Minister of Mines and Energy - Namibia

Born on 17 March 1958, in Okahenge, Oshana Region, Hon. Tom Alweendo was appointed as Minister of Mines and Energy in February 2018.

In March 2010 he was appointed by former President Hifikepunye Pohamba as Director General of the National Planning Commission (NPC).The National Planning Commission is a Constitutional body that is tasked with the responsibility to plan the priorities and direction of national development. In March 2015 he was appointed by President Hage G. Geingob as Minister of Economic Planning and also as Director General of the NPC.

Before he was appointed as Director General of the National Planning Commission, Alweendo served as Governor of the Bank of Namibia from January 1997-March 2010. He was the first Namibian to serve as Governor of the Bank of Namibia when he was appointed by Namibia’s Founding President His Excellency Dr. Sam Nujoma. Before being appointed as Governor, he served as Deputy Governor for four years (1993-1996). Among some of his achievements during his tenure at the Bank of Namibia are the establishment of the local currency, the Namibia Dollar; the localization of the payments and banking systems; and the establishment of the Financial Intelligence Center.

As Director General of the National Planning Commission, Hon. Tom Alweendo presided over the drafting of Namibia’s fourth National Development Plan (NDP4). The NDP4 prioritized specific economic sectors that are perceived to have more potential to grow the economy and provide employment opportunities. This is notably agriculture, logistics, tourism, and manufacturing. The Plan also propounds a hands-on approach with regard to the Government’s role in economic development albeit in closer and effective collaboration with the private sector. Over the course of the NDP4 period the Namibian economy grew on average at 5.7 percent, despite the global economic crises and current global commodity crises.

Hon Alweendo holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Wales.

Hon. Kornelia Shilunga
Hon. Kornelia Shilunga
Deputy Minister of - Mines and Energy

Hon. Shilunga was appointed as the Deputy Minister of Mines and Energy and became the first women Deputy Minister at the Ministry.

Hon. Shilunga holds two Masters Degrees, one in Business Administration with (ESAMI), and another Masters degree in Public Policy and Administration from the University Of Namibia (UNAM). She also holds a Bachelor Degree in Nursing Education and Community Health and a Diploma in Nursing Science General, Community Psychiatry and Midwifery Sciences, also from UNAM.

Before joining the Ministry of Mines and Energy, Hon. Shilunga constructed a satisfactory employment history. The assiduous Deputy Minister worked in various positions as a teacher and a registered nurse. She also worked at the Office of the President as a Liaison Officer for the Department of Women Affairs, where she headed two regions, respectively Oshana and Omusati region. Hon. Shilunga also worked for the Ministry of Gender and Child welfare where she held the position of a Chief Liaison Officer.

Hon. Shilunga has been an entrepreneur for the past nine years. She was also a member of the Advisory Committee of Skill Share International in Namibia, and a member of the Women and Child Protection Unit Committee for Oshana Region. A member of the Prison`s Zonal Release Board in the Ministry of Safety and Security, responsible for Oshana, Omusati, Oshikoto, Ohangwena and Kunene Regions. Her interest include extractive industry and Rural electrification.

Selma Shimutwikeni
Selma Shimutwikeni
Co-founder and Managing Director - RichAfrica Consultancy

Committed to transforming Africa, Ndapwilapo Selma Shimutwikeni creates value for the public and private sectors by advising leaders on inclusive policies, sustainability and business strategies. She is the Co-founder and Managing Director of RichAfrica Consultancy, a strategic advisory company that specializes in natural resources law and policy and facilitating investment linkages. She was one of the four consultants tasked by the Namibian government to review the White Paper on Energy and draft the National Energy Policy. She was the lead consultant on upstream and downstream oil and gas, economic empowerment, gender, capacity development and regional integration.
She has also successfully conceptualised, led and organised Namibia’s International Oil and Gas Conferences sponsored by multinationals and leading advisory firms such as Tullow Oil, BP, PwC, Shell, Samsung & Deloitte. This initiative was applauded by high-level government leaders and resulted in a comprehensive report on the finds ‘The Road to Discovery & Beyond’. framework of Namibia’s oil and gas industry with recommendations.

