he outgoing board members of the Energy Club from the November 2014 IMBA intake successfully transitioned the club into a new leadership. The event which was dubbed “energy club hand over drinks” brought together the new board members and the outgoing graduating board members and they shared ideas as to how to sustain and progress the tremendous evolution the club had experienced in the past year.
The students from the November intake having come in last year realized the massive gap in Energy discussions within the IE community and as energy enthusiasts, they came on board as the new leaders of the club with one goal in mind – rejuvenate the club and ensure its sustainability. The starting board members: Flavio (President), Natalia, Anand, Bruno, Tomas and Abiola set about developing a plan and vision for the club; organizing series of information sessions to raise awareness of the club and re-energize members while getting new ones. With a midyear board refreshment bringing in Vieri, Carlos and Kenan, the board was even better positioned to deliver on its promises and series of events and discussions followed – bringing in several industry experts and alumni to campus to advance energy talks. These culminated in the IE Energy day held in September which was organized in partnership with IE Career Centre and Campus Life. The event was touted as one of the most successful events on campus with attendance of nearly 120 and with no less than 8 industry leaders contributing.
The energy industry will continue to be pivotal to world economic dynamics, constructs and evolution and IE cannot afford to be left of such a massive discussion. The current situation in upstream and renewables begs for more questions than answers. Have oil prices of below $40/barrel come to stay? Are we expecting a rise soon? What are the incentives of continuous upward investment in Renewables? Is Shale gas revolution really a technological disruptor? How tenable and binding is the recent Paris COP21 agreement on climate change? What kinds of opportunities are there in the industry going forward and how can I position myself to leverage these? These form the crux of the next phase of discussions for the industry. The new board members not only come in with massive experience of the industry but also experience of running the club – Carlos, the new President was a member of the outgoing board. Series of exciting events are already lined up for 2016 and of course, expect another mega Energy Day event. All we can say for now is stay tuned……….!
By: Abiola Osho