Africa Oil & Power 2017, held in Cape Town on June 5-7, 2017, delved into the most pressing issues affecting African energy markets with a strong lineup of 70 speakers and 400 delegates.
Speakers at AOP 2017 examined the sparks that are igniting a recovery in Africa’s energy sector and the strategies that oil and gas companies and governments are employing to succeed at a sustained low price point. Learn more about our theme for 2017, Catalysts for Change.
Panelists, made up of government officials, executives and industry experts, analyzed the outlook for frontier exploration; the changing environment of finance and private equity for energy projects; how public and private entities work together to press forward with energy infrastructure; and the importance of gas in building Africa’s power capacity.
This year also featured the official closing of the EG Ronda 2016, with Equatorial Guinea’s Minister of Mines and Hydrocarbons H.E. Gabriel Mbaga Obiang Lima announcing the results of the licensing round and Dr. Oliver Quinn, Director of Africa and Global New Ventures for Ophir Energy, updating delegates on the progress of the game-changing Fortuna FLNG project.
Minister of Petroleum H.E. Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth from South Sudan presented the case for investment in Africa’s youngest country; H.E. Fafa Sanyang, Minister of Petroleum and Energy of the Gambia talked about the importance of African cooperation and the new discoveries offshore Senegal; Cameroon’s Minister of Mines, Industry and Technological Development H.E. Ernest Gbwaboubou spoke on the importance creating strong and attractive regulations. Hon. Baleka Mbete, Speaker of the National Assembly of South Africa, opened the final day of the conference, urging African nations to come together on issues like infrastructure and local content.
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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.
His product experience encompasses project financing, development and advisory; privatisation; corporate banking; trade finance; leveraged finance; M&A; strategic advice; carbon; as well as associated derivative products. Prior to joining Standard Bank in 2009, he worked for HSBC and gained extensive experience of transactions across EMEA and select global markets in Asia/Australasia. He holds degrees from Birmingham University and London University and an MBA from Henley Management College.
Prior to his managing directorship of Bambili Group, Nyonga was an Executive Director of the Dema Group, a mining-focused private investment company in Johannesburg, South Africa. He was also an Executive Director of Metallon Corporation, a private investment company in Johannesburg with interests in mining and financial services, and a strategist for E. Oppenheimer and Son, a one time major shareholder of the DeBeers Mining Group. Nyonga worked as a close-ended fund equity analyst at PaineWebber Inc., a Wall Street financial services firm, and started his career at Dillon Read & Co., a New York City-based private investment group, as a risk arbitrager. He graduated from Harvard University.
During his tenure as Energy Minister of Trinidad & Tobago, Mr. Williams successfully led the restart of the negotiations of the Treaty Agreement for the exploration of cross-border maritime petroleum reserves with Venezuela. He also championed a Local Content Committee to develop the country’s first Local Content Policy. This policy guided strategies to encourage the adoption of local content initiatives by international oil companies operating in Trinidad & Tobago. He also oversaw the power generation activities in the country.
From 2009–2011, Williams served as Country Manager at a publicly listed (FTSE) independent exploration and production oil company, African Energy Resources Company Limited (AFREN) in Nigeria.
Mr. Jantuah's rich knowledge of the oil and gas industry in Africa has led him to undertake a number of consultancy services on the continent, including the drafting of the Implementation Strategy for Ghana's Local Content Policy as the Ghanaian local consultancy partnering with The Association of Caribbean Energy Specialists (ACES International). He also played a key role in contributing to the content of Ghana's Petroleum Revenue Management Act (PRMA) between 2010 and 2011 and also reviewed Ghana's Volta River Authority Local Content Policy.
Dr. Mabouba is a seasoned international corporate banking executive with a cumulative experience of over 20 years of international banking, having worked with Commerzbank, Dresdner Bank, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank and Standard Bank in London and Frankfurt, with particular focus on investments, valuations, and risk. His most recent role before joining BancABC was at Barclays Bank as the Regional Managing Director and Head of Corporate Coverage for Southern Africa. Dr. Mabouba spent over five years with Barclays Bank, running six out of the bank's 12 countries in Africa.
Dr. Mabouba speaks English, German, Italian, French and his native Senegalese language, Wolof.
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.
Before joining A.T. Kearney, Igor was CEO of the Czech aircraft company Aero Vodochody. He was also the chief financial officer for Intracom Telecom and a vice president at Sitronics, a microelectronics company. Igor earned his master’s degree from the University of Economics in Prague and his MBA from Sheffield Hallam University in England. He has also studied at London Business School and the Henley Business School at the University of Reading in England.
Ian has been dedicated to Project Finance for over 18 years and has specialised in the oil and gas sector since 2002. At Natixis, he is responsible for establishing the global strategy for the sector; coordinating the origination and execution of transactions; maintaining relationships with clients; and supervising the execution of transactions on which the bank is mandated.
Ian holds a BA (Hons) in Economics and an MSc in Civil Engineering, both from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. He has qualified as a Member of both the Chartered Institute of Bankers and the Association of Corporate Treasurers.
Prior to his current role in South Africa he was based at Shell global headquarters in The Hague as a Business Development Manager for Shell’s Upstream business. He has a strong track record of successful oil and gas acquisition and divestment deals, which include Shell’s recently completed ~US$63 billion acquisition of the BG Group.
Herman is a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Financial Analyst and before joining Shell in 1998, he worked for Deloitte in South Africa and the USA.