DIGITAL ENERGY FESTIVAL

Africa’s largest, all-encompassing digital energy platform

 

 

YOUR DIGITAL GATEWAY TO ENERGY IN AFRICA

20 OCTOBER  – 26 NOVEMBER 2020 | WORLDWIDE

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What is Digital Energy Festival?

The Digital Energy Festival unites the Africa Energy Forum, the Oil & Gas Council, African Utility Week and POWERGEN Africa under one banner, bringing you Africa’s largest, all-encompassing digital energy platform.

Experts representing upstream oil and gas, power, energy, manufacturing, trade and mining will deliver critical business updates and information for Africa’s energy professionals, helping you stay at the forefront of innovation as Africa looks ahead to the 5th Industrial Revolution.

Access a world of content and AI-powered networking through intimate board rooms, fireside chats, digital dialogues, coffee mornings, online awards, country spotlights, masterclasses, digital-education, certified learning, online sales and lead generation via the digital marketplace.

Six weeks – four events – one platform – all at a click of your mouse.

Featured Speakers

Adam Law

Adam Law

Managing Director, ERCE

Amalia Olivera-Riley

Amalia Olivera-Riley

Head of Exploration, Tullow Oil

Andrew Cox

Andrew Cox

Partner, Chair of Energy & Natural Resources, KPMG

Ayotola Jagun

Ayotola Jagun

Chief Compliance & Governance Officer, Oando PLC

Bambo Ibidapo-Obe

Bambo Ibidapo-Obe

General Manager, Commercial, Oando Plc

Bertrand Montembault

Bertrand Montembault

Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills

Chichi Emenike

Chichi Emenike

Head, Gas Ventures, Neconde Energy Limited

Chinedu Mofunanya

Chinedu Mofunanya

Portfolio Manager, Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority

David DesAutels

David DesAutels

Executive Vice President of Corporate Development, VAALCO Energy

David Eastwell

David Eastwell

Geophysicist, Ikon Science

Deirdre O’Donnell

Deirdre O’Donnell

Managing Director, Working Smart

Fathima Hussain

Fathima Hussain

MD, Global Head of Oil & Gas Project Finance, Standard Chartered

Jérôme Halbout

Jérôme Halbout

Founding Partner, 4D Global Energy Advisors

Joseph Medou

Joseph Medou

Exploration & Production Director, Petrosen

Kingsmill Bond

Kingsmill Bond

Energy Strategist, Carbon Tracker

Mark Allen

Mark Allen

Subsurface Director, Assala Energy

Mark Lappin

Mark Lappin

Chairman, Cluff Natural Resources

Michael Humphries

Michael Humphries

Director, Redcliff Energy Advisors

Mohamed Rali Badissy

Mohamed Rali Badissy

Senior Attorney for Energy and Finance, U.S. Dept. of Commerce

Mohamed Stevens

Mohamed Stevens

Legal Counsel, The African Legal Support Facility (hosted by the African Development Bank)

Natan Battisti

Natan Battisti

Group Development & Operations Technical Engineer, Premier Oil

Nick Maden

Nick Maden

Former SVP Exploration, Equinor, Independent

Oghor Okhai-Akhigbe

Oghor Okhai-Akhigbe

Senior Legal Counsel, The African Legal Support Facility (hosted by the African Development Bank)

Ola Alokolaro

Ola Alokolaro

Partner & Head - Energy and Infrastructure, Advocaat Law Practice

Oxana Bristowe

Oxana Bristowe

Founder and Managing Director, Oxana Bristowe

Salah El-Ekhfifi

Salah El-Ekhfifi

Exploration Geologist, National Oil Corporation - Libya

Tabrez Khan

Tabrez Khan

Director | Africa Oil & Gas Strategy & Transactions Leader, EY

Oil & Gas Council Session Highlights

Digital Dialogue Investment Focus – what next for African Oil & Gas?

Hosted by Oil & Gas Council
Tuesday 27 October 10:00 – 11:00

With several majors recently announcing cut backs on oil & gas projects and small caps finding it increasingly difficult to secure financing during the downturn, what will access to capital look like in Africa in a post Covid-19 world?

