13 June 2017 - 14 June 2017 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 

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

Keynote Speaker:
Honourable Minister Dr. E Ibe Kachikwu
, Minister of State for Petroleum & Mineral Resources Affairs, Republic of Nigeria

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
Carlos Zacarias, Chairman, INP
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
Osam Iyahen, Director & Head, Natural Resources, Africa Finance Corporation

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 

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:

Cath Norman, Managing Director, FAR Limited  
Ian Gordon, International Exploration Manager, Noble Energy 
Jayne Baird, VP Africa and Atlantic Margins -Exploration, Woodside Energy Ltd
Sandra Antonovic, COO, Reflex Marine 
Wade Cherwayko, Director Regalis Petroleum 



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: 

Jens Thomassen, Director, Power, Denham Capital
Tonye Cole, Director, Sahara Energy International
Oti Ikomi, Chief Executive Officer, Proton Energy
TBC, Aggreko
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:

Speakers Include:
Carlos Zacarias, Director Exploration, INP
Gary Thompson, Vice President - East and Southern Africa, Tullow Oil
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

Speakers Include:
Chahid Jarmouni
, Structured Finance and M&A Manager, Glencore
Shameek Konar, CIO & Head of Business Development, Castleton Commodities International 
Jon Therkleson, Senior Derivatives Marketer, BP

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 
Oisin Fanning, Executive Chairman, San Leon Energy 
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
    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: 

Cath Norman, Managing Director, FAR Limited
Vincent Gueneau, Chairman, Kappafrik
Oisin Fanning, Executive Chairman, San Leon Energy
Arnauld Engangdi-Landji, Director General, GOC
Joseph Medou, Exploration & Productions Director, Petrosen
Chiagozie Hilary-Nwokonko, Partner, Streamsowers & Kohn (Moderator)

Monetising Gas For An International Market 

  • Evaluating the growth potential of LNG in Africa: Is it able to develop into a supplier of LNG globally?

  • Can African gas compete with US shale gas?

  • Shipping, FSRUs and FLNG: what is the appetite for funding LNG infrastructure?

  • A Showcase of Mozambique and Tanzania as the future hubs of LNG in Africa and the lessons that can be learnt from their development of the sector 

Speakers Include:

Ezekiel Adesina, Senior Business & Strategy Analyst, Nigeria LNG Limited
Krysztof Zielicki, Executive Vice President, OneLNG


Close of Assembly

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