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For all of the untold wealth that hydrocarbons have offered the UAE for much of the last century, the country has come to realize it now sits at a crossroads that will define the next century. With ADNOC now shifting its focus to gas, renewables, and clean energy, a new era is upon us as global oil and gas players seek to reduce their carbon footprints.
To prepare for this task, Abu Dhabi has implemented an unprecedented slew of reforms, programs, and policy initiatives to diversify the economy and ensure the best technologies are deployed in resource extraction. The UAE's Energy Strategy 2050, and the Abu Dhabi Department of Energy's own corresponding plans, mandate that clean, renewable energy and natural gas will play a major role in the domestic economy, making up 82% of the local power supply.
All of this is unfolding at a time of highly volatile oil prices, and against the backdrop of a global health pandemic that has disrupted supply chains and altered demand. With all this in mind, this digital event will delve into the long-term outlook for the sector, the role of ADNOC and foreign service providers, the technology they utilize, and much more.
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Erwin Kroell, an Austrian national, obtained a MSc Degree in Petroleum Engineering at the Leoben Mining University (AT). He is a petroleum industry manager with extensive international experience and started his career as a Petroleum Engineer with OMV in 1991; gaining experience in drilling, production technology, reservoir engineering, commercial and new business development in Austria before going international in the UK North Sea, Pakistan and Libya. From 1997-2003 Erwin worked as a Production/Operations Manager, Asset Manager in Libya. In 2003 he joined Wintershall where he worked as a Technical Director for Drilling & Reservoir Development for a Russian/German Joint Venture in Siberia/Russia before taking on a General Manager role for Wintershall in Qatar. In 2011 Erwin Kroell rejoined OMV and took over the role of the Senior Vice President for the Middle East & Caspian Region.
After working as a research assistant at the University of Colorado, Christophe Sassolas joined Total in 1997 as a geophysicist. From 2001, he held various positions in the areas of business development and gas marketing, based successively in the UAE, Argentina, and France. In 2010, he was appointed business development director of Total E&P Qatar, before becoming managing director of Total E&P Uruguay in 2012. From 2016 to 2019, he established and headed Total Global Procurement. In 2019, he obtained his current position. Sassolas is a geological engineer from the National School of Geology in Nancy, France, and holds an MBA from INSEAD, France.
Neslihan Aydagul is the Managing Director for The Business Year in the UAE. Ms. Aydagul's experience in the research field pans to the early 2000s where she lead research projects in Qatar and Bahrain as well as opening her employer's offices in South East Asia, particularly in Malaysia and Brunei Darussalam. After successful launches, she switched her focus to the GCC, and has been based in the Gulf for the past 10 years, Saudi Arabia and the UAE particularly Abu Dhabi, during which time directed the production of 12 annual investment manuals and gained a wealth of knowledge and experience in the Gulf.