Join our discussion and hear investors, independents and financiers discuss:

  • What fundamental shifts will we see in the small cap market as a result of this extreme downturn?
  • As European sources of funding shy away from oil & gas projects, what will access to capital look like for African E&P?
  • Do large integrated companies still have the appetite for small cap projects?
  • How can oil & gas companies develop their business when equity markets are closed?
  • What role can the public markets play in supporting the industry?
  • With Africa still requiring important investment into infrastructure and the downstream sector, will these projects take precedent over exploration? 

Speakers:

  • Mohamed Rali Badissy, Senior Attorney for Energy and Finance, U.S. Dept. of Commerce
  • Mark Allen, Exploration Manager, Assala Energy
  • Jerome Halbout, Founding Partner, 4DGEA
  • Chinedu Mofunanya, Portfolio Manager,Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA)
  • Tabrez Khan Director – EMEIA Oil & Gas Transactions, EY (moderator)      
Digital Dialogue: Exploration & Production: is it too late for Africa to profit from its resources?

Hosted by Oil & Gas Council
Thursday 29 October 10:00-11:00

The recent crash in oil & gas prices has dealt a blow in Africa. Licensing rounds have been cancelled, production timelines have been pushed back and debt is a consistent challenge. The Africa oil & gas market has spent huge amounts of time and resources developing its infrastructure and fiscal terms – did they take too long and will this, alongside weakening international demand, mean African E&P is a thing of the past?

Speakers:

  • David DesAutelles, EVP Corporate Development, Vaalco
  • Salah El-Ekhififi, Exploration Geologist, NOC Libya
  • Michael Humphries, Director, Redcliff Energy Advisors
Digital Dialogue: Offshore Opportunities in Senegal

Hosted by Oil & Gas Council
Tuesday 3 November: 10:00 – 11:00

As Senegal prepares for the results of its first Offshore Licencing round join Petrosen to discuss:

  • Senegal as an E&P Hub in the MSGBC region: Where do the NOCs see further collaboration opportunities to solidify a strong region in terms of industry knowledge, skills and resources?
  • How does Petrosen see the region’s industry evolving, what are their main concerns and where do they see the biggest opportunities for growth and investment?
  • In both the context of the MSGBC Basin and in the wider African E&P landscape, how is the role of small and mid-cap independents in deep-water activity changing? How does this compare to larger IOCs?
  • How can both E&P companies and contractors alike make the most of the current environment?
  • What are the main challenges project leaders are anticipating in this move into the next phase of development?
Fire Side Chat: Ayotola Jagun, Chief Compliance Officer and Company Secretary, Oando

Hosted by Women’s Energy Council:
Tuesday 3 November: 14:00-14:20

Join us to hear Ayotola Jagun, Chief Compliance Officer and Company Secretary for Oando, share her experience of the oil & gas industry in Nigeria and beyond. In this podcast, Ayatola will share her journey into the Oil & Gas industry including comments on the impact of the their focus on the sustainable development goals and the importance of these goals in particular in light of the pandemic that we face today, her love of the challenges faced in the Oil & Gas industry and the solutions that need to be implemented moving forwards, her decision to move back to Nigeria from Bermuda, and finally the importance of networking to build sustainable and impactful relationships.

Ayotola is a specialist in corporate transactions, Commercial Law, Funds law, Compliance and Corporate Governance and Risk Management. She has functioned creatively across multiple jurisdictions (Bermuda, Nigeria and United Kingdom) having garnered valuable experience working in these climes.

She obtained a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Central England in 1989 and studied for her LLM at Sidney Sussex College, University Of Cambridge in 1990.  She was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1992 and in 2004, obtained an M.Sc.in Corporate Governance & Ethics from the Birkbeck College, University of London.

Ayotola is a Barrister of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales and an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.

