IBC International Business Congress e.V.

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On January 28, 2021, a session of the Board of Executive Directors of the International Business Congress e.V. was held online. The members of the Board considered the issues of the IBC working bodies (the IBC Board, the Presiding Committee, the General Meeting and Working Committees) activities, financial situation, the current state of the IBC membership base and the procedure for IBC projects implementation in 2021.

It was noted that in 2021, in accordance with the Federal Law of the Federal Republic of Germany (Decree on the Extension of Legal Measures Concerning Companies, Cooperatives, Associations and Foundations to Combat the Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic, 28.10.2020) the IBC is allowed to make further decisions concerning main activity matters of the Congress, as well as to hold meetings of its working bodies online, in a hybrid or a remote format. It is recommended to organize the IBC events of the first half of the year 2021 in online format.

The Executive Board noted the stable state of the IBC membership base.

The proposals submitted by the IBC Working Committees to pursue the IBC Working projects in 2021 have been also considered by the Board. Taking into account successful project implementation results achieved in 2020, the Board decided to recommend the IBC Presiding Committee to approve the financial support from the IBC budget in 2021 of the following projects:

“Leo Tolstoy European School in Berlin”
(Ecology and Healthcare Working Committee)

“Scholarship program”
(Law, Banking and Finance Working Committee)

(Ecology and Healthcare Working Committee)

“Youth Day – Energy Challenge”
(Human Resources Working Committee)

“Oil and Gas Projects: A Glance into the Future”
(Modern Technologies and Perspective Oil and Gas Industry Projects Working Committee).

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IBC “Energy” Working Committee wraps up a successful year-end online meeting, sets up goals for next year

The first online meeting of the Energy Working Committee was held on December 2, 2020 and was dedicated to the topic: “Decarbonization of Natural Gas and Hydrogen economy in Germany and Europe?”. The meeting was attended by 60 virtual guests from more than 10 countries of the world, including Germany, Russia, the Netherlands, Norway and Japan.

The online conference was opened and successfully moderated by the Chairman of the Energy Working Committee, Senior Vice President of Uniper Global Commodities SE, Mr. Uwe Fip.

The profound presentations related to the topic of decarbonization and hydrogen have been delivered by following six distinguished speakers:

  • David Burns, Vice President Global Clean Hydrogen, Linde AG
  • Christian Stuckmanm, Vice President Hydrogen, Uniper Hydrogen GmbH
  • Konstantin Romanov, Head of Division Ecology, PJSC Gazprom
  • Bjørn-Andreas Hugaas, Vice President, Eurasia Oil&Gas – Norway, DNVGL
  • Renė Schutte, Program Manager Hydrogen, Gasunie
  • Mikhail Korobitsyn, Technical Lead, Shell Russia

Attendees had a chance to learn from the invited speakers about different colors of hydrogen and what is Linde AG as a technology leader providing today; Uniper`s activities in the hydrogen business since 2013 and how the company sees the role of hydrogen in 2030; a Gazprom view on a large-scale production of low carbon hydrogen from natural gas; latest facts on challenges for transportation of hydrogen gas in existing carbon steel pipelines; different projects introduced in the Netherlands, a front runner in the European H2-business, to start the hydrogen economy as well as the information input from the Shell representative on how and in what way hydrogen will affect energy companies.

Mr. Fip summarized the meeting by stating that collaboration is a key to hydrogen success – an idea all six speakers addressed during their presentations. “The collaboration is crucial not only among us, but also with industry, government, customers and infrastructure providers”, concluded Mr. Fip.

By the end of the online session the online attendees have been invited to participate in the next meeting of the Energy Working Committee scheduled for the next spring. It was also announced that hydrogen will remain a trendy topic for the next coming years just as other usual topics: infrastructure and national gas markets.

Welcome address of A.B. Miller,
President of the International Business Congress,
to the 23rd IBC General Meeting

Dear Members of the International Business Congress,

The year 2020 has become a serious test of strength for companies and organizations around the world. It has also brought substantial changes to our lives and work.
This year, for the first time ever, we voted by written consent on the procedural issues of the Annual General Meeting of the International Business Congress. The necessary quorum for this was obtained. The IBC members endorsed the results of our work in 2019 and passed resolutions on the key issues for the coming year.
I thank the members of the IBC for their participation in the votes and for the honour and trust they have placed in me to be elected as the IBC President for another two-year term.

