Sochi hosted today the 14th meeting of the International Supervisory Board (ISB) of the Energy Delta Institute (EDI) as well as an international meeting of the Institute’s partners under the topic of ‘Future of the European Power Industry’.
Taking part in the meetings were Sergey Khomyakov, Deputy Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, Han Fennema, CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board of Nederlandse Gasunie, Gertjan Lankhorst, CEO of GasTerra, Pieter Dekker, Vice President JV Governance of Shell Netherlands, Eric Dam, President of EDI, Sibrand Poppema, President of the University of Groningen and Jean-Francois Cirelli, Special Advisor to the Presidency of GDF Suez (Gas Supplies).
The ISB Members addressed the EDI performance in 2014. It was noted that over the said period EDI had successfully delivered various international educational projects focused on such energy issues as Petroleum Corporation Management in the Global Environment, Finance & Control for Energy Industry, Professional Energy Community, Gas Business Management, European Energy Market. 55 employees of Gazprom attended these programs, and two of them received MBA degrees.
Addressing the ISB Members, Sergey Khomyakov dwelled on the main areas of Gazprom’s activities. Special attention was given to consolidating the Company’s positions in traditional markets as well as entering new promising markets. In particular, Mr. Khomyakov mentioned the implementation of new gas transmission projects as well as strengthening the Company’s LNG and NGV segments.
It was noted that amid major changes in the energy sector and emergence of the Eurasian megamarket, the portfolio of EDI’s educational programs had to be extended and the experience of both European and Asian energy companies had to be adopted more fully.
During the meetings an Agreement of Intent on Partnership and Cooperation was signed between Higher Economic School of St. Petersburg State University of Economics and EDI to deliver educational programs and share knowledge in the energy sector.
In addition, Eric Dam, President of EDI was awarded the title of the Honorary Fellow of the Academic Board for outstanding contribution to the EDI development.