Africa Oil & Power brings together a wide-ranging roster of speakers who are true experts in their field. The panels cover the entirety of Africa’s energy supply chain, from upstream to downstream and everything in between. We search far and wide for speakers who are both distinguished as visionaries and thinkers and also are representative of the industry and the continent. Therefore, AOP speakers tend to typify the bold spirit of the oil, gas and power industry. Above all, they are fearless, independent and open minded.
His Excellency General Salva Kiir Mayardit is the President of the Republic of South Sudan. He has been President since South Sudan gained its independence in 2011. Before that he was President of the Government of Southern Sudan and First Vice President of Sudan, between 2005 and 2011.
H.E. Gabriel Mbaga Obiang Lima is the Minister of Mines and Hydrocarbons of Equatorial Guinea. Presiding over one of the largest oil and gas markets in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Minister is widely regarded for his incisive leadership and guiding Equatorial Guinea’s energy industry through a resurgence in exploration and production activity. Working in the oil and gas industry since 1997, his past positions include Minister Delegate, Vice Minister, Secretary of State for Mines and Hydrocarbons, Government Rep. in the Equity of the State in PSCs, and Presidential Adviser on Hydrocarbons. He has served as a member of the board of three public energy companies: SONAGAS, SEGESA and GEPetrol.
Honorable Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth has been the Minister of Petroleum of the Republic of South Sudan since August 2016. He was previously South Sudan’s Ambassador to the United States and the United Nations. Minister Gatkuoth received a bachelor’s degree in criminology and criminal justice from the University of Maryland, in College Park, United States.
NJ Ayuk is the CEO and Managing Partner of Centurion Law Group, a pan-African corporate law conglomerate. From its headquarters in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, and from affiliate and partner offices throughout Africa, Centurion assists clients that are starting or growing a business on the continent. Mr. Ayuk has been advising major companies on investment strategies, the establishment of joint ventures and cooperation structures, privatization, licensing and related tax, OHADA, Equatorial Guinea law, oil and gas, local content, litigation, negotiations, governance and other matters. He also frequently advises international oil companies, governments, oil service companies, financial institutions, development banks and construction firms across Sub-Saharan Africa.
Kola Karim is Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Shoreline Energy International, a leading energy and infrastructure company focused on Africa. Karim’s current portfolio focuses on the construction, commodity trading, catering, entertainment, agro-allied products, oil and gas, engineering and power sectors. In addition to his role at Shoreline Energy International, Karim is Chairman of Costain West Africa and serves as Director in seven subsidiary companies, including Schlumberger Testing & Production Services Nigeria and Trans Amadi Facilities, and is Chairman of Nigerian Ropes. He is also a Member of the Institute of Directors in Nigeria. Karim has delivered numerous papers at international conferences and investment forums and has participated in a number of courses, including management and leadership programs at the Harvard Business School and John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Akinwumi Odumakinde is the Managing Director and founder of Deltatek Engineering, a leading provider of engineering, procurement, construction management (EPCM), operations & maintenance and specialized manpower support services in Sub-Saharan Africa. He has more than 20 years of experience in the oil and gas Industry, five of which were acquired in the exploration and production sector in the US.
Mr. Odumakinde began his career with Chevron Refinery, Richmond, CA, USA where he was engaged as Summer Chemical Engineer between July and September 1987 before proceeding to Dow Chemical, Pittsburgh, CA, USA as Research/Process Engineer between July and December 1988 and Arco Oil & Gas, Bakersfield, CA, USA as Operation/Analytical Engineer between June 1990 and May 1994.
Paul Eardley-Taylor is responsible for Standard Bank’s Oil & Gas coverage activities for Southern Africa. He has more than 15 years of energy investment banking experience spanning the oil, gas, power and utilities and renewables and carbon sub-sectors. Mr. Eardley-Taylor has extensive experience of the South African energy environment, as adviser and financier.
His product experience encompasses project financing, development and advisory; privatisation; corporate banking; trade finance; leveraged finance; M&A; strategic advice; carbon; as well as associated derivative products. Prior to joining Standard Bank in 2009, he worked for HSBC and gained extensive experience of transactions across EMEA and select global markets in Asia/Australasia. He holds degrees from Birmingham University and London University and an MBA from Henley Management College.
Sebastian Wagner is in charge of Business Development and Corporate Affairs at DMWA Resources. In the past, he has worked with multinational commodity trading companies in oil trading, responsible for managing the oil trading operations across the barrel of African crude and refined products, as well as pursuing pre-financing opportunities in West and Central Africa. His regional focus has been on Congo Brazzaville, Côte d’Ivoire, Chad and Nigeria. Prior to this, Sebastian was an Investment Manager at a leading merchant banking group in sub-Saharan Africa with assets in Southern Africa, Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea, where he helped streamlining the banking portfolio through the restructuring and exit of non-core investments.
Niall Kramer became the CEO of the South Africa Oil & Gas Alliance in March 2016. He is an experienced corporate marketing leader with strong global, Asian, African and South Africa experience in oil & gas, marketing and corporate areas. He was educated at UCT and he joined Caltex in SA in 1990 where he moved from across many functions, in both Corporate and Marketing, and was posted to Singapore, Thailand and New Zealand. 20 years later in 2010, after leading the marketing integration for what became Chevron (with the merger of Caltex, Texaco and Chevron) for Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, he became Director Business Development for both Strika Entertainment and Market Pulse Int. In 2013 he joined Shell Upstream BV to manage stakeholder relationships on the key Karoo Shale gas project.