Selma has collaborated with the International Telecommunications Union and European Commission to co-draft Namibia’s Cybercrime Bill under the ‘Harmonisations of ICT Policies in Sub-Sahara Africa’ Project. Prior experience includes working for Namdeb Diamond Corporation a partnership between De Beers Group and the Government of Namibia, as well as Howells Solicitors in the UK. She is also keen on building the capacity of Africans and empowering policymakers and business leaders with the tools to steer Africa’s positive transformation through thought-leadership platforms. In 2018, she was contracted by the Provincial Government of Mpumalanga in South Africa to conceptualize and implement the Mpumalanga Public Private Partnership Symposium and Project Showcase 2018, a thought leadership and project showcase platform on the role of strategic partnerships, in particular PPPs, to drive infrastructure development. Her role involved analyzing infrastructure projects to be showcased to potential investors. The successful event was sponsored by Nedbank and attracted more than 300 delegates. In partnership with the University of Pretoria, she hosted Executive Workshop on Public Private Partnerships for leading institutions including Nampower and Namcor.

Selma has been featured in Forbes África Woman and has participated in several speaking engagements around Africa including the New African Woman Forum, Invest in Namibia Conference and the Women Entrepreneurship Day South Africa event hosted by ABN Group in Johannesburg in 2015. Moreover, she was one of the forty women entrepreneurs invited by HEC Paris Executive Education to participate in a seminar on the ‘Leadership of African Women Entrepreneurs’. In August 2017, Selma gave the welcoming remarks at the African Leadership Youth Forum with Former Presidents H.E. Thabo Mbeki of South Africa, H.E. Benjamin Mkapa of Tanzania, H.E. MoncefMarzouki of Tunisia & H.E. Hassan Sheikh Mohamud of Somalia. Most recently, Selma was invited to speak at the Katanga Business Meeting in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo. She shared strategies on how the DRC can transform it’s resources into broad-based sustainable development.

Selma is member of the African Leadership Network and the Ambassador for Women Entrepreneurship Day in Namibia, a global initiative founded by Wendy Diamond and the United Nations Foundation. A published thought leader, her papers have been published in international and local publications including the Centre for Energy Petroleum Mineral Law & Policy Annual Review and most recently in Forbes Africa Woman.

She holds an LLM degree (International Trade Law) from Leeds University in the United Kingdom, and an LLM in Mineral Law and Policy from the Centre for Petroleum, Mineral Law and Policy (CEPMLP) at Dundee University in Scotland. Her undergraduate qualifications include a BSc. in Business Management and Computer Information Systems from La Roche College in Pittsburg, USA. She is a recipient of the Pacem en Terris (Peace on Earth) Scholarship and Namibia’s Mineral Development Fund Bursary.

PETROLEUM COMMISSIONER - Namibian Ministry of Mines and Energy

Maggy Shino heads the Exploration, Production and Promotion division within the Petroleum Directorate of the Namibian Ministry of Mines and Energy.

Mrs Shino has ten years’ experience in the exploration and production sector of the oil and gas industry and two years’ experience in renewable energy.

Her current role as the Petroleum Commissioner involves amongst other responsibilities the promotion of oil and gas investments, negotiating Petroleum Agreements, issuing of licenses and the administration of the Petroleum Exploration and Production Act.

Mrs Shino has served as a Board member of Namibia’s Petroleum Training and Education Fund (Petrofund) since 2012.

Mrs Shino holds a Masters degree in Petroleum Geochemistry from the University of Newcastle in the United Kingdom, a BSc degree in Biology and Chemistry from the University of Namibia and a diploma in Upstream Management of Petroleum Development and Operations from PETRAD, Stavanger in Norway. She has attended trainings in various petroleum related fields including Oil, Gas and Mining Governance from Blavatnik School of Governance at the University of Oxford.

Mrs Shino is the recipient of the Global Women Petroleum & Energy in Africa 2017 Award that was bestowed upon her at the 9th Global Women Petroleum & Energy Club for Africa.

