Joe Kang

International Gas Union (IGU)


Dr. Kang is the President of IGU taking over the Presidency in June 2018 for the 2018-2022. In 2022, Dr. Kang will be hosting the World Gas Conference 2022 in Daegu, Korea. In addition to his role as the President of IGU, Dr. Kang had served as a Co-chairman for the Reorganizing Committee on Overseas Resources Development National Companies in 2016 and for the Restructuring Committee on the National Energy and Resources Development Companies in 2017. He is also the current Advisor to Korean Gas Corporation (KOGAS). Dr. Kang has held numerous high profiled positions such as a Civil Member of National Energy Council presided by the President of the Republic of Korea and from 2005 to 2009 and as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for KOGAS from 2007 to 2010. Prior to his appointment as the President of IGU, Dr. Kang was an assistant professor at the Department of Petroleum at University of Tulsa from 1983 to 1986 and 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. Dr. Kang believes that keeping active keeps the mind sharp. As such he is an avid racquetball player, hitting the court early in the morning and before the workday starts. On weekends it’s a different story as he enjoys a round a golf, something that he is still trying to master.

Sessions With Joe Kang

Wednesday, 9 March

  • 04:40pm - 05:20pm (CST) / 09/mar/2022 10:40 pm - 09/mar/2022 11:20 pm

    Global Gas Markets: Rising to the challenge

    Panel Gas & LNG

    There are numerous practical challenges to realizing and exceeding the high expectations for natural gas both in terms of supply-side investment and market development. How are innovators overcoming these challenges and pushing forward gas development? Where are key growth markets and how is gas viewed across different geographies? We will also flag key technology innovations. The panel brings together a diverse set of experiences with particular focus on developing gas for the core growth markets of Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America. Where are the main growth markets for natural gas and LNG? What can be done to accelerate the development of natural gas markets? How do ESG goals align with the role of gas? What does a partnership between gas and renewables mean in practice? What technology innovations stand out for natural gas?