Lloyd Manokore is a Partner and Founder of Manokore Attorneys, a specialised pan-African business law firm based in Zimbabwe which relies on additional active legal and transactional support from top tier international firms. Lloyd has a comprehensive and practical legal understanding of general business and mergers and acquisitions. He has since added to this knowledge set by advising on the minerals and extractives sector both downstream, involving fuel logistics and retail, as well as in renewable energies and coal mining. On the back of a recent announcement by the government of Zimbabwe on its intention to pursue upstream oil and gas prospects, Lloyd has been retained to work with a lead consultant in work which entails lobbying on policy formulation and the regulatory framework to be implemented. Lloyd consults regularly with diplomats and government officials on commercial matters, and has obtained high-value corporate transactions with clients originating out of Europe, the United Kingdom, the United States, India and China.
Rodney MacAlister is CEO/Co-Founder of Monetizing Gas Africa Inc., a midstream natural gas infrastructure company.
MacAlister has been GM of VAALCO Energy in Gabon (2011-2014); MD of the Africa Middle Market Fund, 2008-2011; CEO of the US African Development Foundation, 2006-2007; Independent consultant in conflict zone FDI, 2003-2006; and various positions at ConocoPhillips, 1978-2003, much of it in Africa, in BD and as GM in the Congo (Brazzaville). He also headed Conoco’s Washington office.
MacAlister holds BA and MA degrees in International Relations from the University of Redlands, California, and spent a year of post-graduate work at The Sorbonne, Paris.
Tawanda is Commercial Director for Asoko Insight, a provider of corporate data on African, privately-held companies. Asoko leverages technology and in country research teams to build Africa’s largest repository of company information serving bankers, investors, corporates and governments worldwide.
Prior to Asoko, Tawanda worked for companies such Bloomberg and Thomson Reuters, covering European and African financial markets. He has worked closely with various key stakeholders in the banking and investment space to facilitate trade and the flow of capital.
Nyonga Fofang’s career spans 20 years in international capital markets, during which he has been involved in all aspects of private equity investing including mergers and acquisitions, leveraged finance and general management.
Prior to his managing directorship of Bambili Group, Nyonga was an Executive Director of the Dema Group, a mining-focused private investment company in Johannesburg, South Africa.
He was also an Executive Director of Metallon Corporation, a private investment company in Johannesburg with interests in mining and financial services, and a strategist for E. Oppenheimer and Son, a one time major shareholder of the DeBeers Mining Group. Nyonga worked as a close-ended fund equity analyst at PaineWebber Inc., a Wall Street financial services firm, and started his career at Dillon Read & Co., a New York City-based private investment group, as a risk arbitrager. He graduated from Harvard University.
Frank Ene is the President and COO of RoyalGate Energy, an Africa oil and gas independent dedicated to developing untapped prospects. RoyalGate holds offshore exploration acreage in Equatorial Guinea and Ghana.
Eric Williams is the President and Principal Consultant of Royal Triangle Energy Solutions, a consultancy firm that offers strategies for nations and companies seeking to monetize their natural resources. A geoscientist and former Minister for Energy in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago (2002–2005), he has more than 30 years experience in the petroleum and minerals exploration industries.
During his tenure as Energy Minister of Trinidad & Tobago, Mr. Williams successfully led the restart of the negotiations of the Treaty Agreement for the exploration of cross-border maritime petroleum reserves with Venezuela. He also championed a Local Content Committee to develop the country’s first Local Content Policy. This policy guided strategies to encourage the adoption of local content initiatives by international oil companies operating in Trinidad & Tobago. He also oversaw the power generation activities in the country.
From 2009–2011, Williams served as Country Manager at a publicly listed (FTSE) independent exploration and production oil company, African Energy Resources Company Limited (AFREN) in Nigeria.
Jude Kearney is the Chair of the Firm’s Africa Practice. He devotes the majority of his professional time to providing legal services and corporate legal advice across the African continent. He specializes in complex international transactions, particularly in the sub-disciplines of project finance, mergers and acquisitions and privatization of state owned commercial enterprises. His work has included a substantial number of projects in the energy, environmental, telecommunications, transportation and infrastructure sectors. He is a committed internationalist in his practice and, in addition to his work in Africa, has been involved in matters in China and other Asian countries and in the Gulf States, Eastern Europe and Latin America. Jude works with major U.S. and foreign clients, providing counsel on the structure and terms of his clients’ contractual relationships as they relate to commercial developments and commercial projects. Additionally, during his time as a Senior Trade Official at the US Department of Commerce, he participated in various trade and bilateral negotiations including in regards to GATT, NAFTA, and market access negotiations with Japan and China.
Dr. Oliver Quinn joined Ophir in August 2013. He has 15 years’ upstream Oil and Gas experience. He began his career as a geologist with Shell before moving to Fairfield Energy and more recently Hess Corporation where he held a variety of business development, technical and leadership roles. Oliver has been involved in E&P projects and business development across Africa, Asia, Europe, Russia and the Americas. Oliver has a BSc in Geology, a PhD in Petroleum Geoscience and is an alumni of London Business School.
Dr. S. Z. Gata is an engineer by profession and is currently Managing Partner at EMC Continental (Africa) Ltd a firm specializing in power project development advisory services and project sponsorship in the SADC Region. Previously he served as Executive Chairman as well as being Chairman of the Rural Electrification Board. He has led at high profile institutions that include the Rural Electrification Board, Electricity Supply Commission, Central Africa Power Corporation and the World Energy Council Commission Board. Dr. Gata holds a doctorate in Engineering – PhD (Engineering), MSc (Engineering), BSc (Engineering) and Post Graduate diploma in Business Studies. Dr Gata is also a certified Chartered Engineer (Zimbabwe Institute of Engineers), a Professional Engineer (APEO) and is a certified European Engineer (EUPEA).
