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Creating a Sustainable Energy Equation –
The Next 50 Years

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The Next Wave

Leadership in the Era of the New Energy Mix

The Next Wave programme is tailored for energy professionals under the age of 36 or with less than 10 years working experience in the energy industry. Between 150-200 professionals are expected to participate in the 2020 programme. 

This one-day programme on Monday, 23 March offers participants the opportunity to network with seasoned professionals, learn about pressing challenges and opportunities in the industry, and receive guidance on how to make the most of their careers. 

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Monday 23 March 
0830-0835 hours        Registration & Welcome Coffee
0900-0915 hours        Welcome & Introduction
0915-1000 hours        Keynote
1000-1030 hours        Coffee Break & Group Photo
1030-1230 hours        Panel Session
1230-1400 hours        Luncheon
1400-1630 hours        Roundtable Breakout Session
1630-1640 hours        Closing Remarks
1640-1730 hours        Networking Reception

About the Programme Theme


Energy is a vital element in our life. Not only is it an enabler for economic development, it improves living standards and fuels growth as well. With the expanding population and world economy, the global energy demand is expected to increase. This will require us to provide not just energy, but also cleaner energy as we transition to a world with a lower carbon footprint. The adoption of the “Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)” and “The Paris Agreement” on Climate Change are two ground-breaking world-agreements aimed at setting a new direction for an energy revolution across the globe. Energy is key to sustaining development, while sustainable development requires sustainable energy. Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising future generations to meet their needs. And this requires a cleaner and more efficient energy mix today.

An increasing number of International Oil Companies (IOCs) are taking initiatives to collaborate with local authorities in diversifying their businesses in new or alternative energy. The driving force for the industry to rethink its strategies is not just from the low oil price in recent years, but also due to rising global demand for cleaner energy. As the industry aspires to deliver sustainable energy, what are the challenges the industry must overcome? How can current and future energy leaders reinvent the industry framework to provide solutions and move beyond the current boundaries to accommodate increasing energy demand?

In the process of achieving energy efficiency, the pursuit of technological innovations (i.e. digitalisation, artificial intelligence, etc.) have also led to new opportunities. As the energy industry transforms, professionals at all levels are expected to advance and position themselves in the new business framework. How do Young Professionals (YPs) maximise their potential in this changing energy landscape and embrace these new opportunities? What is the roadmap to ensure a successful career in the energy industry?

The Next Wave program at OTC Asia 2020 invites Young Professionals to learn more about the way forward of the energy industry. The keynote and panel sessions will provide an enriching platform for participants to engage in industry and career related discussions with seasoned energy leaders, as well as exchange ideas with like-minded peers.


Dinesh Sivasamboo, Managing Director, ExxonMobil Kazakhstan Inc.

Panel Session

Panellists will discuss what the “New Energy Mix” means for young professionals.

  • Jason Mariyappan, Head, New Energy, PETRONAS
  • Somchai Kasemlonnapa, Senior Vice President, New Business Division, PTTEP 
  • Neil Kavanagh, Chief Scientist, Woodside Energy
  • Hanna Razif, Industry Services, Business Development, Intertek Group Plc.

Roundtable Breakout Session

The roundtable breakout session provides attendees personal opportunity to discuss their own career development regarding the topic addressed by the keynote speaker and panellists, and offers time to consider how they can position themselves around these future industry challenges. These breakouts encourage participation and interactive sharing between attendees and topic facilitators.

Topics to be covered in the session include:

  • Business Trends
  • Career & Personal Development
  • New Energy
  • Talent Management
  • Technology

Topic Facilitators:

  • Ahmad Hatta Kamaruzzaman, Managing Director, Malaysia / Brunei, Aker Solutions Malaysia 
  • Maria Sferruzza, President, Asia Pacific, Baker Hughes Company 
  • Stefanie Khaw, Senior Project Leader, Boston Consulting Group
  • Jeff Lehrmann, Managing Director, Chevron South Asia 
  • Syed Helmi Syed Mohsin, General Manager, Human Resources, ExxonMobil Exploration & Production Malaysia 
  • Zhiyong Zhao, Vice President, Asia Pacific, Hess 
  • Kenneth Pereira, Managing Director, Hibiscus Petroleum 
  • Sid Whyte, Vice President – Asia Pacific, Halliburton 
  • Aravindh Kaniappan, Regional Director – Industry Services, South and East Asia, Intertek 
  • Naser Al Hajri, Senior Vice President – Operations, Southeast Asia, Mubadala Petroleum 
  • Mohamed Firouz Asnan, Senior Vice President, Petroleum Management, PETRONAS 
  • Nasir Haji Darman, Chief Technology Officer, PETRONAS 
  • Emeliana Rice-Oxley, Vice President, Exploration, PETRONAS 
  • Suhana Sidik, Officer of the Executive Vice President & CEO, Upstream, PETRONAS 
  • Datuk Kris Azman, Senior Vice President, Exploration & Production, Sapura Energy 
  • Shok Han Phuah, South & East Asia Operations Performance & Digital Technology Director, Schlumberger 
  • Anne-Sophie Vervial, Vice President, Country Delegate Brunei, China, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Philippines, Total 
  • Adrin Shafil, Chief Operating Officer, Velesto Energy 
  • Neil Kavanagh, Chief Scientist, Woodside Energy 
  • Julie Morgan, Chief Flow Assurance Engineer, Woodside Energy 






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