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United Republic of Tanzania
Minister of Energy
United Republic of Tanzania
Minister of Lands, Housing, Water & Energy
Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar
Hon. Salama Aboud Talib 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).
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.
British High Commissioner
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.
Member of the Panel of Eminent Persons of the African Peer Review
APRM, Africa Union
Ambassador Ombeni SEFUE was Chief Secretary of Tanzania, 2012-2016. Before that, he served as:
Currently, Ambassador Sefue is:
Ministry of Energy, United Republic of Tanzania
Dr. Hamisi Hassan Mwinyimvua is a Tanzanian, born on 7th January 1960 in Singida, Tanzania. He obtained his secondary education in Tanzania before joining the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, where he studied and obtained B.A (Economics) in 1986 and M.A. (Economics) in 1988. He later pursued further studies in the University of Dar es Salaam and Lund University of Sweden and successfully completed his Ph.D (Economics) in 1996.
Dr. Mwinyimvua’s occupational carrier mainly centred on academics before December 2006. He was employed as a Tutorial Assistant at the University of Dar es Salaam immediately after completing his undergraduate studies in 1986. He was promoted to a post of Assistant Lecturer upon obtaining his M.A (Econ.) degree in 1988 and Lecturer after completing his Ph.D studies in 1996.
Dr. Mwinyimvua had risen to the rank of Senior Lecturer by December 2006 when joined, on secondment, the President’s Economic and Policy Advisory Unit as Personal Advisor (Economic Affairs) to President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete of Tanzania. In February 2015 Dr. Mwinyimvua was appointed to the post of Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance, before being promoted by the 5th President of Tanzania, Dr. John Pombe Magufuli, to become Permanent Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office. On 25th October 2017, Dr. Mwinyimvua was appointed by President Magufuli to lead the newly formed Ministry of Energy as its Permanent Secretary after the split of the former Ministry of Energy and Minerals into two ministries – Ministry of Energy and Ministry of Minerals; the position that he holds to date.
Acting Managing Director
Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC)
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.
Tanzania Export Processing Zones Authority (EPZA)
Assistant Commissioner for Petroleum Development
Ministry of Energy
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.
Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA)
Zonal Manager – Central
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).
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.
Petroleum Authority of Uganda
Park Energy Law
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.
National Economic Empowerment Council (NEEC)
Acting Director of Local Content
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.
Minister of State for Minerals
Republic of Uganda
Shinyanga Regional Commissioner
United Republic of Tanzania
Honorable Zainab R. Telack is currently the Regional Commissioner of Shinyanga Region. Prior to her appointment (2015-2016), she served as a District Commissioner of Sengerema District (in MWanza Region). In addition, she has over 20 years of Experience working at different levels of Public Education. She has been a Teacher, School Inspector, Secondary Education Coordinator, Form five Selection Coordinator and Education electronic System Coordinator.
Honorable Zainab holds a Masters of Arts in Rural Development from the Sokoine University.
Dodoma Regional Commissioner
United Republic of Tanzania
Ministry of Foreign Affairs & East African Cooperation
Ministry of Lands, Housing & Human Settlements Development
Mrs. Dorothy Stanley Mwanyika, is a Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Human Settlements Development (MLHHSD). Before joining MLHHSD in November 2017, she was a Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance and Planning where she served for four years since 2013.
Dorothy Mwanyika has served the Government of Tanzania at various capacities including: Regional Administrative Secretary; Regional Planning Officer, Economic Technical Advisor at Regional Secretariet, National Facilitator in Strategic Planning, Policy and Gender Analysis. She has also worked closely with a number of bilateral and International Organizations in the Country.
