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Argus Africa LPG 2015

Speakers and Advisory Board Included

Hon. Tina Joemat-Pettersson, MP, Minister of Energy, Republic of South Africa

Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah

Hon. Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah, Petroleum Minister, Ministry of Petroleum, Ghana

Dayo Adeshina

Dayo Adeshina, President, Nigerian Liquefied Petroleum Gas Association

Dayo Adeshina is the Managing Director of Strategic Energy Limited of Nigeria and presently, the President of the Nigerian Liquefied Petroleum Gas Association (NLPGA). He is a graduate of Business and Finance from University of West Midlands.  He has over 27 years’ experience in various industries, which includes telecommunication, oil and gas, power and logistics.

Dayo is a member of the advisory board.

Sheila Addo
Sheila Addo, Head of Planning and Research, National Petroleum Authority (Ghana)

Sheila Addo is the Head of Planning and Research in the Pricing Planning and Research Division of the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) Ghana. NPA is the regulator of the Petroleum downstream industry in Ghana, prior to occupying this position in 2012, Sheila, was the research manager of the Authority.

Sheila is a member of the advisory board.

Atose Aguele

Atose Aguele, Managing Director, Avedia Energy

Atose has over 20 years’ experience in the oil and gas marketing industry.

Atose worked as a sales manager with Bridgestone/Firestone tyre manufacturers in New Jersey, US from 1988-90. In 1991 he joined Grenigas in Nigeria as commercial manager in charge of the group’s marketing department and became commercial director for the group in 1993. He left Grenigas in 1995 to set up Union Petroleum Services in January 1996. In 1997 Union Petroleum Services acquired its first LPG ship MT Ofure. By 2001, Union Petroleum Services was the largest LPG company in Nigeria.

In 2007, he set up Avedia Energy, South Africa, to focus on LPG trade in southern Africa. Atose has a graduate degree in economics and a BSc in animal science from the University of Delaware.

George Amoako-Adjei
George Amoako Adjei
, Director of Commercial Operations, Ghana Gas

Mr. George Amoako-Adjei is the Commercial Director of the Ghana National Gas Company, with responsibility for the commercialisation of the indigenous gas from Jubilee, Tano basin offshore and LNG. He was previously General Manager: Commercial & Business Development of the West African Gas Pipeline Company (WAPCo) and Senior Manager, Corporate Finance of Volta River Authority (VRA).

He received a Master of Business Administration in Finance & Operations Research from the University of Edinburgh Business School, Scotland, and graduated in Statistics and Economics from the University of Ghana, Legon. He is a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society, UK and has worked with Société General-Social Security Bank (SG-SSB) and the London Borough of Lambeth, City Challenge Company Limited, UK, as an Economic Development Manager.

David AppletonDavid Appleton, Senior Analyst, Argus

David Appleton is a Senior Analyst at Argus, specialising in LPG. He is responsible for delivery of the global and European LPG statistical reviews that Argus publishes in partnership with WLPGA and AEGPL each year, as well as leading other LPG projects. Prior to joining Argus, David spent six years at the European LPG Association, where in his role as public affairs manager, he promoted and defended the interests of the downstream European LPG sector in the Brussels energy policy sphere. David holds a BscEcon in European Studies and a Masters in International Development.


Benoit Araman, Managing Director, Oryx Oil South Africa

Benoit Araman has been the Managing Director of Oryx Oil South Africa since August 2013. He brings a wealth of global experience to the South African LPG industry spanning a rewarding international career of over 25 years in the energy field, including over four years as Corporate Innovation Manager at SHV Energy, two years as Sales Director at Primagaz France and five years as a sales and marketing director in north Africa and central Europe. Benoit is regarded by colleagues, associates and industry counterparts as a skilled leader with global alliances and a strategic outlook. Benoit’s understanding of the global and local LPG markets ensure that he brings relevance and passion to his field. He is married and the father of four children.

Nick Black
Nick Black, Vice President - LPG, Argus

Nick Black is vice president, LPG Naphtha and Petrochemicals. Nick has 30 years’ experience in the oil industry and 21 years at Argus. He has an MA degree from Oxford University and speaks at LPG functions across the globe.
Alex Evans

Alex Evans
, Chairman of the Operating Committee, GLPGP

Alex Evans is chairman of the operating committee of the Global LPG Partnership (GLPGP). The GLPGP is an international public-private partnership launched in 2012 under the UN’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative. The group aims to lift 1bn people out of energy poverty in developing countries by 2030 through market reform and investment interventions to scale up the supply, infrastructure, distribution and use of clean and affordable energy, specifically LPG.