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Immanuel Mulunga
Immanuel Mulunga
Managing - Director NAMCOR

Mr. Mulunga has served as Managing Director of NAMCOR since October 2015, where he previously served as a Board member from 2005 to 2010. Prior to joining NAMCOR, he served as the Petroleum Commissioner in the Ministry of Mines and Energy for over a decade, where he was tasked to facilitate and promote the Exploration and Production of oil and gas in Namibia. His experience in the oil and gas industry spans over 20 years, working primarily in the public sector for the Government of Namibia. Mr. Mulunga’s educational background includes an MBA from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa and a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Namibia

Dezlyn Makhetha
Dezlyn Makhetha
Corporate and Investment Banking - The Standard Bank of South Africa

Client Coverage
Oil & Gas Southern Africa
Corporate and Investment Banking
The Standard Bank of South Africa

9 Years’ experience in Banking (including Corporate Finance and Project Finance Advisory: Renewables). 5 Years of experience in Oil & Gas. Responsible for Standard Bank’s Oil & Gas sector coverage activities in the following SADC countries: Botswana, Malawi, Mauritius and Mozambique across upstream, midstream, downstream, services and process industry clients. In addition, account manager for the Trafigura and Puma Energy Group which include oversight for the client and their need in advisory, financing, cash management, risk mitigation and trade finance across Sub-Saharan Africa.
Experience include offshore and shale regulation advisory in South Africa. Advising the downstream sector in Mozambique on the effect of fuel subsidies on the economy. Completing a Macroeconomic Study for Anadarko LNG in Mozambique. Financial Advisor for Tongaat Hulette for their bagasse project. Financial Advisor for independent power producers in SA – Gestamp/Sarge (PV Solar), Built Africa (PV Solar), Just Energy (Wind) and Solar Reserve (CSP)
Recent deal involvement include: Deal member for the financing of the USD 4.7 bn Coral FLNG financing, Mozambique; Deal member for Anadarko’s Onshore LNG project: ECA Financing, Mozambique. Completed the following Macroeconomic Studies: Kenya Joint Venture’s USD 5bn+ development of Kenya’s oil discoveries; the impact of a Gas-to-Liquids plant at Afungi, Mozambique undertaken by Shell and the impact of the Rovuma LNG project on Mozambique undertaken by ExxonMobil.
Dezlyn is a CA(SA) registered with the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants and holds a Bachelors of Accounting and Bachelors of Accounting (Honours) degrees from the University of Stellenbosch. Articles served at Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Johannesburg in the Financial Institutions: Banking Division (2006 – 2008) including a short term assignment at Pricewaterhouse Coopers in Houston, Texas.

NJ Ayuk
NJ Ayuk
Centurion Law Group CEO and African Energy Chamber Executive Chairman

A leading energy lawyer and a strong advocate for African entrepreneurs, NJ Ayuk is recognized as one of the foremost figures in African business today. A Global Shaper with the World Economic Forum, one of Forbes’ Top 10 Most Influential Men in Africa in 2015, and a well-known dealmaker in the petroleum and power sectors, NJ is dedicating his career to helping entrepreneurs find success and to building the careers of young African lawyers.

As founder and CEO of Centurion Law Group, a pan-African law firm, NJ strives through his work to ensure that business, and especially oil and gas, impacts African societies in a positive way and drives local content development. He is the current chairman of the African Energy Chamber and author of ‘Big Barrels: African Oil and Gas and the Quest for Prosperity’.

NJ graduated from the University of Maryland College Park and earned a Juris Doctor from William Mitchell College of Law and an MBA from the New York Institute of Technology.

Africa Oil Way - Principal Consultant

Nosizwe has an MSc in Chemical Engineering from the Gupkin State University of Oil and Gas (1990), International Management Certificate from INSEAD (2003), Certificate in Finance and Accounting WITS (2004) Global Executive Development Programme GIBS (2004). Nosizwe Nokwe is one of the first African female Petrochemical Engineers in South Africa having graduated in the then USSR. After completing her studies in Refining of Oil and Gas in Baku Azerbaijan, she proceeded to specialise in Synthesis of Petrochemicals at the Gupkin State University of Oil and Gas.

