The WPC Young Professionals Committee was set up in 2006 in response to the serious shortage of young talented employees to replace the ranks of experienced professionals about to leave the industry. The committee is intended to promote a realistic image of the petroleum industry amongst the youth together with its challenges and opportunities. It has also created a collaborative and global forum for young people to be heard and new ideas to be championed.
In order to better engage with the target audience of young professionals and students the WPC Youth Committee was re-named WPC Young Professionals in 2015.
Encouraging unconventional thinking
“It is important that young people are at the forefront of resolving this issue as they are the ones who will inherit this industry and should be involved in crafting its future” said the WPC President.
The main focus areas of the WPC Young Professionals Committee include the creation of a strong network, the set-up of an effective communication plan, the definition of a sustainable strategy for the young professionals committee and a strong presence at major activities of the WPC and in other areas of the industry.
At the 22nd World Petroleum Congress in Istanbul in July 2017 the Council affirmed the new members of the WPC Youth Committee for the cycle 2017 - 2020 which have been nominated by their National Committees. The members of the WPC Young Professionals are:
Mr Klaudia Wilk - Poland Miss Vlada Streletskaya - Russia Dr Anna Illarionova - Russia (alternate) Mr Mohamed Mahmoud Abel Hamid - Egypt Miss Maryana Emad - Egypt (alternate) Mr Daniel Ludolf Teixeira - Brazil Mr Stephane Rousselet - France Ms Ambre Eyoum - France (alternate) Ms Petra Seitinger - Germany Ms Laura Garcia Chiquero - Spain Ms Jillian Sherburne - UK Mr Ali Rahneshin - Iran Mrs Alina Neculae - Romania Mr Abdulkareem Al Sofi - Saudi Arabia Mrs Gul Ugurluer - Turkey Mr Veysel Kara - Turkey (alternate) Mr Zaid Al Khateeb - Kuwait Ms Allyson Simpson – Canada Mr Andreas Berntsen – Norway Mr Csaba Zsótér – Hungary Mr Tao Liu - China Mr Arno Rech - Austria Ms Gudrun Lemmerer - Austria (alternate) Mr David Lankford-Bravo - USA Mr Euler Reyes – USA (alternate) Ms Assem Mukazhanova - Kazakhstan
At the 21st World Petroleum Congress in Moscow in June 2014 the Council affirmed the new members of the WPC Youth Committee for the cycle 2014 - 2017 which had been nominated by their National Committees. The members of the WPC Young Professionals are:
Mr Arno Rech - Austria / Alternate: Miss Gudrun Lemmerer Mr Jaime Naveiro - Brazil / Alternate: Mr Daniel Ludolf Texeira Ms. Joanna Desjardins - Canada/ Alternate: Ms Allyson Simpson Mr Liang Jifeng - China Mrs Esra Yüksel Gencay - Denmark / Alternate: Ms Katarzyna Sienkiewicz Mr Stephane Rousselet - France [YPC Vice Chair] / Alternate: Ms Anne Fleur Plassais Dr. Henning Boeckemeier - Germany / Alternate: Mrs. Svenja Erdmann
Mr Csaba Zsoter - Hungary Ms Varsha More - India
Mr Ali Rahneshin - Iran / Alternate: Mr Iman Najafi Ms Assem Mukazhanova - Kazakhstan / Alternate: Mr Daniyar Zhabayev Mr Fahad Ghadeer Abdullah Al-Ajmi - Kuwait
Ms Hasnaa Lamik - Morocco Mr Andreas Berntsen - Norway
Mrs Alina Neculae - Romania Ms Anna Illarionova - Russia / Alternate: Miss Vlada Streletskaya Dr Abdulkareem Alsofi - Saudi Arabia
Mr Dragan Govedarica - Serbia Mr Tilen Sarlah - Slovenia Ms Laura Garcia Chiquero - Spain / Alternate: Ms Niurka Cordero Miss Ummugulsum Guneyligil - Turkey / Alternate: Mr Veysel Kara
Ms Haifa Husain Al Yazeedi - UAE/ Alternate Ms Alya Hassan Al Yassi
Dr Katharina Gruenberg - UK [YPC Chair] / Alternate: Ms Jillian Sherburne
Mr Pedro Daniel Baridon - Uruguay
The Members of the WPC Youth Committee from 2011-14 included:
Mauro Palavecino, Argentina Catarina Teles, Austria Jaime Turazzi Naveiro, Brazil Gareth Lewis, Canada Jifeng Liang, China Julien Besson, France / Alternate: Julien Terrade Melanie Oleszak, Germany András Péntek, Hungary Varsha Suresh More, India Vahid Jaleh Karimi, Iran Rakhimzhan Khismetov, Kazakhstan Andreas Berntsen, Norway Alina Neculae, Romania Anna Illarionova, Russia Abdulrahman Abdullatif Alshuhail, Saudi Arabia
Dragan Govedarica, Serbia
Céline Rottier, Spain
Onur Erguder, Turkey Katharina Gruenberg, UK Pedro Daniel Baridon, Uruguay Bridget Brett, USA