Maybel Acquaye

Position: Programme Manager, Africa Centre for Energy Policy

Maybel is the Programme Manager at the Africa Centre For Energy Policy.

Prior to her engagement, she worked as a Research Executive with TMS RMS, an international social and marketing research organization. She also worked with Nestlé Ghana, Nestlé Central and West Africa as well as Nestlé Business Services.

Maybel holds a Master’s degree, as well as a Bachelor’s degree, both in Economics, from the University of Ghana.

Her interest area is focused on how to optimize extractive resources for sustainable development in Africa. She is also an environmental sustainability enthusiast.

Maybel Acquaye

Programme Manager, Africa Centre for Energy Policy

Maybel is the Programme Manager at the Africa Centre For...

Rachael Akosua Antwi

Position: Executive Director, Nochua International

Rachael Akosua Antwi is an environmental and sustainable finance expert.

She holds a Master of Science (MSc) degree in Environmental Change and Management from the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom (UK) and the School of Geography and the Environment. She also holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB), and a Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) degree with a specialization in Corporate Law from the University of Pretoria, South Africa.

She has over 12 years of experience, of which 10 years were spent in the financial sector in SA and sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) from Absa Capital (formerly Barclays Africa Group) and Standard Bank Investment Banking, where she assumed many roles. She also has experience in financial markets regulations and has worked in both London and Johannesburg.

She is currently a director at Nochua International, where she advises clients in SA and the rest of Africa on environmental and sustainable finance as well as the UN SDGs.

Her work spans many sectors such as renewable energy, project finance, water, infrastructure, ESG, debt and equity. She is also an expert reviewer for the UNFCC Climate Change Reports and IPCC Sixth Assessment Report (AR6).

Rachael Akosua Antwi

Executive Director, Nochua International

Rachael Akosua Antwi is an environmental and sustainable finance expert....

Mr. Giuseppe Valenti

Position: Managing Director, Eni Ghana Exploration & Production Ltd.

Giuseppe Valenti has over 30 years of experience in the oil and gas sector. He holds a degree in Geology from the University of Parma (Italy) and an MBA from Robert Gordon University of Aberdeen (UK).

He Joined Eni Upstream in 1988 as a Geophysicist and moved from R&D to Geophysical Services, and then to Exploration & Production, working on different areas of the world.

Giuseppe is present, Managing Director of Eni Ghana, after spending 3 years at the Eni Headquarters in Milano (Italy) as Executive Vice President, Geology & Geophysics for Eni SpA, managing the Well & Seismic Operations, Services and Integrated Studies worldwide.

He was previously assigned to Moscow as Chief Representative Office of Eni SpA in the Russian Federation, and General Manager of Eni’s local branch. Before his assignment in Moscow, he had spent few years as President of Eni Oil do Brazil in Rio De Janeiro (Brazil), following his long years of experience in the USA where he served as Senior Vice President – Exploration, at Eni US affiliate for E&P based in Houston (Texas), dealing with Gulf Mexico Deepwater, Alaska and onshore Unconventional Resources.

Mr. Giuseppe Valenti

Managing Director, Eni Ghana Exploration & Production Ltd.

Giuseppe Valenti has over 30 years of experience in the...

Dr. Olufunso Somorin

Position: Regional Principal Officer, African Development Bank

Dr. Olufunso Somorin is the Regional Principal Officer at the African Development Bank. He leads the Bank’s work on climate change and green growth in the 13 countries which consist of the Eastern Africa region. In addition, he leads policy dialogues with national/regional governments on developing policy frameworks for managing local and regional economic and social issues, resilience, state-building goals, regional integration, food security, climate change and inclusive growth.

Prior to joining the Bank in 2011, Dr. Somorin was an Associate Professional Officer with the Centre for International Forestry Research, based in Cameroon. He led a number of policy-relevant research analysis on mainstreaming climate change adaptation and mitigation into national development policies of Central African countries.

Dr. Somorin holds a PhD in International Environmental Policy from Wageningen University, in the Netherlands.

He has also received numerous executive training on development issues at Cambridge and Oxford Universities in the UK.

Dr. Olufunso Somorin

Regional Principal Officer, African Development Bank

Dr. Olufunso Somorin is the Regional Principal Officer at the...

Ms. Yorm Ama Abledu

Position: Lawyer, Lecturer & Energy Consultant

Yorm Ama Abledu is a bilingual Legal Practitioner and a Harvard Certified Negotiator, holding a postgraduate degree in Oil and Gas Law (International Investment Arbitration) from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland.

Yorm is a Critical thinker with a high-performance rate in court proceedings. In 2014, she obtained her master’s degree in Oil and Gas Law with professional skills from University of Aberdeen, Scotland, where her outstanding academic performance won her the Ede & Ravenscroft 2014 Prize for Academic Excellence. Within the same period, Yorm attained certification from the Oil and Gas Academy of Scotland as an Oil and Gas contract negotiator. She was called to the Bar in 2016 after which she joined Bentsi Enchill, Letsa & Ankomah, a leading law firm in Ghana, practising primarily in the areas of Corporate Law, Litigation, Oil and Gas and Mining Law. Yorm is also certified in Human Rights and Oil and Gas Law from the Fordham University and her passion for Human Rights Law was reflected in how she won a total of 57 human rights cases on behalf of several indigents over a 12 months’ period in her position as Assistant Public Defender under the Legal Aid Commission, where she continues her pro-bono service.

Currently, she consults on Petroleum Agreements, Regulatory and Compliance Framework, Tax, Labour and Employment issues for local and multinational companies in the Energy Sector. She is also an  Assistant Law Lecturer at the University Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA), where she teaches Energy Law and Legal Environment of Business.

