KEY NOTE SPEAKER AND HOST
EGBERT FAIBILLE JNR. was appointed Acting. Chief Executive Officer of the Petroleum Commission in August 2017. A lawyer by profession, called to the Ghana Bar in October 2004, Mr. Faibille Jnr. was prior to his appointment, the Managing Partner at Faibille & Faibille, a law firm in Accra.
Mr. Faibille Jnr. was also the Ghana Country Communications Representative of the West African Gas Pipeline Project (WAGP) when the Project was at its definitional phase. He was seconded to WAGP from his role as a Public Affairs Officer at the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC). He was also at one time the Corporate & Regulatory Affairs Manager of British American Tobacco, Ghana.
As the CEO of the Commission, he has a keen desire to promote Local Content and Ghanaian Participation in the oil and gas industry. As such, these have been the underlining factors driving all projects that have been undertaken under his leadership.
Under his leadership, the Commission has been able to secure financial support to run the Accelerated Oil and Gas Capacity (AOGC) Building Programme.
Mr. Faibille also initiated a Local Content Procurement Conference, an annual conference that seeks to create a platform for local companies to understand the procurement needs of major International Oil Companies (IOCs). This ensures they are well equipped to bid for and win contracts in the upstream petroleum industry.
He has successfully led three Trade Missions to Aberdeen, Scotland; Stavanger, Norway and Calgary, Canada: three cities regarded as leading cities in upstream petroleum activities. These Trade Missions provide opportunities for Ghanaian oil and gas companies to network and interact with their international counterparts in a bid to build the necessary partnerships needed to build their capacities to play effective roles in the industry.
Mr. Faibille Jnr. chairs the Local Content Committee of the Board at the Commission.
Benjamin Boakye is an Energy Governance Professional and the Executive Director at the Africa Centre for Energy Policy.
Prior to becoming the Executive Director, he served as the Deputy Executive Director, Programmes Director and Operations Director, managing the Research Unit and the Programmes Unit.
He has made contributions to the extractive sector governance in Ghana and in Africa, with much focus on corporate governance, institutional development, fiscal governance, contract governance and the evolution of legal framework for the effective management of extractive resources. He has also consulted for the World Bank Group, UNDP, and many research institutions in the resource sector.
Benjamin has delivered presentations at various international conferences on the extractive sector, particularly on revenue generation and expenditure. He works with host communities, analyzing the communities’ issues relative to the development of extractives’ projects and revenue redistribution. He also has extensive experience on power sector reforms.
Benjamin holds an MSc. from the University of Dundee, UK in Energy Studies and BA (Hons.) in Sociology with Information Studies from the University of Ghana.
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Allan Mugisha is the Well Engineering Project Manager for the Springfield Group. He is a well-rounded Well Engineer with operational experience in land based shallow and deep wells (Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya), as well as Offshore wells (Southern North Sea – UK & Deep-water West Africa – Mauritania, Ghana). He has over Twelve  years of working experience in various aspects of the Well engineering life cycle (from exploration, appraisal, development and abandonment) including managing drilling projects, contracts and costs. He is a Chartered Engineer (Engineering Council, UK) and Member, Institute of Mechanical Engineers (UK), a Member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and a Member of the Uganda Institute of Professional Engineers (UIPE). He holds an MSc in Petroleum Engineering from Heriot-Watt University, UK, a BSc in Mechanical Engineering (1st Class Hons) from Makerere University, Kampala. He also has a Certificate in Procurement & Logistics Management as well as a Certificate (Distinction) in the Fearnley Procter (UK) Well Engineering Competency Program. Allan’s most recent professional achievement is his Leadership of Springfield’s Afina-1x drilling campaign offshore in Ghana’s West Cape Three Points basin in October, 2019 which resulted in one of the most significant discoveries of hydrocarbons in Africa. He is married with three lovely children.
Fadul is a Petroleum Engineer with over 20 years of diverse experience in Oil & Gas industry, mainly in exploration and production. He previously worked in various capacities for Greater Nile Petroleum Operating Company (GNPOC), Petrochina, and 2B Operating Company Limited (2B OPCO). His key areas of expertise include management, reservoir development planning, reservoir surveillance and production optimization.
Fadul holds a Honor B.Eng in Petroleum Engineering from the Sudan University of Science & Technology in Sudan; Msc. Reservoir Engineering from NTNU in Norway; has done PVT & EOR courses at DTU in Denmark; and is a PhD student at MTU.
