YouthDay 2018: At eye level with top decision-makers

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YouthDay 2018: At eye level with top decision-makers

Lyudmila Pyatnytsya, a student of General Management for Non-economists in the Master’s programme at Cologne Business School, prevailed over her competitors with her business case on “New Natural Gas Future” of the St. Petersburg International Gas Forum. As a finalist of the competition, she received an exclusive invitation from the organizers of the international meeting YouthDay 2018. This meeting takes place each year in the context of the international gas forum and serves as the cross-linking between industry giants and young talents.

Under the title “Digitization in Energy”, 140 students from 26 countries and 44 universities met this year in St. Petersburg. In addition to participating in interactive and competitive formats, the focus was on personal exchange with decision-makers in the gas industry.

Business case competitions for students

At the beginning of the YouthDay, the students were divided into teams to solve mini-tasks and to present their results to all participants. In the subsequent workshop phase, the students worked on various digitization issues. Torsten Helbig, Digital Champion of Wintershall Holding GmbH, gave his group the task of working on a business case on the subject of “Digitization in the Energy Sector”. All results were presented in elevator pitches to the others.

On the second day, the participants of the “New Natural Gas Future” business case competition, in which Lyudmila Pyatnytsya was also taking part, presented their solutions to a large audience. A jury selected three winning teams, of which the German team took second place. The first place went to a group of Russian students. The rest of the afternoon was free to stroll around Saint Petersburg.

Young professionals meet industry giants

The last day of YouthDay was dedicated to promoting young talent. Top-class decision-makers such as Alexei Borissowitsch Miller, CEO of Gazprom, and Rainer Seele, CEO of OMV, invited the students to their plenary session on the future of the gas industry. At the subsequent Off-Tie-Meeting, some of the CEOs took their time to answer the students’ questions. The CEOs also used the opportunity to present the good career opportunities within the gas industry and to inspire the young talents for their companies.

For Lyudmila Pyatnytsya, the YouthDay 218 was an all-round success: “I liked the networking among the international students and CEOs best. Through the use of various formats, the organizers managed to make it possible to get to know almost all the other participants. The Off-Tie-Meeting with the CEOs at eye level was also a special experience”.

Photos: Lyudmila Pyatnytsya

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