Nosizwe has almost 2 decades of experience in the Petroleum and Energy industry she is an accomplished and result driven Business Leader with success in leading strategy and directing substantial operations and projects. She has an in depth understanding of global petroleum and petrochemical markets and applies clear direction, strong technical and commercial acumen to drive innovative solutions. Her experience in the petroleum and energy industry spans across several petroleum companies and countries on the African continent during which she has held numerous leadership portfolios right across the petroleum value chain, from upstream, midstream and downstream.

Nosizwe’s international activities include being engaged with the United Nations Commission for Trade and Development (UNCTAD) on a very pivotal project for natural resource management on the African continent. She was invited by United Nations Economic Commission for Africa to participate in the Expert Group Meeting on Petrochemical Clusters for IGAD member states. She participated in the High level Ministerial Meeting on Mineral Resources Development Invited by the African Minerals development Centre (AMDC) under the United Nations Economic Commission for

Africa (UNECA) as a resource expert. The theme was “Building synergies between the Africa Mining Vision and the African Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) under the Framework of Action for the development of mineral resources sector in these countries. Nosizwe is currently the Founding member of an Investment company which focuses on manufacturing and service companies for the Oil, Gas and Mining Industries and an Oil and Gas Consultancy whose focus is to provide strategic value add to companies in the Petroleum Industry in Africa. An eloquent speaker, fluent in English, Portuguese and Russian. She has been a participant in oil and gas thought leadership, her papers in conferences always themed on Growth of the petroleum industry on the African continent for the benefit of the continent. Nosizwe is an award winning and well accomplished oil and gas authority. Her passion for development and building Enterprises has earned her the accolade of “Excellence in Business” – Women in Energy in Africa.

She was the recipient of the “Female Business Personality “Award in 2013. In 2009 she was a finalist in South Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government Award in the government category. She was also was the recipient of the Top Female Leader of Tomorrow Award in 2005. In recognition of her passion for youth development in the oil industry internationally, she participated as an invited Specialist in the 1st International Oil and Gas Students Forum held in Moscow in 2016.

Nosizwe is married to Antonio and they have 3 lovely children.

Nelson Narciso Filho
Nelson Narciso Filho
President - NNF Energy Consultancy

Mechanical Engineering and Post graduate in Industrial Administration and Economic Engineering;

He has over 35 years of solid experience and extensive knowledge of management and business development in E&P; start-up operations in Brazil, Angola and Namibia; held multiple Sr. executive positions at E&P and service providers such as HRT Africa, Halliburton, ABB, Vetco Gray and Hughes WKM;

He was Director of the Brazilian regulatory agency for oil, natural gas, and biofuels (ANP) for a 4-year tenure from 2006 until 2010;

Currently he is the President of NNF Energy Consultancy, a consulting firm with emphasis on oil, natural gas, biofuels, and heavy industry infrastructure. Additionally, He presently holds several advisory and membership positions at distinguished public and private entities. He is a Councilor of the Brazilian Economic and Social Development Council (CDES), He also acts as Board Member to FGV Energia, and he is an Advisor and Non-Resident Fellow at the Institute of the Americas and member of Amcham Oil and Gas Committee.

Legal Counsel - African Legal Support Facility (ALSF)

Nchimunya Ndulo is a Legal Counsel at the African Legal Support Facility (ALSF). In her role, Nchimunya advises African governments on large-scale infrastructure and extractives sector projects, where she aims to put governments in the best position possible to negotiate complex commercial transactions for projects that are key to their countries’ development agendas. She has advised African governments on a range of projects, including airport, power and petroleum sector projects. Nchimunya also facilitates capacity building activities in the infrastructure and extractives sectors as part of her work at the ALSF.

Nchimunya received her Juris Doctor from Cornell Law School, her Masters in Globalization and Development from Queen Mary University of London, and her Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and African Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.

Patricia Shipanga Amoomo
Patricia Shipanga Amoomo
Cable Awareness and Protection Coordinator - (WACS), Telecom Namibia

Patricia holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in electronics and telecommunications. She works in the Network Operations Centre at Telecom Namibia, resolving network issues and ensuring the network uptime on terrestrial and international segments inclusive West Africa Cable System (WACS) submarine communication cable. She is currently responsible for the Cable Awareness and Protection programme for the WACS Submarine Cable in Namibia.

When this aspiring technocrat is not working, she enjoys organising and taking part in community projects with the Namibian Society of Engineers (NASE) and Engineers Without Boarders Namibia (EWB-NA), non-profit organizations that promote the engineering profession and community-based engineering projects countrywide.

Guillaume Arditti
Guillaume Arditti
Founding Partner - Belvedere Advisory

Guillaume Arditti is the founder of Belvedere Advisory, a financial and strategy advisory firm focused on Africa. Guillaume’s career kicked off in South Africa with the French Development Agency (AFD). He then joined major financial institutions such as NATIXIS and BNP PARIBAS where he extensively focused on Africa, working on landmark transactions on the continent, leading business development initiatives and, as a Managing Director in BNP Paribas Energy & Commodities department, focusing on strategy in Africa.

During his 15 years in investment banking and four years developing Belvedere Advisory, he covered the whole spectrum of direct lending, from short term structured trade to long term asset financing, from corporate lending to project finance in natural resources or infrastructure projects.

Master’s degree in International Relations from the Paris Institute of Political Science (Science Po) and from Dauphine University (MSc in Economics & Finance), Guillaume is also a lecturer in International Relations at the Political Sciences Institute of Paris (Sciences Po) and regularly shares his analyses of African markets and geopolitical issues in international media such as Foreign Affairs, Global Trade Review, Le Point Afrique and France TV info.

Nillian N. Mulemi
Nillian N. Mulemi
Chief Executive Officer - PETROFUND

Nillian has been managing Namibia’s capacity building programme for the petroleum industry for 16 years.

She joined the Petroleum Training and Education Fund in 2002, a period that has witnessed the Trust Fund train over 300 Namibians in various fields of interest to Namibia’s petroleum industryas well as provide support to Namibian institutions of higher education to implement programs that among other objectives, support the growth of the petroleum industry and create awareness of the industry at large.

Nillian has also been instrumental in ensuring that the National Petroleum Training Funds are prudently managed and all parties hereto honor their legal training obligations.

Prior to joining the Petrofund, Nillian worked as Development Officer at the Windhoek International School. In the infant years of Nillian’ s career, she worked for a non-governmental organization whosemain objective was to advance gender equality by availingopportunities for all.

Nillian holds a Masters Degree in Finance obtained from the Universityof St. Andrews in Scotland, Bachelor’s Degree in Law obtained from the University of Namibia,  a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting obtained from the University of Namibia as well as a National Diploma in Accounting obtained from then Polytechnic of Namibia.   In 2018, she attended a Leadership Program offered by Harvard University in the United States of America.

Dennis Zekveld
Dennis Zekveld
Country Chair in Namibia - Shell

Dennis Zekveld has 19 years’ experience in the upstream oil and gas sector. He started with Shell in the UK in 2000 and his career with Shell continued in the Middle East, North Africa, the Netherlands, Russia and the US. He has served Shell in various capacities within the industry, mainly in commercial and New Business Development leadership roles.

He took up his current position as the Shell Country Chair in Namibia in 2014. He is an active participant in various private-public sector initiatives in Namibia and has been the Vice Chair of the Namibia Petroleum Operators Association since 2015. Dennis is Dutch and holds an MSc degree in Business Administration from Erasmus University Rotterdam, in the Netherlands.

He enjoys traveling, wine tasting and good food, and has a passionate interest in people from different backgrounds and their cultures. The purpose that drives him is making a tangible difference wherever he is posted

Stanislas Drochon
Stanislas Drochon
Director - Africa Practice, IHS Markit

Stanislas is a Director for the Africa Practice, and is primarily involved in consulting and subscription where he focuses on Africa downstream and competitive strategy analysis. His area of expertise includes African downstream and midstream industries, African geopolitics, supply-demand modelling and competitive strategy analysis. Stanislas has also provided workshops on the African Oil & Gas sector to oil companies operating in Africa as well as to government officials in Uganda, Mali, Kenya, Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique, Ghana and South Africa among others.

He has contributed as a peer reviewer to the International Energy Agency World Energy Outlook chapters on resource-rich sub-Saharan African countries (2008), energy poverty (2010), and the Africa energy outlook (2013).

He also has spoken in a number of high level conferences in Africa, Americas, Asia and Europe Prior to joining IHS Markit, Stanislas worked in Mauritania for the UNDP as an assistant to the Strategic Advisor, for the NGO Sopel International (Business intelligence & development on Africa) and in Croatia for the Economic Research Department of the French Embassy Stanislas holds a M.Sc. in Management from EDHEC Business School (France), and studied at the Management Development Institute of Gurgaon (India). He speaks English and French. He is currently based in Southern Africa

Victoria Sibeya
Victoria Sibeya
Acting Executive - Exploration and Production, NAMCOR

Acting Executive for the Exploration and Production (E & P) department with thirteen (13) years’ experience in the E & P sector of the Oil and Gas industry and three (3) years’ experience in the Mining industry. She holds a Master degree in Geology from the University of Namibia and her Master degree research is titled Petroleum System Analysis and Seismic Study of the Orange Basin, Offshore Namibia.

She also holds a BSc (Honours) degree in Geology from the University of Port Elizabeth (Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University) and BSc degree in Geology and Chemistry from the University of Namibia. She is also serves as councilor on the Geoscience Council of Namibia since 2016. She is also recognized as a Senior Geoscientist by profession by the same body.

She is a member of Geological Society of Namibia, American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) and the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE). Her responsibilities in NAMCOR entail; leading the E & P team in order to grow NAMCOR’s hydrocarbon exploration and production portfolio by developing business opportunities in line with the company strategy.

Managing all Joint Operating, Multi-clients and Brokerage Agreements, as well as business contacts between NAMCOR and partners. Managing all hydrocarbon exploration and production data of Namibia and advising the Ministry of Mines and Energy on technical issues pertaining to E & P activities conducted in Namibia.

Osam Iyahen
Osam Iyahen
Director - Africa Finance Corporation

Osam Iyahen is a Director at Africa Finance Corporation (AFC). He is responsible for the natural resources sector where he leads client coverage, transaction origination, in addition to providing technical advisory in deal execution. He has over eighteen years of international energy & resource finance experience, including involvement in multi-billion dollar development projects with international institutions including involvement in multi-billion dollar development projects with international institutions.
He has led AFC in developing a rapidly expanding Natural Resources sector franchise in Sub Saharan-Africa, with over $1.8B valued landmark transactions in final credit and investment approvals in the last 11 years approved and executed by the Corporation, with leading sponsors seeking to undertake financing transactions in the oil, gas, mining and associated infrastructure space.
Osam obtained his MBA from the Johnson School of Management at Cornell University (Johnson School of Management) in New York State. He is bilingual, and has presented and moderated various topics at international oil & gas, mining and infrastructure conferences.

Moliehi Molekoa
Moliehi Molekoa
Managing Director & Overall Manager - Magna Carta’s Africa

Moliehi has over 17 years’ experience in the communications industry, having worked across the spectrum of PR for both public and private sector clients. She has a mix of skills including strategy development, crisis and reputation management, client service management, media relations and stakeholder management.
Moliehi joined Magna Carta in 2005 and now heads the business as the Managing Director as well as overall manager of Magna Carta’s Africa division which has presence in 18 countries. Under her Africa portfolio she manages clients like MTN Group, Standard Bank Africa, John Deere, National Development Bank (NDB) and Old Mutual Limited.
Under her leadership, Magna Carta has been named the African Consultancy of the Year by the Holmes 2017, 2016& 2013 EMEA PR Industry Report.
On the Standard Bank account, Moliehi was instrumental in managing the communication for the bank when it acquired IBTC Bank in Nigeria as well as CfC in Kenya. She also managed the bank’s African Cup of Nations (AFCON) eight year sponsorship bringing the brand closer to its customers and reinforcing its entrance and presence in key African markets.
She was also the founding member of the Africa Media Forum, which was aimed at equipping African journalists with financial expertise whilst learning about the client business. To date more than 88 media across the continent have attended this training.
Other accounts she has worked on include but not limited to the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls (OWLAG), World Economic Forum (WEF), The Mo Ibrahim Foundation (MIF), African Progress Panel (APP), ONE, Vedanta, British American Tobacco (BAT), Samsung, Microsoft, etc.

Aldworth Mbalati
Aldworth Mbalati
Founder and CEO - DNG Energy

South African mega-entrepreneur, Aldworth Mbalati, is the founder and CEO of DNG Energy. This is a man with a clear vision focused on achieving energy security and stability that offers responsible (cleaner) and sustainable (cheaper and abundant) energy solutions for Africa.
Mbalati boasts an impressive résumé, with the most distinctive feature being his building of a unique R700-million energy barge in Durban. The 143m long and 34m wide state-of-the-art barge will be the only one of its kind in the world. Mbalati recently marked the first milestone in the development of his 8000 ton energy barge – the largest vessel by weight ever to be built in Africa.

At the forefront of the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) revolution, Mbalati is passionate about the mega-project benefitting South Africa and the economy at large.

Mbalati’s current project at DNG Energy has taken the industry by storm, living up to its promise of providing the energy advantage for future Africa. DNG Energy is bringing Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) to South Africa, and in doing so is making a cleaner, cheaper fuel alternative available to the market. The environmental, social, and economic benefits that come with the use of LNG include helping the country meet its targets in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, driving economic growth, and improving the lives of all citizens.

Mbalati first established DNG Energy in 2013. By 2014, he was already operating in Nigeria. In 2015, he commenced a widescale infrastructure programme that would see over US$5 billion of investments in the next five years, creating thousands of jobs, and driving economic growth. In 2016, his company then developed an LNG Virtual pipeline solution for Ghana. In 2017, DNG Energy started identifying 400 sites near and next to Taxi ranks around the country, that would be home to state-of-the art, smart LNG refuelling stations.

And just last year, in 2018, Mbalati commissioned Southern African Shipyards to build the largest vessel by weight ever to be built on the African continent, and scheduled to go into service no later than 2020.

Mbalati, through DNG Energy, is transforming the refuelling experience. With a commitment to investing in a fully digitised forecourt, the design and operation of LNG service stations prioritise the safety and security of drivers, owners and passengers.

Utilising digital payment technologies, the possibility of theft or fraud is eliminated as the premises will be cashless.

LNG converted taxis will be fitted with a sensor that will pair with the filling nozzles fitted with RFID chips at refuelling stations, during the refuelling process. The chips will identify the individual taxi and calculate a price per litre of gas, based on the agreed financial arrangements to finance the tank conversion.

LNG is between 30-40% cheaper than other fossil fuels and so even with the repayment factored in, the refuelling costs for taxis will still be significant, and on average 15-25% less than traditional fuel costs.

The technology deployed in the taxis themselves and at the refuelling stations will enable live calculations, and owners and drivers will immediately receive a digital invoice via text message.

Drivers and owners will also have on-demand visibility, via the online portal, to all their fill-ups and will be able to see, real-time, the balance of their loan and all payments towards it per fill-up.

Robin Sutherland
Robin Sutherland
General Manager - New Ventures Africa

Robin is currently the General Manager for New Ventures in Africa, responsible for all of Tullow’s exploration assets and business development across the African continent. He has been based in Cape Town with the Tullow group since he joined Energy Africa as a geophysicist in 1997, working on African exploration and production assets, and was appointed Exploration Manager for Tullow’s West African ventures in 2006. The subsequent discoveries of Jubilee and the TEN fields led to a series of intensive appraisal programmes and significant exploration activity along the transform margin. The role expanded to include Kenya and the rest of East Africa in 2013. He has been in his current role, which includes responsibility for the Cape Town office, since mid-2015.