Ministry of Finance & Planning
Permanent Secretary for Transport Sector
Ministry of Works, Transport & Communications
Natural Gas Distribution Manager
Energy & Water Utilities Regulatory Authority (EWURA)
ENG. THOBIAS PANCRAS RWELAMILA is the Natural Gas Distribution Manager at the Energy and Water Utilities Regulatory Authority (EWURA) in Tanzania for eleven (11) years since July 2007. Prior to that, he worked with the Tanzania Electric Supply Company for 13 years after he graduated as a Mechanical Engineer at the University of Dar es Salaam. He has experiences in regulation of natural gas, distribution network design and system planning, contract management and procurement of donor funded projects. He holds BSc (Mechanical Engineering), MSc (Engineering Management) and MSc (Business Administration) of IIFT and the Institute of Finance Management.
Pangaea Securities (EA) Ltd
Dr. Kaunda is the first Tanzania Government Representative on the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), a United Nations Specialized Agency, based in Montreal, Canada. He was the founder of Alliance Air, in 1994, an Airline joint services operated by the Governments of Tanzania, Uganda and South Africa, under TRANSNET.
Dr. Kaunda is among ad hoc appointees of the Paris based ICASA, as Arbitrator of the International Court of Aviation and Space Arbitration, and presently serves as Chairman of Pangaea Securities (EA) Ltd, an investment advisory firm. He is a Board Member and Chairman of the National Investment Company (NICOL), Member of the Tanzania Private Sector Foundation, (TPSF), and serves on the Tanzania Chamber of Commerce Industry and Agriculture (TCCIA) Board and Investment Committee as well as a Trustee of the Mandela Institute of Science and Technology and is now the Chairman of the Rural Energy Agency (REA).
Dr. Kaunda has had diverse experience as a Consultant of the World Bank, UNDP, EU, ECA and COMESA, as well as his participation in the Tanzania Private Sector Foundation (TPSF), adds beneficial contribution to the high level business expertise, in addition to his strong academic background, in which the areas of professional interest included ITU and Outer Space Studies. He has represented his country at different times as Delegate and Chief Delegate in many high level and inter-governmental negotiations and has had the honor and privilege, by special invitation, to conduct topical lectures at various academic institutions, including McGill, MIT and Harvard Universities, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. He was co-opted as an ad hoc Member of the Flight Transportation Laboratory, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
In addition to his initial LLB degree in Dar-Es-Salaam, Dr. Kaunda’s academic achievements include a Diploma in Air and Space Law, a Masters Degree (LLM) and a Doctorate (DCL), as a UNDP Scholar at McGill University, Montreal, Canada.
Tanzania Private Sector Foundation (TPSF)
Private Consultant & Former Managing Director
Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC)
Killagane is a Certified Chartered Accountant from UK. He poses an MSc. Finance from Scotland. He was a former lecturer at the now Mzumbe University.
Yona has been the Managing Director of Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation for twenty three years up to retirement in 2014. During his tenure as CEO, Tanzania had spectacular gas discoveries.
He sits in several Boards of Directors both public and private companies
Yona has published a number of books in accounting.
Currently, he is a Private Consultant in accounting, finance, general management and oil and gas operations.
Director of Downstream Operations-DOD
Tanzania Petroleum Corporation Development (TPDC)
Director of Upstream
Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC)
Controller & Auditor General
United Republic of Tanzania
Professor Mussa Juma ASSAD is the Controller and Auditor General of the United Republic of Tanzania. He was appointed the Controller and Auditor General effective on 5 November, 2014. Before his appointment, Prof. Assad was an Associate Professor of Accounting in the Accounting Department at the University of Dar es Salaam Business School.
He obtained a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Accounting at University of Southampton in 2001; Master of Arts in Financial Control, Dublin City University (1991); Professional Diploma in Accounting, Dublin City University (1990); Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting, University of Dar es Salaam (1988).
Prof. Assad has over twenty years’ experience in teaching, consulting and research. His professional profile had included major assignments in public sector finance [both in local government and the central government], financial modelling and planning, education expenditure reviews, higher education financing and sustainability, and institutional performance evaluations.
