U.S.-Africa Energy Forum 2021

Welcome to the U.S.-Africa Energy Forum

This was an in-person event held in Houston, but with online speaker slots and online delegate passes available. The U.S.-Africa Energy Forum was hosted at the C. Baldwin Hotel in Houston, delegates were encouraged to book accommodation at the hotel.

The energy industry landscape has transformed, and as Africa and the United States get their respective energy sector recoveries underway. As the Biden Administration reset and placed new focus on the U.S.-Africa relationship, Energy Capital & Power (ECP), in partnership with the African Energy Chamber’s (AEC) U.S.-Africa Committee introduced American companies to African opportunities, promoted greater investment into selected African nations, and advanced an agenda of sustainable, long term investment in African energy and other sectors by U.S. organizations.

The U.S.-Africa Energy Forum was supported by champions of Africa in Washington, D.C. and Houston, and celebrated America’s vital role in Africa’s future prosperity. As partners, the United States and Africa were leaders in defining and shaping the global energy transition.

Key themes included the energy transition and Africa as a clean energy hub, energy storage and strategic minerals, Africa’s place in global energy supply chains, gas as a vital fuel for the energy transition and development, the ongoing role of petroleum resources, and repositioning the U.S. as the primary partner of choice for African energy developers.

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2021-12-09 08:00:00


December 10, 2021


Houston, Texas


C. Baldwin Hotel, Houston

Previous Event Recap

Energy Capital & Power – in partnership with the African Energy Chamber’s U.S.-Africa Committee – hosted the first-ever U.S.-Africa Energy Forum, which took place on 16-17 December, 2021 in Houston, Texas and introduced American companies to African opportunities.

Event PasseS

Delegate Pass

$ 950

Delegate Pass + Gala Dinner

$ 1150

Virtual Delegate Pass

$ 0

Discussion points

The role of the U.S. in Africa under the Biden Administration and its vision for global energy investment.
The creation of the middle class in Africa, expansion of consumer markets and the role of the energy sector.
How American companies can further engage with African governments and other partners to fuel growth across all segments of the energy industry.
Strategic minerals, battery metals, and energy storage will rely on African resources. How will African markets partner with the U.S. to develop these critical resources?
African resources can and will power the continent’s economic growth and power access. What will be the role of natural gas, and what will be the role of American companies?
Levelling the playing field between Africa and the rest of the world with regard to investment in energy, natural gas usage and power access.
Discussing and establishing bespoke solutions for specific markets.
Manufacturing, industry, infrastructure and energy as drivers of growth in Africa.
Removing barriers to trade, commerce and deal-making.



Mayor, City of Houston

Sylvester Turner

Minister of Mines and Hydrocarbons, Equatorial Guinea

Hon. Gabriel Mbaga Obiang Lima

Minister of Petroleum, Republic of South Sudan

Hon. Puot Kang Chol

Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum and Mining Kenya

Hon. John Munyes

Minister of Energy and Petroleum, Sudan

Hon. Jadeen Ali Abed Hassan

Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Somalia

Hon. Abdirashid Mohamed Ahmed

Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Senegal

H.E. Aissatou Sophie Gladima

Minister of Hydrocarbons, Republic of the Congo

H.E. Bruno Jean Richard Itoua

Minister of Commerce and Industry, Chad

H.E. Ali Djadda Kampard

CEO, National Oil Corporation of Kenya

Leparan Gideon Morintat

Minister of Energy, Zambia

Hon. Peter Kapala

Special Envoy: Trade and Investment, Sierra Leone

Amb. Foday Sheik Sillah

Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Chad

H.E. Oumar Torbo Djarma

Chairman of the Houses’ Committee on Hydrocarbons, Liberia

Hon. Abu B. Kamara Sr.

Minister of Energy and Mineral Development Uganda

Hon. Ruth Nakabirwa Ssentamu

Minister of Hydrocarbons, DRC

H.E. Didier Budimbu Ntubuanga


Managing Director – Global Energy, Export Import Bank of the United States

Paula Swain

Executive Chairman, AlphaSierra Advisory Group

C. Derek Campbell

Chairman, Africa Fortesa

Rogers Beall

President, Saqara Energy

Ann Norman

Chairman and CEO, Genesis Energy Group

Akinwole Omoboriowo II

Senior VP for Global LNG+ FLNG, Worley Parsons, USA

Paul Sullivan

Chair of the U.S. Africa Committee, African Energy Chamber

Jude Kearney

Chief Economist, American Petroleum Institute

Dr. R Dean Foreman

US Regional Chapter Director, Association of International Petroleum Negotiators

Vera De Brito de Gyarfas

Global Director for Energy and Extractives

Demetrios Papathanasiou

President & CEO, Hightower Petroleum

Stephen Hightower

Energy Tech Investment Banker

Deanna Zhang

Head of Business Intelligence, Poten and Partners

Jason Feer

Former COO: JVs and Business Development, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation

Roland Ewubare

Chief Development Officer, U.S. International Development Finance Corporation

Andrew M. Herscowitz

Executive Chairman, African Energy Chamber

NJ Ayuk

Vice President for Standards & Services, American Petroleum Institute

Alexa Burr

Business Development / Project Finance, EXIM

Miguel Peñaloza

Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of National Development Planning, Zambia

Danies K Chisenda

President and CEO, Houston Energy Club

Dr. Francesco Stipo

President and CEO, Medical Bridges

Walter Ulrich

SVB Energy International

Dr. Sara Vakhshouri

Managing Partner, Solar Tyme USA

Jonelle Minefee

President of the NGA and Managing Director of Shell Nigeria Gas

Ed Ubong

Africa Regional Chapter Director,Association of International Petroleum Negotiators

Shakwa Nyambe

Chairman, Trinity Energy

Akol Ayii

President, Frazer Oil & Energy

Liza Frazer

Executive Director for Business Development, Orascom Construction Company

Tamer Shafik

Regional Director, Export Import Bank of the United States

Eric Miller

President and CEO, Azimuth Energy Investments

Reginal Spiller

President and CEO, WTD Resources

Bill Drennen

CEO, Energy & Natural Resource Security

Michael Costanzo

Senior Research Analyst, Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables

Benjamin Attia

General Manager, ISTA International

Ernest Anoma

E&P Director Petrosen

Joseph Medou

Chief Operating Officer, Bay Matrix Group

Samuel Diminas

Director – Cyberrisk, Intelligence and Compliance, Microsoft

Dr. Jovita Nsoh

Director General, Sudapet

Ahmed Mohamed Ziada

Founder and CEO of ADI Analytics

Uday Turaga

Chief of IRENA New York Office and Permanent Observer to the United Nations

Alain Wilfried Biya

DG, Sonahydroc

Hubert Miyimi Muwawa


Bosco Kayombo

VP and Global Head, Oil & Gas Industry Business Unit, SAP

Benjamin Beberness

Chief Executive Officer, ReconAfrica

Scot Evans

Global Standards Strategy Associate, API

Bryan Allen

President and Principal Consultant, Royal Triangle Energy Solutions Ltd.

Eric A. Williams

Senior Associate, Management Consultant- Strategy &Energy Core Operations, KPMG

Nii Ahele Nunoo


Acting Executive Director, United States Energy Association

Sheila Hollis

Chair of the U.S. Africa Committee, African Energy Chamber

Jude Kearney

Editor in Chief, The Africa Report

Nicholas Norbrook


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