Dear colleagues!
Today, the international community’s attention is focused on low-carbon energy. The foundation for the future energy model is being laid. This opens up excellent opportunities for using natural gas. The most effective way to low-carbon energy in the near term is the use natural gas instead of coal and oil fuels. In the long term, it is the production of hydrogen from methane without CO2 emissions.
Discussing possible ways of developing the energy sector at the IBC conference “Natural Gas – Paving the Way to an Ecological Economy” in Bonn, CEOs of the world’s leading energy companies unanimously emphasized the important role of natural gas in the energy mix for the coming decades.

Dear colleagues!
Transforming the gas market, implementing innovations, developing new products and sectors of the energy business, attracting highly skilled experts and promising students to the oil and gas industry are among the main issues on the agenda of our meetings. We shall continue to work in these and other areas within the framework of the IBC working committees and projects.
This year we were unable to hold our traditional face-to-face meetings. At the same time, I would like to thank the chairpersons of the “Information and Communication” and “Human Resources” working committees for organizing online sessions for the members of the IBC.
In conclusion, let me wish you all good health, lots of energy and successful work.

Chairman of the Management Committee of PJSC Gazprom,
President of the International Business Congress

A.B. Miller

Absentee voting results in the frames of the 42nd Presiding Committee Meeting

The absentee voting of the IBC Presiding Committee members on issues on the agenda of the 42nd Presiding Committee meeting ended on 15 September 2020. The necessary quorum was achieved in accordance with Act to Mitigate the Consequences of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

The 42nd Presiding Committee meeting approved the nominated members of the IBC Board of Executive Directors for a term of two years (2020-2022), approved the IBC Budget for the fiscal year 2021and agreed on decision to propose changes to the IBC membership as item for the agenda of the 23rd Annual General meeting.

Members of the IBC Board of Executive Directors approved by the 42nd Presiding Committee meeting are as follows:

Dr. Alexander Medvedev, Gazprom Export LLC | Chairman of the IBC Board of Directors
Mr. Andreas Boeldt, OMV Russia Upstream | IBC Board Co-ordinator
Mr. Erik Koebe, Credit Agricole CIB AO | IBC Treasurer
Dr. Sergey Balashov, PJSC Gazprom
Mr. Uwe H. Fip, Uniper Global Commodities SE
Mrs. Margarita Hoffmann, Wintershall Dea GmbH
Dr. Dmitry Kurochkin, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation

The absentee voting on issues on agenda of the 23rd Annual General meeting will take place from 21 September to 5 October 2020.

Online meeting of the IBC committee “Information and Communication”

«O&G digitalization within new reality: conceptions, drivers, barriers and points of
economic growth»

On July 8, 2020 the IBC Committee «Information and Communication» held an on-line meeting for the first time in history since the congress was founded. The meeting chaired by the member of the Executive Committee, Schneider Electric Mr. Leonid Mukhamedov was dedicated to the topic: «O&G digitalization within new reality: conceptions, drivers, barriers and points of economic growth» and supported by SAP CIS. The on-line meeting was moderated by the “Russia 24” economic news anchor, Ms. Aleksandra Suvorova as a roundtable discussion.

Main stages on the way towards digital transformation of oil and gas enterprises have been discussed during the meeting. Industry representatives and experts shared a large number of practical examples, their plans for digitalization and the achieved results. In an open discussion, the roundtable participants were able to look at the problem of digitalization from various points of view.

The round table was attended by Director General of Gazprom Telecom LLC Nikolai Mezhuev, Director General of Gazprom Inform LLC Sergey Kaunev, Vice President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation (CCI), member of the IBC Board of Directors Dmitry Kurochkin, Vice President of Schneider Electric, “Process Automation” Boris Muratov, Deputy Chairman of the Committee on Energy Strategy and Fuel and Energy Complex Development of the CCI of Russia, President of the Union of Oil and Gas Producers of Russia Genadiy Shmal, member of the Committee, Executive Director of intersectoral ThinkThank of Russian Union of Oil Producers, Anatoly Zamryi, Director of EY Business Consulting Department Denis Burak, Head of the Center for Expertise at SAP Denis Savkin, independent expert in the oil and gas industry Vyacheslav Mishchenko.

A pulse survey on the current situation in industry related to the pandemic, as well as on future topics for the committee meetings has been conducted during the roundtable. The survey results have been processed almost instantly and presented to the participants by the SAP expert by the end of the meeting. The survey showed that key digitalization technologies (practical examples of their application in various industries) as well as world practice in digital transformation (analysis of foreign and Russian experience) have been preferred among other suggested topics for future committee meetings by the participants.

