The AOP Advisory Board
Introducing the AOP Advisory Board
As the proverb goes, ‘If you want to go far, go far together’. At Africa Oil & Power we seek the guidance of our community to shape the conversation on and off the stage. We are proud to introduce the AOP Advisory Board, a group of the most accomplished energy specialists in the industry today. The board contributes its insights and experience as we develop the program and content agenda for each event, and joins the organizing committee for the planning of upcoming conferences.
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 is Minister of Petroleum of the Republic of South Sudan, presiding over the third biggest crude oil reserves in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Minister is working towards restarting an oil industry that has been held back by conflict and infrastructure limitations.
The Minister was previously South Sudan’s Ambassador to the United States and United Nations.
Before his most recent political role in South Sudan, the Minister served as Head of Mission for Sothern Sudan in Washington DC where he advocated for the economic development of South Sudan.
In his early days, he served in the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement and the Sudan People’s Liberation Army.
Nigerian-born Dr. Kase Lawal founded CAMAC, the only African American controlled energy firm on the New York Stock Exchange, where he is Chairman of the Board. He is also Vice Chairman and a shareholder of Unity National Bank, the only African American owned bank in Texas.
Lawal has served as Chairman of Houston Airport System Development Corporation, Commissioner and Vice Chairman on the Port of Houston Authority Board, and Chairman and CEO of Erin Energy. In February 1999, Dr. Lawal was appointed as a Member of the United States Trade Advisory Committee on Africa, an advisory group to the U.S. President and the U.S. Trade Representative on trade policy in Africa.
Akinwumi Odumakinde is Managing Director and founder of DeltaAfrik, a leading provider of engineering, procurement, construction management (EPCM), maintenance and specialized manpower support services in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Mr. Odumakinde is a leading voice for local content in Nigeria and he has over two decades of experience in the oil and gas industry, five of which were acquired in the exploration and production sector in the United States.
Nyonga Fofang is Managing Director of Bambili Group, an Africa-focused private equity firm. With over two decades of international capital markets, Mr. Fofang has been involved in all aspects of private equity investing including mergers and acquisitions, leveraged finance and general management.
Prior to joining Bambili Group he held several senior positions in private equity firms. He was Executive Director of the Dema Group, Executive Director of Metalion Corporation, a strategist for E. Oppenheimer and Son and a one time major shareholder of the DeBeers Mining Group.
In addition to his role at Bambili Group, Mr. Fofang is Director of SourceTrace Systems and is an Independent Non-Executive Director of Standard Chartered Bank in Cameroon.
Prince Arthur Eze is Chairman and major shareholder of Atlas Petroleum International and Oranto Petroleum. The two companies represent the largest African E&P company by acreage, with 22 licenses in 11 jurisdictions.
Mr. Eze is known for his deep connections to Nigerian politics and his immense influence in the country’s oil industry.
Eric Williams is 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.
Mr. Williams is a geoscientist and former Minister for Energy in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. He has over three decades of experience in the petroleum and minerals exploration industries.
As Minister of Trinidad and 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, and championed a Local Content Committee to develop the country’s first Local Content Policy.
Dr. Thabo Clifford Kgogo is the Chief Executive Officer of Efora Energy and has 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
Kola Karim is Managing Director and CEO of Shoreline Energy International, and also serves as MD and CEO of Shoreline Power.
Mr. Karim graduated from City University London in Business Law in 1987 and founded trading company Koda Trading. He obtained his MBA in 2007 and has served on the board of a large number of companies, including Costain (West Africa), Nigerian Ropes, Fortis Construction, Shoreline Electrical Sustems, Shoreline Oil Services, Davof Technical Services, Vanguard Life Assurance and many more.
He has successfully built partnerships with numerous international companies including Aggreko, Petrodel and Siemens. He was awarded the “Up and Coming” Future Leaders award from African Investor in 2011 and the Young Global Leader award in 2008.
Jude Kearney is the President of Kearney Africa and also the Chair of Greenberg Traurig’s Africa Practice.
Mr. Kearney is an international project finance specialist, counseling clients on the structure and terms of their relationship with others involved in project developments in foreign markets. He has specific experience in international markets, including Africa, Eastern Europe and Asia.
Africa Oil & Power’s speakers, delegates and contributors have a passion for African energy. Our events provide them with a platform for dialogue in an engaging setting, facilitating discussion on the policies and deals that make Africa the most exciting continent in which to do business in petroleum and power.
The Advisory Board represents the best of the industry in Africa, bringing the wisdom of life-long careers in energy and finance. Members of the board are chosen for their outstanding lifetime contributions to their field, and each individual is a champion of the African energy industry.
Meet the Chairman and Board Members
Bringing a depth of public sector perspective, the board is led by its Chairman, H.E. Gabriel Mbaga Obiang Lima, Minister of Mines and Hydrocarbons of Equatorial Guinea. He is joined by Hon. Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth, Minister of Petroleum of South Sudan and Eric Williams, former Minister of Energy of Trinidad and Tobago. Entrepreneurs and titans of the African energy industry Kase Lawal, Chairman of CAMAC International, and Prince Arthur Eze, Chairman of Atlas and Oranto Petroleum join the ministers at the table. Representing African independent and integrated oil companies as board members are Dr. Thabo Kgogo, CEO of Efora Energy, and Kola Karim, Chairman of Shoreline Natural Resources. They are joined by Akin Odumakinde, CEO of DeltaAfrik, an oil and gas engineering and services group that has expanded across Africa. Nyonga Fofang, MD of Africa-focused private equity firm Bambili Group, brings invaluable finance sector insights to the group.
Engaging African Governments
A key function of the Advisory Board is to act as an effective vehicle for engaging African governments to help them promote and attract investment in their oil, gas and power sectors. The Board members will assist Africa Oil & Power in collaborating with government leaders and supporting African countries in organizing world-class events that enable investment, promote local content and technology, empower home-grown companies and give a voice to policy makers and thought leaders.