Mr. Kishan Pillay is currently the Director of Oil & Gas: Industrial Development Division at the Department of Trade and Industry of South Africa. He has a Masters of Commerce Degree in Economics, from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. He serves on the Boards of the South African Oil & Gas Alliance (SAOGA) – which is a public private partnership that aims to promote the interests of firms operating within the Oil & Gas sector in South Africa-and IGAS-an affiliate of the Central Energy Fund Group of Companies. He chairs the Operation Phakisa Local Content work-stream and the dti led Gas Industrialisation Unit (GIU).
Kwame Jantuah is the CEO of African Energy Consortium, an indigenous Ghanaian company operating in the oil and gas sector. He is also an Executive Director of Peace Petroleum, a bulk oil distribution company licensed by the National Petroleum Authority to import and distribute refined petroleum products and LPG to oil marketing companies. In addition, Mr. Jantuah is a Commissioner at the National Development Planning Commission, which has the responsibility for drafting Ghana’s 40-year national development plan. Mr. Jantuah is a Technical Advisor to the Civil Society Platform on Oil and Gas and also a Senior Technical Advisor to the GOGIG/DFID program on building capacity in the governing institutions of the upstream oil and gas industry in Ghana.
Mr. Jantuah’s rich knowledge of the oil and gas industry in Africa has led him to undertake a number of consultancy services on the continent, including the drafting of the Implementation Strategy for Ghana’s Local Content Policy as the Ghanaian local consultancy partnering with The Association of Caribbean Energy Specialists (ACES International). He also played a key role in contributing to the content of Ghana’s Petroleum Revenue Management Act (PRMA) between 2010 and 2011 and also reviewed Ghana’s Volta River Authority Local Content Policy.
Dr. Mabouba Diagne is the Group Head of Corporate and Investment Banking for BancABC and is currently responsible for all five countries in which the bank operates. BancABC is 100% owned by Atlas Mara.
Dr. Mabouba is a seasoned international corporate banking executive with a cumulative experience of over 20 years of international banking, having worked with Commerzbank, Dresdner Bank, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank and Standard Bank in London and Frankfurt, with particular focus on investments, valuations, and risk. His most recent role before joining BancABC was at Barclays Bank as the Regional Managing Director and Head of Corporate Coverage for Southern Africa. Dr. Mabouba spent over five years with Barclays Bank, running six out of the bank’s 12 countries in Africa.
Dr. Mabouba speaks English, German, Italian, French and his native Senegalese language, Wolof.
Shawn Robert Duthie is an analyst at Africa Risk Consulting (ARC). At ARC, Shawn has produced political risk assessments on countries such as Nigeria, Botswana and Gabon and conducted due diligence investigations for private equity and financial clients in Angola and Kenya, among other countries.
Shawn was previously a lecturer in the Political Studies department at the University of Cape Town (UCT) and was editorial assistant for the South African Journal of International Affairs. Shawn holds a Masters in International Relations from UCT as well as a Bachelor of Science in Politics and International Relations from the University of London and an Honors Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Sociology from the University of Toronto. He has travelled extensively in Africa and Asia and resides in Cape Town, South Africa.
Igor Hulák is a partner with A.T. Kearney, where he leads the Utilities and Oil & Gas Practices in West Africa. He has extensive industry and consulting experience, predominantly in energy and process industries. Igor is based in A.T. Kearney’s Johannesburg office.
Before joining A.T. Kearney, Igor was CEO of the Czech aircraft company Aero Vodochody. He was also the chief financial officer for Intracom Telecom and a vice president at Sitronics, a microelectronics company. Igor earned his master’s degree from the University of Economics in Prague and his MBA from Sheffield Hallam University in England. He has also studied at London Business School and the Henley Business School at the University of Reading in England.
Ian joined the Natixis Project Finance Group in 2006 and is currently Global Head of the Natural Resources & Offshore Infrastructure sector. He has over 22 years banking experience gained at Lloyds Bank, IBJ/Mizuho, and NATIXIS.
Ian has been dedicated to Project Finance for over 18 years and has specialised in the oil and gas sector since 2002. At Natixis, he is responsible for establishing the global strategy for the sector; coordinating the origination and execution of transactions; maintaining relationships with clients; and supervising the execution of transactions on which the bank is mandated.
Ian holds a BA (Hons) in Economics and an MSc in Civil Engineering, both from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. He has qualified as a Member of both the Chartered Institute of Bankers and the Association of Corporate Treasurers.
Herman Neethling is the General Manager for Shell’s Integrated Gas business in South Africa, responsible for exploration and gas market development opportunities. He has been with Shell for more than 18 years and has worked in various finance, commercial and deal management roles in the business development arena covering Sub-Saharan Africa, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and India.
Prior to his current role in South Africa he was based at Shell global headquarters in The Hague as a Business Development Manager for Shell’s Upstream business. He has a strong track record of successful oil and gas acquisition and divestment deals, which include Shell’s recently completed ~US$63 billion acquisition of the BG Group.
Herman is a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Financial Analyst and before joining Shell in 1998, he worked for Deloitte in South Africa and the USA.
Sizwe W. Mncwango is a seasoned professional with extensive oil and gas experience spanning the last 25 years. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Thebe Energy & Resources since 01 April 2015. Prior to that, Sizwe was the Chief Executive Officer of the Central Energy Fund, a state owned South African entity focusing on oil, gas, coal, renewables and alternative primary energy sources.
Sizwe holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science degree, both in Civil Engineering from Northwestern University, Chicago USA; as well as a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Cape Town, South Africa.
