AIPN International Petroleum Summit

30 Nov - 2 Dec 2021 | Virtual

The Energy Industry Today and Tomorrow with Asia in Focus
30 November - 2 December 2021  |  Virtual

Astronomical natural gas prices. Skyrocketing coal costs. Predictions of $100 oil. COP26. Energy transition. What is the oil and gas industry’s evolving role in the dynamic energy landscape?

AIPN’s International Petroleum Summit (IPS) 2021 Virtual takes place from 30 November - 2 December to present discussions and insights shaping the global energy arena. Amidst the volatile market and dynamics, the IPS 2021 program has been developed to address these global energy issues, energy transition and the essential role of the oil and gas industry. 

International Petroleum Summit is the leading annual event for the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators and a key conference for the international oil and gas community at large. This annual conference serves as a platform to enhance knowledge exchange, business networking and create partnerships. The 2021 annual forum will host leaders of international and national oil and gas companies, government officials, international organizations, service providers, law firms and academia.



World oil markets are re-balancing after the Covid-19 crisis, spurred by an unprecedented collapse in 2020, and there may be no return to “normal”. In IEA’s latest Oil 2021 forecast, by 2026 the global oil demand will grow to 104.1 mb/d, an increase of 4.4 mb/d from 2019 levels, driven by Asia’s emerging and developing economies underpinned by rising populations and incomes. However, the global drive for decarbonization as evidenced in countries committing to net zero ambitions, as well as COP26, are shining a spotlight on the evolving role of the oil & gas sector.

Today’s program will showcase global leading authorities who will share their perspectives and pathways for the oil & gas industry toward a secure and affordable energy future, while at the same time addressing the energy poverty faced by a multitude of countries.

  • All day Electronic access to program in real time and on delayed broadcast basis
  • 2:00 PM – 2:30 PM Welcome message/introduction to AIPN:  AIPN President 

    Setting the Stage & Preview of Day One:  IPS 2021 Co-Chairs

  • 2:30 PM – 2:45 PM Session 1: Opening Keynote
  • 2:45 PM – 3:15 PM Session 2: Scene Setting Keynote Address
  • 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM Session 3: Keynote Address

    Topic:  Exploration and Production Strategies and Innovations In a Global Context Fireside interview by Rystad Energy


    • Montri Rawanchaikaul, Chief Executive Officer, PTTEP, Bangkok (confirmed)
  • 3:30 PM – 4:00 PM Session 4: Keynote Speaker
  • 4:00 PM – 4:15 PM Session 5: Keynote Speaker

    Topic:  ASEAN’s Practical Approach to Energy Transition and Evolving Role of Oil & Gas Sector (proposed)


    • Dr Nuki Agya Utama, Executive Director, ASEAN Centre for Energy (ACE), Jakarta (confirmed)
  • 4:15 PM – 5:15 PM Session 6: Panel Discussion: Asian National Oil Companies

    Topic:  Regional Demand Outlook and Energy Security - Future Look of the Asian NOCs


    • Natruedee Khositaphai, EVP, Strategy and Business Development Group, PTTEP (confirmed)
  • 5:15 PM – 6:15 PM Session 7: Panel Discussion

    Topic: Supporting Lower GHG for Upstream Production & Operations


    • Leonardo Sempertegui, General Counsel, OPEC, Vienna (confirmed)
    • Hasto Kristiyono, President Commissioner, PT. Pertamina Power Indonesia (confirmed)
  • 6:15 PM to 7:15 PM Session 8: Panel Discussion

    Topic:  Decommissioning Challenges for Host Governments and Producers in Asia


    • Kanita Sartwattayu, Senior Vice President, Development Project Division, PTTEP (confirmed)
    • Dr Andrew Sneddon, Consulting Director, ERM (confirmed)
    • Dr Francis Norman, General Manager Decommissioning and Strategy, National Energy Resources Australia (NERA) (confirmed)
    • Alan S. Pitts, Transition Manager, Chevron Thailand Exploration & Production (confirmed)


    •  Andrew Harwood, Research Director, Asia Pacific Upstream Oil & Gas, Wood Mackenzie (confirmed)
  • TBD Western Hemisphere networking with selected speaker(s) (livestream)
  • TBD Special seminar(s) for US and Europe registrants


Increasingly the oil & gas sector is re-aligning with the drive for energy transition. The role of gas and particularly LNG, for example, has evolved significantly over the last decade, as a low carbon fossil fuel. Countries across Europe and major countries in Asia, like China and India, have chosen gas as the preferred pathway to decarbonization. Traditional oil & gas companies are actively investing in technologies to decarbonize their operations, such as CCS, field electrifications to replace traditional gas and diesel turbines, or direct renewables integration such as offshore wind farm, and even establishing new independent divisions to advance these initiatives. That said, energy poverty and accessibility that plagues many developing countries – likely will continue to be primarily addressed by traditional fossil fuels.

