The theme of the next World Energy Congress — Energy for Humanity — is a concept that has preoccupied Angela Wilkinson for some time, and likely will continue to be a focus of her energies long after the October 2022 event in St Petersburg, Russia wraps up.

For Wilkinson, secretary general of the World Energy Council (WEC), which organises the triennial event, humanising energy means breaking out of the “technical specialism” that often dominates discussions about energy and sidelines the very people who depend on it.