Over the past two decades, Sizwe has held various key and influential executive roles at BP in South Africa including that of a BEE Project Manager. It was during his tenure in this role in 2001 that Sizwe was instrumental in brokering the sale of 25% of BP SA shares to Historically Disadvantaged South Africans (HDSA). The structure and design of this transaction would later on pave the way for the formation of Masana Petroleum Solutions.
Masana, an operating Joint Venture in the wholesaling of petroleum products, was formed in 2005 by BP SA and its empowerment partners MIC and WDB. It was a first of its kind in the sense that it was run, managed and controlled by HDSA. To date, Masana still epitomises excellence in black operatorship and has been the champion of transformation in the SA liquid fuels sector. Sizwe was the founding Managing Director of Masana since its inception for seven years until 2012.
Sizwe’s depth as a leader has seen him heading up the Corporate Strategy function for BP in Africa between 2001 and 2003. He also had a short stint in Financial Services with Old Mutual in South Africa as the Managing Director for their Healthcare Division as well as the Chief Executive Officer for the Group Schemes Division between 2003 and 2005. Between 2013 and 2014, he was also the Interim Chairperson of PetroSA.
Lizel is an oil and gas lawyer based in Cape Town.
She is an admitted attorney in South Africa with over 12 years’ experience in the energy sector in Africa. Her experience in the energy sector together with the good relationships she has established with key regulatory figures in Africa is invaluable when advising and representing clients.
She focuses on the upstream, midstream and downstream regulatory field of oil and gas, as well as the negotiating and drafting of various oil & gas contracts in many jurisdictions in Africa. Local and international clients rely on her extensive knowledge of the mineral and petroleum legislation in Sub-Saharan Africa. Industry associations rely on her to represent them at workshops with the Department of Mineral Resources and to comment on proposed changes in law.
Prior to joining Norton Rose Fulbright, she was the head of the oil and gas department at another leading law firm, and has also worked as in-house counsel to an oil major and the Petroleum Agency of South Africa.
Cholo Seane is an Executive Director for Aquila Petroleum and Chemicals Trading, an independent trader active in the Southern Africa region, with offices in Cape Town, South Africa. The company is focused primarily on the supply of physical distillates, distillate components and refinery blendstock to South African refineries and bulk storage at various supply hubs. Crude oil and petrochemicals trading are also areas of interest.
Prior to his work with Aquila and with other independent firms, Cholo held positions with PetroSA and Shell South Africa covering trading, shipping, refinery economics and risk management with a career spanning 11 years.
Cholo holds a Bachelor of Business Science (Honors) degree in Finance with other majors in Statistics and Accounting from the University of Cape Town, South Africa.
Ezekiel Adebayo Adesina is a chemical engineer by profession. He is currently Senior Business & Strategy Analyst at Nigeria LNG Limited, where he started his career as a process / project engineer. He has worked in various capacities as a key member of Nigeria LNG project team in the actualization of Trains 1-6, Africa biggest investment of about $12 billion. He was given the NLNG Managing Director Project Commendation in recognition of outstanding project participation
performance for Train 4 and 5 and the NLNG GM Human Resources Project Commendation in recognition of his project participation performance in Train 6.
He has a career of over 17 years, in various capacities of project management, including: plant operation management, commissioning and start-up, project integration and currently as senior business & strategy analyst. He has presented many topical papers and presentations at various oil and gas conferences around the world. Notable among them are the 1st Nigeria Gas Summit, Nigeria Oil & Gas Conference, Nigeria Power Summit, West Africa Power Industry Conference, Africa Assembly & West Africa Assembly of Oil Council, Africa Future Energy Conference in Nairobi, Kenya, German Africa Energy Conference, Latin America LNG Conference, Argus Logistic & Infrastructure Conference, etc.
He was recently invited by US Assistant Secretary of Energy as one of the selected experts to write the LNG handbook with the United States Department of Energy. He is a pioneering member and first Vice President (Professional Development) of the Project Management Institute (PMI) in Nigeria. He is also a member of Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineer, Nigerian Gas Association and Nigerian Society of Engineers.
Simphiwe joined Sasol Chemical Industries in 1993 as a Process Engineer in the Sasol Technology Division after graduating as a chemical engineer from the University of Cape Town.
In 1995, he was appointed to the marketing division of Sasol Phenolics in Rosebank as Regional Manager. Over the next five years he was involved in sales and marketing of various Sasol chemicals, both locally and abroad.
In 2000, he was appointed General Manager Strategic Effectiveness at Old Mutual in Cape Town, before he moved to the petroleum industry in 2001, when he was appointed to the PetroSA Executive Committee as Vice President, Trading Supply and Logistics. Simphiwe was responsible for sales and marketing strategies for PetroSA products sold in South Africa and abroad. An important aspect to this function was the transformation of the South African petrochemical landscape and ensuring meaningful participation in the economy by previously disadvantaged individuals and communities.
In September 2003, Simphiwe, with his co-founders, formed the Reatile Group to invest in the petroleum and energy sectors of the economy. He was appointed Executive Chairman and has grown the Group to a net asset value of approximately R1 billion over a 13-year period.
Companies within the Reatile Group include Easigas, Egoli Gas, Vopak, Vesquin and Reatile Gastrade.
The Reatile Group is well positioned to be an effective partner in the LNG program for power generation.
Adaku specializes in regulatory compliance, contract negotiation and contract administration with a specific focus on oil and gas and power. She has an extensive understanding of contractual management clauses, key contract risks and opportunities, and is able to lead project risk review processes and assessments. Adaku has an LLB from the University of Nigeria, a BL from the Nigerian Law School and an LLM in Oil and Gas from the University of Aberdeen. She is a member of the Nigerian Bar and the International Bar Association and is also a certified Chartered Arbitrator and an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (United Kingdom). Adaku provides legal advisory services to IOCs and the Government of Equatorial Guinea on matters including but not limited to all local content regulations, compliance, joint ventures and service contracts.
