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Virtual Academy. Module 3.

May 27 – June 17 the third training module was held at the Virtual Academy of the Energy Challenge project. The Academy participants, together with industry experts, had to determine what kinds of policies, strategies, and investment decisions should be taken right now on a corporate level to ensure our safe and sustainable future.

The webinar program of Module 3 covered a wide range of topics offered by partner companies:

  • May 29 – Gas Trading and Portfolio Optimization: Functions, Value sources, Innovations. Grigory Shevchenko (Uniper)
  • May 31 – Using todays opportunities for hydrogen. Dr. Sorin Ivanovici (OMV)
  • June 3 – Portfolio diversification strategy to maximize value of a global energy company and its technologies perspectives in 2020 Falk Ahnert and Arne Kupetz (Wintershall Dea)
  • June 5 – Downstream innovation: new competitor groups and business models. Jens Weinmann & Christoph Burger (ESMT)
  • June 10 – How current situation will influence oil & gas trading. Jerry de Leeuw (CEO Entrima)
  • June 17 – EV chargers development – facts and challenges by Elena Alikhanova (Shell)

Our exciting tandem of Rob Veersma from Gazprom International Training B.V. and Pavel Metelev from the Higher School of Economics of UNECON moderated all online meetings.

Some webinars were available to a wide range of listeners. This year the activity and motivation of students are amazing. In addition to the main presentation, the speakers had time to answer numerous questions from participants, invited guests, and moderators, as well as to take part in the discussions.

During the past period, the Virtual Academy participants also completed the Challenge#2. They needed analyze the business models of energy companies from the list of key partners and proposed areas for diversification of their activities.

In the final stage, as part of the #project_challenge, participants need to prepare and submit their individual research projects. The best works will be presented to the expert group from the partner companies.

Learning about the success of the Virtual Academy, many energy industry professionals also wanted to speak to the student audience. Therefore, the organizers are planning to hold several additional webinars as extra project activities. Follow the ads in Instagram @energyouthday.

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