Hon. Abdulsamad AbdulrahimChief Executive OfficerOcean Business PartnersAg. ChairmanAssociation of Tanzania Oil & Gas Service Providers (ATOGS)
Hon. Abdulsamad Abdulrahim
Chief Executive Officer
Ocean Business Partners
Abdulsamad Abdulrahim is a Tanzanian successful entrepreneur, patron, moderator and public speaker for various Oil & Gas Conferences. He serves as Director of Pietro Fiorentini Tanzania, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Ocean Business Partners Tanzania Ltd, an indigenous multi-discipline consulting company in Tanzania and Founder & Vice Chairman of Association of Tanzania Oil & Gas Service Providers (ATOGS)
Highly respected, effective individual with high-distinguished record of ethical leadership, unblemished record and diversified experience in various industries. He possesses a Diploma in Hotel Management (Liverpool,UK), Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and International Economics (Manchester, UK), and completed Mini MBA in World Legal, Fiscal Systems & Contracts For Oil & Gas (London, UK)
Abdulsamad has exhibited an unrelenting passion for Tanzania as is evident in his activities. He brings people together by hosting public programs and private events featuring leaders and experts with diverse views on a wide range of global and regional topics through task forces, executive forums, luncheons, conferences, studies, and leadership dialogue.
The majority of Abdulsamad’s efforts involved strategic rationalization for international business development project and facilitated various business development projects such as $3.5 Billion Uganda-Tanzania Crude Pipeline, Power Plants worth over $700 million, number of energy and investment projects and facilitated number of partnership agreements.
Hon. Salama AboudTalib was born on 11 November 1963 in Zanzibar, she is a Minister of lands, Housing, Water and Energy in Zanzibar. Hon Salama has served as Deputy Secretary at Women Organization of Tanzania (UWT) from 2001 – 2018. She worked at United Nation as volunteer dealing with small scale women producers and processors in Gambia. She received Master’s Degree of Human Resource Management at California University 2009 – 2013 and Post graduate of Tropical Animal Production at Larenstain International College in Netherlands 1992- 1994. she was a Chairperson of Tanzania Association of Women Leaders in Agriculture and Environment (TAWLAE).
Maarten GarvelinkVice President, Commercial & New Business Development - Sub Saharan AfricaShell
Vice President, Commercial & New Business Development - Sub Saharan Africa
Maarten Garvelink was appointed to the role of Vice President, Commercial & New Business Development - Sub Saharan Africa in 2019 and has been responsible for Shell’s business in Tanzania since July this year. Maarten is currently based out of the Shell Head Office in the Hague, the Netherlands.
Maarten joined Shell in 2002 and has held several positions in Shell in Finance, Commercial, New Business Development and LNG, including as Vice President Australasia for Shell Gas & Power in Singapore. Prior to joining Shell, he worked in investment banking in London and Amsterdam after studying Finance and Economics at Groningen University and the Free University of Berlin.
Maarten, a Dutch citizen, is married and has four daughters.
Mette joined Equinor in 2003 as a Principal Engineer and advanced her way into Senior roles in Equinor within Technology & Projects and Operations. Mette has held several positions in which she was responsible for the offshore and onshore operations of different Equinor’s Installations on the Norwegian Continental shelf. In her last role as senior Vice President Operations she was responsible for 13 offshore installations. She has also held corporate responsibilities within Safety and Sustainability. Before Mette joined Equinor, she was working within Research & Technology for Norsk Hydro. Outside Equinor, Mette has been a Board member for the Norwegian Petroleum Association (2016 – 2018), External Examiner at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (1997 – 2009). Dr. Mette has a PhD in Biotechnical (Polymer Chemistry) and a Master’s degree (M.Sc.) in Chemistry, both from the Norwegian University of Scienec and Technology. She is married with two children.