Thabo graduated with a Commerce degree in Financial Accounting and an Honours degree in Financial Management from the University of Pretoria, and a National Diploma in Engineering (Civil) at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in 2000. He started his career with Power Construction in 1998 as a Trainee Civil Engineering Technician. He then joined Knight Piesold Consulting Engineers’ Mining Division as an Engineering Technician. Thabo worked as an Executive Assistant to the Managing Director of Nedbank Capital for a year in 2010/2011. In 2011, he joined the Resource Finance Team as an Associate.
Simon Tamfu worked at the National Hydrocarbons Corporation (SNH), the state oil corporation of Cameroon from May 1985 to January 2017 in various positions of responsibility, of which the last was Exploration Director for nine years. He has a total of 35 years of multi-functional experience and leadership in the oil and gas industry in Cameroon, the United States, Canada and Nigeria, and is now founder and CEO of consulting firm ST E&P Consulting.
Mr. Tamfu holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geology and a Master of Science Degree in Petroleum Geology from the University of Ibadan, Ibadan – Nigeria. He started his career as an Operations/Exploration Geologist for Mobil Oil Corporation in 1981 and held various positions in Cameroon, Texas and Canada prior to joining SNH in Yaounde in 1985.
Robin has been with the Tullow group since he joined Energy Africa as a geophysicist in 1997. After several years in that role he became the Chief Technologist at Tullow, tasked with implementing state of the art technologies across the company, before taking on the role of Exploration Manager for Tullow’s West African ventures in 2006. The subsequent discoveries of Jubilee and then the TEN fields led to a series of intensive appraisal programmes and significant exploration activity along the transform margin. The role expanded to include Kenya and the rest of East Africa in 2013. He has been in his current role since mid-2015 and is responsible for Tullow’s Exploration and Appraisal programmes across the African continent.
Kwame Acquah has led, advised, restructured and established several companies and joint ventures for multinational companies in the telecommunications, Banking and finance and oil and gas industries.
As a Director of RDFC since 1997, Kwame has established himself and RDFC Limited as one of West Africa’s leading conduits to investors seeking to enter the West African petroleum sector. RDFC Limited has provided various services including research and feasibility studies, market entry support, logistics and business development services to its clients.
Kwame is a non-executive director for several multinational companies and provides market intelligence reports and business development services. He was also actively involved in the establishment of one of Ghana’s fastest growing banks.
Guillaume is a Senior Investment Manager in the London office of Vitol. Since joining the Firm in 2014, he has been a member of Vitol’s global investment and origination team. His work focuses on gas and power infrastructure, primarily in Africa and Europe. Prior to joining Vitol, Guillaume was a Partner at McKinsey & Company where he led their Capital Project Practice in the Middle East.
Prior to Vitol and McKinsey, Guillaume worked as an engineer with Schlumberger in Texas. Guillaume graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with High Honors, and holds an MSc from the École normale supérieure in Paris.
Chris has over twenty years of experience in commercial management and consultancy in the security sector. After a career in the British Army that included operational tours in Kosovo and Northern Ireland he worked on multiple US and UK international development programmes in South Sudan in the build up to elections and the 2011 referendum. Subsequently he moved into private security to assume a commercial position with a leading global security company, planning, writing, and winning major bids across the Middle East and Africa. In his current role Chris has returned to South Sudan as the Country Director for WS Insight in order to deliver the short to medium term strategy for the business.
Intong Eric Monchu is the Senior Manager of Trade Finance for Afreximbank, the The African Export-Import Bank, where he has been since 2014. He is currently the Head of Financial Institutions and Special Products and in his tenure at Afreximbank, he has also acted as the Regional Manager for Anglophone West Africa and Manager of Trade Finance and Branches. His past experiences include being the Vice President, Business Credit Officer and Deputy Corporate Bank Head for Citibank Cameroon from 2011-2014. At Citibank, he was also the relationship manager for key clients, such as the Government of Cameroon, Nestle, Bolloré and ABB. Between 2003-2011, Monchu held the roles of Corporate Banking Head and Branch Manager for Union Bank of Cameroon.
He received his MBA in Finance and Accounting from the Rotterdam Business School, The Netherlands in 2007 and his Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and Accounting from University of Buea, Cameroon in 2002.
Kris is the Managing Director of UAP Insurance South Sudan, having served in the South Sudan market for four years in various capacities and within the UAP group including Finance Manager and General Manager Properties. In addition to the eight years of experience in insurance, he brings a wealth of experience in various sectors, including telecommunications with Communications Authority, and consulting at PricewaterhouseCoopers. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce – Accounting & Business Administration and is a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. Kris is also a certified Internal Auditor in ISO: 9001 (Quality Management and Control); ISO: 27001 (Information Systems Security Management) and has Six Sigma white belt training.
Tracey K. Henderson is Vice President of Exploration, Business Execution and Geophysics at Kosmos Energy. As an exploration geophysicist she has participated in exploration projects in a variety of basins around the world. She joined Kosmos in 2004 from Nexen Petroleum USA, where she was responsible for evaluating exploration opportunities in the deep water Gulf of Mexico. Prior to joining Nexen, she served as project geophysicist in the exploration of Triton Energy’s Blocks F and G in Equatorial Guinea that included the Ceiba, Okume and Oveng fields.
She was a key member of the technical team that built the Kosmos portfolio, which included licenses in Ghana, Mauritania and Senegal, and ultimately resulted in the Ghana Jubilee Field discovery and the Tortue, Marsouin and Teranga discoveries in Mauritania and Senegal. In her current role, she is responsible for managing integrated functional technical teams for existing assets and new ventures.
