ICBI first launched Flame in March 1994 and has been held annually in Amsterdam in The Netherlands, making the 2014 event its 20th year running – as such, it is one of Europe's longest running gas event for mid and downstream gas players. In its early years, it attracted about 250 attendees but grew rapidly and is now the largest event of its kind in Europe with over 900 global energy CEOs, board members, strategists, advisors, academics and other leading experts participating each year.
Intellectual capital has always been the cornerstone of ICBI's value proposition – and this is clearly reflected in the Flame agenda. Initially a 2 day, 30 speaker event, the programme has grown considerably over the years and now comprises a 3 day main conference, a pre-conference summit day focusing on LNG and a couple of post summit workshops. Such rapid organic growth, combined with the huge market interest in speaking at the industry's most prestigious event, has expanded the speaker faculty to a record-breaking 110 members this year.
When we first launched Flame the focus was two-pronged;
1) To provide a senior level platform for the European energy industry to debate critical issues facing the gas sector in Europe and network amongst peers
2) Provide practical, case-studies & strategies on staying ahead of the game in a liberalising market
However, whilst these two elements remain at the heart of the event, the agenda quickly expanded to cover a much wider focus especially as LNG is globalising the gas market – we now pride ourselves in being the premier European meeting place for the global energy industry. Indeed the original 2 stream format has now been superseded by a 4 stream event focusing on the wide range of challenges and opportunities faced by up, mid and downstream players.
For example, some of the core areas include:
The event typically attracts up to 900 attendees from over 30 different countries and from Europe, U.S Asia and the Far East. Attendees include CEOs / Board Members / Directors of Strategy / Heads of Business Development/Heads of Procurement / Directors of Trading & Transportation, LNG, economists, analysts and other senior executives from investment banks, technical service providers, lawyers, & consultants.
The speaker faculty is renowned for comprising of the leading executives of the global gas industry. Faculty members typically include CEOs / COOs / Board Members / Directors of Strategy and Business Development / Heads of Trading, Transportation & Global Heads of LNG
FLAME has created a unique formula for combining tangible intellectual take-away with fantastic networking opportunities - making it a more interesting and useful experience than other events.
These include, amongst others: