Who Speaks?

Africa Oil & Power brings together a wide-ranging roster of speakers who are true experts in their field, through on-stage panels, keynotes and AOP talks, and through webinars.



H.E. Mohammed Sanusi Barkindo Secretary General, OPEC

H.E. Mohammed Sanusi Barkindo has over 30 years experience in the politics of energy.

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 Secretary General, International Energy Forum

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).

H.E. Yury Sentyurin Secretary General, Gas Exporting Countries Forum

HE Yury Sentyurin is the third Secretary General of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum and was appointed in this position at the 19th Ministerial Meeting in Moscow, Russia.

Yury Sentyurin is a diplomat with extensive government experience .He graduated from the military institute of foreign languages of the ministry of defense of the USSR, military diplomatic academy, Russian academy of foreign trade of the Ministry of foreign economic relations and trade, specialty world economy, and from Russian academy of state service under the President of the Russian Federation on the specialty Lawyer.

He has held various high-level positions in government including, director of the department of transport fund for the development of Russia, head of department for regulation of natural monopolies on transport of map, minister of industry and innovations, government of Nizhny Novgorod region and 1st Vice-Governor of Nizhny Novgorod region.

He was also deputy chairman of the state Duma Committee for energy, transport and communications as well as Deputy Minister of education and science, and state Secretary, and Deputy Minister of energy.

He is fluent in English, French and Persian.

H.E. Mahaman Laouan Gaya Secretary General, African Petroleum Producers’ Organization

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.

Hon. Jeff Radebe Minister of Energy, South Africa

Minister Jeff Radebe currently holds the position of Minister of Energy in the Government of the Republic of South Africa. Minister Radebe is also a member of the Stewardship Board of the World Economic Forum (WEF) System Initiative on the Future of Education, Gender and Work (EGW). He is also appointed as a South African ambassador for Global Citizen and forms part of a movement of eight million Global Citizens across the world committed to tackling the world’s biggest challenges and ending extreme poverty.

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.

Hon. Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Nigeria

Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu is the present Minister of State for Petroleum Resources of The Federal Republic of Nigeria and Chairman of the Board of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). He was nominated and subsequently appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari to represent his state of origin, Delta State in the President’s cabinet to oversee the daunting task of reforming and institutionalising transparency, accountability and productivity in the Nigerian oil and gas sector. As cabinet minister working directly under this key Ministry headed by the President himself, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu‘ s responsibility encompasses working in synergy with the President to evolve innovative strategies and formulation of policies aimed at sanitizing the petroleum sector of the country and returning it to a profit generating sector that would positively impact the economy of Nigeria.

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.

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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. Pascal Houangni Ambourouet Minister of Petroleum and Hydrocarbons, Gabon

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 Kyeremateng Agyarko Minister of Energy, Ghana

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.

H.E. Abdirashid Mohamed Ahmed Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Somalia
H.E. Ernest Gbwaboubou Minister of Mines, Industry and Technological Development, Cameroon
H.E. Foumakoye Gado Minister of Petroleum, Niger
H.E. Jean Marc Thystere Tchicaya Minister of Hydrocarbons, Republic of the Congo

Born April 11, 1964 in Villeneuve-Saint-Georges (France), Jean Marc Thystère-Tchicaya, is the son of Jean-Pierre Thystère-Tchicaya and Blanche Marie Louise Duran. He attended primary and secondary school in Brazzaville, fraternity school, CEG fraternity then high school red flag currently chaminade. He continued his studies in Paris, at the college of technicians in electronics and computer science, then at Pigier where he obtained a diploma as programmer programmer in computer management. In 1989, he was hired by Bull France where he held several positions in the management and security of information systems. And, along with his professional activities, he follows a course of alternating computer engineer.
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.