Alex is also president and chief operating officer of Energy Transportation Group (ETG), a founding member of the GLPGP. ETG, founded in 1972, is a diversified global business that partners with governments, major corporations and international organisations to develop, finance and operate businesses, partnerships and projects in energy, technology, infrastructure and logistics projects around the world.

Alex is a member of the advisory board and moderating a round table. 

 Paul HarrisPaul Harris, Director, Integrated Energy Solutions

Paul has worked in the energy business since 1985 after attaining a Mechanical Engineering degree, majoring in energy studies. Adding an MBA, has enabled him to build a professional engineering, business and energy career over 28 years. 

His diverse skills have been developed by holding positions in technical research, product development, sales/market development, customer service, performance management and for the past 12 years as a successful independent energy consultant. Whilst starting the electricity supply industry, he now covers sustainable production and deployment of all energy carriers across                                             the spectrum of modern energy use.

Auwalu Ilu
Auwalu A. Ilu
, Chairmam/CEO, Ultimate Gas

Auwalu A. Ilu is the Chairmam/CEO of Ultimate Gas Limited a fully integrated LPG supply chain company. He has over 20 years' experience in the LPG industry. He was at various times President of the Nigerian Association of LPG marketers (NALPGAM) 2003-2008, Presidential Member of the LPG steering committee between 2004-2007 and President of the Nigeria LP Gas Association 2009-2013. He along with other stakeholders has contributed to overcoming some of the challenges in the LPG industry and growing the consumption to its present level.

Michael Kelly

Michael Kelly
, Deputy Managing Director, WLPGA

Michael Kelly joined the World LP Gas Association (WLPGA) in October 2006 as director of market development. With extensive international experience in environmental policy, public affairs and communications, US-born Michael has focused on the interface between business, governments and civil society. He was previously policy manager for environment and energy policy portfolio at the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris, where he coordinated business delegations at UN negotiations on environment, energy, climate change and sustainable development. He was made deputy managing director of WLPGA in May 2010.

Michael has a master’s degree in International Affairs from the George Washington University in Washington, DC, is fluent in four languages and has worked professionally in the US, Japan, Taiwan, Italy, the UK and France.

Muzi Mkhize

Muzi Mkhize
, Chief Director of Hydrocarbons, Department of Energy, South Africa
Muzi Mkhize is the chief director at South Africa’s Department of Energy (DoE) responsible for hydrocarbons policy formulation and implementation. He has eight years experience in the energy industry gained after obtaining his engineering degree. Mr Mkhize worked for four years as an IT manager/business analyst in the public sector before joining the DoE in 2005. As part of his duties, Muzi serves as the gas commissioner on the Gas Commissions with Mozambique and Namibia. He has served in various strategic committees, interdepartmental task teams and multilateral organisations in the energy sector. Muzi has served in the boards of directors of the state owned companies reporting to Energy Department.
Joy Mrima
Joy Mrima
, LPG Sales Manager, Gulf Energy

Joy Nimande Mrima is the LPG sales manager at Gulf Energy Limited with over 10 years’ experience in the oil industry. Gulf Energy is a leading oil and gas trading company with subsidiaries in east and south Africa. Joy researched and spearheaded the rollout of a global patent concept of partial refills of LPG strictly targeting low-income earners in Kenya with the aim of replacing kerosene and charcoal. Joy has a keen interest in development matters and began her career as an intern at UNEP. She holds a BA in Communications (Public Relations) and is pursuing a Global MBA.


Mary Mwangi, Special Products Manager, KenolKobil

Mary Mwangi is the Special Products Manager at KenolKobil Limited, a leading Oil Marketing Company in Africa. The Company is domiciled in Kenya and has subsidiaries in Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Zambia, Ethiopia and Burundi as well as trading presence in Zimbabwe, Mozambique and DR Congo.

Mary currently heads the Lubricants, LPG and Non-fuels business Segment at KenolKobil. She has over 20 years working experience in the oil industry and holds a Degree in Business Administration and an MBA in Strategic Management from the University of Nairobi. 

Gambetta Nacro
Gambetta Nacro,
Managing Director, La Société Nationale Burkinabè d'Hydrocarbure, SONABHY

Gambetta has worked in the oil industry for over 25 years, holding a range of positions with responsibilities including general management, statistics, procurement and commercial activities, as well as fulfilling various academic roles as a lecturer and tutor. In addition, he has published several articles for the oil industry.

Gambetta has a degree in engineering from the African and Mauritian Institute for Statistics and Applied Economics in Kigali, Rwanda, a master’s degree in business management and a diploma of advanced studies in economic and socio-economic development. He also holds a psychology licence certificate and a master’s certificate in sociology from the University of Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso.

