The main findings of Coventry University London Global Energy Summit and the Global Energy and Sustainability Management MBA Course

On the 26th of July, 2017, Coventry University London launched the the first edition of Coventry University London Global Energy Summit.

On the 26th of July, 2017, Coventry University London launched the the first edition of Coventry University London Global Energy Summit (GES 2017), a one-day summit for the energy, oil and gas industry where professionals and key players in the energy industry, government, academia and non-profit organisations engaged and shared knowledge with the capability to strengthen public policy, transform business practice, careers and academic capacity at a global level. Key speakers included leaders and key players from the energy industry, governance and academia attended the summit and the event provided invaluable insights on energy current trends as well as the opportunity of exchanging ideas and strategies on resolving current issues to maximise the benefits associated with the global energy industry.

Students, academicians, energy practitioners, government representatives and professionals interested in the energy industry had a great opportunity to discuss the most contemporary issues in the Oil and Gas and energy sectors as well as the latest developments in terms of international energy policies.

It was a forum where participants debated the current energy issues on-going in the main world energy producing countries, in the main developed and emergent economies pointing out the strategies and benefits of a cleaner energy future. Africa, was a continent in vogue and important governmental dignitaries discussed the future trends of the global energy industry with emphasis to the prospects of education, career, employment and training in the local and regional African energy sector.

Professionals of the oil and gas industry discussed about the present challenges of the sector in terms of oil prices, the main challenges for new oil production, off-shore decommissioning and the systemic energy transition consisting in the use of new sources of renewable energy.

The present energy needs in Africa, the constant issues of energy access in a continent experiencing a complete new dynamics in terms of development with the presence of the Chinese and other countries’ joint energy projects made the debates on Africa very inspiring for the new generation of energy students. The infrastructural challenges in Africa and the importance of educating the local work force were also highlighted.  Some prestigious diplomats and state representatives presented their views about the current situation of the continent and the importance of being heard to reorient the future of Africa’s economic development considering that energy is crucial for development.

The renewable energy sector was also represented by discussions related to the importance of new technologies applied to generate clean energy and the dangerous effects of climate change in different parts of the world causing poverty and famine. This topic was also relevant due to the reflections about the raw materials needed to produce solar panels and wind turbines as the Chinese are the world producers of rare earths, and there is a risk that they monopolise the market of rare earths and the future market of clean tech.

Electricity generation from clean sources was another important topic and the importance of energy efficiency policies in order to create the right environment for the new technologies to be used at large scale.

Another crucial point was the discussion about international energy policies and the important decision of the automobile industry to electrify new generation of vehicles and the relevance of structuring the appropriate domestic policies to create the right environment for the new electric transportation.

Last but not least, Coventry University London energy team presented the current energy programs  and the importance of discussing these contemporary energy issues contributing to expand the understanding of the energy transition as well as forming a new generation of students that will be the energy managers and energy leaders of the transitional period until 2030.

The Global Energy and Sustainability Management MBA course presents the right balance of contemporary topics and the appropriate disciplines to cover the most important aspects of global energy management systems and the energy transition for a sustainable future. The MBA is aimed at professionals and graduates, who would like to develop their business and management skills to boost their current career, make a career change, start their own business or lead their existing business into its next growth phase.

The MBA Global Energy and Sustainability Management course has been developed with a high-level of industry input and is delivered by an experienced team of professionals from within the energy industry. This course aims to equip students with the appropriate management skills and knowledge to undertake a leadership role in one of the world’s fastest growing and most dynamic industrial sectors.

The relevant skills and knowledge developed in this course enables students to understand the key drivers of the energy industry (particularly renewable energy) as well as the sustainable management of energy generation, use and distribution. As it has been emphasized in the Summit, the current generation of students is still in need to develop a critical approach and more integral understanding about energy production, use and distribution.

Last but not least, the summit addressed the latest developments uncertainties, strategies and opportunities in the energy, oil & gas industry. Through a combination of keynotes, panel discussions and networking the summit provided a platform to deliberate the trends in an increasing uncertain and changing world that call for immediate leadership. The final statements of the summit included the strategies of key national and international players, geopolitics, energy insecurity, the effect of fluctuating oil prices, the need for energy self-sufficiency, the impacts of climate change, energy investments, competing conventional & unconventional sources, corporate social responsibility, careers and human capital needs for the 21st century energy context.