Our Future is Energised !
From the 18th to the 20th November 2009, Les Pyramides in Paris was buzzing with 1,200 young professionals, students and experts from 110 countries actively debating their future.
A new trend was set in debates between the industry’s senior leaders and young professionals who were at the heart of the initiative from the start. Together on stage for the first time, today and tomorrow’s leaders were able to engage in straight talking, tackling a broad range of critical and sometimes controversial issues: where is the energy market heading, what energy mix makes sense, how do all stakeholders work better together to build an ethical and sustainable future, how can our industry give back more to the community, what kind of leadership is needed to navigate in this fast changing environment?
The high level panellists for the keynote plenary sessions reflected regional, gender and industry diversity. CEO’s debated with academics, NGO’s, young professionals, student bodies, international organisations, think tanks, management consultancies. « we really enjoyed the frank and direct discussions – it was the first time that we were able to share our concerns and ideas so openly » commented a group of young professionals.
From the high level plenary sessions, delegates were able to enjoy a deep dive into fundamental issues in the highly participative and interactive workshops, where new ideas were flowing. Or else, they could network and share best practices in the informal atmosphere of the Knowledge Cafés over a drink , food and even some other challenging activities to cement new connections! If you want to get a flavour of what went on, or simply relive some of these powerful moments, just look at the short film on our website.
We hope you are feeling as empowered, energised and committed as we are. Thank you all for sharing this exciting milestone with us and don’t forget to keep your ideas flowing on EnergiseMyNetwork until the 3rd WPC Youth Forum!
All the best
The Programme Committee.