He has led and undertaken numerous consultancy assignments in Tanzania for the Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education, Ministry of Education and Vocational Training, the United Nations Development Programme, the World Bank, the Urban Sector Rehabilitation Project, the Government of Zanzibar, and a number of major public firms. He also has experience in design and implementation of financial management systems (both manual and computerized); designing funding mechanisms; carrying out costing and revenue studies; and financial analysis. He has authored two textbooks and more than 30 regional and international journal articles.
Apart from being the Chairman of the Governing Board – National Board of Accountants and Auditors since 2007, he was, until this appointment as CAG, also on the Board Director of the National Bank of Commerce Limited [since 2006] and Chairman, Board of Directors [since 2008]; he was also the Chairman, Council – Muslim University of Morogoro, from 2008; Member, Board of Trustees – National Social Security Fund, from 2006; Member, Board of Directors – Tanzania Telecommunications Company Limited, since 2008. He also chaired Audit Committees of the National Social Security Fund as well as the Tanzania Telecommunications Company Limited. At the University of Dar es Salaam he sat on the Boards of two companies - University Computing Centre and the Dar es Salaam University Press.
Prof. Assad enjoys trail running, angling and armchair football.
Founder & Managing Director
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.
Senior Lecturer, UDSM and Principal Research Fellow
Dr. Kinyondo (Ph.D. Monash University, Australia) is the Director of Strategic Research at REPOA, a leading think-tank in Tanzania specializing in socio-economic issues. He has over 10 years of researching experience and has published in various internationally reputable outlets such as Cambridge University Press and Oxford’s Development Studies. He has also led several teams of experts in formulating several socio-economic policies, regulations and codes of ethics in Tanzania and beyond. Dr. Kinyondo currently investigates issues pertaining to local content, employment, industrialization, natural resources management as well as governance. He seats in various local and international boards.
LNG Project Director, Qatar
Gary joined Shell in 2016 as part of the BG Group integration and was the Project Director of the Integrated Project Team for Tanzania LNG. In his 3 years in this role Gary visited Tanzania many times and was responsible for the early development work both in Dar es Salaam and Lindi. Since January 2018 he has taken on the role as the Shell Front End Development Manager for Qatar.
Gary graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering and joined BG in 1991 as an engineering management trainee. He has worked in various engineering and project management roles across the complete integrated gas chain working in the UK and internationally in Thailand, Brazil, Trinidad, USA, Australia, Qatar and Tanzania. He was the general manager for QCLNG (Australia) where he led the LNG plant team in Houston from concept selection right through to detailed engineering developing the first LNG plant in the world to be supplied from coal bed methane.
Gary was the Vice President of the BG LNG Centre of Excellence responsible for the development of all the global LNG plant projects in North America, Canada and Tanzania.
He is a Fellow of the IMechE and has a Master’s in Business Administration.
Gary is married with two children. His interests include his family, football and cycling.
Executive Vice President Development & Production International
Position: Executive Vice President DPI since August 2018
Experience: Has held several managerial positions in Equinor, including Senior Vice President (SVP) in trading and operations in the Natural Gas business area (2009 - 2010), SVP in performance management and analysis (2007 - 2009) and SVP in performance management, tax and M&A (2005 - 2007).
From 1995 to 2004, he held various positions in the Natural Gas business area and corporate functions in Statoil.
From 1 January 2011 to 1 August 2015 he held the position as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Statoil (CFO).
Education: Master of Science degree from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration.
Project Director, East African Crude Oil Pipeline
Maxim Marchenko graduated from the Technical University (Polytechnic) of St. Petersburg Russia in 1995.
Prior to joining university, he had worked at the Baltisky shipyard in St Petersburg. He graduated with a master’s degree in engineering in 1995. He worked for the international engineering contractor, Technip till 2001. He worked on several industrial projects, mainly oil and gas related: Bukhara refinery in Uzbekistan as field engineer, refinery in Egypt as the engineering manager, design for Nigeria LNG project as project manager amongst others.
His career with Total started in 2001 with Total E&P Russia as the manager in charge of offsite facilities, pipelines and power lines for the onshore oil field in Russia. In 2004 he moved to Total in Paris where he worked with TOTAL E&P projects as an engineering and construction expert.