Tracey holds a master’s degree in geophysics and a bachelor of science degree in geology from the University of Texas at Dallas.
Robert Perkins is a Senior Writer on S&P Global Platts’ London oil news desk, where he contributes to Platts Global Alert and Platts Oilgram News, Platts’ flagship oil-focused news wire and daily publication. Over the past 18 years, Robert has been involved with the coverage of a broad range of global energy and oil sector issues from oil and gas market fundamentals, corporate news, EU policy, biofuels and refining. His current beat looks at industry news and themes across the EMEA region with a focus on East Africa.
Robert also edits the EMEA section of Platts Oilgram News, commissioning, coordinating and editing news and analytical content from Platts’ regional network of staff and correspondents. Robert has also served as the lead author for analytics coverage of the Platts Top 250 Global Energy Company Rankings since 2013.
Robert began his career in 1994 as a financial/economics reporter at The Daily Journal newspaper in Caracas, Venezuela. He later worked as a financial reporter for Bridge News and Bloomberg in Caracas and Milan, before joining Platts full time in 2000 as an EMEA oil and gas sector reporter. Robert holds a joint honors bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Latin American studies and philosophy from the London Metropolitan University.
Claude is based in Johannesburg with Deloitte Capital as Head of Oil & Gas Corporate Finance Advisory for the Sub-Saharan region. He advises companies in the energy sector on acquisitions, disposals and mergers, on equity and debt financing and on various other strategic and corporate finance matters. Prior to moving to Johannesburg in 2013, Claude was a Partner with Deloitte Singapore as Head of Oil & Gas Corporate Finance Advisory for the Asia region. Before joining Deloitte, Claude spent 15 years with ABN AMRO Bank in various product and energy sector coverage functions. He started his career as a Field Engineer with Schlumberger, the global oilfield services leader. Claude has a MBA from INSEAD (Fontainebleau, France) and a MSc in Electronics Engineering from Phelma (Grenoble, France).
Anuol Deng Kuoreng, Barrister at Law is the Founder and Managing Partner of Awatkeer Law Chambers, South Sudanese law firm offering legal services to the general public, financial institutions, Banks, oil companies, private corporation, NGOS, and government institutions. Compelled by desire to contribute positively to the maintenance of the proper rule of law in his country, Mr. Kuoreng established Awatkeer Law Chambers in 2013 and since then it has grown to 17 lawyers based in Juba, South Sudan. Prior to founding Awatkeer Law Chambers, Mr. Kuoreng worked in the Appeals Chambers for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in The Hague. He worked for Minster Law Solicitors in York, England – United Kingdom. He also worked on a Human Right case for Amsterdam and Per off law firm in London. He was the chief Legal Strategist and General Counsel for South Sudan Associated Advocates, a local South Sudanese law firm where advise various clients. When he returned backed to South Sudan in 2012, he was appointed as Director for Legal Certification in the Ministry of Defence, Government of South Sudan a post he held until he established his law firm. Besides that, Mr. Kuoreng is a fully qualified Barrister, having passed the Bar of England and Wales through Honourable Society of Lincolns Inn in London. He holds Masters of Laws from Northumbria University, Bachelors degree in law from Teesside University and Postgraduate Dip in Law in Bar Professional Training Course from Northumbria University through Honourable Society of Lincolns Inn in London. Before going to University he did his ‘A’ levels in Business Administration, Economics, History and Law from Hillcrest International School in Nairobi Kenya (British system of education school).
Ann Norman has been sharing her time between Africa and the U.S. for the past 14 years. She has been instrumental in introducing U.S. companies into emerging African markets, as well as showcasing and driving foreign direct investment in Africa, particularly in the healthcare, energy and infrastructure spaces. She brings a unique knowledge and working experience of financing and investment mechanisms for emerging African markets, and has successfully worked with both private sector banks, as well as development institutions to bring financing and funding for infrastructure and energy programs throughout Africa. She is fluent in French.
Frank Monkam is in charge of origination and principal investments in West Africa for Gunvor Group, a world’s leading commodities trading house. His experience includes trading in crude oil and cross-barrel markets, as well structured finance and equity investments in the oil and gas sector. Prior to joining Gunvor, he was part of the West Africa origination team at Vitol.
Frank started his career in the fixed income markets in the US, where he was a bond portfolio manager at PIMCO in Newport Beach, CA USA. He earned a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of North Carolina A&T in Greensboro, NC, USA, where he was a NCAA basketball student-athlete, and subsequently a graduate degree in Quantitative Finance from the University of Chicago, USA.
Michael Dot is CEO of Nile Petroleum Service Co., a company incorporated in October 2011 to meet the requirement of infrastructure development for the oil and gas sector of South Sudan. Nile Petroleum Service Co., which received its first contract in 2012 with the Dar Petroleum Operating Company for oil recovery and tank cleaning, is a local pioneer among service providers in South Sudan.
Mr. Babade has an almost 30-year career that includes HSBC London, Nomura International of Japan and Citigroup of the United States. He has been responsible for significant M&A and debt and equity capital raising transactions for blue chip corporates including Ecobank Transnational Inc, MTN, Cell C, De Beers, Vodacom, Tiger Brands, Shell, Heineken, BAT and Nigeria LNG amongst others.
Mr. Babade previously held the position of CEO at Ecobank Capital whilst also being a member of Ecobank Transnational’s Group Executive Committee. He is admitted as a Barrister of Lincoln’s Inn England and has a post-graduate degree specializing in Corporate Finance and Securities Laws from University College London
Currently also holding the position of Chairman of the Finance and Investment Committee and Board Director of the African Risk Capacity Pan African Insurance company, Mr. Babade was appointed as Senior Advisor to global investment firm Carlyle Group’s Sub-Saharan Africa team in March 2017. In this role, he advises Carlyle on investment opportunities and partnerships across the continent, as well as on existing portfolio investments.
