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  • Industry: Energy & Natural Resources
  • Type: KPMG information, Press release
  • Date: 10/4/2013

KPMG’s Annual GCC Energy Conference is a Success 3rd Year Running 

KPMG hosted its 3rd Annual Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Energy Conference titled “Unconventional – Shaping the Future of GCC Energy?” on 1 October in Abu Dhabi. The conference was held under the patronage of His Excellency Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan (Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development). The 1-day event was attended by a large number of senior executives, from the energy industry, both the private and government sectors.

In his opening address His Excellency Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan said “you have assembled here because your eyes are on the future.  You know that the talented organization of KPMG will help you look into that future in a distinctly intelligent and informed manner.  KPMG in the UAE has provided superb service in the United Arab Emirates for forty years, beginning just two years after our founding president, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahayan, established our nation.”
He also talked about unconventional and alternative energy solutions and said “Today, our global societies face monumental challenges that threaten our future.  Depleted fossil fuel resources, potential dangers from global climate change, explosive population growth, increasing energy demand, rising energy prices, and unequal distribution of energy resources—all signal an unpredictable future.


All of these factors contribute to the urgent need to transform the energy sector. Developing new, unconventional, sustainable, and renewable energy resources is one of the key solutions to the current challenges facing the world.  We are beginning to see change.  About 20% of the world’s energy now comes from renewable energy. However, the current use of renewable energy is still far too limited in spite of its vast potential.”


The conference keynote speech was given by Alan Gelder, Head of Oils Research, at Wood Mackenzie. He talked in detail about what ‘Unconventional’ practices look like and how they are seeing rapid growth due to their relative immaturity and room for growth. This then led into the panel discussion on “Impact of Unconventional Energy on the Middle East” with participants

from Petroleum Development Oman (PDO), Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation and RasGas.
Michiel Soeting who is the KPMG Global Chairman of Energy & Natural Resources and a partner in the UK member firm gave the update on “Energy & Natural Resources Outlook.” He highlighted the key components of the unconventional energy solutions and their short and long term effect on the GCC market.  


Hilda Mulock Houwer Global Head of Advisory, Energy & Natural Resources at KPMG and the conference chairperson said that “this event has now become a respected platform for the top minds in the energy sector throughout the GCC to come together and discuss new ideas. Under the patronage of His Excellency Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan we have had the opportunity to grow this event into a major milestone in the region’s event calendar. We have specialist and clients in attendance from all over the globe, who have come together to discuss a vast array to topics ranging from “Capital Management in the Oil and Gas Industry” to “Talent Management in the Energy Sector.”


In her closing remarks Hilda concluded the conference by thanking all those in attendance and said “I am very grateful for all of you coming today and making this event such a great success once again. The ideas discussed here today will have a definite impact on the future of the “Unconventional” in this region. I look forward to welcoming you all again next year and taking forward what we started three years ago even further.”




For further information, contact:

Omar Khan

Communications Manager (LG)

050-2506204

About KPMG International

KPMG is a global network of professional firms providing Audit, Tax and Advisory services. We operate in 156 countries and have 152,000 people working in member firms around the world. The independent member firms of the KPMG network are affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”), a Swiss entity. Each KPMG firm is a legally distinct and separate entity and describes itself as such.

About KPMG in the United Arab Emirates

KPMG in the UAE was established in 1973 and has grown to more than 650 professional staff led by 31 Partners, across six offices. We have established a presence among market leaders in the region, providing clients with Audit, Tax and Advisory services.


Over several decades, KPMG in the UAE has had the opportunity to work with leading industry players in the region and has played a pivotal role in a number of success stories. At various stages of their growth clients have looked to KPMG for timely and independent advice to help in decision making.

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