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 the Minister since the announcement
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 (IDFC)
  • 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

16:30 - 18:00Somalia Licensing Round: Derisking Above Ground Factors
  • Moderator: Daniel Berkove, Snr Associate - Energy, IHS Markit
  • Hon. Eng.Abdirashid Mohamed Ahmed, Minister of Petroleum & Mineral Resources, Federal Republic of Somalia
  • 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

Why Attend?

  • Reconnect with AOW’s senior community following the global downtime
  • Align your post-pandemic approach with the sector’s most resilient leaders
  • Don’t miss data driven outlooks into new ventures as the world’s economies restart
  • Seize new business, exploration and JV opportunities emerging across the continent
  • Tap into a new community of prospective clients and partners 
  • *NEW* Now CPD certified, AOW Virtual will count towards your continuing professional development

Attendance Options

Access to all content sessions, debates and the bidding round is complimentary for all and is a unique opportunity for you to experience our world-leading content totally free of charge. 1-2-1 virtual meetings will also be taking place between those registered for the main Africa Oil Week event taking place 1-5 February 2021. If you are interested in purchasing a ticket to the next edition of Africa Oil Week and gaining access to the virtual meetings or interested in sponsoring AOW Virtual, email

Outlooks and Discussions

Complimentary access for everyone

Packed full of strategic outlooks, debates and a much-anticipated Somalia bidding round workshop, this is a chance for you to engage in progressive dialogue with the sector’s most robust leaders and access exclusive data driven outlooks. Access to the full day is complimentry for all. To be notified when registration opens, sign up to receive a notification. 


1-2-1 Virtual Meetings 

Complimentary access for those attending AOW in February 2021

Expand your contact base and discover potential new clients and partners through our AI-powered meeting platform. AOW is renowned for forging connections in the African upstream and AOW Virtual will be no different. The technology will deliver you with meeting recommendations based on your business interests and allows you to directly reach out and manage your own meeting schedule. 



Sponsorship Opportunities

Headline, Session or Break Sponsor

Use the power of digital to reach and connect with our established community of c-suite oil and gas leaders and reignite trading for your business. From high-quality lead generation and client engagement, to brand awareness and educating the market, our AOW Virtual sponsorship packages deliver measurable ROI and are the perfect opportunity for you to connect with the industry during this digital period.