Charles SangweniActing Director GeneralPetroleum Upstream Regulatory Authority (PURA)
Acting Director General
Petroleum Upstream Regulatory Authority (PURA)
Charles Jimmy Sangweni works at Petroleum Upstream Regulatory Authority (PURA) as Acting Director General. He is a holder of a Master Degree in Gas Engineering and Management from the University of Salford, UK. Charles, is also a holder of a Bachelor degree in Chemical and Process Engineering from the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Before joining PURA Mr. Sangweni worked with Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC) and several oil companies in and out of his home country. These includes, Caltex Oil (Kenya) Ltd, Caltex Oil (Tanzania) Ltd and GAPCO (Uganda) Ltd. Thereafter he joined TPDC in 2008 as a Senior Research Officer where he acquired skills and knowledge on natural gas chain, from its production to utilization. He is among key members of the Project Implementation Unit (PIU) for the Tanzania National Natural Gas Infrastructure Project (NNGIP) which commenced successfully in 2015. Beside this projects, Sangweni has been involved in several projects on natural gas development and utilization.
Frederik Grootendorst was appointed Managing Director and Country Chair Shell Tanzania per the 1st of September 2019, based in Dar es Salaam. Frederik leads all aspects of Shell’s presence in Tanzania including the Deepwater-to-shore, greenfield Tanzania LNG opportunity. Frederik holds a master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from Delft, University of Technology in the Netherlands.
Frederik’s broad career spans from technical, project, commercial and operational domains with deep experience in LNG and integrated gas development as well as in global LNG markets and operating joint ventures. Frederik has worked for Shell in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and North America.
Most recently, Frederik was deeply involved in the successful development and positive investment decision on the LNG Canada project, which became Canada’s largest private capital investment in its history.
Sivert has 20 years of experience from LNG project execution, commissioning, start-up and operation. He has held several management positions within the company. For the last six years Sivert has been with the Tanzania LNG project, in the positions of Engineering Manager, Project Manager for the onshore project and since 1st of January 2019 he has held the position as Project Director and Asset Manager of the Block 2 LNG project. Before joining Equinor, Sivert was a research scientist for SINTEF within the field of low temperature process technology. Sivert holds a PhD and a Master’s degree (M.Sc.) in mechanical technology (process engineering) from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. He is married and has four children.
Andy has worked with Orca Exploration Group and PanAfrican Energy Tanzania in various management roles since 2012. He joined the company following a career spanning four decades in the public sector where he led engineering, logistics and security projects in some of the most challenging environments around the world. Since joining PanAfrican Energy Tanzania, he has played an integral part in the development and delivery of strategic and operational level plans for the company, while taking a lead role in the management of complex senior stakeholder issues in Tanzania. Andy holds a Master’s Degree in Military Science from Cranfield University in the UK, is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, and a Member of the Institute of Royal Engineers.
Bizimana joined PanAfrican Energy Tanzania’s Finance Department in 2008. Starting as a Management Accountant, his talents were soon recognised and he was quickly promoted to Finance Manager before further promotion to become the company’s Commercial Manager. In this role, Bizimana oversaw a broad range of PanAfrican Energy’s business functions that gave him excellent insight into how the company operated. Today, Bizimana is PanAfrican Energy’s Deputy Managing Director, a role to which his skills and experience are highly suited.
Prior to joining PAET, Bizimana worked with a soft drink manufacturing company – Coca Cola Kwanza Limited – as a Finance Manager, and with a telecommunication company – Celtel Tanzania Limited (now known as Airtel Tanzania Limited) – as an Accountant.
Bizimana holds B.Com (Accounting) from the University of Dar es Salaam, an MBA (Finance) from the University of Dar es Salaam – Business School, and is a Certified Public Accountant CPA(T).
Session 2 – Identifying the Opportunities Available in the Oil & Gas Projects Value Chain
MODERATOR: Hon. Sarah CookeBritish High Commissioner of the United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern IrelandUnited Republic of Tanzania
MODERATOR: Hon. Sarah Cooke
British High Commissioner of the United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland
United Republic of Tanzania
Sarah Cooke is the High Commissioner to Tanzania since September 2016.
Prior to this role, Sarah Cooke was the country representative for DFID Bangladesh. She joined DFID in 2005, where her other roles included leading DFID’s policy work on economic growth & investment, anti-corruption and aid effectiveness. Sarah previously worked as the Deputy Head of the Commission for Africa Secretariat and as a Deputy Director in the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit in the Cabinet Office. In this role she lead cross-government strategy projects including development of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative.
