Asian leaders to address 2013 World Energy Congress

Government and industry figures among 150 confirmed speakers


About the World Energy Council (WEC)

Founded in 1923, the World Energy Council is the only truly global and inclusive forum for thought-leadership and tangible engagement committed to our sustainable energy future. Our network of 93 national committees represents over 3000 member organizations including governments, industry and expert institutions. Our mission is to promote the sustainable supply and use of energy for the greatest benefit of all. The World Energy Congress is the world’s premier energy gathering.

About the World Energy Congress

The triennial World Energy Congress has gained recognition since the first event in 1923 as the premier global forum for leaders and thinkers to debate solutions to energy issues. In addition to the discussions, the event provides an opportunity for executives to display their technologies and explore business opportunities. With the upcoming Congress in Daegu the event will have been held in 20 major cities around the world since its founding.

Daegu was selected to host next year’s Congress at the 2008 WEC Executive Assembly held in Mexico City. The hosts for the 2013 Congress include the Ministry of Knowledge Economy, the Daegu Metropolitan Government, North Gyeongsang provincial government, Korea Electric Power Corporation and SK Energy.

LONDON / SEOUL, 28 May 2013 – Senior government and industry figures from Asia’s leading economies are among the 150 speakers confirmed today by organisers of the 22nd World Energy Congress, which takes place in Daegu, South Korea, from 13 to 17 October 2013.

This is only the second time in its 90-year history that the world’s most prestigious energy event has been held in East Asia, and comes as Asia takes an increasingly influential global role as an energy producer and consumer.  Delegates will hear at first-hand how the continent is tackling the challenge of securing a sustainable energy future, with speakers from China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Myanmar and Thailand due to address the Congress.

China’s National Energy Administration (NEA) recently confirmed that it will be sending a ministerial-level delegation to the event and has advised Chinese energy companies of its plan to attend.

Among the speakers from Asian countries and organisations confirmed for the 22nd World Energy Congress are:

· U Than Htay, Union Minister for Energy, Myanmar

· Jero Wacik, Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Indonesia

· Sang-jick Yoon, Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy, Korea (Rep. of)

· Peter Coleman, CEO & Managing Director, Woodside Energy, Australia

· Liu Zhenya, President & CEO, SGCC, China

· William Durbin, President of Global Markets Research, Wood Mackenzie, China

· Lin Boqiang, Director, China Center for Energy Economics Research (CCEER), China

· Arup Roy Choudhury, Chairman & Managing Director, NTPC; Vice Chair, Asia Pacific and South Asia, WEC, India

· Sanjit Bunker Roy, Founder, Barefoot College, India

· Tulsi Tanti, Chairman, Suzlon, India

· B. P. Rao, Chairman & Managing Director, Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL), India

· Naomi Hirose, President, TEPCO, Japan

· Kenji Yamaji, Director-General, Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth (RITE), Japan

· Shigeru Muraki, Executive Vice President, Tokyo Gas, Japan

· Makoto Yagi, President, Kansai Electric Power Co; Chairman, FEPC, Japan

· Osamu Watanabe, President & CEO, Japan Petroleum Exploration Co. (JAPEX), Japan

· In-Gyu Choi, Vice President, KEPCO, Korea (Rep. of)

· Hoesung Lee, Vice Chair, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Korea (Rep. of)

· Syed Isa Syed Alwi, Founder & CEO, AlgaeTech, Malaysia

· Noeleen Heyzer, Under-Secretary-General of the UN & Executive Secretary of ESCAP, Thailand

Dr Christoph Frei, Secretary General of the World Energy Council, commented:

“We will be tackling some of the most pressing energy-related issues facing Asia and the wider world at our Congress, from the post-Fukushima nuclear challenge to the Asian LNG markets dynamics, to the prospects for renewable energy in this continent. We are therefore delighted and proud to be welcoming leaders from Asian governments and industry, who I know will make significant contributions to our discussions.”

Cho Hwan-eik, Chair of the Organising Committee of the 2013 World Energy Congress, and President, KEPCO, added:

“This year’s Congress theme could not be timelier as Asia faces the great challenge of adopting sustainable energy policies that are compatible with its continued economic expansion. It is essential therefore that those with an interest in Asia, from government ministers to industry leaders, gather at this Congress to seek truly sustainable solutions for the future.”

The World Energy Congress expects to welcome 200 speakers from both developed and developing nations as they address the critical Congress theme of “Securing Tomorrow’s Energy Today”.
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