The African Energy Chamber (AEC) is proud to announce that Sara Al Awadhi, Senior Legal Counsel at Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), will be present and participating in Africa Energy Week (AEW) ) (https://AECWeek.com) 2022, the premier African event for the oil and gas sector, taking place October 18-21 in Cape Town. An energy, infrastructure and project finance lawyer with over 10 years of experience advising governments, financial institutions and corporations on regulatory issues, Al Awadhi is an advocate for the diversity of gender and women’s inclusion in the oil and gas sector, and will be instrumental in any and all African energy discussions.
Representing one of the largest oil and gas companies in the world with operations across the entire energy value chain, Al Awadhi’s participation in AEW 2022 will be important in stimulating discussions on gender equality in the world. African energy landscape in order to optimize the market, fight energy poverty, fuel industrialization and achieve a just and inclusive energy transition. With women significantly underrepresented in Africa’s energy sector, despite representing 50% of the continent’s total population, governments and stakeholders must prioritize increasing women’s participation in the energy sector. ‘they want to unleash the full potential of the continent’s oil and gas potential. .
Meanwhile, at AEW 2022, Al Awadhi will participate in discussions centered on critical issues including energy and project finance and mergers and acquisitions. As investments in Africa’s upstream, midstream and downstream sectors decline due to global climate policies and unattractive fiscal conditions and policies, Al Wadhi will participate in high-level meetings and roundtables sharing insights. best practices on how African energy producers should reform regulations to attract and boost oil. and the financing of gas projects.
Moreover, while Africa is expected to experience an increase in mergers and acquisitions due to the transfer of assets from the majors to national and international independents in a bid to diversify their portfolios, players in the African energy market should be aware how best to approach such transactions. As Africa seeks to increase the participation of international companies and investors to boost its oil and gas market, the services and ideas of people like Al Awadhi will be essential.
As a lawyer and energy expert, Al Awadhi was instrumental in helping ADNOC expand its operations in the African market, with the company signing two contracts to supply 1.5 million liters of passenger lubricants to the Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Al Awadhi also played a crucial role in the promulgation of Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) policies in Zambia. At AEW 2022, Al Awadhi will participate in discussions covering the PPA spectrum and how Africa can optimize the signing of agreements and the development of renewable energy projects to accelerate energy diversification for security, l affordability, reliability and improved access to energy.
“The Chamber is honored that Sara Al Awadhi is leading the dialogue on how Africa can enhance women’s participation in energy and how the continent can reform its regulatory frameworks to boost energy financing, mergers and acquisitions as well as PPAs to ensure the full exploitation of energy resources. to eradicate energy poverty by 2030,” says NJ Ayuk, Executive Chairman of AEC, adding that “AEC is committed to expanding its collaboration with industry stakeholders to increase the participation of women to the growth of the oil and gas sector in Africa”.
In this regard, the AEC will ensure that more than 30% of speakers at AEW 2022 are women active in the energy sector. Under the theme, Exploring and investing in Africa’s energy future while creating an enabling environment, AEW 2022 will host Sara Al Awadhi and other women energy leaders in serious discussions on improving participation women in technical and executive roles.
Distributed by APO Group for African Energy Week (AEW).
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About Africa Energy Week (AEW):
AEW 2022 is the AEC’s annual conference, exhibition and networking event. AEW 2022 brings together African energy players with international investors and partners to drive industry growth and development and promote Africa as an energy investment destination. Key organizations such as the African Petroleum Producers Organization, as well as African heavyweights including Equatorial Guinea and Nigeria, have partnered with AEW, cementing the role the event will play in the future. energy of Africa.