Yorm loves legal research and currently collaborates on research on the regulatory framework on decommissioning in Ghana and the diversity and inclusion of women in the Energy sector.  Outside the classroom, Yorm enjoys travelling. She is passionate about the increase in women’s inclusion, leadership and participation towards development in the energy sector.  Yorm also volunteers as the Policy & Advocacy Committee Head with the African Women in Energy Development Initiative (AWEDI). Yorm is a member of the Ghana Bar Association and the International Bar Association.

Ms. Yorm Ama Abledu

Lawyer, Lecturer & Energy Consultant

Yorm Ama Abledu is a bilingual Legal Practitioner and a...

Ms. Mandy Rambharos

Position: Head, Eskom Just Energy Transition Office, Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd.

Mandy Rambharos is Eskom’s Climate Change and Sustainable Development Manager. She also heads up Eskom’s Just Energy Transition (JET) Project Office, overseeing the development of the utility’s JET vision and strategy.

She has over 20 years’ experience in the energy sector which has allowed her to gain deep insights into various aspects of the sector, at the international, regional and national levels.

Mandy is a member of the South African delegation to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. She also serves on the Boards of the NBI (South Africa’s National Business Initiative), Verra and Global Change Institute (University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg).

She represents Eskom on the World Bank’s Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition advisory committee and serves as the co-chair of the African Working group for this initiative.

Ms. Mandy Rambharos

Head, Eskom Just Energy Transition Office, Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd.

Mandy Rambharos is Eskom’s Climate Change and Sustainable Development Manager....

Mr. Prosper Amuquandoh

Position: Sustainable Energy, Infrastructure & International Trade Expert

Prosper Amuquandoh is an Energy Engineering, Economics, Policy and Regulatory professional, with ten (10) years of working experience that spans Academia, International Development and the Public and Private Sectors. He has consulted for several organizations, including the United Nations Environment Program; the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves and Fuels; and the Integrated Water and Agriculture Development, Ghana.

He is a recipient of several awards for his professional service and achievement, notably, the African Initiative for Governance Award, which he received in 2018. He was also awarded the Rising Star of the Year in Ghana’s energy sector, at the 2018 Ghana Energy Awards. In 2017, he was adjudged the winner of the Energy category at Ghana’s maiden 40 Under Forty Awards. Prosper was a finalist for the Future Energy Leader Award in West Africa, at the 2016 West African Power Industry Awards in Lagos, Nigeria.

His training is in Public Policy, at the University of Oxford; Theoretical Physics & Mathematics at the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Italy; Zero–Net Energy Systems and Policy, at the University of California, Davis, USA; and in Physics & Computer Science (with First Class Honours) at the University of Ghana.

Mr. Prosper Amuquandoh

Sustainable Energy, Infrastructure & International Trade Expert

Prosper Amuquandoh is an Energy Engineering, Economics, Policy and Regulatory...

Mr. Verner Ayukegba

Position: Senior Vice President - Public Policy, Africa Energy Chamber

Verner is the Senior Vice President for Public Policy at the African Energy Chamber and a Director with Johannesburg – based DMWA Resources, where he heads the firm’s energy and financial services consulting practice.

He was until recently the Principal Analyst for sub- Saharan Africa at IHS Markit on Economics and Country Risk. In his role, he helps institutional clients structure investment decisions and price risk in major sub-Saharan economies.

Prior to joining IHS Markit, Verner was a Finance Director for a regional oil and gas company in East Africa, based out of South Sudan. Verner also has experience as a management consultant, during which time he helped clients negotiate with banks, other financial institutions and central banks.

He started his career in financial services, working for Fidelity International and State Street Global Advisors in London. Verner is a frequent speaker at conferences and commentator in the media on African issues.

He holds an MBA from Kingston University, London. Verner is fluent in English, French and German, and is an avid traveler.

Mr. Verner Ayukegba

Senior Vice President - Public Policy, Africa Energy Chamber

Verner is the Senior Vice President for Public Policy at...

Shamini Harrington

Position: Vice President - Climate Change, Sasol South Africa

Shamini Harrington is the Vice President of Climate Change at Sasol. She has worked for Sasol for 15 years and holds a Master of Science degree in Climate Change.

Shamini is both the Environment and Just Transition Chair of the Business Unity South Africa committees, representing mandated business views on climate change related policy issues into government processes. She has been involved in climate change policy development since 2005, in South Africa.

Shamini is also an experienced international climate change negotiator and represented business on the South Africa negotiating team at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change for 5 years.

Shamini Harrington

Vice President - Climate Change, Sasol South Africa

Shamini Harrington is the Vice President of Climate Change at...

Venan A. Sondo

Position: Managing Director & Co-founder, CHAiNT Afrique GH Ltd.

Venan A. Sondo is a Sustainable Business & Management Professional with over 16 years of experience in sustainable business and climate consulting, especially with integrating ESG in traditional business environments.

He is a Co-Founder of CHAiNT Afrique LTD, a Change, Innovation & Transformation Hub that focuses on helping households, organisations and communities realise value through the eco-efficiency & eco-innovation lens. CHAiNT is an aspiring circular StartUp in Africa, focusing on promoting inclusive sustainable lifestyles as the main solution towards addressing sustainable consumption and production (SDG12).

Venan formerly led the PwC Ghana Sustainability & Climate Change Services for West Africa, where he steered the development of the Sustainable Banking Principles in close collaboration with the National Steering Committee for Sustainable Banking Principles and the Bank of Ghana as Lead Consultant with PwC Ghana.

He also currently consults for Diageo Africa on plastics recycling and MPower AG Switzerland on inclusive energy access.

Venan A. Sondo

Managing Director & Co-founder, CHAiNT Afrique GH Ltd.

Venan A. Sondo is a Sustainable Business & Management Professional...