Agenda Day 1

Registration opens

09:00 - 09:10

Chairman’s opening remarks

  • View full profile for Geoff PorterGeoff Porter Managing Director - North Africa Risk Consulting


09:10 - 10:00

Opening keynote addresses:

Addressing the shared agenda between governments and IOCs in the context of lower for longer oil prices.

10:00 - 10:45

Morning Networking Break

10:45 - 12:00

NOC/IOC panel discussion: Cooperating to guarantee the success of North Africa’s upstream, midstream and downstream industries

  • Mitigating the impact of the current low oil price environment with long term partnerships
  • How can IOCs and NOCs collaborate to ensure the commercial success of E&P projects?
  • To what extent can government and industry collaborate to support local content
  • Gaining competitive advantage though enhancing the skills of the local workforce
  • Successful implementation and optimisation of technology transfer for the benefit of IOCs and NOCs

12:00 - 13:30

Networking Lunch

13:30 - 15:00

Developing a sustainable local workforce

Case Study 1: Strategies for engaging with local academic institutions that enable Schlumberger to increase operational efficiency

Najib Abusalbi, Director Corporate University Relations, Schlumberger

Case Study 2: How to develop efficient training? The best kept secret of UAE Oil and Gas Revealed

Laurent Stephane, Manager, ABK Total Academy, Total

Panel: How education and industry partnerships can help to develop a local and diverse workforce and drive businesses forward

Developing strategic partnerships between the oil & gas industry, universities and institutions provides significant opportunities for developing the skills of students at the beginning of their careers. This session will address how companies and institutions are working together to ensure a diverse supply of well trained professionals are entering the industry.


Iman Hill, Technical Director - GM UAE & Egypt, Dana Gas

Frederic Gonand, Professor, University Paris-Dauphine

Dan Fredrick, Program Director, International Capacity Development Projects & Programs, University of Alberta

Najib Abusalbi, Director Corporate University Relations, Schlumberger

Hamad Wael Al-Adsani, Manpower & Redevelopment Officer, KOC

Sara Sulaiman Al-Ahmad, Training Officer, KOC

Facilitator: Jim Playfoot, Managing Director, Getenergy Intelligence

15:00 - 15:20

Speed Networking

15:20 - 16:00

Afternoon Networking Break

16:00 - 17:30

Developing partnerships to enable capability, knowledge and technology transfer

Case Study 1: Exploring programmes and partnerships for capability and knowledge transfer in Egypt

Mohamed Badr, Chairman, Oil and Gas Skills

Case Study 2: Lessons from Schlumberger’s partnerships with industry to support knowledge and technology transfer

Hussein Fouad El Ghazzawy, Vice President and General Manager, East Mediterranean, Schlumberger

Panel: Ways in which IOCs & service companies can collaborate with NOCs for knowledge, technology and experience transfer

This session will address the role of partnerships between IOCs and service companies with NOCs for knowledge and technology transfer to advance methods in drilling and oilfield recovery techniques as well as new technological advances. Gain insight into how today’s workers need to learn and adapt to new skills to keep up with technological innovation and techniques.

Kamel Al Sawi, President, Kuwait Energy Egypt

Mostafa El Shazly, Attorney at Law, EGPC

Mohamed Ali Khelil, Director of Central Strategy and Development, ETAP

Hussein Fouad El Ghazzawy, Vice President and General Manager, East Mediterranean, Schlumberger

Facilitator: David Masson, Former VP Upstream Development and Growth, Business and Joint Venture, Shell


Cocktail Reception