October 3rd saw the closure of Youth Day with an ‘off-tie’ meeting involving executives from international energy majors, as part of the IX St. Petersburg International Gas Forum attended by Gazprom EP International.
For several consecutive years, Rob Veersma, Training & Development Director at Gazprom International Training, has moderated ‘off-tie’ meetings and other interactive sessions running throughout a three-day agenda of Youth Day: “For me, Youth Day is always a meaningful event triggering a lot of positive emotions. I wouldn’t exaggerate if I said ‘off-tie’ meetings have grown into Youth Day’s most anticipated activity and a one-of-a-kind opportunity for future leaders to meet present-day decision-makers from transnational corporations. Every time, there is a fruitful, unique dialog involving young talents who know no limits and have a thirst for knowledge, and top managers with wise and broad views who have in-depth understanding of what’s going on in the energy sector,” he said.
As usual, Youth Day has gathered university students from across the world, leading industry experts, and executives from international energy companies, as well as representatives of the academic community.
Youth Day is constantly improving its agenda; thus, this year boasts an updated format of Energy Challenge that includes a Virtual Academy. Out of a total of 500 applicants, 223 students from 56 universities in 17 countries enrolled in the Academy that provides access to unique training courses. Sixty best students from 31 universities in 11 countries arrived in St. Petersburg to attend Youth Day of the IX International Gas Forum.
Youth Day’s packed program sought to help people acquire and improve their team-building skills, systems thinking, creativity, and the ability to present to an audience. Very well received by participants, Youth Day’s varied formats, featuring interactive games, quests, creative labs, situation games, etc., made its three days truly memorable, participants say.
2015 saw the launch of Youth Day as part the V St. Petersburg International Gas Forum (SPIGF). After its great success that year, Youth Day has been celebrated annually and makes part of the SPIGF official program. Youth Day seeks to create an interactive educational venue uniting industry experts and talented students from across the world to enable the transfer of knowledge about the energy business and the search of new ideas and solutions.
From 2016 onward, Youth Day has been a project of the International Business Congress (IBC). The event is organized by the Higher Economic School of the St. Petersburg State University of Economics, sponsored by the IBC member companies, such as Gazprom, Gasunie, OMV, Uniper, Wintershall Dea, Shell, and partners with Energy Delta Institute, European School of Management and Technology, Schneider Electric, Siemens, and Verbundnetz Gas.