Meet Dr. Nii Darko Asante
Dr. Asante is a Chemical Engineer with over 20 years’ experience in energy management and optimisation. He is currently the Technical Director of Ghana’s Energy Commission and is responsible for the development of standards, codes and regulations in the electricity and natural gas sectors. He was previously also responsible for the enforcement of energy regulations and the execution of initiatives to promote renewable energy and the efficient use of energy. Following the launch of Ghana’s Country Action Plan on Sustainable Energy for All, Dr Asante also led the Energy Commission’s activities in coordinating the refinement and implementation of the Action Plan.
Dr Asante previously lectured at the University of Ghana, in Accra, where he was part of the team that set up the Engineering Faculty, and acted as the first head of the Department of Food Process Engineering. Prior to this he was the Technology Manager of the Energy Optimisation business of Aspen Technology Inc., where he developed tools and implemented solutions for Energy Management and Optimisation at refineries, chemical and petrochemical plants all over the world.
Meet Dr. Kwadwo Asenso
Dr. Kwadwo Asenso is the Head of the Energy, Oil and Gas Unit of the Real Sector Division, Ministry of Finance. His Unit is tasked with the primary responsibility of ensuring the successful implementation of the Petroleum Revenue Management Act, 2011 (Act 815), as amended (Act 893).
He is a member of the National Accounts Committee of the Ghana Statistical Service, an Alternate Board Member of the ECOWAS Bank for Investment and Development (EBID), an alternate Steering Committee member of GOGIG and a Board Member of the Vodafone Ghana Mobile Financial Services.
He served as a Member of the Ethics Committee for the Humanities of the University of Ghana from 2013 to 2016 and has served on various committees in the energy sector. He has also served as an adjunct lecturer, teaching mainly Quantitative Economics in some private universities.
Meet Mr. Benjamin Kwame Asante
Benjamin Kwame Asante, General Manager of the Geoscience Division of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation [GNPC]. His career started with GNPC as a National Service Person in 1989 and was later employed as an Assistant Geophysicist in 1990 and rose through the ranks to the position of a General Manager. His work experience which goes beyond two and a half decades has been with the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation. For the best part of this period, He has been involved in different roles in the Upstream Petroleum Industry such as planning and execution of seismic data acquisition and interpretation, prospect generation, Well-site geological duties, promotion of the hydrocarbon potential of the Ghana Basins, negotiation of Petroleum Agreements and providing technical & financial information on exploration and appraisal activities required by GNPC’s Partners, Petroleum Commission and/or the Ministry of Energy
Outside the GNPC, He has been involved in the review and formulation of policies in the petroleum industry. With his communication and inter-personal skills, he was, for a period of time, the Liaison between the GNPC and the Ministry of Energy and the Parliament of Ghana. Mr. Ben Asante also trained and mentored other young geoscientists in and outside his work place, giving presentations, providing career guidance to students at the universities, and providing technical advice to the public in general when the need arises. His multi-disciplinary academic qualification and practical training coupled with a passion for individual excellence, efficiency in organizational performance, and development of work teams has been the driving force behind his academic and personal achievements as a professional in the petroleum Industry.
Mr. Asante has attended several industry related courses both locally and overseas. He has also participated, and made presentations in several International Workshops, Conferences and Seminars in the petroleum Industry. He holds a Masters Degree in Hydrocarbon Exploration from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland; (February 2013), Post Graduate Diploma in Exploration Geophysics from the University of Trondheim, Norway, (June1993) and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geological Engineering, from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana (October 1988). As well as a Law Degree (LLB (Hons)), from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (July 2017)
Meet Mr. Kofi Opoku
Kofi Opoku is the Commercial Director at Kosmos Energy Ghana. In his current role, he is responsible for commercial, license management, and new business development. Kofi has been with Kosmos since 2011 and has over 17 years (over 13 years in industry) experience.
Prior to his employment at Kosmos Energy, Kofi worked at Hess Corporation and Noble Energy in the US and Equatorial Guinea respectively where he gained experience in Concession/PSC Fiscal Regimes, Joint Venture Operations , Oil & Gas Finance & Accounting, & Anti-Corruption & FCPA Compliance. Kofi also worked at Ernst & Young LLP in Houston with a focus on Energy Trading Risk
Management and Business & Audit Advisory.
Kofi holds a Masters Degree in Accounting from the University of Virginia (2002) and a BA in Business Administration (2000) from the University of North Florida. He is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and holds a license from the state of Texas.
Meet Mr. Walter Perez
Walter B. “Walt” Perez is an executive leader with over 30 years’ experience with Chevron Corporation in the oil and gas industry. His experience spans across the Refining and Pipeline business sectors, and it includes assignments in various locations in the United States, Angola, and Ghana.
He is currently the Managing Director of the West African Gas Pipeline Company (WAPCo). Prior to joining WAPCo in 2013, Walt was the General Manager of the Angola Gas Pipeline Company (SOMG) in Luanda, where, under his leadership, the company evolved from a new initiative to a mature enterprise with competitive viability.
Over the span of his career, he also held a number of technical, commercial, managerial and leadership roles, including serving as Vice President of Chevron Pipe Line Company in the United States. Walt brings with him substantial managerial and leadership experience in public-private partnerships. He is a Mechanical Engineer by profession.
Walt is married with three children, and he lives in Accra.
Meet Mr. Victor Kofi Sunu-Attah
Victor Kofi Sunu-Attah is currently the Manager for the Development and Production Department with the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC). Mr. Sunu-Attah was the Director of Project Development with the Ghana National Gas Company Limited (Ghana Gas) between 2011 and 2013 during the implementation of the US$750 million Western Corridor Gas Infrastructure Development Project in the Western Region of Ghana.
Mr. Sunu-Attah has 27-years’ experience in the Oil and Gas Industry (E&P) and has occupied various positions spanning, marketing, negotiations, reservoir engineering, field evaluation and development.
He currently manages the development and production project asset teams for GNPC and has the world class Jubilee, TEN, Gye Nyame/Sankofa, Deepwater Tano/Cape Three Point (DWT/CPT) as well as the Saltpond fields as part of his portfolio. He also plays a key role in the development of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) projects as well as the natural gas market in Ghana.
Victor has earlier in his career, led a GNPC Technical Team to build the Corporation’s first deep-water pipeline, work with the Jubilee Field partners in the development of the US$5.5 Billion Jubilee field project and also worked on the GNPC’s US$300 million Tano Fields development and power project in the 1990s. Mr. Sunu-Attah holds an EMBA in Project Management, an MSc. in Petroleum Engineering and a BSc. in Chemical Engineering.