Today’s program will explore the oil & gas sector’s evolving role and opportunities in shaping our energy future – creating a lower carbon the value chain and intensifying the role of new technologies, as well as, accentuating the force that women leaders are bringing to bear on the energy industry and the transition

  • All day Electronic access to program in real time and on delayed broadcast basis
  • 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Eastern Hemisphere networking with selected speaker(s) (livestream) (TBD)
  • 2:00 PM –2:15 PM Welcome remarks / Summary of Day One & Preview of Day Two: IPS Co-Chairs
  • 2:15 PM – 2:45 PM Session 9: Boulos Lecture Series
  • 2:45 PM – 3:15 PM Session 10: Keynote Speaker
  • 3:15 PM – 4:15 PM Session 11: Panel Discussion

    Topic:  Bridging the Energy Transition with Gas and LNG


    • Doug Wharton, Senior Vice President, Venture Global LNG (confirmed)
    • Unai Pastor, Vice President – Origination, Cheniere Energy (confirmed)
    • Mark Abbotsford, VP Marketing, Woodside Energy (confirmed)
    • Kurujit Nakornthap, Executive Director, PTIT, Bangkok (confirmed)
    • Shigeharu Yajimi, Senior Vice President – Global Energy Marketing, INPEX (confirmed)


    • Fauziah Marzuki, Head of Global LNG and APAC Gas, BloombergNEF (confirmed)

    The panel will examine the critical role of gas and LNG in the energy mix, amidst the global shift in ESG and climate commitment. The session will also address the market updates, the emerging markets of Asia, demand and supply fundamentals. Innovations such as CCS, carbon neutral cargoes and LNG to power, small scale LNG opportunities will be covered too.

  • 4:15 PM – 4:45 PM Session 12: Keynote Speaker

    Topic:  Petroleum Fiscal Systems During Energy Transition


    • Dr. Pedro van Meurs, President, Van Meurs Energy, Panama City (confirmed)


  • 4:45 PM – 5:45 PM Session 13:  Panel Discussion

    Topic:  Keeping the Lights on While Transitioning to the New Energy World:  Challenges for the Oil and Gas Industry


    • Martin Houston, Vice Chairman, Tellurian (confirmed)
    • Daruporn Kamoplus, Managing Director, Global Renewable Power Company (confirmed)


  • 5:45 PM –6:45 PM Session 14: Panel Discussion

    Topic:  Women in Energy – Driving Sustainable E&P and Energy Transition Innovations  


    • Niny Borges, Vice President Legal, Legal Upstream, Equinor UK (confirmed)
    • Jennifer Josefson, AIPN President and Partner, Morgan Lewis (confirmed)


    • Melody Meyer, President, Melody Meyer Energy LLC (confirmed)


  • TBD Western Hemisphere networking with selected speakers (livestream)
  • TBD Tutorial Seminar: Petroleum Fiscal Systems during Energy Transition


    • Dr. Pedro van Meurs, President, Van Meurs Energy, Panama City (confirmed)


Oil and gas will continue to play a significant role in the energy mix until 2050 and beyond, eradicating energy poverty and addressing access issues in many developing countries. Sustainable E&P is necessary, where the climate commitment, like COP26, will place increasing pressure on the oil & gas sector to re-think ideas and solutions for a low carbon future. Companies have responded by decarbonizing their value chain, expanding into new sectors such as hydrogen. The path to a low carbon future is accelerating. ESG is also increasingly adopted by a broad spectrum of energy companies.

Today’s program will discuss both strategic and technical perspectives, ideas and solutions for a lower carbon future.

  • All day Electronic access to program in real time and on delayed broadcast basis
  • 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Eastern Hemisphere networking with selected speaker(s) (livestream) TBD)
  • 2:00 PM – 2:15 PM Welcome / Summary of Days 1 and 2 & Preview of Day Three: IPS 2021 Co-Chairs
  • 2:30 PM – 3:00 PM Session 16: Keynote Speaker

     Topic:  Thailand’s Policy Initiatives in Securing Gas and Pivot Towards Clean Energy (proposed)

    Fireside interview with Wood Mackenzie


    •  Dr. Twarath Subabutr, Chief of Inspector General, Ministry of Energy, Thailand, Bangkok (confirmed)
  • 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM Session 17: Keynote Speaker

     Topic:  Driving ASEAN’s Energy Transition Powered by LNG and Renewables (proposed)

    Fireside interview with Rystad Energy


    • Dr. Harald Link, Chairman and President, B.Grimm Power PCL, Bangkok (confirmed)
  • 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM Session 18: Panel Discussion

    Topic: Green Power Surge in Asia


    • Gavin Thompson, Vice Chairman, Energy - Asia Pacific, Wood Mackenzie (confirmed)

    The Energy Transition movement has accelerated in Asia, as evidenced in the recording breaking renewables capacity built and growth in LNG import. Asian countries have made commitment for net zero pledges. This panel will review key markets, national strategies in decarbonization, spotlight projects and how oil & gas sector has been integral part of the green power pathways.

  • 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM Session 19: Panel Discussion

    Topic:  The Critical Role of Renewables and Other Energy Sources in the Global Energy Transition


    • Jose Antonio Millan Ruano, CEO, Hinode Energy (confirmed)
    • Lorenzo Mancini, Regional Sales Director, TotalEnergies Renewables Distributed Generation (confirmed)
    • Jon Dugstad, Director Wind & Solar, Norwep (confirmed)
    • Sverre Alvik, Director, Energy Transition Outlook, Group Research and Development, DNV (confirmed)
    • Dolf Gielen, Director, Innovation and Technology Centre, IRENA (International Renewable Energy Agency) (confirmed)


  • 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM Session 20: Panel Discussion

    Topic:  Incorporating ESG into Energy Projects


    • Quentin Fouesnant, Head of Sales - Asia, Equilibrium AI (confirmed)


    •  Thomas Hilboldt, Managing Director, Head of ESG Integration - Equities, Asia Pacific, HSBC, Hong Kong (confirmed)
  • 6:30 PM – 6:45 PM Closing Remarks by IPS 2021 Co-Chairs