6 June 2018 - 7 June 2018 at Westin, Paris, France
Africa Assembly with Sponsors 2

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Day 1 - 13 June
Night 1 - 13 June
Day 2 - 14 June

Day 1 2017
Tuesday 13th June 2017 | The Westin, Paris 

7.30-9.00: Registration & Networking Coffee

08.00-09.00: Breakfast Briefing Hosted by the Government of the Canary Islands 
Exploring the advantageous positioning and specialized services of the Canary Islands in the Global Offshore Oil & Gas Industry

09:00: Opening Remarks by Iain Pitt, CEO, Oil & Gas Council

Beyond The Downturn: Revised Business Strategies, Regaining Market Share & Competitiveness & Future Investment And Divestment Opportunities

  • Which innovative business strategies have producers adopted for the downturn and how are you now positioned to capitalise on new investment opportunities and core areas of growth?
  • Will the cost cutting strategy era continue as long as the oil price stays below $60 or has the market adjusted to the new lower price?
  • What are the long-term effects of cost cutting through redundancies and reduced training? - Is the next generation losing out?
  • What future investment opportunities are available?  How are companies making the current environment work for them? 
  • To what extent has there been a divestment of interests from oil and gas to the growing power and alternative energy sources in Africa?

Keynote Speaker: 
Jonathan PeacheyVice President Exploration Portfolio & New Business, Shell

Speakers Include: 
Etienne Angles d'Auriac, Vice President Strategy, Total E&P
Jasper Peijs, VP Exploration, Africa, BP
Jonathan PeacheyVice President Exploration Portfolio & New Business, Shell
Tracey Henderson
, VP Exploration, Kosmos

Akshai Fofaria, Partner, Pinsent Masons 

 Beyond Lip Service: Addressing The Barriers Standing In the Way Of Effective Industry Collaboration

Presentation by:

  • How can stakeholders across the value chain pragmatically collaborate to make the low oil price profitable for all?
  • To what extent are partners working together differently in order to ensure cost reduction, efficiency gains and new value creation?
  • What place do partnerships between public and private stakeholders have in the new lower for longer climate?
  • How can operating and service companies ensure greater value and benefit from their JVs/ PSCs/PSAs?

Keynote Presentation: 
Bayo Adebiyi, Vice President Global Accounts, Schlumberger

11.00-11.45: Networking Morning Coffee 

11:45-12:00: Presentation from the Government of the Canary Islands

Keynote Presentation:
Pablo Martin Carbajal
, General Director for Africa Affairs, Government of Canary Islands
German Suarez Calvo, Deputy Chairman, Astican & Astander Shipyards

East vs West: Charting The Changing Face of Energy in Africa

  • Highlighting the vision of the future of the energy sector in Africa from coast to coast
  • To what extent has the 'Africa Rising' become 'Africa Tilting', in terms of the balance of investment when considering the East and West?
  • What lessons can be learnt from the development of oil & gas legislation in the West and power legislation in the East?
  • Are we seeing energy companies meaningfully increase their exposure to renewables and if so what has contributed to this shift: the low oil price? COP 21 & 22? Or Government advocacy?
  • Where are new energy buyers emerging, how are they changing demand forecasts and what is their impact on the wider energy value chain?

Speakers Include: 

Pablo Martin Carbajal, General Director for Economic Africa Affairs and CEO at Proexca, Government of the Canary Islands
Diakaria Koulibaly, CEO, ONAP
Joseph Medou, Exploration & Productions Director, Petrosen
Mike Aryeetey, Chief Operations Officer, GNPC Explorco

Nina Bowyer, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills 

Networking Lunch 


14.00-15.15: Finding The Finance And Investment For Tomorrow’s Energy World: The Big Debate - Debt vs Equity

Two panels, one comprised of representatives of debt financing providers and one of equity finance providers will debate on:
  • What is the funding environment for companies and projects in Africa?
  • At what point in the life of a project does debt no longer make sense vs the short-term cash flow that may provide equity returns?
  • What exposure do lenders have to underwater projects and can new finance recoup those loses? Is that a dilution of the equity or an addition to the debt?

