Chevron engages in 4th Integrated STEM Leadership Summit in Asia, presenting its vision on human development in the AI era

Chevron Thailand Exploration and Production, Ltd. participated in 4th Integrated STEM Leadership Summit in Asia under theme, “Navigating the AI Revolution: Equipping Asia’s Workforce and Learners for the Future”. The conference organized by The Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization Regional Centre for STEM Education (SEAMEO STEM-ED) in collaboration with its partners in private and educational sectors. It aims to bring together educators, policymakers, industry leaders, and technology experts to foster a comprehensive understanding of AI’s impact and develop effective strategies for integrating AI into education and workforce development. Porpich Pongparnish, Vice President, Digital, Chevron Thailand Exploration and Production, Ltd., represented the company in a panel discussion on leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) and digital capabilities throughout the value chain to enhance operational efficiency and safety while simultaneously developing workforce skills. The goal is to make energy more affordable and reliable, on advancing a lower carbon future. Participants include leaders from various industries in Thailand ranging from energy, medical robotic, healthcare and cybersecurity with representatives from both the government, education and private sectors. The event took place at the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, Bangkok.

The 4th Integrated STEM Leadership Summit in Asia comprises various forums discussing STEM education in the AI era, focusing on strategies for developing a workforce that meets the demands of the future labor market. During the summit, Porpich shared insights on Future STEM Careers and AI’s impact on the industrial sector. She was joined by executives from Cyberdyne Inc., Huawei Technologies (Thailand) Co., Ltd., the Pilipinas Shell Foundation, and the Ateneo School of Government (ASoG).

“Chevron continually develops technologies and innovations to provide affordable, reliable and ever-cleaner energy solutions. As the world today is undergoing rapid transformation in various aspects, in the energy sector, we recognize two key transitions: Energy Transition and Technology Transition. In terms of Energy Transition, as energy demands continue to rise in tandem with economic growth, the diversification of energy sources has become increasingly crucial. This entails utilizing both traditional fossil fuels and new cleaner forms of energy. Therefore, energy businesses need to adapt and transform. For example, engineers have to acquire knowledge in carbon reduction in operations to contribute to a cleaner and more sustainable energy future besides their core technical expertise. In terms of Technology Transition, organizations need to embrace change with agility that fits to business opportunities and dare to challenge status quo. Always start with business problems that we want to resolve, so that technology adoption and transition will be at its most efficiency.
At Chevron, we constantly seek opportunities to leverage new technologies for enhancing work efficiency. We have embarked on an AI journey for decades using AI, data science, and machine learning. Now we have expanded to full spectrum including GenAI for more complex business opportunities for a greater business outcome. In addition, our priority focuses on building the capability of our workforce to stay abreast of global and technological advancements,” said Porpich.

Chevron Thailand Exploration and Production, Ltd., has been supporting STEM education consistently, from promoting educational workforce development to inspiring youth to study and pursue careers in STEM fields with an aim to strengthening Thailand’s competitiveness and innovation. This effort spans into various projects, including the Chevron Enjoy Science project conducted between 2015 and 2023. In the following year, Chevron has extended its commitment to the Southeast Asia Teacher Development Program covering 5 countries: Thailand, Kazakhstan, Indonesia, Cambodia, and Malaysia. It aims to help improve professional teachers so that they stay up to date of changes in the modern world.