John was educated in the UK and holds a diploma in Mechanical Engineering, a post graduate Diploma in Marketing and a MBA in strategic management. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors and a member of the Association of Project Management and a learned member of the Nuclear Institute.
His sector experience encompasses: Oil, Gas, Refining, Petro-chemicals, Power, Nuclear and Industrial projects. John has a deep and wide ranging experience across the project life cycle including: Project management, Multi-discipline engineering, Procurement, Construction & Maintenance.
John’s specific role at SNC Lavalin is the overall responsibility for the Global Key Account Management Programme across the Oil & Gas business unit and the leveraging of cross-sector investments in the Power sector.
Energy analyst and editor João Gaspar Marques is a seasoned Africa specialist with in-the-field reporting experience from Africa’s petroleum hotspots. Now based in Lisbon, Portugal, João writes regularly for numerous international publications and websites on issues of energy, policy and economics. In recent years he has published oil and gas industry reports on Gabon, Angola, Tanzania, Uganda, Madagascar, São Tomé and Príncipe, and South Africa, covering the full spectrum of Africa’s petroleum markets from frontier exploration to trading and petrochemicals. João holds an Erasmus Mundus Double Master of Arts degree in Journalism and Media within Globalisation.
Mangok Khalil Mangok is the Managing Director and CEO of Juba Petrotech, part of the Jayathe Petrotech Group, and is a former MD of Nilepet, the national oil company of South Sudan.
Emre Usenmez is a petroleum economist, a legal expert in oil and gas, and the Dean for Internationalisation focusing on China. He is an associate at the Aberdeen Energy Institute and at the Aberdeen University Centre for Energy Law (AUCEL). He is also a board member of Society of Petroleum Engineers Aberdeen Section. He is a co-editor of Oil and Gas Law: Current Issues and Emerging Trends and the author of Redesigning Petroleum Taxation: Aligning Government and Investors in the UK, scheduled to be published in 2017. Prior to joining Aberdeen he worked in the natural resources sector in Azerbaijan. Emre has a significant experience working with the staff of national ministries, state and private oil companies in Angola, Azerbaijan, Brazil, Ghana, Indonesia, Nigeria, Turkey, and the UK.
He holds an MSc in Petroleum, Energy Economics and Finance and an LLM in Oil and Gas Law from the University of Aberdeen. He also obtained his BSc in Economics and his BA in Political Science from the North Carolina State University. As a Dean he focusses on international engagements and on developing partnerships with academic institutions and ministries working in natural resources sectors.
Mustapha is a Chemical Engineer by training. He began his career in 1995 with Abacan Resource Corporation and has significant experience in offshore oilfield E&P, reservoir engineering, oilfield infrastructure development, production operations including drilling infrastructure/facilities development, crude oil handling, shipping operations and sales. Mustapha possesses the technical and commercial experience in the assessment of process plants including refineries and oil and gas terminals.
Mustapha is the Managing Director/CEO of Linetrale Petroleum, a highly respected and well-recognized independent indigenous company specialised in oil and gas trading in Nigeria. Linetrale has been a pioneer in its industry since its inception in April 2000.
Peter Manoogian graduated with a M.Sc. in Geology from the University of Ohio, USA. He also obtained a Certificate in company direction from the institute of Directors in the UK.
He has been with Sasol for 2.5 years; initially as Vice President: Business Development & Non-Operated Assets, managing Sasol’s Global Exploration and Business Development growth within E&P and managing Sasol’s non-operated E&P assets in Australia, Canada, West Africa, Mozambique and South Africa. His current role as Senior Vice President is managing Sasol’s international exploration and production business.
Prior to joining Sasol, Peter led the growth portfolio within the Abu Dhabi National Energy Company, TAQA, following a 30 year career with BP in a number of international assignments with a strong focus on Africa and the Middle East.
Pablo Memba has over 25 years experience providing oil and gas, power, engineering and strategic business services to international firms. He is a recognized leader in oil and gas, and has lived and worked in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and The Caribbean. He speaks Spanish, English, French and Chinese (Mandarin).
Mr. Memba holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Southeast University in Nanjing, People’s Republic of China and a Masters Degree in engineering from George Washington University, in Washington, D.C. He serves on several Board companies and nonprofit organizations.
Ashwin is responsible for originating potential deals, analysing, assessing, structuring and negotiating investment opportunities, as well as the execution, performance monitoring and realisation of investments.
Ashwin joined AIIM in 2010 and has worked on infrastructure project finance deals in the transport, thermal energy and renewable energy sectors, as well as assisting in the management of existing assets. Most recently, Ashwin was involved in the successful execution of the 350MW gas fired Cenpower IPP power project in Tema, Ghana. During 2011, he was also involved in the successful execution of two renewable energy investments in South Africa, namely the 139MW Cookhouse Wind Farm and the 81MW Renewable Energy Investments SA Solar PV investment, both of which reached commercial operations in 2014.
Ashwin represents the AIIM funds on the board of AIIM Hydroneo, a hydropower development joint venture.
Prior to joining AIIM, Ashwin spent 8 years with Aurecon, a consulting engineering firm managing teams delivering permitting and development assistance to project developers, including inter alia environmental permitting, water, waste and air quality licensing. Ashwin’s areas of focus were the large infrastructure, energy and water sectors. Before joining Aurecon, Ashwin spent two years in the UK working for Thames Water in project management and management systems implementation and review.
