Some of the qualities young people offer, such as active thinking, sensitivity to new issues and their powerful innovative potential, are vitally important to the future of the petroleum industry.
The World Petroleum Council, aware of the importance of providing young professionals and students with the significant role they deserve, launched the 1st WPC Youth Forum in China in 2004, the first activity in which young people played a leading role in the WPC's 80-year history.
This event was held in Beijing from 17-20 October 2004 under the theme "Youth and Innovation – the Future of the Petroleum Industry". The Forum was an overwhelming success and won widespread acclaim from its participants. Since then, young professionals and students have been on the World Petroleum Council's agenda as one of its most significant, foremost topics, laying the foundations for international exchange and cooperation in the future.
WPC Youth Committee Launched in 2006
In 2006 the WPC created the first WPC Youth Committee and in January 2007 seventeen members nominated by their WPC National Committees met in Madrid to lay the foundations of the World Petroleum Council's Youth Committee. The Committee was renamed as WPC Young Professionals in 2015 and the members base their activities on the following principals:
- To create and nurture a collaborative, global forum for young people to be heard
- To champion new ideas within the petroleum industry
- To promote a realistic image of the petroleum industry, its challenges and opportunities
- To bridge the generation gap through mentorship networks
Shaping the global energy future by bringing together the passion and talents of industry students, young professionals and emerging leaders.
Guided by our core values and commitment to sustainable energy we provide a platform for inclusive dialogue about current energy challenges, seeking to build an energy future that will benefit our generation and those to come.Values
The Young Professionals Committee actively contributes to the triennal World Petroleum Congress and plays a crucial role by putting together a wide range of interesting youth activities.
Young professionals and students interested in actively participating in the oil and gas industry, have a space to do so at the Youth Lounge where they are able to exchange their opinions, meet other professionals from the industry and share viewpoints with senior representatives of the petroleum sector and top executives from the world's leading oil and gas companies.