Issue 4 | OCTOBER 2012
Maria van der Hoeven, High-level Speakers to Address New Energy Reality
The global energy landscape is changing rapidly. Developments from the emergence of unconventional gas to the rising importance of climate change considerations have challenged long-held assumptions about the world’s future energy mix. Against this backdrop, this year’s Singapore International Energy Week (SIEW) brings together an eminent lineup of energy and industry leaders, to focus on innovative and collaborative solutions towards a more diverse and cleaner energy mix.

Maria van der Hoeven, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency

Kicking off the Week is Maria van der Hoeven. She will share her perspectives on new policy frameworks and policy directions needed to tackle the world’s energy challenges. She will outline the concrete steps that governments and businesses could take to help shape a new energy landscape for a sustainable energy future.

Her SIEW Opening Keynote Address will frame the discussions of the week, which will see a robust roster of key energy ministers, leaders and academics share the stage for the Singapore Energy Summit. Among this prestigious line-up of speakers are:

Soulivong Daravong, Minister of Energy and Mines,

Lao PDR has signalled intentions to becoming a source of energy supply to the region through its large hydropower projects, and selling the energy generated to neighbours such as Thailand.

Jose Maria Figueres, President, Carbon War Room, Former President of Costa Rica

After a successful business career and serving as Minister of State, Mr Figueres was elected President of Costa Rica at age 39. Today, he is President of the Carbon War Room, which implements entrepreneurial market-driven solutions to reduce carbon emissions at the gigaton level and mitigate climate change.

Peter Schwartz, Senior Vice President, Global Government Relations and Strategic Planning,

An internationally-renowned futurist and business strategist, Mr Schwartz specialises in scenario planning, working with corporations, governments, and institutions to create alternative perspectives of the future and develop robust strategies for a changing and uncertain world.

Masakazu Toyoda, Chairman & CEO, The Institute of Energy Economics, Japan (IEEJ)

Mr Toyoda most recently served as the Special Envoy on East Asian Affairs to the Prime Minister, and as Special Adviser on Climate Change at Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, where he also held the position of Vice Minister for International Affairs.

Hon. Eileen Claussen, President, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions

The Founder of the Pew Centre on Global Climate Change is also behind the Pew Centre’s Business Environmental Leadership Council, which has become the largest USbased association of companies committed to advancing both policy and business solutions to climate change.

This is just a sampling of the speakers lined up for SIEW 2012. Do not miss this opportunity to hear what these energy and industry leaders have to say about the key challenges, trends and technologies shaping the new energy landscape. Please visit for more information.

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