Hon. Charles Keter Cabinet Secretary for Energy and Petroleum, Kenya

As Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Energy and Petroleum, Hon. Charles Keter is responsible for the oversight, policy and governance of the Ministry’s mandate; to facilitate the provision of clean, sustainable, affordable, reliable, secure and quality Energy and Petroleum services, for national development while protecting the environment. His main focus is on the national key flagship projects under the Jubilee Government, which incorporates: Universal Electricity Access, Transmission and Infrastructure Development, Commercialization of Crude Oil, Security of Supply for Petroleum Products and the Accelerated Generation of Power amongst others. Implementing the Ministry’s mission in support of the Governments goals of growing the economy, will advance the energy and petroleum strategy thus promoting leadership in the sector and region’s technology, innovation, management and performance.
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.

H.E. Marc Dederiwe Albi-Bidamon Minister of Mines and Energy, Togo
Hon. Dona Jean-Claude Houssou Minister of Energy, Water and Mines, Benin
H.E. Mansour Elimane Kane Minister of Oil and Energy, Senegal

Mansour Elimane Kane holds the position of Minister of Oil and Energy of Senegal. Previously, he was the Minister of Infrastructure, Land Transport and Opening Up. A mining engineer who became a banker, he holds a degree in financial engineering in Canada and complemented a doctorate in the United States of America. Mansour Elimane Kane is primarily a product of the Senegalese public school. Born on January 10, 1959 in Ndioum (St. Louis), the current Minister of Oil and Energy did his primary education in his hometown and high school Blaise Diagne of Dakar. He has also previously served as Chief Investment Officer function for Africa for the World Bank in Washington for ten years.

Hon. Dr. Dhieu Mathok Diing Wol Minister of Energy and Dams, South Sudan
Hon. Dr. Chol Abel Deng Managing Director, Nilepet
H.E. Serge Blaise Zoniaba Minister of Energy, Republic of the Congo
H.E. Fafa Sanyang Minister of Energy and Petroleum, The Gambia


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

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.

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.

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Lloyd Manokore Partner, Manokore Attorneys

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.

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Frank Ene President & COO, RoyalGate Energy

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.

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Jude Kearney Chair, Africa Practice, GreenbergTraurig

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 Director, Africa and Global New Ventures, Ophir Energy

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.

Robin Sutherland General Manager, New Ventures Africa, 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.

Torbjörn Törnqvist CEO, Gunvor Group

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.

Dr. Benedict Okey Oramah President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Afreximbank

Dr. Oramah has been President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Afreximbank since September 2015. Prior to this, he was Executive Vice President responsible for Business Development & Corporate Banking (October 2008 – September 2015), specifically supervising Trade Finance, Project & Export Development Finance, Syndications & Specialized Finance, and Corporate Finance & Advisory Services. He also supervised the Research and Strategy functions of the Bank. Dr. Oramah holds an Advanced Management Certificate from Colombia University, M.Sc. and Ph.D. Degrees in Agricultural Economics from Obafemi Awolowo University, and a B.Sc. degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Ibadan. Dr. Oramah is a Member of the Emerging Markets Advisory Council of the Institute of International Finance; an Executive Committee Member of the Factors Chain International/International Factors Group; a member of the Consultative Board on the World Cocoa Economy of the International Cocoa Organization; and a Fellow of the Institute of Credit Administration. As a prolific writer, he recently published a book entitled: ‘Foundations of Structured Trade Finance’, contributed chapters to several books and written over 35 professional/scholarly articles on a wide range of African economic, trade and trade finance issues, and is a much-coveted speaker at trade and trade finance conferences worldwide.

Basil El-Baz Chairman and CEO, Carbon Holdings

Chairman and CEO of Carbon Holdings, a mid-to-downstream oil and gas development company. With over 20 years experience in the petrochemical industry, Mr. El-Baz has developed and financed two major industrial greenfield projects in Egypt; the Egypt Basic Industries Corporation (EBIC) and Egypt Hydrocarbon Corporation (EHC).

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 Vivekanandan Group Exec: Origination & Client Coverage, DBSA

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.

Dr. Thabo Kgogo CEO, SacOil Holdings and Efora Energy

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.

