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Amazon Web Services CEO and Head of Microsoft Azure to Headline Technology Programming at CERAWeek by IHS Markit 2019

Amazon Web Services CEO and Head of Microsoft Azure to Headline Technology Programming at CERAWeek by IHS Markit 2019

February 28, 2019

Amazon Web Services CEO and Head of Microsoft Azure to Headline Technology Programming at CERAWeek by IHS Markit 2019. Visit

Week-long programming on technology, innovation and digital transformation—centered in the “Innovation Agora @ CERAWeek”—will be a major focus at the world’s preeminent energy conference, March 11-15 in Houston


Amazon Web Services CEO Andrew Jassy, Microsoft Azure executive vice president Jason Zander, ABB Group CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer and Fisker founder and CEO Henrik Fisker are among more than 200 speakers featured on the Innovation Agora program focused on the role of technology and innovation in energy at CERAWeek by IHS Markit 2019, March 11-15 at the Hilton Americas—Houston.

CERAWeek 2019: New World of Rivalries: Reshaping the Energy Future will assess the evolving trends of energy markets, the impact of government policies, the environment, technology, geopolitics and the global economy. 2019 marks the 38th anniversary of the event, produced by business information provider IHS Markit (Nasdaq: INFO).

The Innovation Agora @ CERAWeek will be the central hub of the technology and innovation program at the conference. The Agora embodies innovative programming and is powered by ideas. It will feature a community of thought leaders, technologists, start-ups, investors, academics, energy companies and government officials who will explore and illuminate the intersection of energy and technology that is reshaping the industry. Topics to be explored include e-mobility, batteries, quantum computing and 5G, robotics, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), additive manufacturing and more.

“A great wave of innovation and technology is transforming the industry and reshaping the energy future,” said Daniel Yergin, conference chair and vice chairman of IHS Markit. “What happens in tech matters to energy, and what happens to energy matters to tech. That truth is reflected in the breadth and depth of the technology and innovation program throughout the conference and centered in the Innovation Agora.”

Among the highlights of the Innovation Agora @ CERAWeek:

Voices of Innovation – Candid conversations between thought leaders and innovators. Speakers include Andrew Jassy, Jason Zander and Ulrich Spiesshofer as well as former U.S. secretary of energy Ernest Moniz, automotive pioneer Henrik Fisker, Lord John Browne, and Celeris Technologies CEO Dr. Venkat Sumantran, among others.

OGCI Venture Day – A showcase of early-stage innovative energy efficiency companies that will pitch to OGCI Climate Investments. OGCI will commit up to $50 million to companies with technologies or business models that are ready for pilots or deployment.

U.S. Department of Energy and National Laboratories – A presentation featuring the heads of the National Energy Technology Lab, the head of the Brookhaven National Labs and the head of the Oak Ridge National Labs.

Blockchain – Deep dive sessions on the application of blockchain technologies in the energy industry with speakers such as Dan Berkovitz, commissioner, U.S. Commodities Futures Trading Commission and others. Plus, daily “meet-ups” in the Agora Atrium led by Rebecca Hofmann, founder and director of the OOC Oil and Gas Blockchain Council.

“What’s New in Energy” University Luncheons – Stanford University Precourt Institute for Energy, Rice University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology Energy Initiative will each lead luncheon discussions on cutting-edge technology discovery and development at their universities.

Mobility Future Program – Sessions and insights devoted to driverless technologies, electric vehicles, charging infrastructure and regulatory issues.

Digitalization – Twenty featured sessions on digital transformation, including cloud computing, 5G, quantum computing and AI and cyber security.

Arab Energy Innovation Initiative – Featuring early-stage and scaling-stage companies from the Arab innovation ecosystem in “meetups,” receptions and a special dialogue with leaders from Masdar, Saudi Aramco, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology and Wa’ed, among others.

Start-up Presentations – “Agora Pods” will feature more than 100 presentations by leading start-ups in technology and innovation in the energy system.

The Future of the Energy Innovation Ecosystem – A forum with thought leaders including the findings of a new year-long study, Advancing the Landscape of Clean Energy Innovation.

Visit for a complete list of speakers and the most up-to-date program information (subject to change).

Registration Information

CERAWeek 2019 will be held March 11-15 at the Hilton Americas Hotel in Houston, Texas. Further information and delegate registration is available at

Media Accreditation

Media registration is now open. Members of the media interested in covering CERAWeek 2019 are required to apply for accreditation. Applications can be submitted via the following link:

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