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 5-7, 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.
Mr. Barkindo was appointed a three-year term as Secretary General of OPEC in August 2016. As Secretary General, Mr. Barkindo administers the affairs of the organization in accordance with the directions of the Board of Governors. Prior to his appointment, he was the acting Secretary General of OPEC in 2006.
He represented Nigeria on OPEC's Economic Commission Board, and was Group Managing Director and CEO of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.
Mr. Barkindo has also led Nigeria's technical delegation to the UN climate change negotiations since 1991.
As Secretary General, H.E. Barkindo has guided OPEC through one of its most turbulent periods, with a sustained oil price decline and a loss in global market share. He is credited with restoring market stability on a global scale through the landmark deal between OPEC and non-OPEC members to cut oil production.
H.E Mohammed Sanusi Barking holds a BSc (Hons) in Political Science from the Ahmadu Bello University in Nigeria, a Post Graduate Diploma in Petroleum Economics from Oxford University in the United Kingdom, and an MBA in Finance and Banking from Washington University in the United States and an Honorary Doctorate in Science from the Federal University of Technology in Nigeria.
Dr Sun Xiansheng took up post as IEF Secretary General on 1 August 2016.
Prior to his election Dr Sun was the President of China National Petroleum Corporation’s (CNPC) Economics and Technology Research Institute (ETRI) where he lead a team of over 370 staff members. Reporting to the Chinese leadership on energy policy decision making, including energy security strategies, “3E” (Energy, Environment, Economy) program development, low-carbon energy mix optimization, “three steps” of Chinese gas pricing reforms, and international energy cooperation. Dr Sun was deeply involved in the Chinese energy five-year planning process and many other major policies. Dr Sun also served as chief editor of ETRI’s “Oil & Gas Industry Development Report” and the first “China Energy Data & Statistics” reports.
With more than 30 years of experience in the oil & gas industry, Dr Sun has accumulated practical industry experience in oil & gas production, trading and pipeline construction. In previous roles he has served as Director of the Legal & Contract Department of CNPC International Cooperation Bureau, Vice President of CNODC (China National Exploration and Development Company), Chairman of JOC and President of Greater Nile Petroleum Operating Company CNPC and also President of PetroDar company (during which the company found and developed Phalouge Oilfield, one of the largest oilfields in South Sudan).
Amongst others, he heads the Policy Unit of the African National Congress and is a member of both its National Executive Committee as well as its National Working Committee. He is a member of the Central Committee of the South African Communist Party (SACP). Previously he has been, Minister of Public Works (1994 -1999), later Minister of Public Enterprises (1999 – 2004), then Minister of Transport (2004 – 2009), Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development (2009 – 2014), Acting Minister of Health (2006-2007) and most recently Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (2014 - 2018).
Minister Radebe holds a B.Juris degree from the University of Zululand obtained in 1976; LLM in International Law from Leipzig University obtained in 1981 and studied at the Lenin International School, Moscow in 1985.
He is the longest serving cabinet minister, having served as Minister since 1994 under Presidents Nelson Mandela, Thabo Mbeki, Kgalema Motlanthe, Jacob Zuma and currently under the incumbent President Cyril Ramaphosa.
Preceding his nomination and confirmation as an Honourable Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria serving in the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, in August 2015 he was appointed to the position of Group Managing Director (GMD) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) where he set in place the process leading to the on-going transformation at NNPC through the implementation of a thoroughbred strategic plan focused on transforming and reviving the beleaguered the state owned Oil Company into a major revenue and profit making enterprise for the nation. He served as Group Managing Director (GMD) for eleven (11) months and in that period under his leadership the NNPC was returned to profitability thereby turning the curve and this feat landmark feat meant that for the first time in more than a decade the National Oil Company was declaring profit. On 4th July, 2016 when he was elevated to the position of Chairman of the Board of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) where he superintends over the affairs of the corporation.
Prior to his appointment as Group Managing Director of the NNPC, he was Executive Vice Chairman of Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited and General Counsel for ExxonMobil Nigeria affiliate Upstream and Downstream Companies in Nigeria. In his position as Vice Chairman and General Counsel of ExxonMobil in Nigeria, he oversaw the compliance programs of ExxonMobil in Nigeria and offered advice on issues related to adherence with compliance regulations and anti-corruption laws for the company in Africa. He has held numerous other leadership positions in Nigeria’s oil sector and is a a distinction graduate of Law from the University of Nigeria Nsukka and Nigerian Law School.
