Globally, energy transition and the reshaping of markets continue at pace, despite ongoing challenges of the global pandemic and continued restrictions experienced across countries and industries.

As the world navigates and operates within this new norm, governments, industries and businesses are actively adapting their forward-looking strategies to ensure rapid economic and industry recovery.

As North African and Mediterranean countries continue to strengthen their presence on the international oil and gas map, the East Mediterranean Gas Forum (EMGF) continues to gather pace, with 2021 welcoming France as a new member and attracting in observer status, the US, the World Bank and European Union.

Currently headed by Egypt, the EMGF Member Countries remain committed to jointly developing, monetising and fast-tracking the regions gas market, creating an energy trading hub and cooperating to accelerate regional energy transition studies.

With Egypt officially announced as the hosts of COP27, the Egypt Petroleum Show, taking place in Cairo from 14-16 February 2022, convenes at a critical time in the industry's ongoing recovery and transition.

At this pivotal time of change and opportunity, the Strategic conference is set to gather global leaders from the energy value chain who will outline their innovative strategies that continue to develop businesses and worldwide energy markets, that consciously contribute to global clean energy goals, whilst creating commercial partnership opportunities.

10:00 - 11:00

5th Anniversary Opening Ceremony

14:00 - 15:00

Global Business Leaders Session:
The road to recovery and new market dynamics

  • No stranger to cyclical downturns, in recent years the industry landscape has endured low prices, falling investments and weathered a pandemic. As we emerge, market dynamics have changed. Energy transition has accelerated and globally countries are implementing climate-centric policy changes that could create new pressures for gas producing, transit and consuming countries. How are governments and businesses collaborating to address short-term industry recovery?

     Attendee insights:

    An important discussion highlighting fossil fuels remaining central to meeting today’s energy demands and playing a pivotal role in the transitioning future energy mix. The panel will discuss the implications of waning hydrocarbons investments, the effects of supply and demand crunches after extended periods of lockdown and the impacts on gas exports of legislations such Europe’s Fit for 55, Green Deal and Carbon Tariff packages.


    • His Excellency Tarek El Molla His Excellency Tarek El Molla
      Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources
      Arab Republic of Egypt
    • Her Excellency Natasa Pilides Her Excellency Natasa Pilides
      Minister of Energy, Commerce and Industry
      Republic of Cyprus
    • His Excellency Dr Saleh Al Kharabsheh His Excellency Dr Saleh Al Kharabsheh
      Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources
      Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
    • His Excellency Zafer Melhem His Excellency Zafer Melhem
      Palestinian Energy & Natural Resources Authority
    • His Excellency Abdul Salam Baaboud His Excellency Abdul Salam Baaboud
      Minister of Oil and Minerals
      Republic of Yemen
    • Her Excellency Karine Elharrar Her Excellency Karine Elharrar
      Minister of Energy
15:00 - 16:00

Net-zero: Shifting traditional paradigms

  • The energy industry's commitment to reducing its global carbon footprint is accelerating. Leading oil and gas companies are pledging to spend more on clean energy solutions that tackle climate-change and achieve net-zero targets by 2050. With oil and gas-based products remaining the backbone of everyday modern society, how is the industry moving from forward looking pledges to delivering upon its promises?

    Attendee insights:

    A must-attend session for government leaders and business executives working to reduce global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, eradicating methane leaks, creating a platform for low-carbon hydrogen production, removing ESG investment barriers in R&D and deploying low-carbon technologies for carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) that will harness the transition to a net-carbon free energy system.


    • Bernard Looney Bernard Looney
    • Claudio Descalzi Claudio Descalzi
    • John Christmann John Christmann
      Chief Executive Officer and President
      Apache Corporation
    • Lorenzo Simonelli Lorenzo Simonelli
      Chairman and CEO
      Baker Hughes

Global Business Leaders Session
Modernising global energy dialogue for industry transformation

  • As the world looks towards energy transition and net-zero ambitions, the immediate needs for all forms of energy, including hydrocarbons, remains constant. As the global pandemic accelerated the shift in climate-change actions, Governments, industry organizations and think tanks globally are driving change on historical policies and frameworks that will enable futuristic cross industry collaboration and create a pragmatic pathway ahead for the industry.

    Attendee insights:

    This session highlights the importance of the industry being part of the solution to climate-change and energy transition. At the same time the panel will address mitigating future energy crises and fluctuating market pricing due to future global uncertainties.


