KEY EXPERTS.

MEET HON. JOHN PETER AMEWU

Hon. John Peter Amewu is the Minister of Energy of the Republic of Ghana. Before his appointment as the Energy Minister, he was the Minister in charge of Land and Natural Resources. He holds an MBA (Finance) from University of Ghana. He also has a Post Graduate Degree (Executive MBA in International Energy Industry Management), and Masters in Petroleum Law and Policy from University of Dundee (UK).

 

Hon. Amewu has over 15 years’ experience in Government, Private Sector, Civil Society and International Development Organizations. He has participated and undergone several mining professional training and attained various certificates from some of Australia’s prestigious Universities (University of Sydney and University of Western Australia). He is a Cost Engineer by profession with broader knowledge in the Energy and Mining Industry. He is a Co-founder of Africa Center for Energy Policy – ACEP; and also worked as the Director of Policy and Research where he provided pro-active and comprehensive policy related advice to support a variety of Government and Private Sector Projects.

 

He is also Chairman of Board of Directors of major private institutions in Ghana and a professional international consultant in his area of expertise (Mining and Petroleum). His contributions in providing solutions to the problems in the Energy Sector in Ghana have earned him both local and international acclamation and recognition. He is also the immediate past Regional Chairman of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Volta Region and is married with three children. He was sworn as the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources in  January 2017 and subsequently named in May 2017 as member of cabinet by the President.  On 9th of August 2018; Hon. John-Peter Amewu was reassigned as Minister of Energy and his portfolio has remained same.

MEET HON. DR. MOHAMMED AMIN ADAM

Hon. Dr. Mohammed Amin Adam is a Deputy Minister of Energy (with responsibility for the petroleum sector). Before then, he was the Founder and Executive Director of the Africa Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP). He previously worked in other public and private organizations as - an Energy Policy Analyst at the Ministry of Energy in Ghana, Commissioner of Ghana’s Public Utilities Regulatory Commission; a former Deputy Minister of State for the Northern Region; and former Mayor of Ghana’s third city of Tamale. He was also the Africa Coordinator of extractives industries in Ibis.

Globally, he has worked extensively on extractive industries and resource management. He currently serves on two international advisory boards – the Open Contracting Partnership; and the Natural Resources and Community Review. He is a member of several global initiatives including the Thematic Network on Good Governance of Extractive and Land Resources under the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, a global initiative of the United Nations; the Executive Session on the Political Economy of Extractive Industries, convened by the Columbia Centre on Sustainable Investment (CCSI) of Columbia University in the US; and the International Research Collaborative on Natural Resource Governance, Inequality and Human Rights, Law and Society.

In Africa, he has worked on petroleum policy and resource governance projects in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Tanzania, South Sudan and Kenya; advising governments and supporting parliamentary committees and CSOs. Dr. Adam recently testified on how Africa can avoid the resource curse before the United States Congress House Sub-committee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations.

 

In Ghana, he was a member of the Technical Committee set up by the Government of Ghana to review the Ghana Petroleum Revenue Management Act. He has also played advisory roles to a number of private sector operators in Ghana - as Chairman of Frontier Energy Africa Limited; Member of the Board of Ghana’s first private oil and gas mutual fund – the Weston Oil and Gas Fund; and Member of Zoil Oil Waste Services which is providing offshore waste management services in Ghana’s oil industry.

 

Dr. Adam holds a PhD. In Petroleum Economics from CEPMLP of the University of Dundee in the UK specializing in petroleum fiscal systems and contracts, fiscal policy in resource-led economies; and resource governance. He also holds an MPhil (Economics) and B.A. (Hons) Economics from the University of Cape Coast; and is a Fellow of the Institute of Certified Economists of Ghana (ICEG)

MEET MR. CONRAD ENILL

Mr. Conrad Enill is the Chairman of The National Gas Company (NGC) of Trinidad & Tobago Limited. He holds an MBA from Brunel University and Henley Management College, and a Mini MBA in Oil and Gas from the CWC School for Energy Limited, all based in London. He is also a Certified International Credit Union Development Educator (World Council of Credit Unions). Mr. Enill has also completed executive training with the Adam Smith Institute in Effective Public Awareness and Communication to promote Economic Reform; Improving the Public Expenditure Cycle from budget preparation to monitoring, and evaluation and application of Best Practices in Debt Management.