He is a former Secretary General of OPEC and former President of the African Petroleum Producers Organization (APPO). His international diplomacy has placed Nigeria at the forefront of discussions between OPEC and Non-OPEC member countries and these consultations have greatly contributed to stabilizing the falling oil prices internationally and effectively enhanced the image of the Nigeria positively amongst the committee of nations. At the 169th meeting of OPEC member countries, Dr. Kachikwu played a key influential role in the negotiations and strategic mediation which led to the appointment of a Nigerian as the current Secretary – General of OPEC.
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.
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.
Jean Marc Thystère-TCHICAYA decided to return to his country in 1997 and 1 st September of the same year, he joined Elf Congo company as software engineer and held various positions of responsibility. Before running for the 2012 legislative elections, Jean Marc Thystère-Tchicaya was head of Total E & P Congo, the communication department and then the head of relations with the high institutions of the Republic.
Jean Marc Thystère-Tchicaya was also president of the oil federation and national vice-president of the employers' and inter-professional union of Congo (Uni Congo). He was also a member of the Advisory Committee of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI). An activist at the rally for Democracy and Social Progress (RDPS), he has actively worked in the shadows in financing and carrying out social projects. After more than 23 years of experience in multinationals, he decided to come out of the shadows and put himself at the service of the people to contribute to the development of his party and his nation.
Jean Marc Thystère-Tchicaya was elected deputy of the RDPS in 2012. Two years later, he led the list of candidates for the RDPS in the local elections of 2014 in the second district of Pointe-Noire and, after which, he was elected departmental and municipal councilor. In 2015, at the national party congress, he was unanimously elected president of the RDPS and a few months later, minister of hydrocarbons by the President of the Republic. Jean Marc Thystère-Tchicaya is married, father of three children.
Preceding his appointment in December 2015, Hon. Charles Keter was the Senator for Kericho County and Deputy Leader of Majority in Senate from 2013 till 2015. During his 13 year career in politics, Hon. Keter was also the Assistant Minister for Energy and Petroleum between 2008 and 2010 and a Member of Parliament for Belgut Constituency, which was rated the best in (CDF) Constituency Development Fund management in the year 2012.
His Political career was preceded by nine years of experience in the Telecommunications Sector, with expertise in Information Technology, Systems Analysis and Anti-fraud, as assistant manager of Anti Fraud Section, Telkom (K) limited.
Hon. Charles Keter holds a Global Executive MBA from the United States International University (USIU) – Africa and a Bachelors Degree in Double Maths from Kenyatta University.
PanelistsBecome a speaker
AOP’s moderators lead panels composed of Africa’s top energy executives and experts.
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.
Mr. El-Baz was ranked in first place by Institut Choiseul in their annual top 100 African business leaders in 2017. He was awarded Africa Entrepreneur of the year in 2016, being the first Egyptian entrepreneur to receive this honor.
Basil El-Baz is the Co-Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt and is a member of the Federation of Egyptian Industries. He sits on various boards addressing business and social related issues. He graduated from Harvard University where he studied economics and government with a focus on industrial economics.
In 2013, Carbon Holdings acquired Oriental Petrochemicals Company (OPC) which operated a polypropylene plant. OPC is now operating profitably and has increased the plant’s production capacity from 120 000 t/a to 220 000 t/a.
Carbon Holdings is developing a world scale polyolefin plant that will produce the raw materials for the manufacture of a vast array of domestic and industrial products. This will increase Egypt’s polyolefin capacity tenfold, playing a pivotal role in the growth and diversification of Egypt’s industrial base to generate prosperity and high-end quality jobs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ms. Maples advises governments and state-owned companies on negotiations in a number of transactions and disputes involving oil and gas, mining, energy and other host government agreements.
Having worked in over 30 countries, her experience includes; PSC negotiations and renegotiations, negotiating farm-ins with major IOCS, designing competitive tenders for licensing rights in the oil and gas, mining sectors, legal framework assessments, cross-boarder pipeline negotiations and feasibility assessments, maritime boundary disputes, refinery acquisition transactions, crude oil sale transactions, cost recovery audit claim analysis, arbitral claim determination and assessment, advising on the quantum stage of arbitral proceedings.
Prior to joining Curtis, Susan was a Visiting Assistant Professor and Andrews Kurth Energy Scholar at the University of Houston Law Center and a Post Doctoral Research Fellow at Columbia Law School.
She was co-author of Mining Contracts: How to Read and Understand Them, Oil Contracts: How to Read and Understand Them, and Contracts Confidential: Ending Secret Deals in the Extractive Industries. Ms. Maples was also a Natural Resource Governance Fellow in the Office of the Legal Advisor to the President of Liberia, Madam Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, in Monrovia, Liberia.
