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. João Lourenço President of the Republic of Angola
H.E. Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea
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.

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.

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. Mahaman Laouan Gaya Former 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.

H.E. Minister Gwede Mantashe Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy of South Africa
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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. Diamantino Pedro Azevedo Minister of Mineral Resources and Petroleum and Gas
H.E TIMIPRE MARLIN SYLVA Minister of State for Petroleum Resources of Nigeria
H.E. Abdirashid Mohamed Ahmed Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Somalia
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.

H.E. Mouhamadou Makhtar Cisse Minister of Mines of Petroleum 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.

H.E. Fafa Sanyang Minister of Energy and Petroleum, The Gambia
H.E MOHAMED ARKAB Minister of Energy, Algeria
Hon. Jeff Radebe Former 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.

H.E. EZEKIEL LOL GATKUOTH Former Minister of Petroleum, South Sudan
Boulkhras Chahar CEO of Sonelgaz Algeria


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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Kola Karim Group MD and CEO, Shoreline Energy International
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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 Co-Managing Director, Co-Founder at Sovereign Energy Group

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.

Mr. Rene Awambeng Director & Global Head, Client Relations, Afreximbank
Nyonga Fofang Managing Director, Bambili Energy
CARRI LOCKHART Senior VP Portfolio and Partner Operated Development and Production International, Equinor
Pam Darwin Retired Vice President, Sub-Sahara Africa, Exploration and New Ventures
Tracey K. Henderson Chief Exploration Officer, Kosmos Energy
Kase Lawal Founder and Chairman of CAMAC
Herman Neethling Global Mergers Acquisitions & Divestments for Shell
Paul Eardley-Taylor Oil & Gas, Southern Africa, Standard Bank
Brian Maxted Co-founder of Kosmos Energy
Moshin Seedat Chief Operating Officer, iGas
Andri Hugo CEO, NOVO Energy
Frank Monkam Crude Oil Trading, Gunvor Group
Wenan Wang Chief Representative, African Representative Office, State Grid Corporation of China
Nelisiwe Magubane Chairperson, Matleng Energy Solutions
Loren Stoddard Acting Deputy Coordinator/Senior Advisor, USAID/Power Africa
Tim O'Hanlon Former VP for Africa, Tullow Oil
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Moderator Highlights

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.

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.

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.

Robert Perkins EMEA Editor for Oilgram News at Platts