Before joining the UK Civil Service, Sarah Cooke worked in Guyana in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Solomon Islands as an Advisor to the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Commerce and as an Economic Consultant at PriceWaterhouseCoopers.
Sarah has a degree in Economics and a Masters in Development Studies.
Salum ShamteChairmanTanzania Private Sector Foundation (TPSF)
Tanzania Private Sector Foundation (TPSF)
Salum Shamte is a commercial farmer. He has been involved in agri-business for over 44 years - 10 of which were spent working in the UK marketing agricultural produce. He retired at the end of 2017 as the Managing Director of Katani Limited, a sisal growing and processing company in Tanzania. The company produces sisal fibre through a smallholder outgrower scheme, and sisal cordage and woven products for the Tanzanian and export markets. It also produces biogas, electricity and organic fertilizer from sisal biomass residue and breeds heifers. Mr. Shamte also grows mangoes, rice, chicken and fish.
Salum Shamte has been Chairman of the Agricultural Council of Tanzania (ACT) – the private sector apex agricultural body from 2006 to 2013. In that period, ACT was actively involved in the preparation of the KILIMO KWANZA [Agriculture First] policy resolve which has put agricultural transformation at the top of Tanzania’s economic agenda. ACT also runs the Tanzania Agricultural Partnership which brings together private and public sector players to intervene in the agricultural value chains. It has been instrumental in developing the Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania [SAGCOT] which Mr. Shamte Chaired from Inception in 2011 to 2017. Mr. Shamte has been, between 2010 and 2016, Vice Chairman and Board Member of The Southern Africa Confederation of Agricultural Unions [SACAU] a Body that brings together all farmer organisations in SADC.
Salum Shamte is The Chairman of The Tanzania Private Sector Foundation - The Apex Private Sector Institution organising the sector to speak with one voice. He is a Member of the Tanzania National Business Council, the Forum chaired by H.E. The President of the United Republic of Tanzania bringing together the private and the public sectors in Tanzania to address economic issues. He sits in various other public and private sector Boards of Directors locally and internationally.
Salum Shamte, 67 years old, has a Bachelors degree in Commerce and a Masters in Business Management. He has received various other training in agribusiness, marketing, corporate governance and management of change. He is married with four sons and five daughters.
Completed an MSc in Petroleum Reservoir Geology at the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine in London in 1990 and worked briefly with Scott Pickford Plc in the United Kingdom. Returned to Uganda to participate in field geological and geophysical data acquisition as part of the petroleum exploration effort in the country.
Was Commissioner for Petroleum Exploration and Production Department (PEPD) between 2008 – 2014 and Director for Petroleum in the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development, Uganda from November, 2014 to August, 2016.
Was a member of the Uganda Government team that promotes the country’s petroleum potential to industry with a view to attract investment in the sector and also negotiated Production Sharing Agreements with oil companies for acreage in Uganda’s Albertine Graben.
Chaired the working group which coordinated the formulation of a draft National Oil and Gas Policy for Uganda which was approved in 2008. Was also a key participant in the formulation of Uganda’s new petroleum laws which were passed in 2013.
Appointed to lead Uganda’s newly created Petroleum Authority of Uganda starting September, 2016.
A member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologist (AAPG), the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and the Geological Society of Uganda.
Recipient of the Global Pacific Award for Distinguished Contribution to the African Oil and Gas Industry, 2007.
Recognition for contribution to the discovery of oil by H.E the President in 2006.
Awarded the Nalubale medal in recognition of the contributions towards the development of Uganda’s oil and gas sector in 2016.
Eskil has over 34 years working across the spectrum of exploration to production and projects in many of the world’s key Petroleum basins (Africa, UK North Sea, Gulf of Mexico, DW Brazil, SE Asia and Australasia). Eskil was born in Nigeria and spent his early years in Nigeria, Angola and Mozambique. He started his career in 1985 as a Field Seismologist with SSL, before moving to Enterprise Oil and, following their takeover, Shell International, ultimately as the Gulf of Mexico Exploration Strategy and Planning Manager. In 2009 he joined Marathon Oil as the Company’s Manager for Conventional New Ventures Worldwide and subsequently Apache Corporation as Director Worldwide Exploration and New Ventures Asia Pacific. Subsequently he was Head of New Ventures and Co-Head of Mergers & Acquisitions at Petrobras Oil & Gas BV. Prior to joining Wentworth in June 2018, Eskil was the CEO of Sterling Energy plc, a UK based, AIM listed independent oil and gas exploration company focused primarily on Africa and the Middle East. Eskil holds a BSc in Geophysics from Cardiff University and an MSc in Petroleum Geology from Imperial College, London.
