The future
of energy

Fostering consensus-driven foundations for change

We are witnessing seismic change across the energy industry. As the world pivots to low-carbon energy, complex and vast challenges face the energy value chain.  

To overcome these challenges, we must reset the energy system. There is a need for clearly defined strategies, greater collaboration and accelerated innovation.  

The Citizens Energy Congress will bring together a broad spectrum of energy industry professionals, policy makers, investors, and civil society. Together, these groups will challenge the concepts and constraints of the existing energy models and foster consensus-driven foundations for a low carbon energy system.

Previous speakers

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Helle Thorning-Schmidt

Former Danish Prime Minister and Former CEO of Save the Children

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Dr Ernest Moniz

The 13th United States Secretary of Energy

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Prof. Jeffrey Sachs

Director, Center for Sustainable Development

President, Sustainable Development Solutions Network


Peggy Liu


Joint US-China Collaboration on Clean Energy (JUCCCE)

Bob Dudley OGCI (002)

Bob Dudley


Oil and Gas Climate Initiative

Frank Mastiaux (002)

Dr. Frank Mastiaux

CEO, Energie Baden-Württemberg AG (EnBW)

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Rich Lesser


Boston Consulting Group

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Lorenzo Simonelli

Chairman & CEO

Baker Hughes

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Paul F. Browning

President and CEO, Mitsubishi Power Americas and Chief Regional Officer Europe, Middle East, Africa and Americas, Mitsubishi Power

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Nili Gilbert

Senior Advisor - BCG, Chair of Investment Committee - David Rockefeller Fund, Chair - U.N. Net Zero Asset Owner Alliance

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Councillor Barney Crockett

Lord Provost of Aberdeen

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Dr. Jennifer Wilcox

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management (Acting Assistant Secretary)

U.S. Department of Energy

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Mele Kolo Kyari

Group Managing Director

Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)


Yuri Sebregts

Executive Vice-President Technology, CTO


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Claire O'Neill

Managing Director - Climate & Energy

World Business Council for Sustainable Development

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Mark Brownstein

Senior Vice President of Energy

Environmental Defense Fund

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Patrick Child

Deputy Director-General, DG Research and Innovation

European Commission

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John Defterios

Former Emerging Markets Editor, CNN

Chairman, The Agora Group

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Mark Campanale

Founder and Executive Chair

Carbon Tracker

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Professor Jason Bordoff

Co-Founding Dean of the Columbia Climate School

Founding Director of Columbia's Center on Global Energy Policy

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Mark Radka

Acting Deputy Director, Economy Division

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)


Francine Lacqua

Anchor and Editor-at-large

Bloomberg TV

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Harry Verhaar

Vice-President and Head of Global Public & Government Affairs


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Brian Sullivan

Executive Director


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Carlos Pascual

Senior Vice President, Global Energy

IHS Markit

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Jules Kortenhorst


Rocky Mountain Institute

Vanessa Miler

Vanessa Miller

Director of Energy Innovation and Impact


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Dr. Rebekah Shirley Lukera

Director of Research, Data & Innovation

World Resources Institute Africa

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Dan Murphy




Katherine Stodulka

Director of Sustainable Finance, SYSTEMIQ; Director of the Blended Finance Taskforce

Carlo Papa

Carlo Papa

Managing Director

Enel Foundation

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Dr. Annegret Groebel


Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER)

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Rana Adib

Executive Director


Julien Perez (2)

Julien Perez

VP Strategy & Policy

Oil and Gas Climate Initiative

Simon Birkebak

Simon Birkebaek


Boston Consulting Group

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Dr James Henderson

Director, Gas Research Programme

Oxford Institute for Energy Studies

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Atul Arya

Senior Vice President and Chief Energy Strategist

IHS Markit

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Veronica Chau

Partner and Director, Sustainable Investing and Social Impact

Boston Consulting Group

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Dr Sara Walker

Reader in Energy and Director of The Centre for Energy, School of Engineering, Newcastle University

Bas Sudmeijer

Bas Sudmeijer

Managing Director & Partner

Boston Consulting Group

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Ryan Chilcote

Award winning PBS NewsHour Special correspondent

Bloomberg Television and CNN alumnus

Nick Stansbury

Nick Stansbury

Head of Climate Solutions

Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM)

Luca Corradi Innovation Network Director OGTC

Luca Corradi

Innovation Network Director

Net Zero Technology Centre

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Arthur Hanna

Visiting Professor of Energy Economics, School of Business and Economics

Loughborough University (UK)

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Eithne Treanor

Citizens Energy Congress Presenter

Why attend?

The Citizens Energy Congress will enable a broad spectrum of energy industry professionals, policy makers, investors and civil society to challenge the concepts and constraints of the existing energy models and to foster consensus-driven foundations for a low-carbon energy system.

By participating, you will engage with key energy stakeholders, discover diverse opinions and participate in vigorous debate to help inform future strategic direction.

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Engage with key energy stakeholders from across the value chain.


Learn from diverse opinions that will help inform future strategic direction.


Discover the latest products services and solutions that will drive the energy industry towards net-zero.


Connect with companies leading the energy transition, from the world’s largest to the most innovative.

Who attends?

The Citizens Energy Congress will attract thousands of executives from across all parts of the energy value chain, from energy producers, investors and policy makers, to end-users, tech providers and civil society representatives.

Together, these groups provide diverse opinions and vigorous debate to help inform future strategic direction.

Six key influencer groups will be represented.

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Energy producers

IECs, IOCs, NOCs and Renewable Producers currently leading the energy transition, prioritising decarbonisation and developing cleaner portfolios.

Civil society

NGOs, Academia and Foundations representing the
interest of society as a whole.


Institutional, Impact, Venture Capital, Pension Fund and Sovereign Wealth Funds looking to demonstrate their position as active contributors to change in the energy paradigm.


Industry, Utilities, Transport and Manufacturing consumers acting on shareholder and investor pressures to deliver sustainable, lower-carbon energy consumption and end-use.

Policy makers

Regional, National and Supra-National Governments
involved in delivering the energy transition, improving accountability, and enforcing climate and emissions laws.

Technology & services

Consultants, Technology Companies, Contractors and Service Providers responsible for the delivery of the new energy ecosystem, driving down emissions and improving efficiencies.

Focusing on the 3 enablers of the energy transition



New ideas, strategies and business models are required to meet the challenge facing the energy industry.



The future energy system will be created by greater engagement across the value chain and forging new partnerships has never been more important.



The creation of new technologies, business models and ideas are happening at an unprecedented pace and the entire value chain must both understand and embrace the change.

What makes the Citizens Energy Congress unique?

Delivering a broad, balanced participation

Industry, government, finance and civil society leaders will be invited from across all parts of the future energy value chain, providing diverse opinions and vigorous debate to help inform future strategic direction.

Addressing the difficult questions

The agenda recognises the multifaceted nature of the energy system and acknowledges the broad array of social, political, cultural, environmental and technical forces that constrain and shape the ecosystem’s evolution.

Engaging civil society

At the heart of the discussion will be civil society leaders who will be able to challenge the conceptions and constraints of the current energy paradigm, and foster consensus-driven foundations for change.


The agenda will address the difficult questions facing the energy industry as it strives to balance energy access and climate change commitments. The broad audience will facilitate a balanced debate between all stakeholders from producers, end users, technology and service providers to investors, policy makers and civil society.

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