From late 2007 to 2011, he worked as the Technical Director, deputy VP Phase 1 Project of the SHTOKMAN DEVELOPMENT in Russia, an offshore gas development with 550 km of pipe and LNG plant.
He served as the TOTAL EP Russia Deputy Business Development Director from 2011 to 2014 where he was in charge of the joint projects Total had with its Russian partner. For example, the Termokarstovoye onshore field development (gas and condensate green field 65 000 Barrels per day, 400 km of pipes).
From 2015, he took up the role of the Project Director, Mergers and Acquisitions with TOTAL Holding in Paris, a position he held until May 2018.
In May 2018, he was appointed as the EACOP / Midstream Project Director responsible for both the technical and commercial part of the EACOP pipeline project and this is the position he holds till this day.
Integrated Project Group (IPG) Director
After graduating from Cambridge University in 1984 with a degree in Engineering Science, Martin has spent his entire career in the upstream oil and gas industry, initially 8 years with Shell and for the last 26 years with Total.
He has held a variety of technical and commercial positions in Development, Projects, Operations and Business in Brunei, UK, France, Indonesia and The Netherlands. Between 2009 and 2014 he was Managing Director for TOTAL EP Norge in Norway.
He returned to Paris in 2014, assigned as the Deputy Director, Development & Support to Operations. (DSO) and involved in a major reorganization of the central technical functions in the Head Office
He has been the Director of the Uganda Integrated Project Group since July 2016. This covers the entire chain through Reservoir, Drilling, Upstream facilities, Export Pipeline and the Marine Terminal at Tanga.
Site General Manager, Kinyerezi
NMB Bank PLC
Ms. Bussemaker assumed the role of CEO of NMB Bank PLC (NMB) in Tanzania in May 2015. She has over 30 years of experience in banking having held various senior positions in corporate banking, transaction banking and e-Business in Citigroup, ABN AMRO and Rabobank. She has lived and worked in the Netherlands, Denmark and the UK. Ms. Bussemaker holds an MBA in Business & IT and a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics.
Business Development East Africa
Francois has over 30 years’ experience in strategic business development for the Oil & Gas, Chemicals, Infrastructure and Power Sectors in sub-Saharan Africa and is currently based in Nairobi, Kenya.
Francois acts as the key WorleyParsons relationship Manager with Local Partners in East Africa and his expertise covers services from initial idea forming or Advisory services, through to Conceptual/Feasibility and FEED studies and includes project execution through PMC/EPCM or Integrated Project Management Teams (IPMT) until commissioning.
He has been actively involved during the past 7 years to further WorleyParsons’ localization drive through local content implementation and creating a meaningful and sustainable transformation for Sub-Saharan Africa.
Uganda Oil & Gas Service Providers (AUGOS)
Principal Natural Resources
Moreblessing is a Senior Member of the Natural Resources Coverage team with Absa.
Her key responsibilities are to provide strategic insights, originate and execute transactions for Absa key clients in the Mining, Oil & Gas sectors.
She has 12 years experience in Banking and Mining garnered through various positions at Absa, Rand Merchant Bank and Anglo American.
Moreblessing has a Bachelor of Social Science in Politics, Philosophy and Economics and Bachelor of Commerce Honours in Economics from the University of Cape Town.
Vice President of Business Development
Industrial Maintenance International
Tom serves as the VP of Operations for Industrial Maintenance International serving mid and downstream Oil and Gas sectors in north and east Africa and the Middle East. Prior to joining IMI he served as Director of BD for Jacobs Engineering in North Africa focusing on growing a Moroccan based engineering organization to serve the industrial sectors of Africa. Prior to this he served as Infrastructure Programs Manager for Jacobs Engineering in support of phosphate mining and beneficiation projects in Africa and the Americas. He joined Jacobs in 2009 as Practice Leader for the Ports and Marine Practice for Jacobs North American Infrastructure. Prior to joining Jacobs he was CEO of Applied Technology & Management and focused on Strategic Planning and Program Management for large infrastructure projects. He received his Bachelors in Agricultural Engineering and Masters of Engineering from the University of Florida.