In the final part of the meeting, an art historian Ms. Victoria Anisimova gave an on-line tour: “Impressionists: Paris through the eyes of innovative artists” as a symbol that even if the physical borders are closed, the meeting participants can still virtually visit the capital of France.

A video recording of the online working committee meeting can be viewed here.
Please contact the IBC Secretariat info@ibc-secretariat.org in order to receive your login data.

Dear Members of the International Business Congress!

Given the current spread of coronavirus, we have recently found ourselves faced with an unprecedented decision in the history of our Congress: to cancel all public events within our organisation in the first half of 2020, including our key forum – the IBC Annual General Meeting.

It has now been moved to the second part of the year, just like all the committee meetings. The number one priority for our member companies is the health and wellbeing of their staff and ensuring secure, uninterrupted operation of their respective businesses.

Notwithstanding all that, the working projects of IBC are still being implemented, and IBC Board and Secretariat are constantly monitoring the current situation, staying in close contact with the management and member companies of our Congress. You will be getting an update on the new date of our General Meeting, in the second part of 2020, in due course.

I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely wish you all good health, success in your business and all the very best.

Yours sincerely,

Alexey Miller

Chairman of the Management Committee, PJSC Gazprom
IBC President

41st IBC Presiding Committee Meeting

The forty first ordinary Presiding Committee Meeting of the International Business Congress e.V. took place on 6th of December 2019 in the Belmond Grand Hotel Europe in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Entrusted by the IBC President the Presiding committee member, Chairman of the Business Security working committee and the Deputy Chairman of the Gazprom management committee, Dr. Sergey Khomyakov took over the chair and proceed with moderation of the meeting.

This year the meeting was attended by guest of honor, his Excellency, the Ambassador of Singapore to the Russian Federation, Mr. Premjith Sadasivan. The Ambassador welcomed the IBC Presiding Committee members and guests of the meeting and expressed his sincere joy on the occasion of choosing Singapore as a venue to hold the next 23rd Annual General Meeting. In his speech, his Excellency assured the readiness of the Singapore government to support the IBC members to get acquainted with major Singapore energy companies in the frames of the upcoming Annual General meeting. In turn, Dr. Khomyakov on behalf of the International Business Congress e.V. invited all interested Singapore companies to join the IBC.

Upon the welcome address of the Ambassador the meeting was proceed according to the agenda focused on following topics: the changes in the IBC Board and in the Presiding Committee membership as well as progress reports of the IBC Board and the IBC Working Committees. The Presiding Committee members confirmed the venue of the next Annual General Meeting and approved the IBC budget for the next year.

In his report the IBC Board Coordinator, Mr. Boeldt assessed the organization of the 22nd Annual General meeting held in Bonn, Germany on 30-31st of May 2019. On behalf of the entire IBC Board Mr. Boeldt thanked all involved parties for their dedicated work and effort to held all events and meetings in the frames of the AGM on such high level. A special gratitude was paid to the hosting companies: Linde, Wintershall Dea and Uniper.

The International Business Congress apart from its main activity is also engaged in social projects by supporting such in Russia and abroad. In 2019 the IBC supported the European Leo Tolstoy School in Berlin, the Scholarship program for St. Petersburg State Economic University and the MedSupport program, aimed at partial or full rehabilitation of children with cerebral palsy at the Child Rehabilitation Center in St. Petersburg. The IBC has also supported the new project “Oil and Gas Industry Projects: A Glance into the Future”, aimed to create conditions to promote scientific research in developing innovative technologies of production, storage, processing and transportation of energy resources. The “Youth Day – Energy of the Future” project was implemented with the involvement of experts and financially supported by member companies of the IBC.

The IBC Board Coordinator has also underlined the solid membership base of the IBC. The congress unites 125 members from 24 countries of the world, among which 45 are sponsoring senior members, 55 senior members and 25 ordinary members.

The report was concluded by the announcement that the next AGM will take place on May 21-22nd in Singapore and will be dedicated to the topic: “Challenges and Opportunities of Growing Energy Markets in Asia”. The event will be hosted by the IBC member-companies: Royal Dutch Shell, Gazprom Marketing and Trading and Sakhalin Energy. More companies are welcome to join the sponsoring side.

Upon the retirement notifications of several Presiding Committee members: Mr. Kuzovenkov (Baker Hughes), Mr. van der Linde (Royal Boskalis Westminster), Mr. Panasenko (International Academy of Technological Sciences) new candidacies have been introduced. The new representatives are: Mrs. Akoltseva (Baker Hughes), Mr. Dieteren (Royal Boskalis Westminster) and Mr. Sayfullin (International Academy of Technological Sciences). The voting procedure will take place during the next Presiding Committee meeting in the frames of the 23rd AGM in Singapore.

