Africa Oil & Power Returns to Cape Town
For the third year running Cape Town is host to the flagship Africa Oil & Power conference, connecting Africa’s top leaders in the petroleum and power sectors. AOP 2018 is the premier platform for energy investment and policy discussions for the entire continent. Building on the success of previous years, AOP will again bring ministers, senior government officials and top executives from the private sector from across Africa to lead the conversation on the state of Africa’s oil, gas and power sectors, and to identify the continent’s greatest opportunities.
Africa Oil & Power’s theme for 2018 concentrates on the best way to drive Africa’s energy sectors forward — through energy coalitions, from regional cooperation at the government level and private companies coordinating on development and financing deals to how the private and public sectors can collaborate together. Find out more about the theme for 2018 here.
AOP 2018 features
- The first ever AOP Exhibition and Country Pavilions
- Ministerial keynotes and country-specific Market Spotlight sessions
- Industry heavyweights in dynamic panel discussions
- Big Five Energy Awards and Gala Dinner
Join us at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on September 12-14, 2018, for the energy event of the year.
Keynote SpeakersBecome a speaker
AOP 2018 welcomes ministers, national oil company heads and dignitaries from around Africa to the podium.
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.
H.E. Abdulrahman Osman Abdulrahman is the Minister of Petroleum and Gas of the Government of the Republic of Sudan.
Pascal Houangni Ambouroué has more than 10 years of experience in stock market information systems and risk management consulting. This experience he gained after the many years spent at BNP Paribas securities services and at Crédit Agricole investment services, as a front-end benchmarking assistant. Mr. Houangni Ambouroué has worked, as a consultant, within the international consulting firm OTC Conseil in various missions of audit of financial process systems and market activity, coordination, training and strategic marketing for groups such as Natixis or Caisse d’Epargne.
While working for OTC Conseil in 2006, he wrote an article entitled “Challenges for the Young Central African Securities Exchange (BVMAC)”, which was published in the monthly letter of the international firm OTC Conseil. In the article, in which he emphasized the need to merge the Libreville and Douala stock exchanges, had been read by Jean Ping, at the time Gabon’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, and by the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the BVMAC, Henri-Claude Oyima, who then proposed to join the BVMAC. He then left OTC Conseil to set up the quotation system of the Libreville market and form the team responsible for animating the market.
In this fellowship created in 2003, he would long hold the position of Director of the Central Market and Development before being promoted on January 9, 2012 to the post of Managing Director of BVMAC. He is the 4th Director General of BVMAC and the 2nd Gabonese to occupy this position
Hon. Boakye Agyarko is Ghana’s current Minister of Energy. He holds an MBA (Financial Economics) from Pace University in New York. He also holds an Advance Professional Certificate in Banking from the American Institute of Banking and BA (Hons) in Economics and Political Science from the University of Ghana, Legon.
Boakye Agyarko has over twenty years’ working experience in the banking sector. He worked with the Bank of New York and rose to the position of vice president. He also worked at senior levels in various departments at the Bank including Operations Management and Analysis, Product Development, Global Network Managements, International Banking and Asset Management and the Year 200 (Y2K) Management Group. His responsibilities in these various departments and positions comprised International Trade, Finance, Loan Syndications, Asset Securitization and Structured Finance. He further worked as the principal negotiator on many transactions such as the setting up of the Bank of New York in Mexico and the acquisition of various books of business.
Boakye Agyarko was the Policy Adviser to the Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) during the 2016 Election and was also the national campaign manager for the NPP during the 2012 elections.
He is a member of the American Economic Association and an Associate Member of the American Institute of Bankers. From 1980 to 1984, he worked as a Junior Economist with the Management and Investment Consultants in Accra. He held several leadership positions during his youthful days while in Mfantsipim Boys School. He was the National Coordinator for the Ghana union nations Students and Youth Associations (GUNSA) from 1979 to 1980.