    • His Excellency Mohammad Barkindo His Excellency Mohammad Barkindo
      Secretary General
      Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC)
    • Nasser Kamel Nasser Kamel
      Secretary General
      Union for the Mediterranean (UfM)
    • Osama Mobarez Osama Mobarez
      Secretary General
      East Mediterranean Gas Forum (EMGF)
    • His Excellency Ali Sabt BenSabt His Excellency Ali Sabt BenSabt
      Secretary General
      Organisation of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries (OAPEC)
    • Joseph McMonigle Joseph McMonigle
      Secretary General
      International Energy Forum (IEF)
    • Dr Houda Ben Jannet Allal Dr Houda Ben Jannet Allal
      General Director
      Observatoire Méditerranéen de l’Energie (OME)
    • Omar Farouk Ibrahim Omar Farouk Ibrahim
      Secretary General
      African Petroleum Producers' Organization (APPO)
17:00 - 18:00

Strategic Roundtable Discussions

  • ROUNDABLE 1: Hydrogen production, storage, transportation, and trading

    Countries worldwide are establishing partnerships to deliver upon scaled up plans to develop hydrogen ecosystems with capacity to advance industry decarbonisation, expand economic diversity and boost industrial development.  Considering the sector’s infancy, how are governments and energy majors driving forward-looking frameworks and policy changes to fuel the transition to a hydrogen-based economy?

    Attendee insights:

    A key discussion to gain insights on the global and regional drive to fast-track commercial hydrogen technologies, formulate policy regulations and certifications and define infrastructure capable of carrying and exporting hydrogen safely.


    • Luc Vandenbulcke Luc Vandenbulcke
      Dredging, Environmental and Marine Engineering NV (DEME)
  • ROUNDABLE 2: Driving downstream expansion

    With petrochemical, refined and plastic products remaining vital to everyday life, how is the industry continuing to expand its downstream operations and marketing capabilities, whilst at the same time being mindful of forward-looking climate conscious strategies that deploy low-carbon initiatives to decarbonise the downstream value chain?

    Attendee insights:

    A key session for energy leaders to gain clarity on how the region is embracing sustainable and transformative business models and innovative technologies to expand its downstream sector.


    • Ahmed El Khalifa Ahmed El Khalifa
      Undersecretary for Projects
      Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Arab Republic of Egypt
  • ROUNDABLE 3: Accelerating energy transition

    Coordinated action is required from all industry verticals including governments and citizens to embrace low-carbon alternatives to accelerate the transition into clean energy alternatives from hydrogen and natural gas to hybrid and electric vehicles.

    Attendee insights:

    This roundtable discussion will address policy and industry strategy from organisational restructure to infrastructure that will enable a smooth transition and increased take up of a decarbonised ecosystem providing access to energy for all.

  • ROUNDABLE 4: Sustainable energy financing

    As a core pillar of the energy transition, sustainable financing is a global priority.  With mounting pressure to comply with climate norms, how can governments and the financial sector work with the energy industry to create the right mix of policies and regulatory frameworks to close the billion-dollar investment gaps and accelerate the transition to net-zero?

    Attendee insights:

    An important session for senior leaders from the government, financial sector, and the energy industry to strategise sustainable investments in the energy value chain through forward-looking policies and investment models.


    • Todd Wilcox Todd Wilcox
      HSBC Egypt
    • Ahmed Kouchouk Ahmed Kouchouk
      Vice Minister of Finance for Fiscal Policy and Institutional Reform
      Ministry of Finance, Arab Republic of Egypt
10:30 -11.30

Global Business Leaders Session Unlocking energy independence through connected oil and gas markets

  • Energy security plays a significant role in developing economies. The additional priority and responsibility of reducing global carbon footprints creates a need for continued investment, effective regulations and increased cross-border cooperation of regional and global oil and gas producer, consumer and transit countries. How is the industry ensuring open dialogue to boost global cooperation and enhance coordinated efforts to ensure monetisation of forward looking, climate-conscious oil and gas markets?


    Attendee insights:

    This session will highlight the importance of promoting international cooperation within energy majors, industry organisations and governments to create connected, monetized and decarbonized oil and gas markets.


    • Toufik Hakkar Toufik Hakkar
    • Mathios Rigas Mathios Rigas
    • Dr Eng Magdy Galal Dr Eng Magdy Galal
      Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (EGAS)
    • Ali Rashid Al Jarwan Ali Rashid Al Jarwan
      Dragon Oil
    • Simon Thomson Simon Thomson
      Capricorn Energy
11:30 - 12:30

Global Business Leaders Session
Natural gas as a catalyst of the low-carbon transition

  • Globally in the coming decades, as economies and industries further embrace cleaner alternatives, how can today’s cross industry collaboration in R&D and technology deployment across the gas supply chain fast-track the climate and economic benefits of switching to gas?

