Africa is a continent of contrasts. It is the fastest urbanising continent in the world, is endowed with rich energy resources,but it is struggling to provide energy solutions for 50% of the world’s impoverished that live here. It is impossible to address Africa’s growth challenges without addressing its energy needs as central to the solutions being planned and proposed.

The 5th annual African Energy Indaba (AEI) on the 19th-21st February 2013 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg will be the forum and business networking opportunity for decision-makers and leading role-players in government and business who are passionate about securing Africa’s energy future.

Presented by the South African National Energy Association (SANEA) in association with the World Energy Council, the Africa Energy Indaba has achieved the highest level of endorsement and support and as such is the leading energy event in Africa.In past years the event has been strategic in facilitating and catalysing critical decisions and deals that have been brokered between governments, business and energy stakeholders.

The steering committee of the conference, which includes high profile personalities who play critical roles across Africa’s different energy sectors,have been meeting regularly throughout this year to ensure that 2013 is the most successful AEI to date.

A cut above the rest
According to Liz Hart, managing director of the event, the AEI was the first event of its kind to make use of a steering committee and this is what sets the event apart from other events of its kind. “The members of the AEI steering committee are chosen together with input from the conference chairman, Brian Statham from SANEA. They are people who have extensive experience in energy, cover the continent and have input in specific areas of the energy realm.”

There are a number of features that distinguish the Africa Energy Indaba from other energy conferences and exhibitions, says Brian Statham, chairman of the event’s steering committee. “One of these is the manner in which the technical programme is designed,” says Statham. “AEI does not issue a call for papers but the committee identifies the best people to speak on relevant topics and these persons are personally approached. The result is an agenda carefully designed around topical issues and a faculty of speakers who are eminently qualified to address the topics.”

“Furthermore, believing that quality is better than quantity, the programme design ensures that there is robust and comprehensive discussion on critical topics rather than superficial engagement on a large number of subjects,” says Statham.

The 2013 forum is set to be the Energy Indaba’s most influential and its programme will offer some exciting new additions, says Hart. “Delegates can look forward to added participation from energy representatives from across Africa, increased side events such as the Annual Nuclear Forum, the Africa Energy Projects Roundtable and a Transport in Energy panel discussion.” The committee has also increased the length of each breakaway session to add more time for added debate and interaction.

The steering committee executive team comprises distinguished and experienced players in the African energy sector, which includes Elsa du Toit, independent energy consultant, Dave Wright, general manager: Corporate Planning Division for Engen Petroleum Limited and Jonathan de Magalheas, managing director of Ubuntu Energy Solutions, amongst others.

The programme will be covering issues facing the African energy agenda, including issues around renewable energy, opportunities in the energy sector, financing of energy projects and what is new and trending in energy.

Africa Energy Indaba

Chairman: Brian Statham: Chairman of SANEA; Officer of World Energy Council

Managing Director: Liz Hart

Programme Steering Committee: Overview team

  • Dr. Christoph Frei : Secretary- General : World Energy Council (LONDON)
  • Professor A.S. Sambo : Director-General/Chief Executive Officer : Energy Commission of Nigeria (NIGERIA)
  • Greg Nott : Director : Werksmans Attorneys (SOUTH AFRICA)
  • Shaun Nel : Programme Director : Energy Intensive User Group (EIUG) (SOUTH AFRICA)Dr. Latsoucabé FALL : Regional Manager Africa : World Energy Council (SENEGAL)Ronald Chauke : Head of Department – Regulatory Reform : National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) (SOUTH AFRICA)
  • SmailMoussi : Director – Regulation : SONELGAZ (ALGERIA)

Programme Steering Committee: Executive team

  • Elsa du Toit : Private Consultant
  • Dave Wright : General Manager – Corporate Planning Division : Engen Petroleum Limited
  • Jonathan de Magalheas : Managing Director : Ubuntu Energy Solutions

Professional, technical and organisational leadership has been at the core of the AEI since its inception in 2009. Based on its track record, the 3-day conference and exhibition event was officially adopted by the World Energy Council (WEC) as the African regional event of the WEC in 2011 and it receives global recognition as the foremost event for energy professionals on the Continent. It was the first event of its kind to use an expert steering committee in its planning and preparation.

The conference continues to grow and has become the foremost forum for debating and exchanging solutions to Africa’s energy challenges and focuses on: African power suppliers; alternative and renewable energies; oil and gas; the legal and regulatory framework, and investment opportunities in African energy projects, to name a few. The exhibition has become a significant marketplace for African and international stakeholders doing business in Africa’s energy sector.

The side events on the 21st February 2013 comprise the: Nuclear Forum / Africa Energy Projects Roundtable / Transport in Energy panel discussion.

Engineering News (EN) is the premier media partner to this event.  EN is one of the largest print media houses reaching the right target market to attract participants, exhibitors and visitors to the event. Engineering News will run a special event feature prior to the upcoming 2013 event to promote and encourage participation.  Exhibitors may participate in the special feature to gain added exposure prior to the event and to encourage visitors to their stand.

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