Under the Patronage of H.H. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of The United Arab Emirates

ABU DHABI NATIONAL EXHIBITION CENTER (ADNEC)

Abu Dhabi

United Arab Emirates

9-12 NOVEMBER 2020
Supported by

Conference Agenda

ADIPEC’s 2020 Conference Programme will focus on the realities brought by the complex set of events that have impacted supply, demand, profit margins, affordability and sustainability. All of which have been transformed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The unprecedented changes to the energy value chain will refocus on the realities of a difficult time ahead for the global energy landscape.

With the latest OPEC directives and the assumptions that it will take six months of aggressive global public health restrictions to flatten the COVID-19 curve, this year’s Strategic Conference will address the collective measures that the industry needs to put in place in 2020 to ensure a fast-track recovery. You can explore the 160+ sessions spread across four days below and filter by conference type, key theme or session type by clicking on the relevant boxes.

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  • The downturn in energy demand, brought on by the virtual shut down of most economies in the first half of 2020, has had a profound impact on the industry. Demand growth will return but is likely to depend on the severity of the economic downturn and how governments respond to it. The where and how will be significantly different from early 2020 forecasts. What will be the implications for the different industry stakeholders?

  • What is the future role of OPEC and OPEC+?
  • Production could become uneconomic if prices remain at the lows seen in the first half of 2020, putting pressure on energy companies to lower production or “shut-in” projects as they seek to remain resilient or even in extreme circumstances file for bankruptcy. What actions will they need to take to survive? How are producers addressing the lack of the world’s oil and gas storage facilities?
  • What are the ramifications of a continued supply surplus, in terms of short and medium-term pricing and its implications for the US shale industry?

  • Business resilience will be severely tested in 2021 and beyond. Business continuity plans across all industries have been insufficient to address the unprecedented events. What else will the industry need to factor into future plans?

  • Will the immediate post-COVID-19 focus be on rebuilding economies or the climate change agenda? Is it highly likely that behavioural changes taking place around the world would carry over beyond the current pandemic including how the industry is producing and consuming energy?
  • The world still relies on hydrocarbons. How are governments, companies and consumers collaborating to achieve low-carbon economy targets?

  • The industry's talent pool has been impacted by cost reduction programmes, resulting in many job opportunities being lost and talent development plans being frozen. How are companies protecting their employees?
  • As innovation and process skills upgrades will be a focus for most industry players, how will they attract the right talent?
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Monday 9 November

10:30 - 11:30

Opening Ceremony

Opening Ceremony

12:30 - 12:45

Keynote Session

How are oil and gas companies future-proofing their business operations?

12:45 - 13:15

Leadership Talks

Inspirational stories: bringing education to the world and empowering future leaders

13:00 - 14:30

Roundtable

Stimulating and fast-tracking industry recovery post COVID-19 global crisis

13:30 - 14:15

Live Session

How did the Coronavirus pandemic change the world forever?

14:15 - 14:45

Dialogues Series

Investors and the ESG challenge: attracting investment in today’s oil and gas industry

14:30 - 15:15

Live Session

The power of innovation and creative minds

14:30 - 15:30

Panel Session

How will the energy industry respond to the global economic downturn triggered by the pandemic we have unexpectedly been plunged into?

15:00 - 15:30

Dialogues Series

Accelerating Africa’s energy transition in a time of uncertainty

15:00 - 16:30

Roundtable

Responsible hydrocarbons – the new climate discussion post pandemic

15:30 - 16:00

Leadership Talks

Effective leadership in uncertain times

16:00 - 17:00

Panel Session

How can energy companies ensure they continue to survive during and beyond the 20’s?

Tuesday 10 November

10:30 - 10:45

Keynote Session

Shaping India’s downstream industry and managing geopolitical uncertainty

10:30 - 12:00

Roundtable

OPEC+++ stemming oil price volatility and balancing between supply and demand

10:45 - 11:15

Leadership Talks

What has the oil and gas industry learned from the world’s global pandemic?

11:00 - 11:30

Dialogues Series

The emergence of deep technology ecosystems: the drive for innovation, agility and resilience

11:15 - 12:15

Panel Session

Enabling energy security and reliable access to energy sources in times of uncertainty

11:30 - 12:15

Live Session

The climate change effect: what companies and investors need to know

12:00 - 12:30

Dialogues Series

Repositioning the future of the LNG industry in unpredictable market conditions

12:15 - 12:45

Leadership Talks

The role of natural gas in shaping a decarbonised global economy

12:30 - 13:15

Live Session

Business economics, social welfare and the ethical challenges of today

12:30 - 14:00

Roundtable

Technical, operational resilience and efficiency – the reshaped global energy system

13:45 - 14:45

Panel Session

Transforming upstream oil and gas operations: from new business models to a net zero future

14:00 - 14:30

Dialogues Series

A leader’s role in managing uncertainty in the oil and gas industry

14:30 - 15:15

Live Session

M&A activity in a time of oil and gas price volatility. What do investment opportunities look like in 2021 and beyond?

14:30 - 16:00

Roundtable

COVID-19 a catalyst for business transformation? The modernised global workforce and smart workplaces of the future

Wednesday 11 November

10:30 - 10:45

Keynote Session

Changing global supply assumptions: repositioning the industry post pandemic

10:30 - 12:00

Roundtable

With recent global surges in person-to-person business activities migrating online to video communications, how are operators ensuring seamless connectivity (5G and beyond) for energy consumers?

10:45 - 11:45

Panel Session

How are governments, companies and consumers collaborating to tackle environmental pressures and achieve low-carbon economy targets in a post pandemic world?

11:00 - 11:30

Dialogues Series

The STEAM generation in oil and gas: how to attract and retain young talent

11:30 - 12:45

Live Session

The future is here and now: perspectives on the next 20 years ahead

11:45 - 12:45

Panel Session

How can circular economy continue to be positioned as relevant in a world of different market fundamentals?

14:00 - 14:30

Dialogues Series

The secret to creating an inclusive and diverse company: increasing collaboration between entities

14:30 - 16:00

Roundtable

The finance and investment landscape for carbon capture initiatives and technologies to meet global climate change ambitions

15:00 - 15:30

Dialogues Series

Creating a real inclusive and diverse working environment post pandemic

Thursday 12 November

10:30 - 10:45

Keynote Session

How are disruptive technologies and partnerships impacting society and business operations?

10:45 - 11:15

Leadership Talks

Globalisation, economics and investment scenarios

11:15 - 12:15

Panel Session

How will the downstream industry rebound from the severe disruption to supply and demand of Q1 and Q2 of 2020?

12:15 - 12:45

Leadership Talks

How are modern digital technologies changing our world?

12:45 - 13:45

Panel Session

The role of gas and LNG in the future energy mix and its contribution to the energy transition

This agenda is accurate as of 5 May 2020. Sessions and topics will continue to evolve and are subject to change.