The Council is the governing body of the World Petroleum Council which convenes once a year. Its global membership elects the President and an Executive Committee (EC) every three years to develop and execute its strategy. The Council also selects the host country for the next World Petroleum Congress from the candidate countries.

To ensure the scientific and topical quality of the event the Council elects a Congress Programme Committee (CPC) whose members are responsible for developing the high level content for its Congress Programme. National Committees can nominate senior experts from their countries and the Council selects 11 candidates, leaving the WPC Vice President for the Programme and Chair of the CPC to appoint additional members to provide a good balance of expertise, gender and geography.

Young people involved in the oil & gas industry are represented in the Young Professionals (YP) Committee of the WPC. The committee is intended to promote a realistic image of the petroleum industry amongst the youth together with its challenges and opportunities. It has also created a collaborative and global forum for young people to be heard and new ideas to be championed. The main focus areas of the WPC Young Professionals Committee include the creation of a strong network, the set-up of an effective communication plan, the definition of a sustainable strategy for the Young Professionals Committee and a strong presence at major activities of the WPC and in other areas of the industry. Each member country can nominate a representative and an alternate representative for the YP Committee.

On a day to day basis the WPC is administered by the WPC Secretariat.

  • Dr Pierce Riemer, Director General
  • Sarah Ashmore, Senior Project Manager
  • Sarah Beattie, Project Manager