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Date: Tuesday, 28 May
Time: 13.30 – 15:00h
Location: Energy Academy Europe, Seminar room 5159.0291

Our world is changing rapidly day by day, energy transition is one of the top priority. Scenario approach is one of the tools used to help in decision making. Ever wondered how these scenarios could inform companies, governments or society’s major choices? What its strengths and weaknesses are and how to use them effectively? Let’s take a look at this from a theoretical and practical perspective.

During this lecture Mr. Wim Thomas of Shell’s scenario team will illustrate how scenarios have helped Shell and other organisations shaping major choices, and why scenarios have been part of Shell’s corporate strategy toolkit over the past 50 odd years. Following the interactive presentation (bring your phone!), the audience will have the chance to enter into dialogue with one of Shell its Energy Advisors. Discuss the corporate scenario approach of global energy companies; and the corporate responsibility that comes with it. What would you like to add to this discussion?


Mr. Wim Thomas is the Chief Energy Advisor and leads the Energy Analysis practice in Shell. His team is also responsible for Shell’s long-term global energy scenarios, informing Group Strategy. He has been with the Shell Group for some 33 years, with prior positions in drilling operations, subsurface reservoir management and commercial and regulatory affairs in gas. He is chairman of the UK national committee of the World Petroleum Council and is a former chairman of the British Institute of Energy Economics. He holds a postgraduate degree in Maritime Technology from Delft University in The Netherlands.

He has been in his current role for the past 14 years, and also heads up the Energy Analysis Team in Shell’s Global Scenario Group. He leads a team responsible for worldwide energy analysis and long-term global energy scenarios, and advises Shell companies on a wide range of energy issues, including global supply and demand, regulations, energy policy, markets, pricing and industry structure.

It is defined as an Energy Learning Activity for students of the Hanze UAS and the University of Groningen. Students are invited to attend as many Energy Learning Activities as they want, at all stages of their education.
Energy Learning Activities are part of the Energy Academy Europe Certificate. If students follow 10 Energy Learning Activities and also complete 30 ECTS in energy courses at Hanze UAS or the University of Groningen, they are eligible for obtaining the EAE Certificate.

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