Join us for a unique opportunity to hear from distinguished alumnus and Middle East Vice President of Shell Oil Company; Andrew Vaughan.
Friday 16th March 2018
10am – 12pm
“Dinosaur or phoenix? The role of a fossil-based energy company in a world of renewables”
As renewable sources of primary energy take a a higher proportion of the global energy supplies, it has been suggested that the role of fossil-based energy companies will be diminished or even negated as oil and gas consumption reduces. Analysis of global economic trends indicates that consumption and fossil fuels will continue for a number of decades, and even grow, as world population increases and standards of living improve. This would suggest that producers of oil and gas and their products will have a strong role to play in meeting global energy demand as they themselves transition to the provision of new forms of energy. In addition, multi-national energy companies have a deep insight into the functioning of energy markets and analysis has been conducted which provides a credible pathway to meet the targets of the Paris Agreement (on climate change) of 12th December 2015, while still meeting the growing energy demands of the world.
1pm – 3pm
“Multinational companies: What do they have to offer a 21st century graduate?”
There is a perception that the career aspirations of the millennial generation are at odds with the employment criteria of traditional multinational companies. Given that the United Nations estimated (in 2013) that 80% of world trade is conducted through multi-national companies this might seem to present a recruitment dilemma for both graduates and the companies involved in the bulk of the world’s economy. Based on his experience as a senior leader in an oil and gas multinational, including a spell as a recruiter, the speaker will seek to dispel this perception and present points of alignment between the aspirations of graduates and the companies who seek to employ them. The perception of their being a moral ‘dilemma’ in working for a multinational oil and gas company will be addressed with a brief examination of a credible pathway to meet the targets of the Paris Agreement (on climate change) of 12th December 2015, while still meeting the growing energy demands of the world. There will be an opportunity to test the speaker’s assumptions in dialogue.
The Ideas Space, Sir Robert Hadfield Building, Portobello Street, The University of Sheffield, S1 3JD
This event is open to all engineering Undergraduate and Postgraduate students, but places are strictly limited so reserve your ticket today.