As the Energy Minister, Hon. Boakye Agyarko has supervisory responsibility for fifteen major sector agencies including Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), Ghana National Gas Company (GNGC), National Petroleum Authority (NPA), Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation (BOST), Tema Oil Refinery (TOR) Ghana Cylinder Manufacturing Company (GCMC), Volta River Authority (VRA), Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCo), Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), Northern Electricity Company (NEDCo), Bui Power Authority (BUI), Volta Aluminium Company (VALCO), and Energy Commission.
Formerly the Secretary General of the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy of Niger, H.E. Mahaman Laouan Gaya has led the African Petroleum Producers’ Organization (APPO, formerly known as the African Petroleum Producers’ Association) as Secretary General since 2015.
PanelistsBecome a speaker
AOP’s moderators lead panels composed of Africa’s top energy executives and experts.
Mohan is a member of the DBSA’s Group Executive Committee, with accountability for deal origination and client relationship management in South Africa and the rest of the African continent.
Mohan is a member of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Advisory Council, the OECD Senior Advisory Group on blended nance and leads the Operating Group for the WEF-OECD Sustainable Development Infrastructure Programme Africa Hub. He helped to found and currently leads the SADC DFI Infrastructure Working Group. He also lectures at the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business, focusing on development nance.
Mohan is passionate about the sustainable development of African infrastructure, with the goal of utilising infrastructure to lead economic and social development and regional integration. He led a process in 2016- 17 to revise the DBSA’s long term strategy to focus on catalysing third party investments in infrastructure by partnering with African and global investors, with the goal of unlocking R100Bn (~$8Bn) per annum in investments.
Mohan holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and a BA (Honours) in Economics and Applied Mathematics from Northwestern University. He is currently completing an MSc in Global Finance from the Stern School of Business at New York University.
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.
Dr Nick Cooper was appointed as an Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer in June 2011. He is a member of the Nomination and Technical and Reserves Committees. Prior to joining Ophir, Nick Cooper was Chief Financial Officer and co-founder of Salamander Energy plc. He began his career as a geophysicist with BG and Amoco before joining Booz-Allen & Hamilton. From 1999-2005 he was a member of the oil and gas team at Goldman Sachs. In September 2014 Nick was appointed as Non-Executive Director of Siccar Point Energy Limited. Nick has a BSc and PhD in Geophysical Sciences and an MBA from INSEAD.
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. Thabo Clifford Kgogo has been the Chief Executive Officer of SacOil Holdings Limited since June 1, 2014. Dr. Kgogo served as an Acting Vice-President of Operations at Petroleum, Oil and Gas Corporation of South Africa (SOC) Ltd. He joined Petroleum, Oil and Gas Corporation of South Africa (SOC) Ltd., in 2003 as a Reservoir Engineer. Previously, he served with De Beers in different offshore and onshore operations. He has more than 12 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry ranging from exploration, appraisal and development projects in upstream. He joined SacOil from PetroSA, South Africa’s national oil company, where he held the position of Vice President of Operations and Acting Chief Operating Officer. Dr. Kgogo was responsible for PetroSA’s integrated operations, which included offshore production wells and platforms, Gas to Liquid (GTL) refinery, as well as shipping and aviation services.
Dr. Kgogo has held several positions at Petroleum, Oil and Gas Corporation of South Africa (SOC) Ltd., including Senior to Principal Reservoir Engineer, Technical Manager of E&P and Operations Manager of E&P. He has been Executive Director of Group Five Limited since July 24, 2017. He was the Chairperson of the Southern Africa Chapter of the International Society of Petroleum Engineers from 2009 to 2011.
Dr. Kgogo has published several international technical papers in the field of Petroleum Engineering. He received a Society of Petroleum Engineer’s Special award in 2011 for his contribution to the field of Petroleum Engineering. He has been a Director of SacOil Holdings Limited since June 1, 2014. He holds a BSc degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cape Town, an MSc degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of London and a PhD degree in Petroleum Engineering from Imperial College London.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Peter Leon is a partner and Co-Chair of Herbert Smith Freehills’ Africa Group.