In the course of the meeting Chairpersons of the IBC Working Committees have presented their profound reports on the executed work during the year.

The Energy committee held three meetings in 2019 and focused on most pressing topics in energy sector. The spring meeting took place in April in Munich, Germany and was hosted by Linde. The central topic was: “Potential role of hydrogen in the natural gas industry”. The session in Bonn, which was held within the framework of the 22nd AGM, was focused on the following topic: “LNG and Hydrogen – Paving the Way into an Ecological Future”. During the autumn meeting in Dusseldorf, Germany the experts worked on the topic: “Paradigm Shift of Gas Industry in the Light of Political Climate Discussions”. Finally, the Chairman Mr. Fip announced the date and venue for the upcoming Energy committee meeting which will be held on 6 March 2020 in Tokyo, Japan and cordially invited all Presiding Committee members to attend the event.

The Modern Technologies and Prospective Oil and Gas Industry Projects committee has shown its active engagement while organizing five meetings in cooperation with such holdings like Siemens, Kamaz and Yokogawa. The first session was held in January in Duisburg, Germany and was kindly hosted by Siemens. The participants considered the topic “Modern Trends in Large Scale LNG Production Technologies.” The second meeting took place in April in Naberezhniye Chelniy, Russia on the kind invitation of Kamaz and focused on: “Natural Gas as the Motor Fuel of the Future: Trends and Perspectives”. In the course of the 22nd Annual General Meeting in Bonn, members and experts discussed the following topic: “Current Trends in the Development of Technologies for Field Development and Processing of Hydrocarbon Raw Materials”. The fourth meeting took place in Tokyo, Japan at the invitation of Yokogawa. The meeting focused on “Efficient High-Tech Solutions for the Oil and Gas Industry during Global Digitalization of Economy”. The committee has also established a new project for young scientists: “Oil and Gas Industry Projects: A Glance into the Future”. The best participants received a special award during the St. Petersburg International Gas Forum. Dr. Markelov reported on the successful implementation of this project and asked the IBC Board members and the members of the Presiding committee to support the MTPP Working Committee’s request to provide financial support for the implementation of the project in 2020.

During the reporting period the Law, Banking and Finance Working Committee held three sessions. The first one was held in March in St. Moritz, Switzerland at the invitation of Nord Stream 2. The focal topic was “Brexit- Agreements between the UK and the European Union and their Effect on Cross-Border Financial and Trade Transactions”. The second meeting was held in Lecce, Italy at the invitation of UniCredit Bank. The topic of the meeting was “Current Trends and Modern Technologies in Cash Flow and Financial Risk Management”. Dr. Sadygov also reported about the third session of the committee: “Financial Technologies of the Future: Digital Transformation and Artificial Intelligence”. It was held in October in Lyon, France at the invitation of Credit Agricole. In conclusion, the Chairman reported on successful implementation of the “Scholarship program” which is executed in the frames of the St. Petersburg State Economic University.

The first meeting of the Ecology and Healthcare committee was held in Thessaloniki, Greece at the invitation of Comita and Frecom companies, which was dedicated to “Natural Gas as a Factor of Sustainable Development. Health & Wellbeing”. The second meeting was held in the framework of the 22nd Annual General Meeting in Bonn, and was dedicated to the same topic as the main conference: “Natural Gas – Paving the Way to an Ecological Economy”. The autumn meeting was organised in Bordeaux, France together with the INIDEP working committee. It was focused on “New Technologies in Gas Industry as a Basis of Energy and Environmental Security”. Dr. Jankovic also informed the audience about the ongoing projects of the committee: the Leo Tolstoy School in Berlin and the “MedSupport” project. It was decided to continue financing the projects in the coming year.

Dr. Aksyutin reported that the Industry, Innovations and Prospective Development committee held three meetings, two of which were joint meetings held together with the colleagues from the INFOC and ECOH working committees. In April 2019 the committee held a meeting dedicated to the topic: “Technical, Logistical and Ecological Aspects of Intensive Construction of Energy Facilities within the Time Limit. The Application of Modern Innovative Management for such Projects.” The meeting during the AGM in May in Bonn was held jointly with the Information and Communication Working committee and was dedicated to “Digital Technologies for Sustainable Development of Oil and Gas Industry”. Another joint meeting with the ECOH Working Committee was held in November in Bordeaux, France. The key subject was “New Technologies as a Basis of Energy and Environmental Security”.