Mark Stearnes
Mark Stearnes
Vice Chairman - NAMPOA and Asset General Manager (AGM) - Galp’s upstream operations in Namibia

Vice Chairman of NAMPOA and the Asset General Manager (AGM) for all Galp’s upstream operations in Namibia. With a Batchelor’s Degree in Engineering from Bristol University, a Master’s Degree in Exploration Geoscience from Imperial College and an MBA from Kingston University in the UK, Mark has spent almost 30 years in the oil industry. Starting his career on land seismic crews, he has worked as a consultant for Wood Mackenzie and IHS Energy. His experience includes commercial and corporate roles for BG Group where he was part of the management team, which made ten gas discoveries in Blocks 1, 3&4 in Tanzania. Mark joined Galp in 2013, where he led the Commercial team for Africa, until taking his current role. Galp’s Namibia team has recently successfully completed a 3,000km2 seismic survey in the Orange Basin, Galp’s second such survey in Namibia as an Operator following a similar acquisition in the Walvis Basin last year.

Douglas Zormelo
Douglas Zormelo
Managing Director and Chairman - Zormelo and Associates

Douglas Zormelo is the Managing Director and Chairman of Zormelo and Associates. He is an experienced management and development expert who has worked in both the private and public sector and also in academia. He worked with PWC, EY, and KPMG before setting up Zormelo & Associates. Dr. Zormelo was Project Coordinator of the ECOWAS Trade Negotiations Capacity Building Project based in Abuja for several years.

Dr. Zormelo has also taught at the London School of Economics, the Legon Centre for International Affairs and Diplomacy, University of Ghana and was a Visiting Professor at the Graduate School of International Affairs of the University of Denver, Colorado. He was also a Research Associate at the Overseas Development Institute, London and a Consultant at CTA Trade and Export Consultant in Reading, England. He has consulted widely with various international organizations including the United Nations, the World Bank, South African Development Community and the Economic Community of West African States.
Douglas holds a PhD from the London School of Economics and is a Montague Burton Scholar.

Peter Ndoro
Peter Ndoro
Current affairs anchor/producer - SABC News

Peter Ndoro is currently a current affairs anchor/producer for the SABC News. He has been a broadcaster, both in television and radio for more than two decades becoming a familiar face and voice in Africa. He has worked for a number of media outlets including, M-Net, Summit TV (now Business Day TV), CNBC Africa, SABC Africa, Talk Radio 702, SAfm, Highveld Stereo and a three year stint as a news anchor/producer at the BBC World Service in London.

Peter trained as an accountant at Coopers & Lybrand (now PWC) and prior to entering the broadcast arena, he worked in finance, advertising, marketing and business management.

Bridget Venner
Bridget Venner
GENERAL MANAGER - ExxonMobil Exploration & Production Namibia Ltd

Bridget Venner is the General Manager (GM) of ExxonMobil Exploration & Production Namibia Limited (EMEPNL), a subsidiary of ExxonMobil. In her role as GM, Ms. Venner oversees all operations and business activities associated with the Petroleum agreements the company holds in Namibia.

Ms. Venner brings with her 38 years of ExxonMobil experience leading some of the company’s premier upstream projects including exploration, development and production projects in Canada, the North Sea, Russia, the deepwater Gulf of Mexico and Iraq. In each of these assignments, Ms. Venner identified and implemented geoscience and business solutions that improved project execution. She also worked closely with industry partners and host governments to maintain the company’s license to operate.

A Canadian citizen, Ms. Venner is a graduate of Mount Allison University in Canada where she obtained an honors degree in Geology. In her diverse career with ExxonMobil, she has lived with her husband and two children in Calgary, Norway, the U.K., Houston, Texas, Erbil, Iraq and will now reside in Windhoek, Namibia.