AIX: Gas

AIX: Gas panellist – Deepak Khilnani, Chairman, Powergas Africa

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Khilnani.jpgChairman of a diversified clean energy group with a key focus on investment in sub-Saharan Africa and the implementation of distributed energy projects.

He currently serves as the CEO of Powergas Africa and Chairman of Cummins Cogeneration Ltd. With over 30 years experience in energy and industrial distribution, Deepak is highly committed to driving Powergas’ long term vision of delivering clean, cost effective and reliable energy solutions.

With regional operations in Lagos and Nairobi, Deepak’s focus is on developing innovative clean energy solutions for a wide range of industries and public utilities.

Deepak is a Chartered Accountant and a member of the Oil and Gas Advisory Board of UKTI. He is also an active supporter of several educational charities and was a former member and treasurer of Pratham, one of India’s largest education charities, since 2008.

Panellist at the Africa Investment Exchange: Gas meeting at RSA House, London on 5-6 April 2017.

AIX: Gas panellist – Crispin Holliday, Commercial Director, Aldwych International

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HollidayCrispin is responsible for business development activities across sub-Saharan Africa for Aldwych and, alongside this role, led the recent Aldwych participation as co-developer and investor in the 450MW Azura Nigerian IPP. Crispin is also responsible for Aldwych Africa Developments Ltd, providing project development services to InfraCo Africa.

Prior to Aldwych, Crispin started his career with BASF and then following an MBA at INSEAD, joined AES spending two years in Cameroon as Director of planning and development for SONEL. Crispin is a Chartered Engineer and has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Nottingham University.

Panellist at the Africa Investment Exchange: Gas meeting at RSA House, London on 5-6 April 2017.

AIX: Gas panellist – Brandon Bowen, Director, Fieldstone Africa

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Bowen.jpgBrandon is a Director at Fieldstone Africa, where he focuses his work on the origination and execution of energy and infrastructure advisory transactions in Sub-Saharan Africa. Throughout his career, Brandon has where he advised many private and public sector clients on the development and structuring of transactions in the power, renewable energy, oil & gas, petrochemical, and satellite telecommunications sectors. His advisory work has contributed to the realisation of more than $30 billion of infrastructure projects globally. Brandon’s experience includes advising on landmark power transactions in West Africa including advising on the structuring and financing of the Cenpower Kpone IPP and Amandi Energy IPP transactions in Ghana.

Brandon holds an M.A. from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) specialising in energy development and finance, where he also held an appointment as an adjunct professor of project finance.

Panellist at the Africa Investment Exchange: Gas meeting at RSA House, London on 5-6 April 2017.

AIX: Gas panellist – Benjamim Chilengue, Vice President, Empresa Nacional de Hidrocarbonetos (ENH)

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Chilenge.jpgBenjamim has a degree in Business Administration from Eduardo Mondlane University (UEM). He joined the Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy (MIREME) in 1983.

While at MIREM, he held various positions, including Head of the Labor Organization and Wages Section (OTS); Head of the Department of Administration and Finance, National Director of Planning and Development and Advisor to the Minister.

From 1998 to 2007, he worked for ENH as their Accounting and Finance Administrator and served as Administrator for CMG and CMH. He was a member of the negotiating team for the acquisition of natural gas production contracts including; sharing of natural gas production; pipeline construction; commercial contracts; and operating contracts for the Pande / Temane natural gas project and the gas pipeline to Secunda.

Benjamim was Deputy Chief of the Government Negotiating Team in the Rovuma Basin Project (LNG) Areas 1 and 4, represented by the Operators and Concessionaires Anadarko and Eni respectively. He also led the negotiation teams of financing agreements for CMH and CMG to participate in the Pande/Temane natural gas project and the Republic of Mozambique Pipeline Company (ROMPCO) as well as coordinated the first operation to sell 10% of CMH´s shareholding exclusively to singulars and mostly Mozambican companies.

From 2000 to 2007 he was elected as the Chairman of the Fiscal Council at Matola Gas Company (MGC) and later he was the Coordinator of the Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI), having led Mozambique to qualify for the Initiative in 2012.

He is currently ENH Commercial VP and Chairman of the CMH’s Fiscal Council, among other responsibilities.

Panellist at the Africa Investment Exchange: Gas meeting at RSA House, London on 5-6 April 2017.

AIX: Gas panellist – Chris Levell, Managing Consultant, Gas Strategies

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Levell.pngChris has a passion for working with clients along gas and power chains in Africa, from state organisations to private sector independents and investors, to create and implement strategies to enter and build gas and gas-to-power businesses.  Over the last six years he has been responsible for much of Gas Strategies’ work in Africa and has led projects in Nigeria, South Africa, Namibia, Ghana and Cameroon.  Chris has focused on the commercial gas and LNG sector for over ten years; prior to which he worked in the upstream oil and gas sector.

Chris is a panellist at the Africa Investment Exchange: Gas meeting at RSA House, London on 5-6 April.

AIX: Gas panellist – Jennifer Gladstone, Partner, Trinity International

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GladstoneJennifer advises developers, commercial banks, ECAs and development banks in respect of energy and infrastructure transactions. In recent years, Jennifer’s primary focus has been the provision of advice to developers of energy projects, particularly in West Africa, including acting for the sponsors on the Azura-Edo IPP, the sponsors to the CECA SL Generation IPP in Sierra Leone and a number of solar developers in Nigeria. Jennifer also has significant experience advising developers and lenders in respect of water, petrochemical and thermal and renewable energy projects and also road, port and aviation infrastructure in the Middle East and Europe.

Jennifer is a panellist at the Africa Investment Exchange: Gasmeeting at RSA House, London on 5-6 April.

AIX: Gas panellist – Alan Muir, Managing Director, Azura Power

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Muir.jpgAlan is Co-Managing Director of Azura Power, which is the exclusive platform company for thermal projects in Africa, for Actis Energy Fund 4 and Amaya Capital. The anchor investment for the company is the 450MW Azura Edo gas fired power plant in Nigeria. Alan has over 30 years’ experience in power industry and power corporate finance (over 20 of which have been in Africa). Prior to joining Azura Power, Alan spent 20 years Fieldstone, the specialist infrastructure advisory firm, where he was one of the controlling shareholders and chaired the African Executive committee.

Alan is a panellist at the Africa Investment Exchange: Gas meeting at RSA House, London on 5-6 April.