22nd Annual General Meeting

May 30-31, 2019 | Bonn, Germany

The 40th Presiding Committee meeting and 22nd IBC Annual General Meeting took place in Bonn, Germany, on 30 May 2019, hosted by Wintershall Dea, Linde and Uniper. 330 participants including representatives of 88 IBC member companies, banks and organisations from 20 countries took part in the IBC Annual General Meeting.
Deputy Chairman of the Management Committee and head of Department of Gazprom, a member of the IBC’s Presiding Committee, Oleg Aksyutin, gave the President’s welcome to the Congress’s 22nd Annual General Meeting on behalf of the Chairman of the Board of Gazprom and IBC President, Alexey Miller. He noted in his welcome address that the IBC today is a consistently growing independent international organisation, which operates on a permanent basis and welcomes companies and organisations from all over the world. The International Business Congress includes 122 companies from 25 countries. Alexey Miller wished the 22nd Annual General Meeting of the IBC a productive and successful outcome to their labours.

The delegates to the Annual General Meeting were also welcomed by Sigmar Gabriel, member of the Bundestag and former vice-chancellor and foreign minister of the Federal Republic of Germany.

In the course of the plenary meeting, a vote was held for the position of the IBC’s vice president and amendments were made to the composition of the Presiding Committee, to the organisational structure and make-up of the IBC board and to the Congress’s articles of association.

The AGM expressed its heartfelt gratitude to Klaus Schäfer, Chief Executive Officer of Uniper, for his many years of productive work within the IBC, and accepted his retirement from the post of Vice-President of the Congress. Rainer Seele, chairman of the board of OMV AG, was elected as his successor in this post.

The new members of the IBC’s Presiding Committee are: Dmitry Kuzovenkov (Baker Hughes); Keith Martin (Uniper SE), Arnaud Le Foll (Total, Russia); Alexander Liberov (Siemens, Russia), Leonid Mukhamedov (Schneider Electric Industry), Denis Panasenko (Academy of Technology), Famil Sadygov (Gazprom), Dmitry Samorukov (Gazmashproekt), Shinsuke Toda (Mizuho Bank) and Han Fennema (Nederlandse Gasunie).

Further to the amendments to the articles of association made by the 22nd Annual General Meeting, a new position has been created in the organisational structure of the Congress, that of chairman of the board. Alexander Medvedev, member of the supervisory board of Nord Stream 2, has been elected to this post and will lead the work of the Congress’s board.

Given his retirement, Udo Völker, the coordinator of the IBC’s board, has also announced his departure from the IBC. Andreas Boeldt, head of OMV’s representative office in Moscow, has been elected as the new coordinator.

Delegates at the IBC’s 22nd Annual General Meeting listened to a report by the Board, approved the annual accounts for the 2018 financial year, agreed on the auditors for 2019 and approved the work of the IBC’s main bodies.

The second half of the 22nd AGM took the form of a conference entitled “Natural Gas – Paving the Way to an Ecological Economy”. Deputy Chairman of the Management Committee and head of Department of Gazprom, Oleg Aksyutin, and Parliamentary State Secretary of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Thomas Barreiss, gave presentations. There was also a panel discussion on the subject of the conference with the following participants:
Christian Bruch, member of the board of the Linde Group; Mario Mehren, CEO and chairman of the board of Wintershall Dea; Keith Martin, board member of Uniper SE; Han Fennema, CEO and chairman of the board of N.V. Nederlandse Gasunie; Jiao Fangzheng, vice-president of CNPC, and Timm Kehler, managing director of Zukunft Erdgas.

A series of bilateral business meetings also took place under the auspices of the IBC’s 22nd AGM.

On 31 May 2019, the IBC’s working committees held their meetings.

39th Presiding Committee Meeting

On December 07, 2018 the 39th IBC Presiding Committee Meeting (PCM) took place in Saint-Petersburg, Russia. A. Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee and President of the IBC chaired the meeting.

In the course of the 39th IBC PCM the participants summarized the IBC activities in 2018, proposed changes in the list of the IBC Presiding Committee members, approved the IBC budget and defined the priorities for the Congress development in 2019.

The IBC Working Committees presented their progress reports, the IBC working projects in ecology, technological development, attraction of young talented specialists into the energy sector implemented in 2018.

The participants approved the central theme of the 22nd IBC Annual General Meeting: ”Natural Gas – Paving the Way to Ecological Economy”. O. Aksyutin, member of the Gazprom Management Committee, made the presentation on the theme.

At the invitation of Wintershall Holding GmbH, Uniper SE and Linde AG the 22nd IBC Annual General Meeting will be held on May 30-31, 2019 in Bonn, Germany.

Focal Topic 22nd IBC Annual General Meeting:

„Natural Gas – Paving the Way to Ecological Economy”
Dr. Oleg Aksyutin, Member of the Gazprom Management Committee


The IBC International Business Congress e.V. (former EBC European Business Congress e. V.) is an international, non-governmental and non-profit Organisation (NGO) founded in December 1997 in Bonn, Germany. As of July 2018, the IBC has 121 members from 25 countries worldwide. Statutory bodies of the IBC are the General Assembly, the Presiding Committee and the Board of Directors.

The President of the IBC is Dr. Alexey Miller, PJSC Gazprom. Vice-president is Klaus Schäfer, Uniper SE.

The IBC objectives are:

  • Supporting the development of intergovernmental and international economic cooperation
  • Promoting economic development
  • Promoting a sustainable dialogue between politics and private business

These objectives will be achieved and especially implemented by

  • open and trustful discussion of actual challenges and problems of common interest in the various Working Committees and subsequent formulation of practical solutions
  • passing such results as recommendations on to governments and responsible authorities as well as to other NGOs
  • promoting an efficient exchange of information between IBC and international organisations and fostering contacts inside the IBC and externally
  • promoting co-operation between companies and international organisations
  • organising and supporting conferences and seminars on actual entrepreneurial topics

The core activity of the IBC, which creates its high attractiveness for the members and which distinguishes the IBC as something unique, is to offer a platform for open discussion in the various Working Committees and Sub-Working Groups which convene approx. four times a year. To date eight Working Committees have been formed.

International Business Congress (IBC) e. V.

The 18th Annual General Meeting held in Belgrade on 28 May, 2015, marked the beginning of a new era in the work of our organization – a new turn of the spiral – a truly historic moment.

The majority of the General Assembly voted in favour of decisions for expanding this organization’s geographic reach.
As a result, required adjustments and modifications in the charter have been approved. In addition to it, our members took decisions on the new name and the new logo for our association.

We have a pleasure to confirm that we have received the official legal approval from the authorities at local court of Berlin-Charlottenburg. With effect from 28th August 2015 our association is officially registered under the name:

International Business Congress (IBC) e. V.

With the same date our new charter entered into force.

The secretariat is available per E-Mail under: info@ibc-secretariat.org
The telephone and fax numbers remain unchanged.