 Nkechi Obi,Executive Vice Chairman, Techno Oil

   Mrs. Nkechi Obi, MON, FNIM, is the Executive Vice-Chairman of Techno Oil Ltd, Nigeria’s foremost Oil and Gas Company. Mrs. Obi is a visionary and astute business woman, who presides over        the Techno Oil Group, a diversified conglomerate with subsidiaries and interests, spanning across Oil and Gas, Aviation, Power, Real Estate and Banking.

   Mrs. Obi has had a distinguished career in ExxonMobil, where she received many commendations and awards to show for her performance. She left ExxonMobil to venture into private business.

  She brought zest, professionalism and international best practice into Techno Oil and in no time she positioned the company as a leader in the emerging indigenous oil and gas sector. Her company took advantage of the local content initiative and deregulation policy of the Nigerian government. She nurtured the company to remarkable success. Techno Oil has today established itself as a leading oil and gas company in Nigeria with annual revenues in excess of $400 million dollars and a staff strength of over 500 personnel.

Mrs. Obi belongs to many professional bodies. She is a Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of management, FNIM,  and a  Council Member of the LCCI, Institute of Directors (IOD), Nigeria Economic Summit Group and Committee of Women Elders of the LCCI. She holds a B.Sc. in Economics and she is an alumna of the prestigious Lagos and Harvard Business Schools. She is an expert in strategy and business development with experience spanning over 25 years in the petroleum industry.

David Ohana
David Ohana
, Group Managing Director, KenolKobil

David is the Group Managing Director at KenolKobil Limited, a leading Oil Marketing Company in Africa. David holds a BA Degree in Economics and Business Administration from Ben Gurion University in Negev, Israel and has over 15 years working experience in the oil industry having previously worked for the Israel Pipeline Company.

Prior to his appointment as Group Managing Director in 2012, David served as the General Manager for KenolKobil Kenya, and previously as Head of Operations and Projects Development and Head of Marketing and Fuel Business upon joining KenolKobil in 2002. During his tenure at KenolKobil Limited, David has also served within the Oil Industry, as the Chairman of the Petroleum Institute of East Africa (PIEA) for two years and is the former chairman of the Kenya Oil Industry Supply Coordination Committee having been succeeded in April 2013.

Kevin Robertson

 Kevin Robertson
, Chief Executive, LPG South Africa Safety Association (LPGSASA)

Kevin Robertson was appointed Chief Executive in 2014 after previously holding the role of communications manager at The Liquefied Petroleum Gas Safety Association of Southern Africa (LPGSASA). His role is to lead the association’s objectives to promote the safe, efficient and economic benefits of Liquefied Petroleum Gas, as a modern fuel, to enrich the lives of all.

LPGSASA represents the many companies involved in the refining, distribution, retailing and installation of LPG and LPG appliances and equipment. The association continuously interfaces with the relevant bodies, industry players, stakeholders, government departments, the media and the public – on the industry’s behalf -  on matters of safety, best industry practice and the promotion of LPG as an alternative fuel.

Hardy RHardy Rossouw, Africa Head of LPG & LNG, VIVO Energy

David Sineke
David Sineke
, Research and Information Analyst, Engen

David Sineke has worked as an oil researcher and analyst at Engen Petroleum since 1999. Before that he held a similar role at Caltex Oil from 1997. Previously David held a series of HR roles including HR director at National Brands and Denel.

David completed an Executive Masters in Business Administration (EMBA - UCT GSB in 2004 and attended the International Refinery Economics Program (Vukani Institute of Petroleum) and International Crude Oil & Petroleum Products Trading Program (France Institute of Petroleum) in 2001.

Emmy Wasirwa
Emmy Wasirwa
, Chairman, Uganda LPG Association

Emmy Wasirwa is the Chairman and founder of Uganda liquefied petroleum Gas Association (ULPGAS) and the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Wana Solutions (U) Ltd. The company markets and distributes LPG in Uganda. Prior to his current roles he obtained a medical degree from Makerere University, Kampala and obtained Master’s degree in Public Health from University of London, UK.
ULPGAS promotes the use of LPG as a clean energy in Uganda. Their vision is to empower all stakeholders through information, education and networking.

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Avedia Energy

Associate Sponsor



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“Providing sufficient and appropriate sources of energy is a challenge facing our continent. LPG as a reliable source ought to be deployed to deal with this challenge.”
Ms Tina Joemat-Pettersson, MP Minister of Energy, South Africa (speaking  at Argus Africa LPG 2014)

Feedback from the Argus Africa LPG 2014 conference in Cape Town.