Speakers Include: 
Christophe Maurat, Executive Director Natural Resources, The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi
Fatima Hussain
, Managing Director, Oil & Gas Corporate Finance, Standard Chartered
Jan Laubjerg, Chief Executive Officer, Flowstream
Lance Crist, Global Head of Oil & Gas, IFC/World Bank

Mukund Dhar
, Partner, White & Case LLP

15.15-15.45: Networking Afternoon Coffee 


Stream A: 

15:45-17:00: Corporate Development: Examining M&A Deals Over The Last 12 Months And Assessing The Future Trajectory

  • Are the majors likely to remain sellers in the near to mid-term?

  • What do current industrial and capital market conditions mean for the small to mid-caps? Can M&A solve some of their problems?

  • Do current dynamics in the public equity and debt markets mean that we face a new type of buyer in the asset market over the next 12 months or so?

  • How do O&G companies plan to use M&A over the next 1-2 years?  What strategic objectives are they planning to achieve through M&A? 

Speakers Include: 
Adeola Ogunsemi, CFOOando Energy Resources
Peder Bratt, Managing DirectorWarburg Pincus
Rolake Akinkugbe, Head, Energy & Natural Resources, FBN Merchant Bank

David Lewis, Partner
, Clifford Chance 

Stream B:

15:45-17:00: Examining The Opportunity For Infrastructure Investment To Attain Portfolio Diversification & Better Returns In The Current Market

  • What opportunities and benefits do infrastructure assets provide for financiers and investors and energy companies?
  • How are E&P companies taking their portfolios and structuring them differently?
  • What infrastructure opportunities does the growth and development of LNG bring?
  • How are banks restructuring their form of funding to reflect the longevity of infrastructure projects?

Speakers Include:
Minesh Mashru, Managing Partner, OM Capital Partners
Olusola Lawson
, Investment Director West Africa
Sameh Shenouda, Director, CDC Group Plc 

Greg Hammond, Partner, Eversheds

Close of Day 1



Day 2 2017
Wednesday 14th June 2017 | The Westin, Paris

08.30-9.30: Registration & Networking Coffee



An E&P One Stop Shop: Showcasing Successful Play Types And Potential Future Hotspots 

  • Looking back over 2016; what did the upstream industry do well and what still needs work to ensure a sustainable low-cost industry?

  • How do E&P prospects in Africa compare against those globally? Which are the most attractive upstream plays in a capex constrained marketplace?

  • What are OFS companies doing to reflect the lower oil price?

  • Comparing the MSGBC and Lokichar Basins and evaluating the opportunities for farm-ins and farm outs

  • Where to put your money: future key hotspots yet to be discovered

Speakers Include:  

Ian Gordon, International Exploration Manager, Noble Energy 
Jayne Baird, VP Africa and Atlantic Margins -Exploration, Woodside Energy Ltd
Luca Bertelli, Chief Exploration Officer, eni
Sandra Antonovic
, COO, Reflex Marine 
Wade Cherwayko, Director Regalis Petroleum 
Emmanuel Bazin, Director, 4D Global Energy Advisors 



From Pipelines To Power Plants: How To Ensure The Profitability And Efficiency Of Power Infrastructure In Africa

  • Creating the necessary regulatory conditions to attract IPPs

  • Case studies of the IPPs in Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria and Tanzania

  • To what extent would regional energy markets increase competition and reduce inefficiency of power provision?

  • Are stakeholders paying lip service to power and energy investment, rather than implementing pragmatic solutions to increase electrification rates?

Speakers Include: 

Juergen Heeg, Vice President, Denham Capital
Tonye Cole, Director, Sahara Energy International
Oti Ikomi, Chief Executive Officer, Proton Energy
Diana Jensen, Managing Director, OPIC (Moderator)  



Networking Morning Coffee




  • What impact has a slowed pace of discoveries had on the appetite for investment in East Africa?
  • Strategies for successfully working with government and regulators within East Africa
  • Considering the potential for regional relationships and assessing already established country relationships
  • A showcase of successful projects in East Africa including the successes in the Lokichar basin in Kenya and the establishment of solar power in Uganda

Session Sponsor:
Keynote Speaker:
Dr. Joseph Kiplagat, Director Industrial Information and Research, Ministry of Industry Trade and Cooperatives, Kenya