Anthony Pearce took up the Accra based Operations Director role for Tullow Oil in July 2019. He is responsible for the safe operation of all Tullow Ghana facilities consisting of 2x Floating Production Facilities, Ten and Jubilee, the Venturer Drilling Vessel, the supporting marine fleet and Takoradi Supply Base. At the start of the Covid-19 lockdown, Tullow had 1400 people offshore. Anthony has been leading the Tullow Covid Crisis Team for the last 3 months.
Anthony joined the Oil and Gas business in 1988 after graduating in Civil Engineering from Leeds University. He is a Chartered Engineer and has mostly been in frontline operational roles through his career with BP, BG Group and Shell in The North Sea, Azerbaijan, Egypt, Australia and now Ghana. He led BG Groups crisis response to the Arab Spring Revolution in Egypt in 2011.
Married to Joanne they have four children – one is in Texas, US and another is a Mining Engineer in Burkina Faso – the last two are currently with Mum in the UK.
Ezekiel Adebayo Adesina is a chemical engineer whose career experience spans over 20 years in various capacities including Project Management, Plant Operation Management, Commissioning & start-up, Process Technology, Project Integration Management, Strategy and Planning.
Ezekiel has presented many topical papers and presentations at various Oil & Gas Conferences around the world. Notable among them are: the 1st Nigeria Gas Summit; Nigeria oil & Gas Conference; Nigeria Power Summit; West Africa Power Industry Conference; Africa Assembly & West Africa Assembly of Oil council; and Africa Future Energy Conference in Nairobi, Kenya.
He was recently invited by the US Assistant Secretary for Energy as one of the selected global gas experts in the writing of an LNG handbook with the US Department of Energy.
Ezekiel is a pioneering member and first Vice President (Professional Development) of the Project Management Institute (PMI) in Nigeria. He is also a member of the Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineers, Nigerian Gas Association and the Nigerian Society of Engineers.
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In addition to his CEO and MD roles at the National Oil Corporation of Kenya (NOCK), Laparan Gideon Morintat sits on the Board of Directors of the Petroleum Institute of East Africa (PIEA). Prior to his appointment as CEO of NOCK, he was d.light SOLAR’s Country Manager for Ethiopia and Horn of Africa, and was based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Leparan possesses more than 17 years’ leadership and management experiences in oil and gas, energy infrastructure development, and ICT industries which he gained through his work with leading multinational organizations including MultiChoice Africa, Royal Dutch Shell Group and Equity Bank Group.
Leparan holds an MBA in Strategic Management from USIU-Africa (Class of 2019) and a B.Com Degree from Daystar University. He is a member of the Petroleum Institute of East Africa (PIEA), Kenya Institute of Management (KIM), Marketing Society of Kenya (MSK) and Kenya Institute of Supplies Management (KISM). He is married with four children.
Mr. James Yamoah is the Acting Chief Operating Officer of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC). He assumed this position after serving the Corporation for twelve years in the capacity of an Exploration Geologist and then as the General Manager, Technical.
He is responsible for establishing GNPC’s upstream strategies and objectives geared towards achieving the Corporation’s vision. He has oversight responsibility of the Engineering and Geoscience Divisions as well as the Research and Development Department.
Mr. Yamoah plays an active role in the Gas Sales Agreements, Petroleum Agreements and Field Development projects being undertaken in Ghana by extensively managing the relationship with its partners. He also provides technical solutions to enable GNPC complete its upstream field development projects successfully on time and on budget.
James Yamoah serves on various governing boards including GNPC-Technip Engineering Company Limited, Saltpond Oil Producing Company Limited (SOPCL) and GNPC Board Technical Subcommittee. He is also a member of the Licensing Bid Rounds Evaluation and Negotiation Committee (LBRN) whose mandate is to award oil blocks in Ghana. Mr. Yamoah is a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologist (AAPG) and the Ghana Institution of Geoscientists.