    Attendee insights:

    A key discussion outlining the significance of natural gas as a bridge in the energy transition, a cleaner alternative to powering the world – from homes, to transport, to industry.  Panelists will discuss the case for global gas pricing, its role supporting economies in switching from coal, its increasing use as a source for blue hydrogen and its long-term benefits in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.


    • De la Rey Venter De la Rey Venter
      Executive Vice President
      LNG West & CCUS
    • John Ardill John Ardill
      Vice President Exploration
    • Mansoor Mohamed Al Hamed Mansoor Mohamed Al Hamed
      Chief Executive Officer
      Mubadala Petroleum
    • Dawn Summers Dawn Summers
      Chief Operating Officer
      Wintershall Dea
    • Clay Neff Clay Neff
      Middle East, Africa, South America
      Exploration and Production Company
    • Martin Houston MODERATOR
      Martin Houston
      Vice Chairman
13:30 - 14:30

Global Business Leaders Session
The shifting downstream landscape

  • The pandemic disrupted the refining sector globally with supply and demand fluctuations reaching unprecedented extremes.  At the same time, the increased use of PPE saw petrochemical and plastic products face growing environmental challenges.  With a push to create long-term sustainable value chains, reduce energy-intensive distillation and chemical conversation processes in line with evolving regulations, how is the global downstream industry embracing its own climate-conscious transformation?

    Attendee insights:

    A must-attend discussion on the outlook for the downstream industry.  Panelists will discuss the benefits of integrated refinery-petrochemical facilities capable of processing a wide range of feedstocks with low-carbon technologies and the production of grey hydrogen, plus the anticipated long-term effects on oil demand and fuel retail from the electrification of the transportation sector.


    • Jean Sentenac Jean Sentenac
      President & CEO
    • Vimal Kapur Vimal Kapur
      President and CEO
      Honeywell Performance Materials and Technologies
    • Andreas Shiamishis Andreas Shiamishis
      Chief Executive Officer, Executive Member of the Board of Directors
      Hellenic Petroleum
    • Saad Helal Saad Helal
      President and Chairman
      Egyptian Petrochemicals Holding Company (ECHEM)
    • Hisham Selim Hisham Selim
      Suez Methanol Derivatives Company (SMD)
14:30 - 15:30

Global Business Leaders Session
Connected energy ecosystem: Billion-dollar savings

  • Digital transformation already accounts for growing terabytes of oil and gas data every day.  The game changer now lies in emerging unified enterprise data platforms that eliminate digital silos creating an even greater connected oil and gas ecosystem, reducing operational costs, replacing legacy systems, providing deeper intelligent insights and boosting user experiences for employees, partners and customers.

    Attendee insights:

    A prime session outlining how technology is advancing and how adoption throughout the entire energy value chain is enabling faster transformation, further integration and unlocking greater efficiency and cost-savings across all business and operational assets.


    • Sara Akbar Sara Akbar
      Chairperson & CEO
    • Walid Sheta Walid Sheta
      President Middle East and Africa
      Schneider Electric
    • Colin Hu Colin Hu
      President - North Africa Region, Cloud & AI Business Group
      Huawei Technologies
    • Sherif Foda Sherif Foda
      Chairman of the Board & CEO
      NESR - National Energy Services Reunited

Minister Interview Egypt: powering from strength to strength

  • As the world continues its recovery from the COVID pandemic and increases its commitment to energy transition, the significance of natural gas in global geopolitics and energy security becomes ever more crucial. As Egypt ramps up exploration and boosts production from its hydrocarbon assets, at the same time, strategies at a Ministerial level are being created to produce and use hydrogen as an alternative fuel source. In the coming years, Egypt is expected to continue gaining significant market influence globally. As hosts of the upcoming COP27, and as we look ahead to the next 12 months, what’s next?


    Attendee insights:

    This key interview will summarise Egypt’s plans to achieve, through the EMGF, the common goal of fortifying international relations to alleviate energy poverty and economic barriers for harvesting and monetising its natural gas reserves and mineral resources, promoting the development of climate-conscious global gas markets and cementing its status as the region’s leading energy trading hub.


    • His Excellency Tarek El Molla His Excellency Tarek El Molla
      Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources
      Arab Republic of Egypt
    • Eithne Treanor Eithne Treanor
      EGYPS 2022