Latest developments and the opportunities ahead in the oil and gas business in the region
How to harness the current and potential future opportunities?
What needs to be implemented in order to boost future projects in Tanzania and the region
Which experiences and lessons can we learn from other projects? What knowledge and experiences can international companies bring to projects in Tanzania?
How will the future LNG projects look like? Lessons to be learned and pittfalls to avoid
Session 3 – INDUSTRY WORKSHOP: Implementing Best Practices in the Oil & Gas Sector
Jay Park QC is the Managing Partner of Petroleum Regimes Advisory and Park Energy Law. Jay has practised energy law for over thirty years, with a specific focus on creating optimum petroleum regimes for states, and advising companies and states on upstream oil & gas transactions. He has advised oil and gas producers, marketers, pipeline companies, governments, banks and multilateral agencies such as the World Bank. His practice has included drafting petroleum legislation and regulations, oil & gas asset acquisitions and divestments, advising on production sharing agreements and concession agreements, product marketing, gas sales and purchase contracts, pipeline transportation matters, oil and gas pipeline asset dispositions, oil and gas regulatory hearings, and joint venture and participation agreements.
Jay’s work has taken him to Albania, Algeria, Angola, Azerbaijan, Brazil, Brunei, Cambodia, Canada, Chad, China, Colombia, Comores, DR Congo, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Egypt, France, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Mexico, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Peru, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Tanzania, Thailand, Trinidad, Tunisia, Uganda, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States of America, Vietnam, Venezuela and Yemen. Jay has assisted governments and state oil companies in the design or amendment of petroleum regimes in twelve countries, whose total resources comprise 49% of world oil reserves and 33% of world gas reserves.
Jay is actively involved in legal education and training. He has instructed the "International Petroleum Transactions" course at the Faculty of Law of the University of Calgary since 2007. He co-instructs five day training courses hosted by CWC School for Energy, "World Legal Systems and Contracts for Oil & Gas" and "International Petroleum Joint Ventures". He has been recognized as a leading oil & gas lawyer by all of the rating publishers, including Who’s Who Legal.
Ms. Kamuzora, is a qualified post graduate Water Resources and Environmental Engineer with on the job experience in; Compliance management, permitting, Rehabilitation, Facilities and Social Closure Planning and implementation, Health, Safety and Environment Risk Assessment, Environmental Impact Assessment, Environmental Management Systems, Occupational and Environmental Monitoring and Auditing, Waste Management, Social Impact Assessment, Participatory Rural Appraisal, Social Engagement and Consultation, Implementation of Social Development Programs, Health and Safety, Project Management, Capacity Building, Water and Sanitation Engineering, and Water Resources Conservation.
She has 15 years’ experience in environmental management mainly in the extractive sector advising and managing environment compliance, and implementing environment and social management programs to local, corporate and international standards. She has also worked in both rural communities, operations setting and at corporate level implementing projects from policy, strategy, implementation, progressive monitoring and auditing to closure representing companies as main environment expert. In addition, she has been providing capacity building in health and safety, water and environmental management throughout her career plus managing capacity building programmes for stakeholders and graduates for a Regulatory Authority and international companies.
Collaboration strategies between international companies and the education sector to ensure Tanzanians acquire the right set of skills to work in the industry
How can national companies raise their standards in order to meet the international companies requirements?
What are operators and contractors doing in hiring Tanzania’s workforce and contract national goods and services?
What recruitment policies are in place to hire Tanzanians to work in the projects?
Which social investment initiatives and plans are companies implementing?
How is the government developing the environmental assessment and mitigation plans in the communities and areas surrounding the projects?