Ashwin holds a B.Sc Honours degree and a MBA from the University of Cape Town.
Since 31 July 2014, when he retired from Engen Ltd, Dave has been an independent consultant. From March 2013 until his retirement, Dave Wright was the Special Advisor to the MD and CEO. Prior to this, he held several General Manager positions over 12 of 23 years he was with Engen. Dave spent the first 15 years of his career as a lecturer in Chemical Engineering at the University of kwaZulu Natal. He has been a member of the Board of the SA National Energy Association (SANEA) since 2010 and the Secretary General since 2012. Dave is also an Adjunct Professor in the Dept of Chemical Engineering at UCT and was a member of the Ministerial Advisory Council on Energy in South Africa from January 2015 until February 2017.
Nazário has been working at the National Petroleum Institute of Mozambique since 2006. His focus is on Oil and Gas Reservoir Management and Projects Evaluation. He graduated in Petroleum Engineering from Delft University of Technology. Nazário has also a degree in Chemical Engineering from the Eduardo Mondlane University and extensive experience in the Evaluation of Field Development Plans for gas fields development. In recent years he has been involved in the projects related to the development of the world class gas discoveries in the Rovuma Basin. He has been working in the FLNG Project implementation and in the Onshore LNG Development. He is currently coordinating the process of evaluation of the Unitization and Unit Operating Agreement in the Rovuma Basin submitted by the concessionaires for the government approval. He has been an active member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers since 2009.
Nick is an engineer and has nearly 30 years of upstream oil and gas experience in the global industry, having traveled to over 70 countries, 25 of them in Africa. He has been involved in field and project engineering, multi-country management and business development with Schlumberger, and more recently a VP Africa with Frank’s International. He is currently independent.
Alfonso has 24 years experience in oil and power, including responsibilities as an EPC construction manager for combined cycle power plants, operations manager for LTSA contracts, quality management and sales. Since November 2015, has has been General Manager for GEMServices, the JV that GE and Grupo Memba own in Equatorial Guinea for services in turbo-machinery and subsea and drilling businesses.
Moses has worked in various capacities both in the private and public sectors in Ghana and his expertise and experience span across finance and energy. He worked with Ecobank Ghana as financial analyst and latter with the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation in project finance.
He ventured into politics in 1997 and was appointed Deputy Minister of Finance, where he worked closely with the IMF/World bank and other financial institutions. Moses became a member of parliament and held various positions including the Chair of the Mines & Energy Committee in Parliament drafting legislation, regulations, petroleum laws, and fiscal regimes. In 2012 he was appointed CEO of the National Petroleum Authority the regulator of mid- and downstream petroleum, and natural gas processing activities until February 2017.
Moses holds a BSc in Industrial Chemistry and an MSc in Petroleum E&P from Aberdeen University, and an MBA Finance and MPhil Financial Economics from Durham University.
Dayo Adamolekun is a Senior Associate in Kusamotu & Kusamotu, a Nigerian fast-rising law firm. He attended the prestigious Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria where he graduated with an LLB in Law. He also attended the Nigerian Law School, Abuja where he obtained the professional qualification of Barrister at Law (BL). He is currently running a Master of Law programme, with special bias for Energy and Natural Recourses Law, at the University of Lagos, Nigeria.
Mr. Dayo Adamolekun has been involved in advisory and consultancy services on varied and vast areas of law. His areas of practice/interest include dispute resolution, international arbitration, oil and gas, infrastructure, international trade and corporate/commercial practice.
He is a member of several reputable Associations and Societies including the International Bar Association, Nigerian Bar Association, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK) Nigeria Branch and Nigerian Institute of Management (Chartered) (NIM). He is also acts as Legal Adviser to several reputable companies and organizations.
Kenny has almost 20 years’ experience, both in-house and in private practice, advising major and independent companies on all aspects of projects in the oil and gas sector worldwide.
He trained in Aberdeen and then has worked both in Aberdeen and London on North Sea and international oil & gas projects and transactions before moving to Webber Wentzel in Cape Town in early 2014 to help international oil & gas companies operate in Africa.
Kenny specialises in both upstream and midstream projects with a particular specialism in development projects, transportation work and gas and LNG contracts.
Kenny’s in-house experience includes working as group general counsel at FTSE 250 oil services company Expro Group, a long term secondment at Total and a prolonged period in China representing CNOOC and BP on the Guangdong LNG Import Project.
His expertise has been recognised by Chambers Global, which refers to Kenny is a “leader in his field” and Legal 500.
Kenny is dual qualified (English and Scots law).
Mr. Milazi joined the Energy Division at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) where he is the Research Group Leader for Energy Market Design and Policy Analysis. Prior to joining the CSIR, he served as Project Manager (Renewable Energy Initiatives) at the National Department of Energy. In this post, he was responsible for the South African Wind Energy Program working in partnership with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Global Environmental Facility (GEF). Dominic holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cape Town, a postgraduate degree from Westfälische Hochschule in Gelsenkirchen (Germany) focusing on renewable energy, a Masters in Environmental Management and a Masters in Business Administration from Duke University, where he was awarded the Fulbright Scholar scholarship and a scholarship facilitated by the Black Management Forum (BMF).
Andrew Woodrow joined the Maersk group in 2000 and has held various roles in their offshore division since 2001. Starting with operational positions in Brasil and Nigeria, he moved on to head Maersk Supply Service’s West African commercial group and made the transition to Maersk Drilling in 2012, where he engaged in commercial management of their assets in Africa and the Caspian.
He has recently relocated to Cape Town and is now responsible for Maersk Drilling’s Business Development in Africa. Andrew has a BA in Economics & Geography from University College, London.