors which enabled the rise of oil and gas production from shale deposits and what are the lessons learned?

Report by Ellen Scholl

Energy & Environment

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