Digital Dialogue: Talent and Local Content

Hosted by Oil & Gas Council 
Thursday 5 November: 10:00-11: 00

According to data compiled by the Higher Education Statistics Agency the number of graduates going into oil and gas exploration in 2017 was at its lowest since records began in 2012, having fallen by 61% in four years. As concerns abound around the future for large discoveries, the role of the energy transition and continued hurdles around CAPEX, what does the future hold for the next generation of job seekers?

Join the debate to find out:

  • How can the oil & gas industry compete with other sectors to avoid suffering a brain drain?
  • How can the industry re-invent itself in order to attract the calibre of talent it needs?
  • What lessons can be learnt from the work culture during COVID 19 – can a new way of working help attract and keep more women in the industry?
  • What incentives will encourage the right talent to join the Oil & Gas industry
  • In light of the recent BLM campaign, what has the response been from the oil & gas industry and what can be done to increase diversity?

Speakers:

  • Oxana Bristowe, Founder and Managing Director, Oxana Bristowe
  • Adam Law, Managing Director, ERCE
  • Andy Cox, Chair of Energy & Natural Resources, KPMG
  • David Eastwell, Geophysicist, Ikon Science
  • Deirdre O’Donnell, Managing Director, Working Smart
  • Natan Battisti, Group Development & Operations Technical Engineer, Premier Oil
Fire Side Chat: Fathima Hussain, Managing Director, Oil & Gas Corporate Finance, Standard Chartered Bank

Hosted by Women’s Energy Council
Thursday 5 November: 14:00 – 15:00

Join us to hear Fathima Hussain’s thoughts on oil & gas project finance and how she developed her career in the industry.

Fathima Hussain is Managing Director and Global Head of the Oil & Gas Project Finance team based in London and has over 22 years banking experience in the project & structured finance arena covering Africa, Asia and Latin America. During her career, Fathima has structured and led the execution of a number of award-winning debt arranging and advisory mandates both in the upstream and downstream sectors.

She joined SCB in October 2005 and her current role primarily focuses on the origination and execution of limited recourse financings, structured financings and project advisory mandates in the Oil & Gas sector across Africa & the Middle East.

Fathima holds a Masters degree in Economics from Cambridge University and a BSc (Hons) Degree in Financial Services and is a qualified Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers.

Digital Dialogue: Exploring Gas Opportunities in Nigeria

Hosted by Oil & Gas Council
Tuesday 10 November: 10:00-11:00

As Africa and the world continue to emerge from the recent Covid-19 pandemic, find out how Nigeria is working to capitalise on its gas opportunities. Joint he session to find out:

  • How the government and upstream companies can create an environment which attracts the required infrastructure investment
  • Effective strategies for a post Covid-19 world with a particular focus on Local Content
  • The potential for the emergence of a domestic market focused on a diversified downstream industry
  • After the success of the landmark first in class hybrid corporate financing to Nigeria LNG Limited, how can the industry continue to access creative financing opportunities

Speakers:

  • Chichi Emenike, Head, Gas Ventures, Neconde Energy Limited
  • Bambo Ibidapo-Obe, GM Commercial, Oando
Digital Dialogue: There Is No Future For Frontier Exploration

Hosted by Oil & Gas Council 
Thursday 12 November: 10:00 11:00

With increased pressure from “green” companies on the industry to stop exploring coupled with the high cost of exploration, will the current pause on exploration end up being a permanent, hard stop.

Join the debate to find out:

  • What is the future of exploration in the world of the energy transition?
  • With huge savings possible by cutting exploration budgets, will today’s cuts end up being a permanent feature?
  • With some high value basins still untouched, do companies still have the appetite to explore?
  • With the world being a long way off from real alternative to fossil fuels, will exploration bounce back in 2021?

Speakers:

  • Amalia  Olivera-Riley, Head of Exploration, Tullow
  • Bertrand Montembault, Partner Herbert Smith Freehills, LLP
  • Mark Lappin, Chairman, Cluff Natural Resources
  • Kingsmill Bond, Energy Strategist, Carbon Tracker
  • Nick Maden, Former SVP Exploration, Equinor, Independent

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