Vice President, Government Relations - Sub Saharan Africa & Europe
Ben Ring was appointed the VP Government Relations for Sub Saharan Africa in February 2017, based in The Hague, Netherlands. In May 2018, the portfolio was expanded to include all of Europe.
He joined Shell in 2005, his first posting was to Qatar where he worked for five years in a number of roles including: Business Analyst for the Qatar Country Chairman; Business Development Manager; and lastly, Deputy Construction Manager and Integration Manager, both on the Pearl GTL project.
In 2010 he moved to Shell’s headquarters in The Hague where he had a number of roles including head of Upstream’s Strategy & Portfolio team, and as a Senior Deal Lead in Upstream’s New Business Development team. Since July 2013 Ben was the VP Upstream for Denmark, and Shell Country Chairman for Denmark, Greenland and Iceland.
Prior to joining Shell, Ben worked for Linklaters as a trial lawyer in London and Hong Kong, specialising in engineering and infrastructure disputes as well as white collar crime. Ben studied Mechanical Engineering at Bristol University, followed this with post graduate studies in law and holds an MBA from IMD in Switzerland.
Ben is married, has three young children, and enjoys triathlons and yacht racing.
Chief Operating Officer
Africa Geophysical Services Ltd
Shane has over 30 years international experience in the oil and gas exploration business holding both technical and management positions. He has been working with colleagues and personnel from many different nationalities and cultures during his career within the industry. He joined Africa Geophysical Services Ltd in 2011 when the company was formed and commenced its first seismic project in Tanzania and he has been involved in all of the company’s projects in Tanzania since.
VP Exploration & Production
Division Manager, Extractives
African Development Bank Group
Mr. Fred Kabanda is the Division Manager, response for oil, gas and minerals in the African Development Bank.
Before Joining the Bank, two years ago, Mr. Kabanda worked as Assistant Commissioner in Uganda’s Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development where he served for nearly 25 years. He also previously worked as a lecturer in the Department of Geology and Petroleum Studies at Makerere University.
Mr. Kabanda trained in Petroleum Engineering at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and in Geology at Makerere University. He has had several trainings in petroleum regulation, policy, law, finance, negotiations, operations and management among others.
Mr. Kabanda has been involved in petroleum policy setting, formulation of laws, regulation of operations and general natural resources management.
He is an active member of:
CEO Roundtable of Tanzania
Natural Resource Governance Institute
Mr. Silas Olan’g is the Africa Director at Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI) and member of ATOGs Governing Council. He has over 28 years’ in the development field of which over 10 years in extractive sector governance. As development practitioner and prior to NRGI, Mr. Olang held different positions and led various initiatives including – Oxfam International, leading joint advocacy and knowledge management program, Netherlands Development Organization (SNV) providing technical assistance in designing financial services for SMEs and European Development Fund (EDF)-Micro Projects- supporting both Income generating groups and improved social services. Mr. Olan’g lectured economics at Mzumbe University. Also headed the Planning Departments in various Local Government Authorities in Tanzania. At the continental, Mr. Olang has been engaging with regional initiative such as the Africa Mining Vision (AMV) and co-author of the AMV domestication manual; EU-Africa Raw Material Initiative and many others.
Nigel has been involved in large infrastructure projects for 40 years. His experience has been particularly focused on development, construction, operation and management of independent power projects in Asia, Middle East, Europe and Africa.
Nigel is currently Managing Director of Songas in Tanzania and his earlier career includes senior roles with PowerGen from the United Kingdom, AES from the United States, and Sumitomo from Japan.
His experience includes civil and marine engineering facilities in UK and Kuwait, plus coal-fired and gas-fired power stations in UK, Thailand, Indonesia, Bulgaria and Ghana.
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