Speakers Include:
Cecilia Correia, Project & Development Director, INP
Gary Thompson, Vice President - East and Southern Africa, Tullow Oil
Patrick Mwangi, Principal Secretary, Ministry of Industry Trade and Cooperatives, Kenya
Richard Norris
, Upstream Advisor, Helios Investment Partners

How To Overcome The Traders Catch-22?: An Inability To Win Investment Without Proving Success And An Inability To Achieve Success Without Funding

  • What role can traders play to mitigate risk to the investor?
  • Establishing stable, reliable and mutually beneficial trading relationships
  • Risk Management and hedging: Rolling the process out as best practice across Africa
  • Are we likely to see traders increasingly entering the market as equity participants and asset owners?
  • What has been the impact of the faltering demand on long term contract negotiations and faltering demand?
  • The changing role of traders: The new strategies,  business models and trading structures that are gaining success

Keynote Speaker:
Jon Therkleson, Senior Derivatives Marketer, BP

Speakers Include:
Chahid Jarmouni
, Structured Finance and M&A Manager, Glencore

Jon Therkleson, Senior Derivatives Marketer, BP
Steven Etchen, Investment Director, Mercuria Energy Trading SA
Arvind Rajpal, Director, Castleton Commodities (Moderator)

12.00-13.00: Networking Lunch


SPOTLIGHT ON NORTH AFRICA: New Entrants, New Strategies, New Plays. New Results?

  • Strategies for working successfully in markets where NOCs dominate

  • Considering the potential of the Agadir Basin and onshore Morocco

  • The growth of unconventionals: The technology and expertise needed to ensure success

  • Where do you see the most interesting investment and business development opportunities?  Are they fully open to you and do they extend beyond pure upstream?

  • Gas vs. Alternatives: Working together or future competitors for power?

  • What are the best methods for overcoming the operational challenge posed by security risks in the region?

Speakers Include: 

Amina Benkhadra, Director General, ONHYM
Edward Van Kersbergen
, Executive Chairman,
Mazarine Energy
Jalel Smaoui, Director of International Operations, ETAP 
Dr. Khaled Mamour, Business Development Director, AMEC Foster Wheeler
Geoff Porter
, President,
 North Africa Risk Consulting, Inc. (Moderator)

Strategies for Maximising Productivity And Profitability Of The Gas To Power Market

  • How to appropriately price gas to encourage production?

  • What is holding back the establishment of a stable supply chain through regional cooperation and well-funded infrastructure?

  • What impact does the coal market have on the gas to power market? Can Gas to Power compete?

  • Key strategies for stimulating investment into Gas to Power; what can be learned from other leading countries globally?

    Speakers Include: 

    Rogers Beall, Executive Chairman, Africa Fortesa Corporation
    Stephane Le Corr, Director of Strategy and Business Development, Aggreko Power Solutions
    Taylor Ruggles
    , Regional Energy Counsellor, U.S State Department 
    Tom Earl, VP - Business Development, Total Gas & Power Ltd 
    Dr. Bryant (ABC) Orjiako,
    Chairman, Seplat
    Patrice Caporossi, Senior Infrastructure Specialist, World Bank (Moderator)

14.30-15.00: Afternoon Refreshment Break


Spotlight on West Africa

  • Deepwater exploration in a low oil price environment: Ensuring a fair share of profit for all stakeholders

  • Success strategies including the implementation of effective and long lasting local content policies

  • Mitigating infrastructure security risk and insuring against pipeline destruction

  • What prospects do Sao Tome & Principe and the Canary Islands present when considering potential new discoveries?

  • With high volume gas discoveries in Mauritania, Senegal and Ghana; is West Africa looking to become the new Gas hub of Africa?

Speakers Include: 

Oisin Fanning, Executive Chairman, San Leon Energy
Arnauld Engangdi-Landji, Director General, GOC
Olajumoke Ajayi, Managing Director, Sahara Energy Upstream
Vincent Gueneau, Chairman, Kappafrik
Chiagozie Hilary-Nwokonko, Partner, Streamsowers & Kohn (Moderator)

Close of Assembly

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