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More Women, But Still Mostly Men on Podium at Top Oil Gathering

  • Female speakers at APPEC this year more than double from 2017
  • Organizer S&P Global Platts sees more room for improvement
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Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg

The presence of female speakers at one of the world’s biggest gatherings of oil traders increased sharply this year.

One in about five of the speakers at the annual Asia Pacific Petroleum Conference last week in Singapore was female, more than double the representation last year, according to organizer S&P Global Platts. The actual number of women on the podium also rose at the event that boasted more than 500 experts and leaders from trading houses to refiners to banks.