In his statement, Mr. Mukhamedov, the Chairman of the Information and Communication committee underlined the need for innovative technological solutions which fit into a new concept of world vision that predicts the imminent fulfillment of the fourth industrial revolution.
The oil and gas industry, which is considered to be one of the most conservative for obvious reasons, cannot fail to notice the ongoing technological changes seeks to use the full potential of new technologies that open unprecedented horizons in the field of information processing and storage. For this reason, the committee held a joint meeting with the Committee on Industry, Innovation and Prospective Development in Bonn. The committee experts discussed the status and current results of the introduction of digital technologies in the oil and gas industry. Mr. Mukhamedov announced the plan for the upcoming meeting to be held in February 2020. It will be focused on “ Cloud and Edge Computing for the Development of Oil and Gas Industries: Pros and Cons”. Furthermore, it is planned to organize a joint meeting with the Human Resources Committee in March 2020 in Paris, France. The focal topic will be “Digital Technologies for Human Resources Management – a Fashionable Trend or a Required Need?”

Dr. Kasyan spoke about milestones in the work of the Human Resources committee in 2019.The first session was held in February in St. Petersburg, Russia. The participants discussed “Cross-Cultural Issues in HR”. The second HR committee meeting took place in Bonn, Germany within the framework of the 22nd Annual General Meeting. Its topic was “HR Management in the Age of Digital Transformation”.
The third meeting took place in October in the Hague, the Netherlands at the invitation of eVision Industry Software. It was dedicated to “HR Management in Joint International Projects”. Dr. Kasyan also informed about successful implementation of the project “Youth Day – Energy Challenge”. Dr. Kasyan informed those present that the HR committee forwarded a request to the IBC Board to consider the possibility of financial support of the project in 2020.

The Business Security committee, chaired by Dr. Khomyakov had held three sessions during the year. The first one was held in March in Paris, France at the invitation of SAP CIS. The experts discussed “Corporate Security in the Era of Digital Innovations”. The second meeting was held in Bonn in the frames of the 22nd AGM in Bonn. It was focused on “Integrated Security Issues”. The third meeting was held in November in Vienna, Austria and was dedicated to the issues of “Conventional Functions of Security in Supporting Crisis Management: Transition to Business Continuity Planning”. The participants visited the OMV refinery located in a suburb of Vienna, which is one of the largest refineries in Europe.

The Presiding committee meeting was wrapped up by the presentation given by Mrs. Elena Burmistrova, Deputy Chairlady of PJSC Gazprom on the focal topic of the 23rd AGM: “Challenges and Opportunities of Growing Energy markets in Asia”.


The IBC International Business Congress e.V. (former the 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 January 2020, the IBC has 124 members from 24 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. The Vice president is Dr. Rainer Seele , OMV AG.

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 frank discussion of common interests and shared challenges in the Working Committees and subsequent development of practical solutions
  • passing on these results as recommendations to governments, relevant authorities and other NGOs
  • promoting an efficient exchange of information between the IBC and international organisations as well as  fostering the IBC network
  • promoting cooperation between companies and international organisations
  • organising conferences and seminars on pressing entrepreneurial topics

The core activity of the IBC is to offer a platform for open discussion, which take place in the frames of different Working Committees and Sub-Working groups on average four times a year. This makes the organisation highly attractive and unique to its members.

Gas Industry science & technology magazine becomes an official partner of the IBC

Established in 1956, this respected industry publication offers a high-quality coverage of the most important world energy issues. It also reports on newest science-based technologies and equipment and its testing experience by prominent representatives of the fuel and energy complex. Each issue features up to 30 copyrighted scholarly writings. The Gas Industry magazine is included in the list of periodic publications recommended by the Higher Attestation Commission of Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation for publishing of scholarly writings of candidates for scientific degrees.

Over the past few years, the magazine has been actively engaged in its international presence. Upon the decision of the IBC Board of Executive Directors the Gas Industry magazine assumed a new role of an official partner of the organization. The publication co-founded the international competition for young scientists “Oil & Gas Projects: a Glance in the Future”. It has also followed a trend of editorial digitalization and gained its popularity on major social media platforms like YouTube, Instagram, Telegram and Yandex.Dzen.

The IBC member companies have an opportunity to publish their scientific papers and reports proceeding the meetings of the IBC Working Committees in the magazine at no cost. For publication of scientific papers please contact: editor@neftegas.info

The publication is issued monthly in Russian and since 2020 quarterly in English.

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