What are the current plans for community inclusion and awareness? Lessons from other countries
Networking Coffee Break
Session 5 – PANEL DISCUSSION: Enhancing SMEs Participation & the Role of Technology Transfer in the Value Chain
Ivan is an experienced banker, Co-founder and Partner Bankable Tanzania.
He is an economist with an MSc Finance and Economics from Warwick Business School. He also is a Certified Financial Markets Dealer by ACI Financial Markets.
His experience in banking includes roles at Standard Chartered, NBC as well as Head of Global Markets at Stanbic. He has also served market development as President of the ACI Tanzania chapter 2013 to 2015 and also as a secretary to the Tanzanian Banking Association’s Financial Market Deepening and Development committee.
His firm Bankable is first of its kind intermediary that deals in advising clients through origination, structuring and placement of business financing.
Khadija MwendaActing Chief ExecutiveOcupational and Safety Health Authority (OSHA)
Acting Chief Executive
Ocupational and Safety Health Authority (OSHA)
Esther MmbagaAg. Director of Local ContentNational Economic Empowerment Council
Ag. Director of Local Content
National Economic Empowerment Council
Esther Mmbaga is currently the Acting Director of Local Content at the National Economic Empowerment Council. She has held this post since June 2016 and her roles include among others coordinating, facilitating and monitoring Local Content initiatives.
Prior to this position, Esther was serving as a Principal Legal Officer at NEEC and has been working in the Legal Unit of the Council since 2007. Before joining NEEC, Esther served as a Resident Magistrate at the Kisutu Resident Magistrates Court from 2003 to 2007.
Esther holds a Masters Degree in Corporate and Commercial Law (UDSM), is an Advocate of the High Court and holds a Bachelor Degree in Law from the University of Dar es Salaam.
Resty has 6 years of experience in the Oil & Gas sector as a Supply Chain Consultant. Currently, Resty is a Senior member in Equinor within supply chain, handling contract management, supporting building of capacity in oil & gas value chain and is involved in establishing and maintaining good relations with different stakeholders. Previously to Equinor, Resty has more than 8 years of work experience. She was a Payable and Inventory Manager at MIC Tanzania Limited (Tigo), a telecommunication company and a Financial Controller in a UK Donor Funded Project at The British Council. She is a member of three professional boards, The National Board of Accountant & Auditors (NBAA) in TZ, The Chartered Management Institute and Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply in UK.
Resty holds CPA (T) and MBA majoring in Supply Chain from University of Glamorgan (UK). She also holds a Certificate of Competence in Corporate Governance from The Eastern and Southern African Management Institute (ESAMI). Resty has been participating in number of marathons and has a record of reaching Uhuru Peak - Mount Kilimanjaro. She is married with two children.
Raising capital and funding for local SMEs and Tanzanian companies: what are the options available?
How can the government and international companies create an environment for SMEs to prosper in the oil and gas projects in Tanzania?
Where are the current opportunities for local companies in the value chain?
Buying and hiring local: how can Tanzanians services have the opportunities for business in oil and gas?
How to meet international standards? What certifications are required to win projects and get contracts?
Creating technology and economic clusters: maximising the long term benefits of the projects
Promoting innovation incubators in Tanzania’s oil and gas industry: the role of start ups
Ensuring compliance in the oil and gas sector in Tanzania: promoting best practices
Technology solutions to ensure the projects are competitive and cost effective
Which other examples can Tanzania learn from? Which are the pitfalls to avoid?
End of Tanzania Oil & Gas Congress Day One
Cocktail Reception at the British High Commission, Dar es Salaam
H. E. Sahoo AlSuwaidi, who holds a B.Sc in Chemical Engineering from the University of Southern California, USA (year 1984). In his career he worked for Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) in Chief Executive level positions and regularly handled complex Oil, Gas and Petrochemical developments, Pipeline builds and Power projects worth billions of dollars. During this period, Mr. AlSuwaidi handled responsibilities as Director of ADNOC Gas Directorate and Director of Corporate Support Directorate (direct reporting to ADNOC Chief Executive Officer). Earlier to this, Mr. Sahoo AlSuwaidi served over a decade as Chief Executive Officer of Abu Dhabi Gas Industries Limited (GASCO), currently known as ADNOC Gas Processing.
