Belgrade, 17th September 2018


Belgrade, 17 September 2018

Dear colleagues,

It is with pleasure that we invite you to participate in the 2018 Tomorrow’s Leaders Symposium to be hosted in Belgrade on 17 September 2018 by the National Petroleum Committee of Serbia – World Petroleum Council (NNKS-WPC).

The Tomorrow’s Leaders Symposium is an event series organized under the auspices of the World Petroleum Council targeting young professionals active in the oil and gas industry. It was established as a forum to exchange views and reflect on the industry challenges among different generations in the petroleum industry stakeholder network. The event series was launched in London in 2014 and was followed by a Budapest event in 2015, both attended by 100+ participants from over 15 WPC member countries.

For this year’s Symposium, the National Petroleum Committee of Serbia is looking forward to welcoming young professionals from both technical and non-technical backgrounds to expand and exchange their understanding of today’s downstream landscape as focal topic of this year’s symposium.

The one-day Symposium programme, developed in close cooperation and with support of the WPC Young Professionals Committee, will be delivered in four panel sessions:

  • An overview of downstream energy landscape
  • The use of technology in transforming the oil and gas industry
  • Closing the generation gap in the oil and gas industry
  • The influence of the oil and gas industry from different stakeholder perspectives

Registration for the event is free of charge and compulsory. However, due to limited space, applications will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis. Registrations will be open until 10 September, but will close when the maximum number of participants is reached.


Sunday, 16 September

19:00 – 21:00          Welcome Cocktail, Hotel “88 Rooms”, Takovska 49, Belgrade

Monday, 17 September

08:30 – 09:00          Registration, Hotel “88 Rooms”, Takovska 49, Belgrade

09.00 – 09.20          Opening Remarks

                                 Dr. Petar Škundrić, President, NNKS-WPC

                                 Mr. Pedro Miras Salamanca, Vice President Programme of the Executive Committee of the WPC, Chairman of the Committee of Programmes (CPC) of the WPC, Chairman of the World Petroleum Council (WPC) Spanish Committee, Chairman of the Standing Group on Emergency Questions (SEQ) of the International Energy Agency, Chairman of the Spanish Strategic Petroleum Reserves Corporation (CORES)

09.20 – 10.35          Downstream Energy Outlook

Moderator:                Dr. Goran Radosavljevic, Secretary General, NNKS-WPC, Serbia

Speakers:                 Dr. Volkan Ozdemir, Chairman, Institute for Energy Markets and Policies, Turkey

                                Mr. Artur Thernesz, CEO, AMEI Testing and Certifying, Hungary

                                Ms. Almila Acan Kahvecioglu, General Manager, TOTAL Serbia and TOTAL Adria

10.40 – 12.00          Transforming Oil and Gas Downstream: Gateway to Growth  

Moderator:                Mr. Pedro Miras Salamanca, Vice President Programme of the Executive Committee of the WPC, Chairman of CPC WPC, Chairman WPC Spanish Committee, Chairman of SEQ IEA, Chairman CORES

Speakers:                 Mr. Peter Ratatics, Executive Vice President for Consumer Services, MOL group, Hungary

                               Mr. Andrey Tuchnin, First Deputy CEO for Downstream, NIS Gazprom Neft, Serbia

                               Dr. Ivan Marten, Senior Partner & Managing Director, Vice Chairman Energy Practice, The Boston Consulting Group

12.00– 12.30           Coffee Break and Networking

12.30 – 12.40          Presentation of the 6th Future Leaders Forum, Russian National Committee of the World Petroleum Council

12.40 – 13:40         Workshop: Closing the Oil and Gas Industry’s Generational Gap (part I)

Groups:                    Group I: What is important to Millennials and How Should Oil Industry Adapt?

                                 Group II: Innovations in academia and business cooperation mechanisms,

                                 Group III: Strengthening the public perception and attractiveness of industry – role of (social) media

                                 Group VI: The challenges of petroleum industry transformation and future job security

                                 Group V: Retaining the talent pool in the industry – what is our drive

                                 Group VI: Closing the gender gap and empowering young women in the industry

Participants:              All Young Professionals

13:40 – 14:40          Lunch

14.30 – 15.15          Workshop: Closing the Oil and Gas Industry’s Generational Gap (part II )

Speakers:                 Nastas Mihajlovic, Chair, YPC Serbia – Group I

                                 Vlada Streletskaya, Chair, YPC Russia – Group II

                                 Csaba Zsoter, Chair, YPC Hungary – Group III

                                 Ali Rahneshin, Chair, YPC Iran – Group VI

                                 Laura Garcia Chiquero, Vice Chair, WPC YP, Spain – Group V

                                 Bojana Milutinovic, YPC Serbia – Group VI

15.15 – 16.30          Innovation transforming the society

Moderator:                Mr. Stephane Rousselet, Chair, WPC YP, France

Speakers:                  Dr. Riverson Oppong, Consultant, Global Energy Solutions, Russia

                                 Ms. Stephanie Verin, Founder, SV Crypto Consulting, Switzerland

                                 Mr. Djordje Djordjevic, Innovation Manager, ICT HUB, Serbia

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Registration is closed.

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