Nul Jacob Mayendit Managing Director, Baping National Insurance
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Susan Maples Legal and Commercial Advisor, Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle

Susan Dyer Maples is an associate in the international arbitration, oil and gas, and international corporate groups.

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.

Igho Charles Sanomi II Founder and Chairman of Taleveras
Andre Wepener Head of Power & Infrastructure Finance team at Investec

Andre Wepener is the Head of the Power & Infrastructure Finance team at Investec Bank, based in Johannesburg. The team provides funding solutions for power and infrastructure projects across Sub-Saharan Africa. In addition to providing debt financing, they also play the role of developer and equity provider on select projects.

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.

Chivambo Mamadhusen Founder and Managing, Grupo Videre

Born on the 25th of June 1979, in Pemba, Cabo Delgado, Mozambique, Chivambo Mamadhusen holds a Bachelor degree in Computer Science from UNISA (2003) and a Honors Degree in Business Administration from Bond University (2007).

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).

Mr. Hitoshi Nagano Chief Representative of Japan Bank International Cooperation

Hitoshi Nagano holds the position of Chief Representative in London, Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) since May 2018.
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.

Luc Koechlin Managing Director of EDF South Africa

Luc Koechlin, 39 years old is a graduate from a top French Business school. He has been working for EDF Group for the past 13 years. Before arriving in South Africa in 2017, he has occupied various positions within the EDF Group including Regional CFO, Project Manager and Regional Commercial Director.
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.

Tope Shonubi Co-founder and Director of Sahara Group

Tope Shonubi is a co‐founder and Director of Sahara Group, an energy and infrastructure conglomerate with operations across four continents. An astute entrepreneur and an ardent believer in the ideology that, corporate social responsibility starts with the individuals who make up the corporation, Tope is at the forefront of the organization’s personal and corporate social responsibility program. He was also at the vanguard of Sahara’s foray into the power sector and played a monumental role in transforming the Sahara Group from a Nigerian Oil company to a global energy group.

Tope’s first degree was in architecture following which he bagged an MBA as well as a Post Graduate Diploma in Contract Management in the United Kingdom. He is a member of the board of directors of various companies across the energy space, including Egbin Power Plc, Asharami Energy Ltd, Asharami Synergy Plc and Ikeja Electric Plc, to name a few.

Particularly passionate about the renaissance of economic and entrepreneurial growth and development in Africa, Tope Shonubi has served in an advisory capacity, on various committees at the highest levels of governance, in furtherance of this goal. This includes a stint as an adviser to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, on International Investment. He has also authored papers on the promotion and empowerment of the African Continent with clean energy. He is a member of the Association of MBA’s (UK) and the Royal Institute of British Architects amongst other professional bodies.

Asmahaney Saad Partner, OSH Advocates, Solicitors and Legal Consultants

Asmahaney is an advocate, a legal consultant and a partner at OSH Advocates, Solicitors and Legal Consultants; a leading commercial law firm in Uganda. She heads the firm’s specialized legal practice in energy, oil and gas, mining, projects, infrastructure and trade.

Asmahaney has extensive experience in the Oil & Gas and broader extractive industries with an expert understanding of business in general. Asmahaney joined legal practice in 2017 horned with ten years’ experience working as in-house counsel with key focus on regulatory and compliance matters in international corporate entities operating in emerging sectors; that is CNOOC Uganda Limited (upstream international oil and gas company between 2012 and 2017) and Orange Uganda Limited( 2008 to 2012). Asmahaney’s practical experience in both corporate and private legal practice has made her a force to reckon with as she typically understands both the legal and commercial aspects of any matter.

Asmahaney has an LLB (Honors) from Makerere University Kampala, a Post Graduate in Legal Practice from the Law Development Center Kampala, a Masters in International Business Administration from Eslsca International Business School, Paris, an Executive mini MBA ( Oil and Gas) from the Management Center Dubai. Asmahaney also has a number of CPD certifications in understanding Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contracts, National Content, Budgeting and cost control in Oil and Gas from CWC school of Energy Limited London,UK.
She is a member of the Uganda Law society, East Africa Law Society, Association of International Petroleum Negotiators, Young International Arbitration Group and the International Right of Way Association. Asmahaney is also completing her accreditation to join as an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (United Kingdom).