Aimen is a management professional with about 20 years of experience, 17 of which are in the oil and gas industry. Prior to his position at SUDAPET in November 2019, he was the Chairman of Tiger Oil Services Co. (a joint venture between Great Wall International and RAM Energy) for five years. Within RAM Energy, Aimen moved from being the Project Manager/Technical service Manager/Projects Department Manager between 2005 and 2009 to becoming the Chief Operating Officer/Operations Director (Vice President) from 2009 to 2014, and then the Chief Executive Officer. From 2000 to 2005, he worked as Network Engineer at Sudan shipping line, Electrical and Instrumentation Engineer at Higleig Petroleum Co., and Core Engineer at Zain Sudan. He has represented Sudan Oil & Gas Contractors in different international conferences as a Subject Matter Expert and headed the Legal and Contract Secretaries for Sudanese Contractors Union as well as the Oil & Gas Contractors Association. With core competences in many areas including Strategy Formulation and Implementation, Global Sourcing, Strategic Planning and Alliances, Change Management, and Supply Chain Optimization, Aimen possesses an excellent understanding of diverse business processes, customized strategies, and expansion of new markets to generate sustainable growth. He holds an MBA in Finance and accounting with distinction from the University of Medical Sciences and Technology in Sudan; an MSc. in Telecommunication and Information System, and a bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, both from the University of Khartoum in Sudan.
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Dalila is an advocate for development of local content in the African oil and gas value chain. Since joining Friburge – a wholly owned Angolan company and the leading petroleum inspections and STS services company in Angola, employing about 135 Angolans – Dalila has been instrumental in growing the company’s footprint within and outside Angola in line with the corporate ambition of building an African oil and gas services company. Dalila holds an Msc in Energy Studies from the world-renowned Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy (CEPLMP) at the University of Dundee, Scotland. She currently sits on boards, including Propetrol South Africa and Friburge Oil and Gas Mozambique, where she imparts her in-depth knowledge of the oil and gas industry to provide strategic guidance to local African businesses. Before joining Friburge Oil and gas, Dalila worked for Oando where she championed the company’s regional diversification strategies to different countries in Africa. She also holds experience in multilateral stakeholders’ engagements with UNCTAD (United Nations Commission for Trade and Development) on the beneficiation of extractive industries in Africa.
Ammar Elhaggaz has 14 years of experience in developing, managing, and sustaining business portfolios with multi projects and process components, delivering augmented solutions for Oil and Gas industry’s challenges, working in Sudan and international markets with multinational oil and gas companies such as Schlumberger abd ExxonMobil. His focus areas are energy; business development; sustainable development goals and social impacts; and transformation and strategy formulation.
Frederick Asamoah is the current Country Manager of DNV GL Ghana, West Africa operations, and responsible for the managing DNV GL Maritime, oil and gas activities ranging from Togo to Mauritania. Frederick has close to 24 years of experience in the maritime, oil and gas field, starting as Marine engineer since 1996 until 2007 when he joined the then Det Norske Veritas, (Now DNV GL) as a class surveyor. His employment with DNV GL took him to Norway, Singapore and China where he was part of the project team involved in various projects such as new building/ conversions of ships, semisubmersible drills and FPSO units. He is currently the rig coordinator of 2 FPSO in West Africa, classed by DNV GL. He has also been a guest speaker for oil and gas conferences delivering on topics like Digital transformation in the oil and gas industry.
Fredrick is educated to master’s level and holds MSc in Marine Technology from New Castle University, UK.
Karim Badawi started his career with Schlumberger in 1996 as a Field Engineer in Indonesia for three years, then went on to several assignments in Aberdeen, Egypt,
Paris, Houston, Russia and Central Asia and currently back to Egypt. Karim is currently the Managing Director for Schlumberger Oilfield Services, Egypt & East Mediterranean Region, based in Cairo, a position he assumed in May 2018. In his current role he is responsible for developing Schlumberger’s Characterization, Drilling,
Production, Integrated and Cameron projects portfolios for the region. Prior to his current role, he held various executive managerial positions based in Moscow
including Reservoir Characterization Manager for Russia and Central Asia, Vice president for Shared Services for Russia and Central Asia. Prior to that he was Global Business Systems manager for Operations based in Houston. Prior to that during hisfirst 12 years in the company Karim held various position in Wireline Product line where he was the Wireline Product line Global Training and Development manager Based in Paris, Operations Manager for Egypt and East Africa Region based in Cairo, Training
Center manager based in Alexandria, Field Service Manager based in Aberdeen and prior to his management positions Karim worked in the field as Wireline Field engineer
in Aberdeen and Indonesia. Karim holds a Bachelor of Science – B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from American University in Cairo and Master of Science – M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from American University in Cairo as well as a Masters in Business Administration from Erasmus university in Rotterdam.