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.
With his strong multi-dimensional decision making ability and seeing the opportunity in this fast-growing industry, he then founded Taleveras in 2004. He envisioned Taleveras to be a leading global energy and power company. In the span of few years, he is able to bring the company into the international arena as a well-recognised energy and power conglomerate, with offices in Geneva, London, Dubai, Cape Town, Ivory Coast, Abuja and Lagos.
Andre has been with Investec Bank for 12 years, and has extensive experience in the origination, structuring and execution of debt transactions within the Corporate and Institutional Banking division. This includes both senior and mezzanine debt funding into the Mining, Power and Infrastructure sectors across the African continent. Andre has worked with a range of clients including large global corporates, mid-tier companies and project developers. Andre is a Chartered Accountant (SA) and holds an Honours Degree in Accounting and Taxation.
After returning to Mozambique, he engaged in several business endeavours, which led him to found Grupo Videre, his family investment house, focused on the full value chain of Energy from Generation, Transmission & Distribution, Mining and Oil & Gas.
As the CEO of Grupo Videre he is involved in the development of a number of projects from greenfield to project finance including: Kuvaninga Energy: 45MW Gas to Power (under construction); Beluluane Energy: 3,000MW Gas to Power (under development); Sena Pipeline: Beira to Tete (under development); Halliburton supply base (operational); Ecolog Supply Base (operational); ETA coal mine (Almost commercial); Balama Graphite (Under development); Manica Gold Moz (Almost commercial).
Besides his professional activity, Chivambo has participated and is still active in some of the following activities: the development of the Mozambican spot gas solution with ENH for the government of Mozambique; seats in the committee that deals with national content for the Extractive Industry; sits on the board of the Mozambican Miners Association; former-President of the Mining & Hydrocarbons Committee at CTA (Confederation of Trade Associations); current member of Invest Africa; founding member of the A BASE Association (Boa Coisa Campaign).
Prior to his current posting to London, he was Director for New Energy and Power Finance Department II at JBIC head office. He has led various divisions of the bank during his career which have included; Director of West Japan Office where he was in charge of SME’s overseas investment, Director of Corporate Finance Department where he was in charge of the automobile and petrochemical sector. He was also seconded to the Financial Supervisory Agency in September 1999. He graduated from Hitotsubashi University in March 1995 with a BA in Law and then from Oxford University in September 2005 with an MBA.
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.
He is responsible for EDF’s activities in the southern African countries, which includes the Nuclear New Build project for South Africa, as well as gas to power projects, dam projects in neighbouring countries, off-grid electrification development, renewable generation projects (run by EDF Renewables, EDF dedicated subsidiary in South Africa), and a broad range of services in energy efficiency, distribution, transport and generation.
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.
Registration and coffee
09:00 – 11:00
Opening speeches and ministerial keynotes
11:00 – 11:30
11:30 – 12:30
Panel: THE FISCAL ENVIRONMENT CLOSING DEALS IN 2018
12:30 – 14:00
13:15 – 14:00
14:00 – 15:30
16:00 – 17:00
16:00 – 17:00
Country Spotlight – Republic of- Congo and Africa Energy Series book launch
19:00 – 21:00
Energy Coalitions Gala Dinner and Big Five Awards Ceremony
08:30 – 09:00
Registration and coffee
09:00 – 10:00
10:00 – 10:30
10:30 – 11:30
Panel: THE PRIVATIZED POWER SECTOR
11:30 – 12:30
Panel: GAS TO POWER
12:30 – 14:00
13:15 – 14:00
14:00 – 15:00
Panel: RENEWABLES IN THE ENERGY MIX
14:00 – 15:00
Country Spotlight – South Africa
15:00 – 15:30
15:30 – 17:00
Panel: THE POWER POOL (SOUTHERN AFRICA IN FOCUS)
15:30 - 16:30
Country Spotlight – Nigeria
19:00 – 21:00
Power Brokers evening function
08:30 – 09:00
Registration and coffee
09:00 – 10:30
Panel: NATIONAL OIL COMPANIES
10:30 – 11:00
11:00 – 12:30
Panel: THE OUTLOOK ON MEGAPROJECTS
12:30 – 14:00
13:15 – 14:00
14:00 – 15:30
Panel: THE GAS ECONOMY
15:30 – 16:30
Closing remarks and speeches from AOP Advisory Board Members
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Africa Oil & Power 2018 takes place at the Cape Town International Convention Center, Cape Town, South Africa on September 5-7, 2018.