Narendra Asnani General Manager Sales, GE Power Services Sub-Sahara Africa

Narendra Asnani is the General Manager Sales for the GE Power Services business
responsible for Sub Sahara Africa based in Johannesburg, South Africa. GE’s Power Services
business is a combination of two of the best services teams in the Power Industry – GE’s
Power Generation Services and Alstom’s thermal services business.
In this role Narendra is responsible for Power Services SSA Growth, Commercial Strategy and
building Digital footprints that offers electric utility customers the technology, knowledge
and insight they need to manage the entire lifecycle of their power plants, ultimately
providing reliable power to people around the world.
Narendra started his career with GE Research & Development in 2002, holding numerous
engineering, finance and management positions at various GE locations worldwide including
USA, Asia and Africa.
Narendra holds Masters degree in Metallurgical Engineering from Indian Institute of
Technology (IIT) Kanpur, India

Phillip Slater Managing Director, Oranto Petroleum

In a career spanning 28 years in the oil and gas industry, Phillip has worked in a variety of geology focused positions commencing in 1989 at Clyde Petroleum Plc. He was managing director of Europe-focused exploration consultancy Aceca and worked in a number of locations, including Africa, as vice president for TGS and managing director of Magsurvey (UK). Mr. Slater is the founder and principal shareholder of Tudor Hall Energy and the 100-percent shareholder of UAVE. Joining the Atlas Oranto group in 2013 as our Licence Manager, Phillip accepted the role of Managing Director (International) in 2017. He draws on his subsurface geoscience experience to impact investment and technical decisions across our acreage portfolio. His focus remains exploration opportunities and he is a well-known figure amongst many of the Partners, Ministries and NOCs relevant to Atlas and Oranto’s business.

Stefano Marani Chief Executive Officer, Renergen

Stefano is the Chief Executive Officer of Renergen and its subsidiary Tetra4. He was part of the team which acquired Tetra4 from Molopo Energy Limited in October 2013 and has been involved with the Company in a management role since October 2013.

Stefano has significant experience in the areas of structured finance and advisory. After completing his formative training with Deutsche Bank, Stefano was recruited by Morgan Stanley in London, where he was ultimately charged with building their sub-Saharan African fixed income capital markets business, before starting his own business in 2009.

Appointed 20 November 2014

Kieran Whyte Partner, Baker McKenzie

Kieran Whyte is a partner in the Baker McKenzie’s Johannesburg office. He has over 25 years’ experience working in South Africa and Africa, with particular focus on energy and infrastructure projects. Kieran represents project sponsors, developers, contractors and lenders in complex greenfield and brownfield developments, advising on citing, permitting and regulatory concerns. He has advised on numerous first-in-kind projects associated with the South African government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme. Kieran is experienced in all aspects of project development and is recognized in his field by legal directories including Chambers and Legal 500.

Jurie Swart CEO, African Infrastructure Investment Managers

With an 18 year track record, African Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM) is the most experienced private equity investment manager focused exclusively on African infrastructure on the continent. AIIM is committed to Africa’s long term development through its infrastructure focus and currently manages USD2.1 billion across 7 funds in assets across the power, telecommunications and transport sectors in East, West and Southern Africa.

Involved with AIIM since its inception in 2000, Jurie’s served as a director on the AIIM Board since 2009 and was appointed CEO in 2015. He’s been a member of the AIIM investment committees. Since the beginning of 2001, Jurie held various positions in the Infrastructure and Development Assets Division of Old Mutual Alternative Investments boutique and heads up Infrastructure and Development Assets at Old Mutual Investment Group. This division includes AIIM, the IDEAS Fund and the International Infrastructure Fund. He holds directorships on African Clean Energy Developments, Trans African Concessionaires, South African Toll Road Company and African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association.

