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World Energy Week 2020

Connecting Energy Societies

7-9 October 2020, Digital Event

Under the theme of Connecting Energy Societies, this year’s World Energy Week is an exciting and energising digital-only event driven by the Council’s Vision 2025 to humanise energy. The LIVE edition will connect stakeholders worldwide in dynamic regional and global dialogue across three days, on key themes including navigating the post-pandemic future and building resilience amid disruption. 

We are delighted to announce that ECEGA's founder Yana Popkostova will be a keynote speaker at the 2020 World Energy Week - the world's most seminal annual energy event that addresses whole energy systems’ challenges and opportunities, drives practical action and helps shape the future of energy.

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Selected plenary sessions

Day 1 - October 7 - Global Plenary

The impact of Covid-19 on the energy sector has been far reaching and extensive, exposing new vulnerabilities. The crisis underscores the need for whole energy system resilience, extending to people and supply chains, to ensure reliable energy flows in the face of multiple emerging and systemic risks, disruptions and shocks. What are the leadership questions in managing energy transition in this broad and fast shifting landscape? How are leaders thinking about whole system resilience? This session will explore what is keeping energy industry leaders awake at night and dig deeper into the emerging nexus of issues that have emerged, particularly in this time of widespread disruption.

What resilience issues are energy leaders paying most attention to?
How can energy firms and societies look beyond single issues and address connected resilience challenges and risks?
Who will take the lead in addressing the energy-cyber-health security nexus?

MODERATOR: Filippo Gaddo, Head of Energy Economics, ARUP 

  • Thomas Leurent, CEO, Akselos
  • Yana Popkostova, Founder & Managing Director, European Centre for Energy and Geopolitical Analysis
  • Gurdeep Singh, Chairman & Managing Director, NTPC; Secretary General, India Member Committee, World Energy Council
  • Emmanuel Lagarrigue, Chief Innovation Officer and Member of the Global Executive Committee, Schneider Electric

Day 3 - October 8 - Regional Perspectives

A discussion brought to you from the World Energy Council’s European regional community to explore country perspectives on the EU Commission’s European Recovery Plan and energy transition pathways to reach carbon neutrality goals.

MODERATOR: William D’haeseleer, Professor, University of Leuven; Chair, Belgium Member Committee, World Energy Council


  • Hando Sutter, Chairman of the Management Board, Eesti Energia
  • Randolph Brazier, Head of Innovation & Development, Energy Networks Association
  • Yana Popkostova, Founder & Managing Director, European Centre for Energy and Geopolitical Analysis
  • Kadri Simson, Commissioner for Energy, European Commission
  • Alexandre Perra, Group Senior Executive Vice President, Innovation, Strategy and Planning, EDF; Vice Chair, Europe, World Energy Council

Day 2 - October 8

The dramatic impact of the COVID-19 crisis across all sectors, regions and society is resulting in the largest capital reallocation ever seen. Businesses, governments, and societies everywhere are facing new challenges and choices in developing recovery plans to grapple with a global health emergency. Internationally, energy leaders face unprecedented challenges to connect energy societies and to understand the crisis’s impact and that of recovery plans on energy transition.

The Secretary General of the World Energy Council warmly invites our CEO and Ministerial community to a private and informal dialogue to engage and exchange with peers on the impacts of crisis and recovery plans, and to take part in a live solutions-finding discussion at a time which calls for an exceptional leadership response.


The only global event that covers the entire energy spectrum.

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