Innovation, transformation and agility are central to today’s oil and gas industry as it responds to the challenges and opportunities of the 4th industrial era. They enable organisations to move their strategic business choices at pace, and create new company structures, business models and diverse partnerships.
At the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference 2019 (ADIPEC), the strategic conference, Oil & Gas 4.0, featured six exclusive roundtables attended by ministers, policy makers, think tanks, CEOs and C-level executives, not only from leading international oil and gas companies, but also from the technology companies spearheading disruptive innovation in the industry globally.
The discussions focused on key energy trends, policy formation and geopolitical factors affecting oil and gas companies, providing new and different perspectives and insights on the complexity of issues shaping the energy eco-system. Those who contributed their insights included:
- Mohammad Barkindo - Secretary General, Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).
- Dr Daniel Yergin - Vice Chairman, IHS Markit
- Sebastian Thrun - CEO, KittyHawk; Co-Founder, Udacity; Adjunct Professor, Stanford; Former Vice President, Google; Founder, Google X Lab; Founder, GoogleGlass & Google Self Driving Car, Stanley
- Jason Bordoff - Professor of Professional Practice in International & Public Affairs and Founding Director, Center on Global Energy Policy, Columbia University
- Rachael Bartels - Senior Managing Director Chemicals & Natural Resources, Accenture
- Greg Cross - Artificial Intelligence Pioneer, Serial Entrepreneur, Co-Founder and Chief Business Officer, Soul Machines
Stimulating, meaningful and open dialogue, ensured the roundtables generated a diverse range of insights in support of transformative actions that will help businesses to overcome the challenges inherent in continuing to deliver an affordable and sustainable energy supply.
The content of this Whitepaper reflects how energy transition should be seen not only as a challenge but also an opportunity, one that would ensure the oil and gas industry remains a key enabler of tomorrow’s global economy.