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PESA Members Invited to Networking Sessions with U.S. Foreign Service Officers

NetworkingPESA’s highly regarded Oil and Gas Industry Training Program will be hosted virtually this fall. Scheduled for October 26-29, the three-day program provides U.S. foreign and civil service officers from the Departments of State, Trade and Commerce with an overview of specialized technical content and details of industry achievements in efficiency, sustainability, global poverty reduction and local development.

The curriculum was designed by the PESA International Programs Committee including E&P partners, academia and PESA Members. Although sessions cannot be held in person this fall due to the COVID-19 pandemic, committee members agreed it was important to provide the training virtually to continue familiarizing foreign and civil service officers with the energy industry to drive stronger collaboration with operations in countries around the world and influence energy policy decisions.

One of the more valuable aspects of the training program is the opportunity for PESA Members to make connections with FSOs who will serve in countries where they have operations. While the program will be in a virtual format this year, it will continue to offer networking opportunities with the officers on October 27 and 28. All PESA Members are invited to join these sessions.

This year’s program will include pre-recorded presentations, including sessions on the Global Role of the Energy Industry, Technologies that Drive the Industry, International Regulatory Landscape and the Future of the Industry. Throughout the week, the group will engage in live question and answer sessions, and small group networking sessions with industry and subject matter experts at Baker Hughes, BP, Chevron, Citi, ConocoPhillips, Gaffney, Cline & Associates, Halliburton, NOV, Rice University’s Baker Institute, Schlumberger and TechnipFMC.

PESA’s Foreign Service Officer Energy Industry Training Program was created in 1993 to educate global energy influencers on technological innovations and the business dynamics of our industry, allowing for stronger relationships between industry/U.S. interests abroad and promoting better-informed decisions at embassy posts around the world.

PESA Members who are interested in joining the small group networking sessions can reach out to Senior Director Membership Services Peggy Helfert.