Mohammed Sahoo AlSuwaidi is also a leading Nuclear professional committed to driving the highest standards of Industrial and Nuclear Safety, Security and Operational transparency. With more than 35 years of energy experience Mr. Sahoo AlSuwaidi was one of the founding figures of the United Arab Emirates’ $20 billion ground-breaking peaceful nuclear energy programme. In 2016, Mr. Sahoo AlSuwaidi was appointed as Nawah’s first Chief Executive Officer, managing a diverse workforce of more than 2,000 employees from 55 different nationalities.
His other notable achievements include advising on the development of the Energy Plan for Abu Dhabi’s 2030 vision and contributing to several other Government Boards.
Currently, Mr. Mohammed Sahoo AlSuwaidi is the Managing Director of Dodsal Hydrocarbons Exploration & Production. Also Founder and Chairman of UAE based Equilibrium Engineering Consultancy, which works with partners from the Oil & Gas, Petrochemical, Nuclear, Renewables, Pipeline and Infrastructure Sectors.
Omar MitháCEOENH Empresa Nacional de Hidrocarbonetos,EP), Mozambique
ENH Empresa Nacional de Hidrocarbonetos,EP), Mozambique
Mr Omar Mitha (50) is a Mozambican national and holds a degree in Economics (1992) and post-graduate course in management. At an early age, he started his career as a teacher at the Commercial Institute (Accounting School) in 1987. In 1990, prior to completing his studies, he joined The Local Industry Institute (IDIL, Ministry of Industry and Trade) as a junior economist dealing with feasibility studies to assist SME´s tap a pool of funds at the one-time state owned bank (Banco Comercial de Moçambique). In 1993, Mr Mitha joined a consulting firm, Proinvest, which also encompassed a portfolio of businesses, like, an Exchange House, Consulting, and Agro-Industry. re Mitha was promoted to the positon of General Manager in 1995. In 1997, Mr Mitha joined Ernst & Young as a Consultant in charge of companies valuations for the purpose of privatization at a time when the state was downsizing its stakes across several sectors. After Ernst & Young, his career went into the investment bank, with the opening of the first Merchant Bank, BIM-Investimento, and was in charge of Mergers and Acquisitions, Project Finance and IPO´s, including risk analysis for big-ticket transactions (Deputy Manager). This involved Valuation, and financial modeling, including the entire process from the Data Room to financial closure.
In 2000 Mr Mitha was a consultant to the World Bank, within the Enterprise Development Project, on behalf of International Development Ireland (IDI), as the Competitiveness Office Manager with focus on SME´s in the industrial sector is intended to enhance the company´s capabilities country-wide. In 2006 Mr Mitha joined the World Bank, as an investment officer for the IFC office in Mozambique.
From 2008 and 2014, Mr Mitha was Millennium Bim´s Chief Economist and Investment Banking Manager (Research, M&A, Project Finance and Credit). The bank consolidated its position as number one in Mozambique both by asset value and market share. In 2015, Mr Mitha was appointed as Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade. In August 2015, Mr Mitha was appointed ENH chairman, up to the current time.
Francis has over 17 years of experience in public finance management. His expertise is in the area of strategic planning, budgeting, tax policy and administration, macroeconomic management, project finance and structuring, trade policy and regional integration, negotiation, project management, public finance management, energy policy and petroleum revenue management.
He is currently an Assistant Commissioner, Tax Policy Department at Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development.
He is a member of the Board of Directors Uganda National Oil Company Limited.
Dr. Adelhelm Meru is a retired Civil Servant. Before retirement he worked as a Mechanical Engineer in both Tanzania and Nairobi Kenya. From 1996 to 2003 he served as the Director General of the Vocational Education and Training Authority (VETA); in 2006 he was appointed Director General of the Export Processing Zones Authority (EPZA); in 2014 he was appointed Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism and in 2016 he was appointed Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment. Dr. Meru is now the Managing Director of Victoria Investment and Industrial Consulting Services Limited.
