Saturday, February 27, 2016

Strive Masiyiwa Group Executive Chairman and Founder of Econet confirmed as 150th speaker for 23rd World Energy Congress - Istanbul, 9-13 October 2016

ISTANBUL - Thursday, February 25th 2016 [ME NewsWire]

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The 23rd World Energy Congress, which is taking place in Istanbul, between 9 and 13 October has announced Strive Masiyiwa, Group Executive Chairman and Founder, Econet, South Africa as the 150th speaker. Confirmed speakers also include Wang Binghua, Chairman, State Power Investment Corporation (SPIC), China and Maximus Johnity Ongkili, Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water, Government of Malaysia, Malaysia.

The World Energy Congress is regarded as the most influential and inclusive gathering of senior leaders from all segments of the energy community and is attracting speakers with global reputations from senior figures in politics, business and academia.

The Congress will dedicate its fourth day to a focus on Africa and its role in securing a stable energy future, recognising the potential and growth opportunities the continent will unlock in the future.

Strive Masiyiwa, Founder and Executive Chairman, Econet commented: “I am delighted to be speaking at the upcoming 2016 World Energy Congress. Following the progress made in Paris last year, the Congress is an important platform to continue that momentum. I look forward to discussing how we can continue to grow Africa’s energy market and accelerate investments that move us towards a low carbon energy future.”

The 23rd World Energy Congress is under the auspices of His Excellency (H.E), the President of the Republic of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who is personally looking forward to welcoming up to 10,000 delegates to the historic city of Istanbul.

Christoph Frei, Secretary General, World Energy Council commented: “It is a testimony to a critical time for energy and the relevance of the World Energy Congress that so many industry leaders will be attending and contributing to the dialogue on the new energy frontiers. The energy industry as we know it is in transition and the 23rd World Energy Congress in Istanbul will play an important role in shaping the energy market of the future.”

Hasan Murat Mercan, President of the Turkish Member Committee, World Energy Council commented: “Turkey is positioned at the crossroads of the most important energy markets at a time of profound global change in the energy debate, and it is an honour to host the 23rd World Energy Congress.”

Delegates who register before 30 April 2016 will be eligible for a 10% discount. Media registration is now open, giving industry journalists an opportunity to meet energy leaders, and report on the next stages of developing a sustainable energy market.

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About the World Energy Council

Founded in 1923, the World Energy Council is the only truly global and inclusive forum for thought-leadership and tangible engagement committed to our sustainable energy future. Our network of 93 national committees represents over 3000 member organisations including governments, industry and expert institutions. Our mission is to promote the sustainable supply and use of energy for the greatest benefit of all. The World Energy Congress is the world's premier energy gathering.

About the World Energy Congress

The triennial World Energy Congress has gained recognition since the first event in 1923 as the premier global forum for leaders and thinkers to debate solutions to energy issues. In addition to the discussions, the event provides an opportunity for executives to display their technologies and explore business opportunities.

For more information about the World Energy Congress 2016 and to register, visit:

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