He is a past Governor of both the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank and served as Chairman of the G24 sub group of the IMF. He also served as a member of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum whose members include Algeria, Bolivia, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Iran, Libya, Nigeria, Qatar, Russia, Venezuela and Trinidad and Tobago. He is a former Minister of Energy with responsibility for the regulation of the Energy Sector and former Minister in the Ministry of Finance of the Government of Trinidad and Tobago with responsibility for Finance, National Budgets and the Economy. Mr. Enill moved from leadership positions in private sector insurance and technology firms to serve in Government from 2001 to 2010. In 2011, he returned to the private sector, leading two energy service companies as Chief Operating Officer and as Group CEO of the largest financial cooperative in the Caribbean. He continues to work in Energy, Business and Financial Services. Conrad Enill is a Strategic Business Advisor on financial and energy analysis and strategic planning with a policy background at the organisational, national and international levels. He has extensive experience in joint regional and international projects with government agencies and private organizations, having served at the highest level of Government in the capacity of Cabinet Minister.

During his career in the business sector he amassed expertise in both private sector business and international credit union operations. In the business environment, he has held positions of Chief Executive Officer, General Manager and Chief Operating Officer, facilitating and leading roles to include Strategic Planning, Business Development, Business re-engineering, Change Management and Policy Development. His passion for creating new leaders is matched by these experiences in leading, mentoring, coaching and developing effective, collaborative and diverse management teams. He has developed lasting and impactful cross-sector relationships/partnerships with a wide array of organizations in government, business, academia, and community organisations.

​MEET MR. EMMANUEL ANYAETO

Emmanuel U. Anyaeto is the Managing Director of Integrated Gas & Energy Services, LLC.  A First Class graduate in Economics and Marketing from Lincoln University, Jefferson City, Missouri, USA with post-graduate diplomas in Natural Gas Management and Gas Turbine Engineering from Cranfield University, Bedford, UK.

 

He worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Nigeria as a Consultant and later joined The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited in 1999 as a Senior Business Analyst.  In 2001, Emmanuel became Business Development Manager for the downstream gas distribution business of Shell in Nigeria (Shell Nigeria Gas Limited), where he facilitated over fifty (50) industrial and manufacturing companies to convert from the use of diesel for power generation to natural gas. He later became Asset Manager responsible for managing the daily operations of gas facilities including pipelines.

 

In 2004, he returned to Shell Upstream as the Commercial Manager for the construction and operation of the first combined cycle power plant (Afam VI 640MW) built by Shell in Nigeria, and following the commissioning of the plant, he was the Operations Manager for three (3) years.  Given his expansive experience in the Gas and Power sectors, Emmanuel was appointed Shell representative to the national strategic gas aggregator called Gas Aggregation Company of Nigeria (GACN). Being responsible for commercial operations of the company, he negotiated the first natural gas and funding agreement for the single biggest fertilizer train in the world built by Indorama Petrochemcial Company. He further developed the template for the commercial negotiation and sale of natual gas to the petrochemical industry. Emmanuel also led GACN’s team in the negotiation of the gas sale agreements which led to the privatization of power plants owned by the Nigerian government in 2013. He returned to Shell in 2014 as Subject Matter Expert in Gas and Power where he championed the development of a commercial structure for short-term gas sales to power, industrial and petrochemical companies.

 

Emmanuel retired from Shell in 2018 and currently runs a consultancy firm based in Los Angeles, California, focusing on gas and energy optimization across Africa. He believes that poor energy utilization (natural gas and electricity) is the major contributor of poverty across Africa. 

MEET DR. BEN ASANTE

Dr. Ben Asante, CEO, Ghana National Gas Company is a world-renowned Oil and Gas engineer with more than 25 years of experience. He has worked for major Operating Companies (Nova/TransCanada Pipelines and Enron) as well as Engineering Consulting companies (Jacobs Engineering and Gulf Interstate Engineering) in Canada and the US occupying various positions including  Director of Engineering and Operations. 

Dr. Asante has also provided engineering services, project management, and technical support for various projects in Abu Dhabi (UAE), Argentina, Australia, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Ghana, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Russia, South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam and USA. He has also provided consulting services to the World Bank and Asian Development Bank (ADB). He developed the Gas Infrastructure Master Plan for Ghana working with the Energy Commission.

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