Peter is one of the world’s pre-eminent mining lawyers according to the International Who’s Who of Mining Lawyers and other peer reviewed global legal directories. His areas of expertise include mineral and petroleum regulation in developing countries (including the South African Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act, 2002 and international best practice), black economic empowerment and indigenisation law, international investment law and financial services regulation.
Peter regularly advises on major mine development agreements and resources regulatory issues across Anglophone Africa. He also has significant experience in contentious matters involving States in sub-Saharan Africa. He is particularly skilled in crisis management and has provided expert advice on an urgent basis to clients to assist them in managing and mitigating significant country risks.
Torbjörn Törnqvist has spent more than 30 years in the oil and gas industry, and co-founded Gunvor Group in 2000. He began his career at British Petroleum, where he worked from 1977 to 1983, and then became Head of Oil Trading at Scandinavian Trading Co AB until 1989. Prior to founding Gunvor, he was Managing Director for the oil division of Intermaritime Group Petrotrade.
A consummate entrepreneur, Törnqvist has drawn on his extensive knowledge of the international oil markets to establish Gunvor Group as one of the world’s leading oil trading companies. He is now focused on developing Gunvor’s diversified operations a fully integrated global commodities trading house.
Born in Stockholm and a Swedish citizen, Törnqvist received a business degree from Stockholm University. He is a keen sailor, and his team, Artemis Racing, represented Sweden in the 34th and 35th editions of the America’s Cup.
Elizabeth has over 18 years of international experience in oil and gas (onshore and offshore) with major companies including SNC Lavalin (Canada), Nova Scotia Petroleum Directorate (Canada); BJ Services (US), Baker Hughes – Baker Oil Tools (US, Europe – Aberdeen, Netherlands, Norway, Turkey; North Africa – Tunisia & West Africa – Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea and Angola), and Weatherford International (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Mozambique). She also has extensive experience in geothermal projects in Kenya.
Prior to forming Tsavo Oilfield Services in June 2017, Elizabeth was based in Nairobi, Kenya as the Regional Area Manager (EA) for Weatherford International (East Africa) as well as Country Manager (Kenya), Uganda, Tanzania, Mozambique and Ethiopia. Elizabeth’s appointment to country and regional management was lauded in Waterford as historic being the first women in the Sub-Saharan Africa division.
Elizabeth is a society of Professional Engineers (SPE) Chairperson – Nairobi Section and active mentor to young professionals in the energy sector. She holds a BSc (Chemistry Minor) from Mount Saint Vincent University and a Bachelor of Engineering from Dalhousie University; both in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Jude Kearney is Managing Partner and co-founder of Kearney Africa, and is formerly the Chair of Greenberg Traurig’s Africa Practice. He has devoted the majority of his professional life 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. Jude 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.
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.
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 the energy and metals and industries.
Before joining A.T Kearney, he was CEO of the Czech Aircraft Company, Aero Vodochody, he was also the chief financial officer for Intracom Telecom and vice president at Sitronics.
He obtained his masters degree from the University of Electronics in Prague and his MBA from Sheffield Hallam University in England. He also studied at London Business School and the Henley Business School at the University of Reading in England.
George Njenga is the Regional Executive for the GE Steam Power Systems business, responsible for Sub Sahara Africa. He is also the regional GE Power Strategic Accounts leader and is based in Johannesburg, South Africa. George has worked with GE for 9 years, having joined the company in 2008 as the Country Executive for GE Energy in Eastern Africa for 4 years and later as the GE Distributed Power leader for Sub Sahara Africa for over 3 years. George has over 26 years work experience in the Energy Industry in Africa and Asia which includes 18 years with Chevron downstream.
Until recently, he served as the Chairman of Kipeto Wind Energy in Kenya. George serves in the Meru University Innovation & Incubation Center advisory board in Kenya. George graduated from the University of Nairobi with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and an MBA in strategic management & marketing. He is an Alumni of GeogiaTech Institute (strategy in the energy industry) and Michigan Ross Business school (management).
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Africa Oil & Power 2018 takes place at the Cape Town International Convention Center, Cape Town, South Africa on September 12-14, 2018.