Young Leaders Program

WGC2022’s Young Leaders Program provided a unique platform for the rising stars of the gas world to hear directly from C-level industry experts.

The session’s theme was the future of the global energy business as an attractive place to work. The panelists shared their insights on what the key success factors for the future, and their expectations for the challenges on the horizon.

The Young Leaders Program event took place on Wednesday 25 May at 16:45 – 18:00 KST.

Presented by:

Introductory Remarks by

Dr Kang is currently the Vice President of IGU and will be taking over as President of IGU in June 2018 for the Triennium 2018-2021. In 2021, Dr Kang will be hosting the premier World Gas Conference 2021 in Daegu, Korea. 

In addition to his role as VP of IGU, Dr Kang is the Co-Chairman with the Vice Minister of the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy for the Committee on Overseas Resources Development National Companies Restructuring and he is also the current Advisor to Korea Gas Corporation (KOGAS), a South Korean public natural gas company, where he had served as an independent Chairman in 2007-2010. 

Dr Kang has held numerous high profiled positions such as Civil Member of National Energy Council presided by President of Republic of Korea and from 2015 to 2016, served as Chairman in National Coordination Committee for Natural Gas Supply and Demand. Recently he has been engaging as a Co-Chair with Vice Minister in the Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Energy in Special Committee for restructuring National Energy and Resources Development Companies including KOGAS, KNOC (Korea National Oil Company), and etc. 

Prior to appointment as VP of IGU in October 2017, Dr Kang was a professor at the Department of Energy System Engineering, College of Engineering at Seoul National University since 1986. He has published 51 professional papers in international technical journals and 41 in national journals and written more than 30 columns on national energy related issues in major newspapers in Korea. 

Dr Kang graduated in 1981 with a Ph.D in Petroleum Engineering from University of Oklahoma. 


Vittorio Musazzi graduated in mechanical engineering and joined Snam in 1984.

He gained his first experience in Technical Department in the field of material normalisation for natural gas pipelines and plants.

In 1992 he moved into regional operations, where he assumed the role of manager responsible for the Piemonte, Liguria and Valle d’Aosta Zone from 1994-1997.

He moved back to Headquarters Offices, where he handled plant and material concepts for the operation and construction of networks, development of information systems for network management and he took part in the restructuring phase of both professional roles and the organisational structures of gas transmission operations.

From 2001, he has been Head of the Innovation unit at Snam Rete Gas, dealing with matters concerning the study and introduction of new technologies for operation of the network, the safety of natural gas pipelines and plants and exchanges of technical information with other European gas companies.

In December 2003, he was appointed Director of Health, Safety, Environment and Technologies and from August 2005, he has held the role of Construction Director, ensuring the carrying out of investments in Italy.

He has been Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of GNL Italia since July 2008.

The General Assembly under the recommendation of the ENTSOG Board decided to designate Vittorio Musazzi as general Manager for his second term, which Expired on December 31 2015

Francisco has over 35 years’ experience in the energy and gas sectors, in several companies, areas and responsibilities. His main, and current, international positions are as Chair of the Group of Experts on Gas in the United Nations ECE, a member of the Executive Committee and Council of the International Gas Union, and member of the Board or Executive Board of ENTSOG, GIE, Marcogaz, and NGVA.

His education is in Chemical Engineering and Economic Science, and Business Administration.

After obtaining a master’s degree in Private and Corporate Law, Marcel held several positions in government and in international organizations (NATO, International Energy Agency). Subsequently, he spent his entire career in international energy companies on different continents.

Over the past 30 years, Marcel has held a range of senior executive positions in the international gas industry and has an extensive personal executive network in this field.

He currently works internationally as an independent consultant, company director and advisory board member on strategy, policy, and project management in the field of energy and infrastructure.

He is also President of the Energy Delta Institute, an international energy business school, which supports the development of young executives through a wide range of industry courses and networking events.

Marcel Kramer is a frequent public speaker on energy topics and lectures in several executive education programs associated with universities in Europe and Russia. He is an active longstanding member of the Council of the International Gas Union (IGU), for which he also reports to the IGU President as ‘Regional Coordinator’ for Russia, the Black Sea region, and the Caspian.

Ulco Vermeulen is a member of the Executive Board and Director Participations & Business Development.

Ulco Vermeulen holds a degree in economics and started his professional career as senior policy officer at the Energy Policy and Natural Gas Departments at the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs from 1984 till 1990. Ulco Vermeulen has occupied various strategic and commercial positions at Gasunie since 1990. He was responsible for the export of natural gas to Germany and for the sale of gas to the Dutch energy companies. After that, he was in charge of Gas Transport Services. Since 1 July 2005 to 1 January 2007 Vermeulen was Director Participations and Development. From 1 January 2007 to 1 October 2008 he was the Managing Director of Gate Terminal B.V., the first LNG terminal in the Netherlands. On 1 October 2008 he was appointed Managing Director Participations & Business Development.

Ulco Vermeulen plays a key role in the social debate on energy in the Netherlands. He is chairman of Green Gas Netherlands and is internationally active in the debate on sustainability, a.o. as Chairman of the Strategy Commission of the International Gas Union. Ulco is furthermore chairman of the Dutch Top Consortium for Knowledge & Innovation on Gas in which business, knowledge institutions and government work together to realize sustainable growth by involving the entire gas sector in the necessary transition and innovation.

From 1 May 2016 Ulco Vermeulen is a member of the Executive Board of Gasunie. He is Director of Business Development & Participations and responsible for the focus area Participations.

Terence (Terry) Thorn is a 45-year veteran of the domestic and international natural gas industry and has held a wide variety of senior positions including Chairman of Mojave Pipeline Company and President and CEO of Transwestern Pipeline Company. He has worked on design, development, and operation of gas projects throughout the world with a focus on managing risk and supporting commercial success.

As a Chief Environmental Officer, Terry wrote and had adopted companywide Environmental Health and Safety Management Standards and implemented the first environmental management plan for pipeline and power plant construction. Terry is currently focusing on international environmental policies and best practices to control methane emissions.

Residing in Houston, Terry is President of JKM Energy and Environmental Consulting and specializes in project development and management, environmental risk assessment and mitigation, business and policy development, regulatory and market analysis. He has done considerable work in the areas of developing and auditing Integrity management plans.

He serves as Senior Advisor to the President of the International Gas Union where he helps drive the technical, policy and analytical work product for the IGU and its 13 Committees and Task Forces with their 1000 members from 91 countries. He also serves on the Advisory Board for the North American Energy Standards Board where he co-chaired the gas electric harmonization task force and is currently involved in work on renewable natural gas, distributed energy resources and gas electric harmonization. Terry is also on the Board of Air Alliance Houston, an NGO focused on air quality issues in the Houston area. He has served on the California Council on Science and Technology’s for work on the Long-term Viability of Natural Gas Storage Facilities in California and the potential costs to the state of abandoned oil and gas wells. Terry has published numerous articles on energy, risk management and corporate governance.

Who Participated?

Industry professionals aged under 35 (born on or after 1 January 1987) and:

  • Rising employees on an executive track
  • Promising leaders in business management, technical, and legal roles

The Benefits

  • Access to the dedicated Young Leaders Program session
  • Access to all Conference sessions from Wednesday 25 to Friday 27 May 2022 
  • Access to Networking Reception
  • Access to Closing Ceremony
  • Access to Exhibition
  • Access to Technology & Innovation sessions 
  • Conference proceedings
  • Complimentary round-trip shuttle buses from official hotels to conference center 
  • Complimentary City Tour 

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