The 16th Africa Independents Forum, a key event on the international oil and gas calendar, will get underway in London on 24 - 25 May
This annual gathering of Africa's oil and gas upstream industry is an essential platform for reviewing the state of the industry and exchanging ideas on game-changing opportunities for the future. Showcasing Africa's premier projects and upstream operators, the forum provides plenty of scope for corporate independents, international oil, gas and energy companies and government officials to network, present their projects, propose new ventures and firm up partnerships and investment deals.
Being held around the theme of "Shaping the Continent's Future in Upstream Oil and Gas", this year's programme focuses on developing and driving change in the industry. In-depth presentations provide a framework for exploring solutions that move beyond survival tactics to establish best practices that better equip the industry to weather uncertainties and withstand shocks whilst maintaining optimum performance.
This forecast upswing sets an optimistic tone for the 16th Africa Independents Forum. Confirmed speakers who will share their insights are Pade Durotoye, CEO of Oando Energy Resources; Darran Lucas, Exploration and New Ventures Director at Sasol; Erwin Kroll, Senior Vice President for the Middle East and Africa at OMV Upstream; Neil Ritson, Chairman of Solo Oil Plc and Oisin Fanning, Executive Chairman of San Leon Energy in Dublin.
A highlight of the forum, the 79th PetroAfricanus dinner, will be hosted by ITE at The Waldorf Hilton where Jasper Peijs, VP of Exploration Africa at BP, will address members of the PetroAfricanus Club.
Also hosted within AIF is the 8th Global Women in Petroleum and Energy Club Luncheon, co-hosted by Frontier Communications and ITE with, as guest speaker, Sandy Stash, Group VP for Safety, Sustainability and External Affairs at London's Tullow Oil.