AOW Virtual

Reigniting the African Upstream

7 – 8 October 2020

An unmissable two-day online conference packed full of strategic outlooks, debates, and a Somalia licensing round update. The content is free and is a chance for you to engage in progressive dialogue with the sector's most robust leaders. In addition 1-2-1 meetings for those attending the main AOW conference in February 2021 will take place virtually and will enable meaningful conversations, re-invigorate partnerships and spark new connections that will reignite the African upstream once again. 

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What's On? 

Free CPD Certified Content, plus 1-2-1 Meetings for AOW Delegate

Operators' Strategic Outlook
Key operators set out their strategic outlooks for the near future
How has COVID-19 and oil prices affected their planned operations?
What new ventures, projects and geographies are they prioritising?
Unlocking the hottest new venture opportunities across West Africa
Quickfire data presentations and regional analysis
Pivotal session for those operators looking for new business
Interactive Debate: Natural Gas vs Renewables
Which is the most viable energy source for Africa?
They'll debate investment and infrastructure, technology and ESG
Who will come out on top? It’s up to you to vote!
Somalia Licensing Round: De-risking Above Ground Factors
First opportunity to hear from senior government leaders
Detailed fiscal benchmarking with key stakeholders
Ask your above ground risk and security questions
1-2-1 Meetings
Reconnect with the industry and commence trading once again
Meeting recommendations based on your business interests
Directly reach out to leaders & manage your own meeting schedule
Sponsorship Opportunities
Drive high-quality lead generation and customer engagement
Position your brand as a thought-leader and educate the market
Let the industry know you’re open for business and ready for trading

Session Timings (all GMT+1)


Wednesday 7th October 2020

15:00 - 16:00Operators' Strategic Outlook

  • Moderator: Dr Valérie Marcel, Associate Fellow, Energy, Environment & Resources Programme, Chatham House
  • Tracey K. Henderson, Chief Exploration Officer, Kosmos Energy
  • Duncan Wallace, Technical Director, Chariot Oil and Gas
  • Wissam Al Monthiry, MD, Tullow Ghana
  • Adam Pollard, Senior Research Analyst, SSA Upstream Oil and Gas, Wood Mackenzie

16:30 - 18:00The Energy Debate: Natural Gas Vs Renewables

  • Moderator: Ashish Sethia, Global Head of Commodities, Bloomberg NEF
  • Jasper Peijs, Exploration VP - Africa, BP
  • Luc Koechlin, MD - Head of Southern Africa, EDF
  • Tony Attah, CEO, NLNG
  • Liv Hovem, CEO, DNV GL
  • Steven Winberg, Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy, US Department of Energy
  • Andrew Herscowitz, CDO, International Development Finance Corportation (DFC)
  • Omar Mithá, Special Economic Advisor to the H.E. Filipe Nyusi, President of Mozambique

Thursday 8th October 2020

15:00 - 16:00West Africa Regional Focus: New Ventures & Opportunities

  • Moderator: Chris Hindle, Director, Critial Resource
  • Jerreh Barrow, Commissioner for Petroleum, Ministry for Petroleum & Energy, Republic of The Gambia
  • Hon. Fafa Sanyang, Minister of Petroleum & Energy, Republic of The Gambia
  • Dr. Ainojie 'Alex' Irune, COO, Oando Energy Resources
  • Christine Roche, Manager - New Ventures AMME, PGS
  • Eugene Toukam, Commercial Director, - SSA, Baker Hughes

16:30 - 18:00Somalia Licensing Round: Derisking Above Ground Factors

  • Moderator: Daniel Berkove, Snr Associate - Energy, IHS Markit
  • Ibrahim Ali Hussein, Chairman & CEO, Somalia Petroleum Authority
  • Scot Fraser, Co-Founder & Director Exploration, Ventura International Energy LLC
  • Phil McDonald, Regional Director- Africa, Castor Vali
  • Dr. Alessio Checconi, Snr Business Development - AME, TGS