Supported by the Iraqi Government and the Kurdistan Regional Government, the event will be inaugurated by H.E. Nechirvan Barzani, Prime Minister of Kurdistan, alongside a senior government delegation consisting of H.E. Dr Rowsch N Shaways; Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq and H.E. Dr Barham Salih, Former Prime Minister of Kurdistan. Furthermore H.E. Dr Ashti Hawrami, Minister of Natural Resources Kurdistan-Iraq is endorsing the Conference and will lead a senior delegation from the Ministry of Natural Resources.
Distinguished speakers include: H.E. Taner Yildiz, Energy Minister, Turkey; Ian MacDonald, Vice President, Europe, Eurasia & Middle East Exploration & Production, Chevron; H.E Simon Collis, Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Iraq, British Embassy, Selahattin Cimen, Deputy Energy Minister, Turkey; Mowaffak Al Rubaie, Former Advisor for National Security, Iraqi Government; Mehmet Sepil, President, Genel Energy Plc; Sir Jeremy Greenstock, Former UK Ambassador to the UN, Chairman, Lambert Energy Advisory; Bijan Mossavar-Rahmani, Executive Chairman, DNO International ASA; and Majid H Jafar, CEO & Board Member, Crescent Petroleum & Dana Gas.
“The Kurdistan-Iraq Oil & Gas Conference represents an invaluable opportunity for the many businesses already operating in the oil and gas sector in Iraq, including in the Kurdistan Region, to discuss their first-hand experiences of doing business in the country and their expectations for the future. As the country with the greatest potential for increasing conventional oil production in the medium-term, the trajectory of Iraq’s future oil and gas production is of considerable importance to global energy markets and security.” Charles Hendry, Minister of State at the Department of Energy & Climate Change, Kurdistan-Iraq Oil & Gas, 2011
Sponsors to date include: Gulf Keystone Petroelum as Principal Independent, Oil & Gas Management Service Group as Principal Service, UB Holding as Principal Downstream, Chevron as Co-Hosting Oil Majors; Genel Energy International, Marathon Oil Corporation, DanaGas, Repsol, OMV, DNO, Hess, Oryx Petroleum, Gazprom Neft, MOL, Hunt Oil Middle East, KAR Group, Tenaris, Talisman Energy, Viking International, Afren, HKN Energy, RPS Energy, WesternZagros, GardaWorld and Technology Partners.