Sabine Dall’omo CEO, Siemens Southern and Eastern Africa

Sabine Dall’Omo has worked at Siemens for over 25 years and in addition is a permanent South African resident.
After attaining her Higher Commercial Certificate in 1985, Dall’Omo did her vocational training at Siemens Germany from 1986-1989. Progressing up the ranks, she took on the responsibility of Commercial Officer: Accounting Services and shortly thereafter as Commercial Officer: Sales Office until 1995.
Dall’Omo’s career path at Siemens then led her to California, USA as a Financial Analyst for Siemens Rolm Communications after which she returned to Siemens Germany as a Senior Financial Officer: Corporate Planning & Controlling.
In 1998, Dall’Omo became Commercial Manager for a Siemens’ Automation & Drives business in Siemens Germany for just over three years. She then took over the responsibility as Commercial Manager for the Siemens Automation and Drivers Office in Shanghai, China until 2004.
In 2004, Dall’Omo joined Siemens South Africa as Head of Risk and Controlling, Mergers and Acquisitions where she was instrumental in executing major merger and acquisitions transactions. With her team, she established innovative and compliant processes to run our African operations efficiently. Dall’Omo remained in the function until 2008 when she took over the Commercial Responsibilities for Siemens Healthcare.
In 2012, Sabine Dall’Omo was appointed Chief Financial Officer of Siemens Cluster Africa and effective 1st of July 2014, she was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Siemens Southern and Eastern Africa. Dall’Omo is currently the President of the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry and is holds the Board Chairperson position for Siemens in Nigeria as well as the Siemens South Africa Employee Share Ownership Program. Dall’Omo also holds Board positions at the German-Africa Association (Afrika-Verien) and the Impilo Consortium.

Russell Hardy Group CEO, Vitol

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Eleni Giokos Correspondent, CNNMoney Africa

Eleni Giokos is CNNMoney Africa Correspondent, based in the network’s Johannesburg bureau.

Born in Greece and raised in South Africa, Giokos has a decade’s experience working across TV, radio, print and online media.

As a broadcaster she has interviewed a range of heads of state and business leaders, including South African President Jacob Zuma, former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, Virgin founder Richard Branson, and IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde, amongst others.

Giokos began her career at CNBC Africa in 2005. She then became an anchor and correspondent at 24-hour news channel eNCA, covering business stories and breaking news — including the killing of Reeva Steenkamp by Oscar Pistorius and the Westgate Mall attack.

She has reported from key global events such as the World Economic Forum in Davos and the United Nations General Assembly. She has chaired debates at the World Economic Forum, International Monetary Fund, African Finance Corporation and the Africa CEO Forum. She has also contributed regularly to South Africa’s Mail and Guardian newspaper, worked as a motivational speaker at public schools, and trained aspiring journalism students.

Giokos has an Honors Degree in Journalism and Media Studies from the University of Witwatersrand, and is an International Monetary Fund Fellow — selected to join the programme in 2014.

Paul Burkhardt Journalist, Bloomberg News

Paul Burkhardt is a journalist specializing in energy throughout sub-Saharan Africa and based in Johannesburg since 2012. He has worked on the international desk of the Associated Press and subsequently Argus Media and Energy Intelligence Group. He started with Bloomberg News in 2009 on their oil markets desk in New York.

Burkhardt has written in-depth on subjects including Mozambique’s gas projects, renewable energy in South Africa and Uganda’s oil developments.

Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Burkhardt is a U.S. citizen. He received a master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

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.

Rodney Macalister CEO and Co-Founder, Monetizing Gas Africa

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.

Igor Hulák Partner, Utilities and Oil & Gas Practices, A.T. Kearney

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.

ENG. Elizabeth Rogo CEO & Founder, Tsavo Oilfield Services

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.

Shawn Duthie Analyst, Africa Risk Consulting

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.