On May 5th and 6th, Houston hosted delegations from 13 international energy cities during OTC for the World Energy Cities Partnership (WECP) Annual Working Meeting.
The annual meeting, held in May, highlights Houston’s role as the secretariat of the organization and allows the opportunity to showcase Houston’s unique assets outside of the energy sphere, such as the world-class cultural institutions, the Texas Medical Center, and our leading academic institutions. This year, the Partnership’s focus was on the medical industry, with the Working Meeting being hosted by two long-standing members of the Texas Medical Center: Baylor College of Medicine and Memorial Hermann- TMC. The theme of this year’s Working Meeting was synergies between the energy industry and the medical industry. Speakers at the working meeting included Dr. Alan Lumsden, Professor & Chairman,Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center, and Dr. Bill Kline, Manager, Drilling & Subsurface, ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company, pioneers of the Pumps & Pipes conference hosted annually in Houston.
At the Networking Luncheon, held on Monday, May 4th in the Baylor College of Medicine’s Rayzor’s Lounge, the WECP member cities’ municipal leaders and business delegates were able to meet and mingle with leaders from Houston’s business, academic, and medical, and oil and gas industries. In addition to remarks from Houston’s Mayor, Annise Parker, and Chief Development Officer, Andy Icken, speakers at the Luncheon included Dr. Adam Kuspa, Vice President of Research for the Baylor College of Medicine, and T.H Christine Sagen Helgo, Mayor of Stavanger, Norway. The keynote speech was delivered by Dr. Robert Robbins, President and CEO of the Texas Medical Center. Dr. Robbins discussed the synergies between medicine and energy through research, technology, and collaboration. He also highlighted important upcoming developments in the Texas Medical Center.
The WECP Networking Reception was hosted at Hotel ZaZa on May 6th. The premier networking event during OTC had over 600 attendees from Houston and abroad who gathered together with under the common thread of energy. The Reception offers the opportunity for business delegations from around the world to meet with Houston-based business and thought leaders to make meaningful and lasting connections.
WECP member cities that were in attendance at the meeting include Aberdeen, Dammam, Doha, Esbjerg, Halifax, Karamay, Luanda, Perth, Port Harcourt, Rio de Janeiro, St. John’s, and Stavanger. The city of Kuala Lumpur attended as an observer city. The cities will meet again at the Annual General Meeting in Stavanger, Norway from August 21–24, just prior to Stavanger’s ONS conference and exhibition.