AOP 2017

Africa Oil & Power 2017, held in Cape Town on June 5-7, 2017, delved into the most pressing issues affecting African energy markets with a strong lineup of 70 speakers and 400 delegates.

Speakers at AOP 2017 examined the sparks that are igniting a recovery in Africa’s energy sector and the strategies that oil and gas companies and governments are employing to succeed at a sustained low price point. Learn more about our theme for 2017, Catalysts for Change.

Panelists, made up of government officials, executives and industry experts, analyzed the outlook for frontier exploration; the changing environment of finance and private equity for energy projects; how public and private entities work together to press forward with energy infrastructure; and the importance of gas in building Africa’s power capacity.

This year also featured the official closing of the EG Ronda 2016, with Equatorial Guinea’s Minister of Mines and Hydrocarbons H.E. Gabriel Mbaga Obiang Lima announcing the results of the licensing round and Dr. Oliver Quinn, Director of Africa and Global New Ventures for Ophir Energy, updating delegates on the progress of the game-changing Fortuna FLNG project.

Minister of Petroleum H.E. Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth from South Sudan presented the case for investment in Africa’s youngest country; H.E. Fafa Sanyang, Minister of Petroleum and Energy of the Gambia talked about the importance of African cooperation and the new discoveries offshore Senegal; Cameroon’s Minister of Mines, Industry and Technological Development H.E. Ernest Gbwaboubou spoke on the importance creating strong and attractive regulations. Hon. Baleka Mbete, Speaker of the National Assembly of South Africa, opened the final day of the conference, urging African nations to come together on issues like infrastructure and local content.

Africa Oil & Power 2017 Gallery

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Speaker Highlights

H.E. Gabriel M. Obiang Lima Minister of Mines and Hydrocarbons, Equatorial Guinea

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.

H.E. Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth Minister of Petroleum, South Sudan

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.

Baleka Mbete Speaker of the National Assembly, South Africa
H.E. Fafa Sanyang Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Gambia

H.E. Fafa Sanyang was appointed Minister of Petroleum and Energy in the Government of The Gambia on April 10, 2017 by H.E.President Adama Barrow of The Gambia.


Panelist Highlights

NJ Ayuk CEO, Centurion Law Group

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.

Akin Odumakinde Managing Director, DeltaTek

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.

Niall Kramer CEO, South African Oil & Gas Alliance

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.

Herman Neethling General Manager, Shell Integrated Gas Ventures, South Africa

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.


Robin Sutherland Exploration Manager, Tullow Oil

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.

Eric Monchu Intong Senior Manager of Trade Finance, Afreximbank

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.


GUILLAUME QUIVIGER Senior Investment Manager, Vitol

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.

Sebastian Wagner Executive Director, DMWA Resources

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.

Kishan Pillay Director: Up- and Midstream Oil & Gas, dti, South Africa

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).