Pulitzer-prize winner, respected author, and leading energy expert, Dr. Daniel Yergin, is being recognised for his “exceptional contribution to the oil, gas and energy industry” with the highest honour of the World Petroleum Council, the Dewhurst Award. This distinguished lifetime achievement award celebrates his role as a global authority on energy, international politics and economics.
Dr. Yergin is only the eleventh recipient of the Dewhurst Award in the nearly 90-year history of the WPC, with previous winners including Rex Tillerson (USA), Abdulla Bin Hamad Al Attiyah (Qatar) and Ali Al-Naimi (Saudi Arabia). In 1933, Mr. Thomas Dewhurst (1881-1973), then president of the Institute of Petroleum in the United Kingdom, organised what was to become the first World Petroleum Congress. The Dewhurst Lecture is a tribute to him and to the person asked to deliver the Dewhurst Lecture.
Dr. Yergin will receive the award during the Dewhurst Ceremony at the 23rd World Petroleum Congress in Houston on the 9th December 2021. Regularly featuring high-level industry and government representatives, the “Olympics of the Oil and Gas Industry” will be the perfect venue to celebrate his outstanding career in the energy sector.
Tor Fjaeran, President of the World Petroleum Council, has great praise for the inspirational energy visionary. “Dan Yergin has been an inspiration for our industry and an authoritative guide to the energy transformations in our lives and throughout history, through his research, his lectures and his books such as the Pulitzer-prize winning The Prize and The Quest,” said Tor Fjaeran.
“Dan’s very influential new book The New Map is essential reading, for it lays out the future pathways for energy, climate and geo-politics,” Tor Fjaeran continued. “He has created an enormous legacy as one of the highest authorities on energy, international politics and economics. We are grateful for his continued support to the WPC. It was a pleasure to welcome him as a plenary speaker to our previous congresses in Istanbul and Moscow and it will be an honour to present him with our highest award at this year’s event in Houston. On behalf of our board and the member countries of the World Petroleum Council, I am delighted to congratulate him on this much-deserved recognition.”