Energy & Water Utilities Regulatory Authority (EWURA)
Eng. Kahyoza, currently a Zonal Manager for EWURA Central Zone, has served for over 30 years through a number of Institutions in the Energy Sector in Tanzania. He served the Tanzania Electric Supply Company for about 20years, The Ministry of Energy and Minerals (by then) for four (4) years, and the Energy and Water Regulatory Authority for 8 years. During the same period, he also served as a Board Director for the Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation – TPDC. He is a Certified Regulation Specialist recognized by Loughborough University (UK) and IP3 (USA). He holds a BSc in Engineering and an MBA (Finance) both from the University of Dar es Salaam. He is a Professional Registered Engineer under the Engineers Registration Board (ERB).
Eng. Joyce Kisamo is currently working as Technical Advisor in the President’s Office - Oil and Gas Advisory Bureau (OGAB), Tanzania.
Before, up to June 2015, Eng. Kisamo served as the Director of Downstream Operations and Director of Marketing and Investments with Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC). She has over 25 years working experience in the Petroleum Industry. Her experience covers the whole value chain of the petroleum and natural gas development.
Engineer Kisamo is a holder of Masters Degree in Integrated Design of Chemical Plants from the University of Leeds, UK and the Degree in Chemical and Process Engineering from the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. She has also attended several short courses that granted her specials skills in Engineering Projects Research, Analysis, Appraisal, Design and Development; Projects Monitoring and Evaluation; International Oil & Gas Business Management; Oil and Gas Projects Management; Leadership and Strategy; Oil and Gas Industry Management; Contracts Negotiations; Oil and Gas Contracts Management and Audit and Strategic Oil & Gas Pricing and Forecasting. She has proven high administrative and managerial ability shown during the implementation of the Natural Gas Processing Plants and Transportation Pipeline from Mtwara and Songo Songo to Dar es Salaam. She is among the design team.
Eng. Kisamo is a member of the Institute of Engineers Tanzania and a Registered Engineer with the Engineering Registration Board of Tanzania. Also, Eng. Joyce Kisamo is a member of the University of Dar es Salaam Council and an external examiner.
Teri leads the World Bank Group Tanzania’s Investment Climate program which works to support the government to deliver business friendly reforms and attract quality public & private sector investments. A private sector development expert in light manufacturing, tourism, agribusiness and international trade, he is former Director of Policy at Tanzania Private Sector Foundation, which works to championing improvement of Tanzania’s business environment. He is passionate about private sector solutions for jobs and incomes. His alma mater is Universities of Dodoma and Edinburgh.
Aziz Chacha joined NMB as the bank’s Treasurer in September 2011 from Barclays Bank Tanzania where he had worked as the Country Treasurer. He holds an MBA from Manchester Business School of the University of Manchester, United Kingdom and currently serves in the Tanzania Bankers Association (TBA) financial markets technical committee. He has a wealth of experience in Treasury risk management, Treasury technology, capital markets/corporate finance, capital planning and balance sheet management and is a certified member of ACI-Financial Markets headquartered in France.
Miranda is an ‘Accidental Entrepreneur’ with an academic background in Theatre for Development who strategically transferred her skillset to the private sector in 2009 when she founded Empower; a flourishing Human Capital Consulting Firm servicing East Africa and beyond. She is a Mother, writer, motivational speaker & tenacious advocate of Skills Development having spearheaded Empower Academy and the ‘Kidpreneur Movement’ to prepare Tanzania’s future generation for business.
Miranda is a Member of The Africa List – a select community of next generation CEOs in Africa’s most exciting growth markets and sits on the Board of READ International, AIESEC Tanzania and is an active member-leader in the Entrepreneurs’ Organization.
Venosa NgowiDirector of UpstreamTanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC)
Blandina has practical experience in research, training and policy analysis. She is a senior researcher, at REPOA, a Tanzanian think tank based in Dar es Salaam. She is the CEO of the Economic Society of Tanzania. Her engagement in dialogues, publications locally and internationally are derived from her work in value chains in agriculture, economic transformation, financial inclusion, SDGs, women empowerment, nutrition and poverty. Blandina is a Joint Programme Director of the five years research programme on “Tanzania as a future Petro State”. She holds a PhD from Leiden University, a Master’s (MPAID) from Harvard Kennedy School and her first degree from the University of Dar es Salaam.